From the release of “Midnights” (hear it here) to Will Smith’s infamous slap, 2022 was full of unforgettable pop culture moments. But don’t fret, 2023 is bound to be just as memorable, if not more. Here are 6 pop culture moments to look forward to in the new year.
- The Eras Tour: The lucky Swifties who managed to purchase tickets will get the chance to see Taylor Swift on tour for the first time since 2016. Ticketmaster continues to face backlash and even lawsuits about the fiasco that left countless upset fans ticketless. The tour will be starting in Arizona on March 17. The eleven-time Grammy award winner has reportedly started practicing for the tour with her back-up singers and dancers. Tour preparations at various stadiums are also underway.
- “Renaissance” Tour: Swift is not the only global superstar touring in 2023. Beyoncé announced her global Renaissance tour Oct. 22. After launching her solo career back in 2003, this event will mark her 20-year anniversary of being in the music industry. Tickets have not been released for sale and neither have official tour dates.
- Super Bowl Half-Time Show: Football fans will not be the only ones waiting anxiously for the Super Bowl, as Rihanna is set to make her return to the stage. After having not released an album since 2016, Riri’s return to music has been highly anticipated among the pop and R&B world. The Super Bowl will take place Sunday, Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona. Jay-Z is helping Rih organize the show, ensuring it will be unforgettable.
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Hunger Games fans are ready to return to the land of Panem in a prelude to the original Hunger Games trilogy. This movie will be adapted from the same-named novel released earlier in 2020 by author Suzanne Collins. It stars Tom Blyth, Hunter Schafer and Rachel Zegler. Fans may remember Zegler who played Maria in the recent Steven Spielberg adaptation of West Side Story. In this movie, Zegler plays Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from district 12 who forms a friendship with the ever cold Coriolanus Snow, played by Blyth. The film will be released in theaters Nov. 17.
- Let’s go Barbie: For those who are still a child at heart, award-winning director Greta Gerwig just announced her newest project, a live-action Barbie movie based on the iconic Mattel dolls. Not much is known about the project yet, but the cast is star-studded, with icons like Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken (pictured above), as well as Will Ferrell and Emma Mackey. The film is scheduled to be released July 21.