BY MICAH BECK
Are you out of the loop? Are you wondering what all of these new trends are? This page will catch you up on everything you need to know about what is currently trending today.
TikTok is an app that has emerged in the past couple of years as another way to make short online videos, often times including music. The app has been compared to Vine and YouTube. Anyone can sign up and post different types of videos with a possibility of being hit with a lot of attention and fame.
Most of the videos posted on TikTok are of teenagers doing something funny with a soundtrack of random music. Similar to Instagram, these videos can receive likes and the users who create them can gain followers. If a video gets enough attention, it can reach the “For You” page, which is a section of the TikTok app that shows trending videos from around the world that TikTok thinks one would be interested in watching, based on an algorithm that can understand what topic of videos that person enjoys watching, or watches most often.
Users like Riley Shriver, 11, have found popularity making videos on the platform. Shriver makes a wide variety of videos.
“Some are comedy, some are beauty, and some are just random videos to have fun,” said Shriver, who started out making TikToks as a joke, thinking people would make fun of her.
Shriver has an astounding 48,800 followers, and 1.3 million total likes. She averages around 10,000-20,000 views per video, and her most viewed videos boast over 1 million. She has even made near $500 in revenue and donations from her fans.
“It’s just fun making videos for an audience that enjoys them,” said Shriver. “Some downs are that once you get a larger audience, it’s very hard to maintain that audience and make videos.”
Ever since the app launched in 2016, TikTok has grown to exceed a user base of over 500 million people, and has surpassed over 1 billion downloads. With over 75 million sign-ups in December 2018 alone, the video-sharing app shows no sign of fading anytime soon.
What originally started out as just a thing to hold hair up has become one of the most popular design trends in recent months.
Scrunchies started becoming popular in the 1990s, but have recently made a comeback. While their intended purpose is to hold your hair up in a certain position, scrunchies also double as a stylish wristband. People wear them on their wrists when they are not being used in their hair.
Coming in many different colors and designs, it is no wonder they are popular and trendy with teenagers; almost everyone has at least one scrunchie in their collection. Even some teachers use them!
Move over, YETI; Hydroflasks are the next big thing in water bottles. They keep your drink cold or warm, made of stainless steel, they’re stylish and popular with teens. Many generally see the typically sticker-covered water bottles everywhere: classrooms, sports practices, even on the beach…
Over the past couple of years, Hydroflasks have slowly emerged as a new trend. Most people are buying them because their friends have one, and because of the many different ways they could decorate it.
They are advertised to keep beverages hot or cold “hour after hour.” They accomplish this with their patented “TempShield” insulation, which uses vacuum insulation to ensure the temperature holds. They also have a “Powder Coat” on the exterior, which prevents condensation from forming, and also gives the user a solid grip.
Post Malone’s release of Hollywood’s Bleeding
On September 6, 2019, four-time Grammy nominated rapper, Post Malone, released his third studio limited play album, entitled, Hollywood’s Bleeding. The new album includes Malone’s famous hit, “Sunflower,” in which he collaborated with Swae Lee, and was also featured in the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
Other songs included on “Hollywood’s Bleeding” are “Saint-Tropez,” “Enemies,” “Allergic,” “A Thousand Bad Times,” “Circles,” “On The Road,” “Take What You Want,” “I’m Gonna Be,” “Internet,” “Myself” and “I Know.” Malone worked with Future and Halsey on the song “Die For Me,” SZA, on “Staring At The Sun,” and Young Thug on “Goodbyes.”
So far, reviews of “Hollywood’s Bleeding” have been mostly positive. Jason Greene, an acclaimed music critic who posts reviews on Pitchfork.com, critiqued “Hollywood’s Bleeding.”
“Nothing about Post Malone suggests “career pop musician” but that is exactly what he has become.” said Greene.
Students at Wadsworth High School enjoy the album too. “I like the new album,” said Alex Dunn, 11. “It’s better than [his previous album,] Beerbongs and Bentleys.”