The Roundup: April
Updated: Sep 22, 2020
This month the tea was hot, and we're here for it. From Queen B coming back to the front stage and the spotlight shining on Taylor Swift and her questionable new song, to the royal family's new Instagram page and Coachella 2019 taking over our timelines, we rounded up all our favs (and a few not so favs) of April that you won't be able to stop watching, binging, and jamming to.
New to the screen
In case you've been living under a rock for the past month, Avengers Endgame shook the Marvel Universe and the world reigning in almost $700 million dollars and rising to the #1 domestic box office sales for opening weekend. The grand conclusion to an 11 year story had us going through every emotion. As much we hate on those people who clap at the end of movies, we don't have any shame showing our love for this. No spoilers here, but all we gotta say is wow.
Just when you thought Queen B's reign was at its highest, she reminded everyone just how powerful she is thanks to a new documentary-styled film from Netflix. Beyoncés Homecoming takes her two-hour Coachella performance to the next level by implementing a large amount of performers, intense choreography and outfits inspired by black fraternity culture. With all the throwbacks and breathtaking vocals it makes it a challenge not to sing along.
This month we're back at it again with our April MOODay playlist featuring our team's favorite coffee shop vibes to get in that mellow mood. You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers, so tune in and tune out the rest of the world. Once you've gotten your dose of April showers vibes, have no fear because this month was bopping with all the jams to pick you back up and make you ready to take on the world.
If you don't have 2 hours to watch Beyoncé's Homecoming, you can still pay your tribute to Queen B because after nearly three years, Spotify finally released her 2016 album Lemonade. All I'm gonna say is that I've had "All Night" and "Formation" on repeat all month. The album was previously only on Tidal, the company co-owned by Beyoncé and her bae, Jay-Z, making this surprise release the first time her entire catalog is available on all streaming services.
Our thoughts: "It should have been in the Trolls movie" "I had high expectations" "She's almost 30" "Ummmm, what?"
All tea. All shade.
If you haven't heard Taylor Swift's Me, you're not missing much. We're all about sending positive vibes to our tribes, but with an icon as popular as Taylor, the new song was underwhelming to say the least. After much tease about the release of the song at Coachella and across social media, "come on kids, spelling is fun" didn't live up to the hype. All in all, the future of Taylor's career with this new direction is interesting and uncertain. We're waiting to find out that this was all some belated April Fool's Day joke, but until then at least we'll remember that "you can't spell awesome without me."
Just when you thought the drama was too much, enter The Dropout. It may not be as juicy as the latest celeb gossip, but the downfall of Elizabeth Holmes was a wave that had effects beyond just the medical community. After lying about what Thernos' blood test could actually do, Holmes faced a long list of legalities that served up all the tea. For all the deets be sure to listen to the podcast or check out ABC's documentary to get in on all the beef.
(Do it for the) Culture
Despite the controversy surrounding Coachella's Co-Founder and his charitable contributions towards organizations promoting anti-LGTBQ rhetoric, plenty of big name artists still performed and their fans followed suit. Musicians like Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves and BIllie Eilish took to the stage over the course of the two weekend festival and flooded the timeline.
On a more somber note, on April 15 the world witnessed a shocking destruction of a monumental icon. The burning of the Notre Dame was virtually live streamed thanks to the world-wide reach of Twitter and other social media platforms, prompting people to post their pictures in front of the historical cathedral and sparking a flood of donations and commitments to rebuild to monument. While the fire didn't spread beyond just a portion of the roof and spire, French President Emanuel Macron stated he wants cathedral rebuild by the Paris 2024 Olympic games inspiring architects across the globe to pitch their visions for a new Notre Dame.
In early April, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched their official Instagram page (@sussexroyal) gaining record breaking attention. In just under 6 hours, the page had over 1 million followers, a record previously held by K-Pop star Kang Daniel, who amassed the 7 figures of followers in 11.5 hours. So if you're not one of the 8.6 million people now following the power couple on Insta, join the bandwagon, because the royal family is now at the touch of your fingers. (Plus you wouldn't wanna miss all the cute pics of the newest family and their adorable baby.)
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