Saying goodbye to all the pop culture stuff that went down in 2017 was cathartic and all, but sometimes (like right now), it’s the first week of January, you forgot how to wear clothes that aren’t PJs/sweats and you just need something to look forward to, to light a fire under your ass.
I already know it works: Just yesterday morning I reminded myself that the sooner I stop hitting snooze, the sooner I can come back to my apartment in 12 hours to eat nachos while watching the newest episode of Vanderpump Rules in bed (my New Year’s resolution is to follow my heart). I didn’t hit snooze once! If this first week back has been a struggle for you, here are 10 other things I’m looking forward to this year to get us to the weekend:
A Joint Jay-Z and Beyoncé Album
After “Lemonade,” “4:44” and that T Magazine interview, I honestly don’t know what to expect, but there will most definitely be a trailer and it will make me less uncomfortable than this one. Is this why Jay was growing his hair out? Will he show up at Coachella to promote this? Who will babysit Blue Ivy, Sir and Rumi, then? Do you think they realize how cool it is that their aunt is Solange?! Seriously though, who has a Tidal login and can I borrow it before this happens?
Another Royal Wedding
May 19, 2018, motherfuckers!!!! It’s been seven whole years since Will and Kate got married on April 29, 2011 (did you read that in a British accent?) which, for context, was when “Rolling in the Deep” and “Party Rock Anthem” were playing all the damn time. This round of fancy hattery is bound to be fun because we all know the same rules don’t apply with second-borns, and there’s an American involved — even if she isn’t me, like I originally planned 14 years ago.
Barry Gibb and Ringo Starr being Sir Barry Gibb and Sir Ringo Starr
In other British news, two of my favorite musically-inclined British septuagenarians have been knighted by Prince Harry’s grandma. Try saying “Sir Richard Starkey AKA Sir Ringo Starr” five times fast! Now watch this entire music video! Now look at these adorable tweets!
Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul pic.twitter.com/ew5PuxhEv1
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 30, 2017
Dear Sir Ringo
I am very happy that you have received this honour from the Queen. It’s about time! Huge congratulations! I am delighted for you and your family. It is an honour for everyone in The Beatles family and I love you very much.
love, hugs and kisses,
yoko x ✌️ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ncDjH2wllW
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 2, 2018
A Wrinkle In Time
I mean, just look at this thumbnail image.
The Supermoon Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse
Remember how much fun last year’s solar eclipse turned out to be? We all went outside, looked through weird contraptions, had the smallness of our existence re-confirmed and proceeded to see weird stripes on our laptop screens and tried to stay calm even though we suddenly had headaches for the remainder of the day and thought we might be going blind; it was great.
Well, we already kicked off New Year’s Day with a supermoon, which was only pre-gaming the upcoming moon spectacular on January 31st. It will be the first total eclipse of a Blue Moon in nearly 152 years! This very rare Supermoon x Blue Moon x Total Lunar Eclipse (aka BLOOD MOON) collaboration not only sounds like an EDM set at Coachella and easier on the eyes than the solar eclipse was, but also like I should probably throw some sort of party. Please leave your favorite moon-related song suggestions in the comments below.
The return of shows I almost forgot about because they didn’t exist in 2017
Here’s lookin’ at you, Westworld, High Maintenance and Atlanta.
This year’s events are going down February 9th to February 25th and few things will make you feel warmer during those frigid times than vegetating on your couch whilst watching inspiring athletes partake in sports that involve snow and ice. I’ll also have you know this year’s mascot is this sprightly lil white tiger named Soohorang, who walks with confidence and conviction and honestly, that’s reason enough to tune in.
So many effing sequels you won’t have to direct all your anger onto just The Avengers one
Nay, this year you can switch it up and just be generally annoyed by the prevalence of prequels, sequels and spin-offs. Maybe try getting it all out in one huge, collective Liz Lemon eye-roll, or steadily distributing one less dramatic but still exaggerated eye-roll once a month throughout the year. It’s all personal preference.
A sampling to get you started: The Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Avengers: Infinity Wars, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Wreck-It Ralph 2, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Paddington 2, Mission: Impossible 6, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Fifty Shades Freed, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse(???!?!), Insidious: The Last Key, The Strangers 2, AND MANY MORE!
Rihanna hosting the 2018 Met Gala
Rihanna!!!!!!!!! With Amal Clooney!!!!!!!!! And Donatella Versace!!!!!!!!!
The entire cast. The ENTIRE cast. Lupita Nyong’o. Angela Basset. Forest Whitaker. Daniel Kaluuya. Chadwick Boseman. Danai Gurira. Winston Duke. Letitia Wright. Have you seen the posters?! Also, Gollum and Bilbo Baggins open this trailer with a casual conversation while wearing streetwear and MICHAEL B. JORDAN is in this film in general, so…yes.
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
Feature photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS.