6 Predictions For The Year In Pop Culture

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It’s going to be a fun one

If 2016 taught us anything (besides the fact that the night is long and full of terrors), it's that no matter how much we think we know about the ebbs and flows of pop culture, it remains entirely unpredictable. Did anyone see the juggernaut that was Deadpool coming? And how many of us predicted that a throwback TV show starring Winona Ryder and a group of plucky kids on bikes would become the year's biggest sensation? Surprise albums for both Knowles sisters? Two albums from Frank Ocean? Yes, 2016 was full of surprises. So, what does 2017 have in store for us? Let's gaze into our crystal ball and find out.  

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Taylor Swift will take a page out of The Weeknd’s playbook for her new album.
It’s been three calendar years since Taylor Swift dropped a proper album, which all but guarantees that 2017 will see the release of her hotly anticipated sixth studio LP. So, how will pop’s reigning princess reinvent herself this time? Though no concrete details have been released, some major clues indicate that Swift will ditch the stadium-ready power pop that defined her 2014 powerhouse, 1989, for the kind of moody electro-R&B popularized by artists like Zayn and The Weeknd. In fact, Swift just gave us a taste of what her next record might sound like on the Zayn-assisted “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” and has reportedly spent time in the studio with Drake. Does that mean a Tom Hiddleston diss track could be on the way, too? Fingers crossed.