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Year in Review: What happened in 2015

2015 is finally coming to an end and it is time for us to welcome the year 2016!

Prepare all your New Year resolutions and bid farewell to what ever happened in the past.

But before we bid farewell to 2015, let’s take a look back at what are the international and regional happenings that have taken place throughout the year!

1. The Dress
(Photo source: buzzfed.com)

Also known as Dressgate, The Dress is a meme that broke the internet on 26 February 2015 and is one of the most viral 2015 memes and photos on Tumblr. The meme originated from a washed-out photograph of a dress posted on Tumblr which were uploaded by user Caitlin McNeill. Immediately after that, dispute on whether the dress was blue and black, or white and gold has been wildly circling the internet. Even though it was confirmed that the dress is black and blue, some saw it as white and gold. This is because the photo of the dress was overexposed and had poor white balance, causing its colours to be washed out, giving rise to the perception by some that the dress is white and gold rather than its actual colours.

2. Zayn Malik left One Direction
(Photo source: theguardian.com)

When the handsome British singer left the renowned boy band One Direction, all of the Directioners (fanbase name for the group) were left in tears as he was one of the most famous and favourite members of the group. It is understandable why the singer would want to leave One Direction, because when he first joined “The X Factor” in 2010, he auditioned as a solo artiste but got eliminated and was later brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the group that would later become known as One Direction. Zayn Malik left One Direction in 25 March 2015 after the group released an official statement regarding his departure. He then went on to sign a solo recording contract with RCA Records.

3. Vape
(Photo source: halboor.com)

Vaping has become a trend in Malaysia and it is most obviously seen in 2015. The e-cigarettes also known as vaporisers was introduced in 2004 and global usage of it has risen exponentially in 2013. According to Malaysian E-Vaporisers and Tobacco Alternative Association (MEVTA), e-cigarettes entered Malaysia in 2008 but started to become a trend since early 2015. Now, Malaysia is known to be the second-largest market in the world in terms of vapers’ purchasing power and also the second-largest vape liquid producer, based on MEVTA reports as quoted by The Malay Mail.

4. Uber
(Photo source: hmsinsurance.com)

Like vape, Uber is also trending in Malaysia since early 2015. The American private car-hailing service was started in 2009 and has expanded internationally in 2014. Now, the service is available in over 60 countries and 300 cities worldwide. It is assumed that the service entered Malaysia a few years back, but the trend became more notable this year as many taxi-users began to shift to the service due to it being more convenient. Thus, this causes the taxi drivers in Malaysia to start protesting against Uber drivers as well as other private car-hailing apps like GrabCar.

5. Caitlyn Jenner
(Photo source: cnn.com)

Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn is known to be the most famous openly transgender person in the world as her gender transition news had gone viral worldwide. She is the former husband of Kris Jenner whom she shared six children with including Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob Kardashian as well as Kylie and Kendall Jenner. Caitlyn also has four other children from her previous two marriages. Soon after Caitlyn announced her new gender, she amassed over one million Twitter followers in just over four hours, setting a new Guinness World Record and surpassing previous record-holder President Barack Obama.

6. Back to the Future

Fans of Robert Zemeckis’ science-fiction adventure comedy would know that 2015 is the year of “Back to the Future” as it is when Marty McFly travels from 1985 to 21 October 2015, in order to save his children. So this year, there have been a lot of promotions, movie marathons, themes and more that were based on the movie. Some technologies like the hoverboard and McFly’s self-tying shoes were also realised in conjunction with the film. Other technology from “Back to the Future” that proofed true today include, unmanned drones, wide and flat screen televisions, video chat, hands-free video game consoles, talking hologram billboards, mobile payment technologies, biometric devices, head-mounted displays and more.

7. Malaysian artistes entering international charts
(Photo source: thattimeofnight.com)

Two Malaysian artistes have done the country proud by making it into international charts this year, and they are none other than singer-songwriter Resh and pop band Paperplane Pursuit! The trio from Paperplane Pursuit entered the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart with their song “Feel Good” and landed at number 40. Not only that, they had stayed on the chart for six consecutive weeks! Meanwhile, Malaysian crooner Resh (previously known as Reshmonu) has entered America’s Digital Radio Tracker (DRT) with his latest song, “Half the Man”, and on the first week, the singer entered three DRT charts; DRT National Airplay Top 200 Chart, DRT National Airplay Top 80 Independent Chart and DRT National Airplay Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, at number 157, 20 and 8 respectively. Also, guess what? He is still on the charts right now!

8. Big movies this year

Undoubtedly, this year we have some really big movies, in term of box office ranking, critics’ reception, and also on how viral the movies got on social media. One of them were “Furious 7” which gained worldwide success, mainly being praised  for its action sequence as well as as tribute to the late Paul Walker. Other than that, “Jurassic World” is another highly successful film which also brought back the nostalgia for audiences who watched the movies years ago. Mainly in Malaysia, “Polis Evo” became the highest grossing Malaysian film of 2015, raising RM 17.3 million, beating previous record-holder, “The Journey”.

9. Adele’s “Hello”

Adele’s latest power ballad, “Hello” is definitely one of the biggest songs in 2015, breaking several records including highest views on YouTube within a 24-hour span, achieving over 27.7 million views, surpassing Taylor Swift's “Bad Blood” which accumulated 20.1 million views. The song also broke the record for shortest time to attain 100 million Vevo views, which was previously held by Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. Written by Adele and her producer Greg Kurstin, “Hello” is also the first song with over a million digital sales in a week, it is the biggest selling number-one single on the U.K. Singles Chart in three years, and was streamed 7.32 million times in its first week, breaking the streaming record previously held by Justin Bieber's “What Do You Mean?”

10. Celebrity babies of 2015
(Photo source: rotikaya.com, Marion Counter's Twitter, mstar.com.my, zimbio.com, Sasha Piqué Mebarak's Twitter)

This year, there are a number of adorable celebrity babies that will make you go “Aww~”. From Hollywood sensational couples to local hit-makers, here are some of the famous celebrities who welcomed their newborns in 2015!

“Hips Don’t Lie” singer Shakira and professional footballer Gerard Piqué welcomed their second son Sasha Piqué Mebarak on 29 January 2015.
Country singer Carrie Underwood and professional ice hockey player Mike Fisher welcomed their firstborn son Isaiah Michael Fisher on 27 February 2015.
British royalty Princess Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their daughter Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on 2 May 2015.
Former Miss World Malaysia Elaine Daly and Nick Borden welcomed their firstborn daughter Eva Jean Borden on 11 July 2015.
First “Malaysian Idol” champion Jaclyn Victor and Shawn Rivera from Az Yet welcomed first son Jonah Joshiah Rivera on 24 August 2015.
Celebrity VJ Marion Counter and business tycoon Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin welcomed baby boy Liam on 26 August 2015.
Actress Lisa Surihani and Yusry Abdul Halim from KRU welcomed their firstborn daughter Yahaira Leanne on 15 September 2015.

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