By Mackenzie Eyles
Welcome to the first-ever episode of "Real Talk with Mary Ward". I'm Mackenzie E, and I'm thrilled to be your guide as we journey into the exciting world of pop culture predictions for the year 2024. Please be aware that this was written and recorded in 2023 so not everything will be up to date. There may be some already-released shows or albums in here that will not be a surprise. Now let’s get started.
With each New Year, we can't help but wonder what's in store for our favourite celebrities, movies, music, and all things pop culture. Well, wonder no more, because this episode is all about peering into the future and uncovering the events, and surprises that await us in 2024.
We're going to explore the hottest topics and the most intriguing predictions. From entertainment to technology and social media, we'll dive into it all. But before we dive in, remember, the future is a mystery, and while we can make guesses, it's the unexpected twists that keep us on the edge of our seats.
So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a captivating journey into the crystal ball of pop culture.
As we step into the world of pop culture predictions for 2024, let's start with the beat that keeps us moving: music. The year ahead promises to be a fascinating journey for the music scene in 2024. Let's start with the upcoming concerts: First of all, we have the Taylor Swift Era’s tour, which I sadly did not get tickets for, after that we have Pink, The Weeknd, which was scheduled to be in November last year but got rescheduled for a whole year which has made all ticket holders extremely mad and upset. Now I already mentioned her but there are many predictions for the Queen, Taylor Swift. I am speaking for all Swifties when I say, what is happening? We all saw the theories escaping based on the highly anticipated Reputation (Taylor’s Version). If you didn’t get the memo, let me give you a quick run-through. On the 27th of October, 1989 Taylor’s Version was released which gave every swiftie all around the world a heart attack when we first listened to the 'From the Vault Songs'. My first peer into the crystal ball reveals that Reputation is on its way and it is up to us to find the sneaky Easter Eggs our queen Taylor has left behind, some have already been found from the sneaky ‘S’ on the cover of 1989 Taylor’s Version, where the S was shaped like a snake which is the main symbol for Reputation to the post on all her socials where she wrote, "Look what you genuinely made me do" and "Getting in the car now…" which are both lines from songs in Reputation. I am getting nervous to see what the vault tracks are going to be.
Now that is probably enough on Taylor Swift, but there is not much else planned for the Year of 2024 when it comes to music so we will have to move on to the film category.
2023 has left us with many questions when it comes to the film industry, multiple movies are rumoured to be released in the coming year. The first movie, scheduled to be released on the 12th of January 2024 which is, drumroll please, (drumroll effects) Mean Girls which is not just a remake but also a musical version of Mean Girls much like the Broadway production. You may have seen many edits or videos of this movie on Tiktok or Instagram, where everyone all around the world freaked out when they saw Christopher Briney, the star in hit TV show, The Summer I Turned Pretty as Conrad Fisher. Team Jeremiah sorry Chris. The next movie on the watchlist for 2024 is Dune 2 a sequel to the 2021 movie starring Zendaya and Timothee Chamelet which is not a rumor and is actually happening and to be released on the 15th of March this year. The next movie for 2024 is the highly anticipated Ghostbusters 4, starring Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard. This movie is scheduled to be released on the 29th of March in cinemas worldwide. The last but certainly not least movie on my list for 2024 is Inside Out 2. Which will revisit Riley now that she’s in college, and will introduce a host of new emotions. This is set to be released on the 14th of June 2024. Next up we have TV shows coming out in 2024, maybe new ones or new seasons to already existing shows. I am not going to go into detail but just list a couple that interest me. Let's get started, You season 5, Good Trouble Season 6, The Umbrella Academy Season 4, Bridgerton Season 4, Wednesday Season 2, and maybe The Summer I Turned Pretty, which has been renewed for Season 3 but the release date, let alone year is yet to be announced, but let's hope that it is released in 2024.
The next set of predictions coming up in Mary’s crystal ball is to do with Social Media and what is coming up in the next couple of months for 2024. The popularity of Instagram and TikTok is anticipated to grow in 2024. Data indicates that Instagram is predicted to increase its users by 50 million in 2024, to 1.4 billion. Whilst TikTok is expected to increase its user base by 8%, to 900 million. What are we going to see on our fyp this year? Zoppose. Com has posted its top ten predictions for 2024. They are expecting to see a growth in e-commerce and shopping features within the app, cross-platform integration which includes Tiktok collaborating with other apps and companies, more collaborations open for Tiktok influencers and creators, more educational content, a return of collaborative challenges, a rise in comedic content, more DIY videos, a return and rise in duet and stitch videos, Augmented reality (AR) effects which means users will be able to change their appearances and add virtual objects to their videos, and as number 1, a more frequent use of green screen. Personally not my dream for you page but we will see. Now that is all the predictions that we can see in Mary’s crystal ball. Thanks for listening and have an amazing year and don’t forget to work on your resolutions. See you again in the next issue! Lots of love, Mackenzie Eyles and Mary Ward.