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January 7th, 2014
It’s a brand new year, as we will surely continue to remind you for the next couple of weeks, and the last thing we need is to drag old trends with us. Some of 2013′s biggest trends are better off left behind as we move forward.
Here are nine trends we no longer want to see in 2014 — let us know in the comment section if you agree with these picks and what you don’t want to see anymore.
Although artists like Drake and Kanye West had legitimate reasons for delaying their tour dates — both cited equipment/production problems — we just want to see things run a little more smoothly this year for everyone. No more stress, please!
A million Instagram pics from Rihanna
Spamming your Instagram followers is a serious offence and Rihanna was guilty on multiple counts of that last year. From bombarding us with non-stop uploads of her extravagant nights out to sharing one too many pics of her many photoshoots, Rihanna’s Instagrams almost drowned out our feeds and we’re not hitting unfollow just yet, we’re just proposing that the pop star tones it down a notch (or eight).
Justin Bieber movies
The first one (2011′s Never Say Never) was great. Incredibly moving. Still makes us tear up and cheer on that little boy from Stratford, Ontario. Bieber’s attempt at another film this year, his box office flop Believe, was just disappointing on so many levels. Please, please, please don’t release another film any time soon, Bieber. We’ll buy your album, we’ll even accept the fact that you no longer smile; just don’t give us another movie. Not yet.
If someone says cronut even once (not including this post), we will hurt you. Remember when foods were simple? Remember when we weren’t breeding them together to create monstrous, even dangerous, concoctions? I think we’ve learned from 2013, so let’s just enjoy a good ol’ fashioned donut, just like Chief Wiggum.
Crazy album promotions
Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely loved Arcade Fire’s Reflektor and Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP last year, but how many times were we slapped in the face with countless promotion for their albums? From Arcade Fire’s Reflektor symbols scrawled across every city to what felt like a million sneak peeks and promos of Lady Gaga’s album before the actual release, we were a little tired out by the time the record actually came out. Everyone needs to take a cue from Beyonce this year: less is more. And by the looks of Bey’s skyrocketting sales, it definitely looked like it paid off.
This ugly purse
Never let Kanye West get near your designer bag with a paintbrush.
Of all the trends we’ve listed, this has got to be the one that we can look at, years from now, and truly say, “That was sooooo 2013.” It was great, it was kind of funny for a while, but we’re totally over it. Time to move on to a hot, new viral video trend, alright?
Rob Ford scandals
With Toronto’s mayor officially running for re-election this year, it’ll be tough to avoid the crack-smoking lightning rod for controversy, but hopefully there aren’t anymore bombshells to be dropped. We don’t know if we can handle any more late-night parodies. Okay, we can, but let’s not make Toronto the butt of any more jokes, please.
He may have had one of the year’s biggest hits with Blurred Lines, but we think the Robin Thicke train has finally hit a dead end. From his tireless defence of Blurred Lines’ misogynistic tones — no, Robin, this song is not a feminist movement — to his creepy comments on his own wife, we’re ready to put Thicke behind us and define our own feminist movement in the new year with clearly-drawn lines. We’ll also take Pharrell with us, thank you very much.