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The Roundup: December

Updated: Jan 5

And just like that, the never-ending year is over. But even in its final moments, 2020 was still full of news, music, and culture. Before we say our final goodbye to the most interesting year of the decade, we made sure to round up the final month that ended all of its glory for you one last time.


So what went down in December? Let's dive in!


New to the Screen


ariana grande: excuse me, i love you


Miss Ariana Grande gifted us this December with her Netflix special, excuse me, i love you. In the concert documentary, fans get to relive the magic of the Sweetener Tour with some exclusive, never before seen, behind-the-scenes content from life on tour with Ari. We got to see what Ari and her tour crew were up to from singing in the car to dance rehearsal clips, to even Ariana getting a special request from the one and only, Mariah Carey.


The documentary ends full of emotion as the crew ends the tour and looks back on what they were grateful for that year. The film was released one year after her tour came to an end, giving fans exactly what they needed after most tours were canceled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus.



Bridgerton


Shonda Rhimes has done it again! The mastermind behind hit TV shows such as Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How To Get Away With Murder, dropped her newest release on Netflix this month. The show tells the story of the Bridgerton family and follows along as its eight siblings navigate through love, royal scandals, marriage, and gossip, thanks to London’s mysterious gossip columnist known as Lady Whistledown. With just 8 episodes, the series has enough passion, drama, and swoon-worthy characters to make you want to binge it all in one sitting!


Watch the story unfold on Netflix.



Soul


Is it just us or does Pixar always release amazing films that tug at our hearts? Soul tells the story of a middle school band teacher, Joe, whose life hasn’t turned out how he expected. The one thing that he knows is that he loves jazz music, and is good at it. However, after a tragic event sends Joe to another realm where he helps someone else find out what their spark is, he comes to understand the true meaning of being human.


Watch it now exclusively on Disney+.




Must-Have Jams


"Move On", Dezmond Walker


Dallas-Fort Worth newcomer, Dezmond Walker, dropped his latest single followed by a music video this month. The song serves as an ode to 2020, and although it was originally about moving on from an unfulfilling relationship, the global pandemic provided a new narrative. Reflection in quarantine allowed us an opportunity to reflect on what we really want, and what we should let go of and move on from in the new year. Here is what Dezmond had to say about the matter:


“No matter how hard it may be to let go, no matter if you don’t know what the other side of your choice looks like, take your chance and move on,” Walker said. “It’s a journey, but what lies outside of your comfort zone is purpose.”

evermore, Taylor Swift


Well Swifties, 2020 just might have been your year. Taylor Swift dropped not one, but TWO surprise albums this year between folklore and evermore. The latest release serves as a conceptual sequel to its predecessor. Evermore reached number-one in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. And, its placement on the Billboard 200, made Swift the first woman in US history to amass eight consecutive number-one debuts on the chart. The album features collaborations with The National, HAIM, and Bon Iver.


That's What They All Say, Jack Harlow


Dare we call Jack Harlow the man of 2020? Although we wouldn't call him an overnight success, 2020 was filled with hits from Jack Harlow. The 22-year-old rapper, singer and songwriter, dropped his debut album on December 11th. His career has been four years in the making, and it wasn't until the success of his hit song "What's Poppin", that he began to become a household name. The album features guest appearances from Lil Baby, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Adam Levine, EST Gee, Bryson Tiller, DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne. If 2020 was just the start, we can't wait to see what 2021 has in store for this artist on the rise.





(Do it for the) Culture


Bachelorette Tayshia Adams Engagement

The most dramatic season of the Bachelorette has come to an end! Not only were there two bachelorettes this season, but there were also two engagements! Even in the chaos of 2020 true love prevailed (for now).


In the finale of the show, Tayshia Adams found her "forever" in contestant Zac Clark. The season finale aired on December 22nd where the two love birds got engaged. Many weren't sure what the season would look like when rumors began to circulate about the original lead Clare Crawley leaving the show early on, but Tayshia came through with a love story that is said to have saved the very weird season of the show. On her relationship with Zac, Tayshia expressed:


"If you had told me in March that I'd be getting engaged at the end of the year, I would not have believed it for a second, but I want to experience life with [Zac] by my side. He's what I've always wanted."


21 Savage Meme Takes The World By Storm


When the year is 2021 and your name is 21 Savage, you spark the internet by sharing a meme of yourself. On December 31st, as the month was coming to an end, 21 Savage found himself circling the internet, and not for his music.


The meme is the latest in a series of jokes fans have made with 21, including a countdown to Christmas and following the revelation of his British origins in 2019. The artist posted the image himself on his Instagram with the caption "yesirskiiiiii don’t play wit himmmmm my year !!!" We hope the memes don't stop in 2020!

Covid-19 Vaccine

Perhaps this is the news we have all been waiting for since the start of the pandemic in March. Two vaccines have begun distributions in parts of the world this month. Both Moderna and Pfizer were granted emergency use authorization for their vaccines to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The vaccines began with frontline workers including many doctors and nurses and is said to not be available to the general public until the spring of 2021.


The majority of people have seen little side effects of the vaccine, but some have reported high fevers and more. Both vaccines need two doses and it is said that side effects are more common after the second dose. Only time will tell what is in store with the vaccines, but we can only hope it is a step towards a normal life again.



In addition to everything we covered above, we didn’t get to touch on the A$AP Rocky and Rihanna dating rumors, the launch of “Cardi Tries”, the announcement of two new Disney live-action films, the holidays, Beyonce’s gift to all her family and friends to commemorate 2020, and so much more!

Did we leave anything out? Let us know your moments from this month in the comments.

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