The last of the “Year in Review” and “Best of 2011” lists have just about finished rolling out. Now it’s time to look ahead and see what 2012 will have to offer.
4. Tim Cook’s Apple reign
Now that it’s been a few months since the passing of Apple’s iconic co-founder, former chairman and CEO, Steve Jobs, current CEO Tim Cook has the opportunity to push through the company’s major loss and make his mark on the company. iFans and speculators are curious to see how Cook lead’s the innovation of company’s newest technologies and how he stacks up to Jobs.
5. Baby Jay-Z and Beyonce
Ever since Beyonce appeared at at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in August flaunting her burgeoning baby bump, entertainment news, fans and almost the rest of the internet have been abuzz with baby speculation. The name and the sex of the baby, as well as what clothes mommy and daddy, who have been married since 2008, will eventually dress the prince or princess of R&B and hip-hip in are among the popular topics talked and tweeted about. In late December Twitter, followed by the blogosphere,exploded with rumors that Beyonce had given birth, but the rumors went unconfirmed and were later deemed false.
11. Rising star: Azealia Banks
2011 was the year of Nicki Minaj, the outrageous R&B, rap and hip-hop popstar known for her various vocal stylings and vibrant costuming. Up-and-comer Azealia Banks, a 20-year-old from Harlem, is now drowning in Minaj comparisons from all the indie authorities like Pitchfork and NME. While it may be unfair to say Banks is the new Minaj, as the latter surely still has much steam left in her career, the hype surrounding Banks mimics the buzz that surrounded Minaj when she was breaking onto the music scene just before her monster hit “Super Bass” dominated the radio waves in 2011. Besides, banks music has a whole different vibe than Minaj’s: Banks manages to blend rap, electro, house and hip-hop, all while letting her sassy, but relaxed edge shine.
12. The world is going to end. Again.
Last year Harold Camping, a believer of “Rapture,” unsuccessfully predicted the world’s demise to occur in May and October of 2011. This year, the Mayans in 2000 B.C. predicted the end of the world to be December 21, 2012, when their calendar ends. While it could possibly unfold like the 2009 movie “2012” and John Cusack will in fact save the world, based on the track record of previous world’s end predictions, it’s safe to say we’ll make it to next Christmas. Probably.