Top trends of 2019

Top Streamed Track: Señorita – Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Released on June 21, 2019, the hit song “Señorita” by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes and Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and dethroned Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy“, becoming Mendes’ first US number-one song and Cabello’s second after “Havana“. The song marks Mendes’ and Cabello’s second collaboration, following “I Know What You Did Last Summer“, a song from Mendes’ debut album, Handwritten (2015). 

 

Top Streamed Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

On March 29, 2019, the debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released by 17-year-old American singer Billie Eilish. Eilish co-wrote most of the record alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell, who handled its production. It was also a commercial success, topping the charts in numerous countries including in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The album earned Eilish several nominations at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

 

Top Movie: Avengers: Endgame

Based on the superhero Marvel Comic the Avengers, Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American action film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It premiered in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019, and received immediate praise for its acting, action sequences, and visual effects. It grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide, surpassing Infinity War‘s entire theatrical run in just eleven days and breaking numerous box office records, including becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. With an estimated budget of $356 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made.

 

Top Social Media Trend: Bottle Cap Challenge 

The Bottle Cap Challenge involves unscrewing the top from a water bottle with a single roundhouse kick, the bottle should remain stationary at the particular moment. It was reportedly originated on June 25th, courtesy of Taekwondo instructor and fighter Farabi Davletchin. But it went viral after mixed martial-artist Max Holloway tried it out, and challenged singer-songwriter John Mayer to complete the task.

 

Top Fashion Trend: Itty Bitty Bags

Itty Bitty Bags, also known as Microbags, have become one of the most popular fashion trends of 2019. Recently, these tiny accessories have caught the eye of the public after American singer Lizzo showed of the mini bag trend at the American Music Awards. The miniature purses were originally presented on the Summer 2018 runway by French fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus and they were met with instant adoration. Other celebrities like Rihanna, as well as Kim Kardashian, have been seen flaunting the new Microbags on a daily basis. 

 

Top TV Show: Game of Thrones

After 8 years, 8 seasons, and 73 total episodes of drama and conflict, the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, released its series finale on May 19, 2019, titled “The Iron Throne.” The episode was viewed by 13.61 million viewers on its initial live broadcast on HBO, making it the most watched episode of the series. The finale had many divided responses; some critics took issue with the episode’s story arcs, pacing and tone, while others deemed it a satisfying conclusion to the series. 

 

Top Streaming Service: Disney+

Disney+ is an American subscription video on-demand streaming service owned by The Walt Disney Company that is used to distribute films and television series produced by the company. It launched first in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands on November 12, 2019 just before 3:00 a.m. It is expected that Disney+ will have approximately 7,000 television episodes and 500 films,[37] including content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, and National Geographic, as well as original television series and films from Disney Channel and Freeform. Disney+ gained much popularity immediately after its released due to its focus as “family-oriented entertainment”, and does not feature R-rated films or TV-MA-rated programming.

 

Top Political Event: Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trials

On September 24, 2019, the United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. Allegedly, in a July 2019 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to mount an investigation of Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden. Trump defended these claims by explaining that he framed the requests as a “favor” after he reminded his counterpart that “the United States has been very, very good to Ukraine”. Overshadowing the conversation was the fact that Trump had recently suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid that Congress had approved for Ukraine to defend itself against Russia. 

 

As hearings began, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Trump may have committed bribery, which is specifically listed as an impeachable offense in the Constitution. The full House is expected to vote on the matter on December 18.

 

Top Scientific Outbreak: Tesla Cybertruck

On November 21st, 2019, the Cybertruck was revealed at the Tesla Design Studio in Los Angeles by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk. This event grabbed the attention of the media as the public was told there was a successful pre-show test where a steel ball was thrown at the windows of the car with no damage. However, when tested again publicly, the windows broke instantly, which surprised both Elon Musk and the audience. Many commentators expressed dislike of the new vehicle, which resulted in the Tesla, Inc. stock decreasing by 6% after the reveal. The base price of the model will be starting at $49,000.

 

Top Public Event: Area 51 Raid

On June 27, 2019, Facebook user Matty Roberts created a page involving the raid of the classified United States Air Force (USAF) facility, Area 51, in a search for extraterrestrial life. The event was planned to take place in Amargosa Valley from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. PDT on September 20, 2019.. Roberts later revealed that he created the event on Facebook as a joke, unknowing of the viral attention it would receive. 

 

The page attracted many users, having more than 2 million people respond  they will be “attending” the event, which caused a widespread media reaction and resulted in the event becoming a viral Internet meme. However, on the day of the event, only 134 people were reported to have shown up at the entrance to Area 51, with none succeeding in trespassing the classified site.