The Roundup: October
As spooky season comes to its finale, we celebrate the last two months of 2020. It's been an interesting month, to say the least. From car wash drive-thru haunted houses to virtual trick-or-treating. Who would've thought we could get so innovative with celebrating the holidays?
We'll wait to see how Thanksgiving and winter plays out, but until then let's take it back to everything that happened in October. We've got quite a bit of ground to cover, including new music releases from this generation's pop diva to TikTok stars, award shows that went virtual, dramatic presidential election debates, and more. Let's get it!
New to the Screen
Adam Sandler is back with a new Halloween tradition for the family. The recent Netflix hit, Hubie Halloween was a fan favorite this season. It was made specifically as an entry to the Halloween classics library, so no shock there.
Follow Sandler as he spends October 31 in Salem, Massachusetts. The typical pranks in the town's community eventually lead him into the midst of a real investigation for real murder. If you love Hocus Pocus, you better add this film right next to it because it's not going anywhere.
It's also packed with big comedy stars like Julie Bowen, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and more. Don't be afraid though, there are some spooky scenes but for the most part, you'll be laughing your a** off.
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky
If you listen close, you can hear the sound of all KPOP fans screaming about this latest release. The documentary on Netflix tells the story of the South Korean girl group BLACKPINK as bandmates and as individuals.
It details their rise to fame from leaving their homes to attend a live-in pop conservatory to becoming one of the biggest names around the world. It isn't just another pop star documentary, it's actually very intense to watch as the director touches on the cynical and bright side of the music industry. Let's just say they take music groups to a whole other level.
Every season we hear we hear the host of The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison, claim it's the "most shocking season of The Bachelor(ette)", but this time he might be right. All we have to say is, well, Dale.
The last time the franchise had something un-precedented was in season 11 of The Bachelorette when the men were allowed to choose who they wanted as their Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristow, or Britt Nilsson. But this season has given unprecedented a whole new meaning. Rumors began circling early on that Clare started dating someone from the season before it aired causing the season to run short due to her wanting to pursue the already established connection. This has deemed her the title of the "worst Bachelorette in franchise history".
In the last episode for October, we were shown previews of Tayshia Adams taking over as The Bachelorette, and fans - as well as probably every guy currently on the show- couldn't be more thrilled!
"Positions", Ariana Grande The princess of pop is back with a new single and album to be released Oct. 30, both titled Positions. Ariana Grande continues to mature with her airy vocals and experimental style in her new project - even her music video was next level sh*t. She's no stranger to collaborating with other artists, and you can expect a feature from Doja Cat, Ty Dolla $ign, and The Weeknd. There's no word on what the rest of the album will sound like, but we're here for her excitement in her latest tweet:
"This project is my favorite for many reasons and I really can't wait for it to be yours."
When It's All Said and Done, Giveon You may recognize this artist from TikTok or his feature on Drake's single "Chicago Freestyle". Giveon is back with his second project of 2020, When It's All Said and Done. This four-track EP has the same emotional energy that his past project held. He told Elle magazine that each song is about a situation that happened 6 to 8 years ago, so this project is a form of therapy for him. It's openly honest and vulnerable. If you're taking a listen, prepare to get in your feels.
"All About You", Leon Bridges + Lucky Daye Fort Worth-based star, Leon Bridges and Lucky Daye collaborated for a track that will give you all the 90's R&B vibes. "All About You" comes after a series of collaborations in 2020 from Leon with powerful vocalists like Terrace Martin and John Mayer. The voices of both these R&B stars are strong alone but paired together, they make a beautiful creation of melody and emotions. It's bound to give you extremely nostalgic vibes.
(Do it for the) Culture
Award Shows: Billboard Music Awards + BET Hip-Hop Awards The 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards: It was an empowering show, to say the least. Hosted by 85 South, the virtual show featured at-home performances, motivational speeches, and 12 nominations for DaBaby, who unfortunately didn't win any of them. All we have to say is cyphers, cyphers, cyphers. This year's cypher featured Brandy, Teyana Taylor, H.E.R, and Erykah Badu. It was epic from the rawness to the lyricism. Find out everything that went down in this article.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards: Another star-studded, performance-packed celebration of music. It was hosted by Kelly Clarkson for the 3rd year in a row, but this time she was in front of a virtual crowd. There were emotional performances, like John Legend's ballad "Never Break" dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who went through a pregnancy loss, a wagon full of awards for Post Malone who won 9 out of 16 nominations, and a lot of talk about social injustices. Find out more about what went down in this article.
2020 Presidental Elections After the memorable first presidential debate last month with Trump and Biden, we only hoped for better insight with the Vice President and second presidential debates. We got what we asked for! In the VP debate with Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, a lot was said about the U.S. economy, taxes, race relations, and the Supreme Court. There were some slick attacks from each candidate, but the mood was lightened when the infamous fly landed on Pence's head and sat there for two minutes.
The second presidential debate was a huge difference from the first, thanks to an added mute button designed to prevent interruptions. The change resulted in more civil exchanges between the candidates. The topics discussed were COVID-19, National Security, American Families and the Economy, Immigration, Race in America, Climate Change, and Leadership.
Find out more about what was spoken about here.
On top of everything else, we didn't get to dive into new music by LANY, Nightly, Dua Lipa, and Alina Baraz, as well as the Southern California wildfires, the new wave of COVID-19, drive-thru haunted houses, and so much more. Did we leave anything out? Let us know your favorite releases and moments from this month in the comments.