2010: The year of Bieber, vampires and iPads

Published: December 31, 2010

Of the many things that 2010 offered, were the squeaky notes of Justin Bieber.

The year 2010, according to the Citizen Police Liaiason Committee (CPLC), was the most violent of all years for Pakistan since 1995.

With the floods, civil unrest, too many holidays, not being satified with the government, recession and way too much chaos, 2010 was indeed hard on all Pakistanis.

I was just picking out on few trends and news that were special or prevalent in the year 2010 on the international front (No not Obama’s Health Bill). Here is the list:

The year of trashy dance tracks and squeaky singers!

Beyond its 315 million (yes, million) views on YouTube and worldwide multi-platinum status, ‘Bad Romance’ instantly became a hit. Rihanna’s ‘Rude Boy’ wasn’t far off followed with Munni and Sheila both trying to steal each other’s thunder.

To top it all off, was the squeaky notes of Justin Bieber (who I hate with all my being), the music of 2010 varied from trashy to major trashy to unbearable.

The year of scandalous cricket

Cricket was definitely not far behind with spot fixing allegations destroying whatever grace was left of Pakistani cricket. Do we stand a chance for the 2011 World Cup when we can’t even announce a squad?

With pacers missing, the batting order in a mess, wicket keepers running literally to other countries for refuge and no definite opening pair, Pakistan’s cricket was and still is in shambles.

On the international front “from ashes to ashes and dust to dust” has taken a whole new meaning.

The year of the red lipstick trend

Red is the color of power. The 82nd Academy Awards paved the way for the red lip color trend. Styling it out in their hot diva looks, most of the artists are showing it off. Too bad not too many people can pull this look off.

Number one red shade goes to MAC Ruby Woo.

The year of animation

This year there was big line of 3D movie and animations with Avatar being the highest grossing movie ever. The line of 3D continued with Shrek4, Step Up 3, Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland.

The year of Apple

On January 7, 2010, Apple introduced the iPAD which instantly caught book readers’ interest. Exactly six months later Apple took out the iPhone 4 which, it is safe to say, caught the world’s interest.

The year of vampires

Yes, I am talking about those blood sucking creatures!

Although the popularity of vampires has been picking up since 2007, with Stephanie Myer’s Twilight series and fan following on the unattainable “Edward,” it was rounded up with the “Vampire Diaries,” a CW Television show.

Although the show started in 2009, its second season sky rocketed the viewership. Can’t blame the ladies if you have Ian ‘smokin’ Sommerholder aka ‘Damon Salvatore’ on the show.

A lot of other stuff did happen in 2010. Let’s see what 2011 brings…


Anam Ashraf Ali

A system engineering student currently studying at NEDUET

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