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10 Things Turning 10 in 2017

January 23, 2017

The Smartphone was Born

 

One of the most well-known products of 2007 is undoubtedly the iPhone. While the technology looked nowhere near to how it does currently, at the time, in a generation of big, chunky flip-phones, this technology paved the way for the following decade. The iPhone gave people the option of applications, or ‘apps’, and they could easily access social media. Within the next couple of years, more and more social media networks appeared as people began to trade their old dinosaur phones for the new, touch-screen smartphones.

 

Lots of Hair-Flipping Fun

 

The musical Hairspray made its way to new platforms in 2007. Hairspray, set in 1962, follows a spunky teenager striving to demolish stereotypes and racial segregation in Balti- more, Maryland. A recreation of the 1988 hit lm came out in 2007. Although, Hairspray technically had its rst moment in the shining lights when it hit the big stage as a broadway musical in 2002.

The Hit Tunes of 2007

 

As for as music in 2007, R&B and Pop were usually the chart toppers when it came to the most popular tunes. Low by Flo Rida and Crank That by Soulja Boy were both released that year and would become hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 for years after. Teens spent their days singing along to “boots with the fur” and rehearsing the Soulja Boy dance in their free time. Nowadays, listeners have many more specific dance moves, including the “whip” and the “dab.”

 

Meet the Robinson’s and Ratatouille 

 

Disney struck gold in 2007 when both Meet the Robinsons and Ratatouille were released. Meet the Robinsons introduced viewers to the adorable Wilbur Robinson, an outcast orphan who would much rather spend his time creating a time machine than finding himself a family. While Meet the Robinsons was a comical, bubbly blast into the future, Ratatouille followed the struggle of a rat named Remy who dreamed of trading in a life of dumpster-diving for one of wooden spoons and spices. Remy, a critter involved with food that belongs to the humans, expresses a constant fear of death, an undertone throughout the film. Ratatouille received more recognition out of the two movies, with approximately $100 million more in the box office and a 96% Rotten Tomato score from critics, while Meet the Robinsons only received a 66%.

 

Spiders, Robot Cars and Pirates, Oh My!

 

Memorable movies came out of 2007, including many in the action and adventure categories. The third Spider Man movie was released, as well as the original Transformers and the third Pirates of the Caribbean film. Though all three were smash hits right away, Spider-Man 3, featuring the charming Tobey Maguire, hit number one in the box office that year.

 

The end of one great era, and the beginning of another 

 

In 2007, one of Disney Channel’s great classics, That’s So Raven, ended. Disney Channel shows usually air for a maximum of four seasons, with That’s So Raven meeting that limit in 2007. Along with Raven-Symone’s smash hit, the popular TV show Gilmore Girls also called it quits after airing for nearly seven years. While audiences said goodbye to their favorite mother-daughter duo, a new family came into the spotlight and would start a whole new era of American pop culture. America’s famous reality stars, the Kardashians, kick-started their first TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians, which is still airing after a decade.

The Kardashians are not the only ones who began stirring up drama in 2007.  Gossip Girl, starring Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, also began its five year long trek in 2007. With all that drama, the comic relief came when The Big Bang Theory began airing on CBS. The sitcom still is going strong today.

Disney also increased their number of viewers by adding the smash hit, Wizards of Waverly Place, to its schedule. Wizards of Waverly Place gave Disney an interesting magical twist with a world full of wizards, goblins, werewolves, zombies and much more. Also, Corey in the House, which was a That’s So Raven spin off, would air, and would be canceled within the next year.

 

Books, Books, Books

 

With 2007 came a swarm of sorrowful, excited, and anxious “Potterheads” as the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series came out. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was met with international popularity upon its release. Along with the Harry Potter series, a number of other book series’ began or added to their collection. Among these were Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, Eclipse (Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

 

Beyoncé Runs the World

 

Beyonce (aka Queen B) had already received plenty of fame as one of the infamous R&B girl-power group, Destiny’s Child, and her solo career, which started in 2003, by 2007. However, it wasn’t until she premiered her sophomore solo album that her songs began skyrocketing to the number one spot on the charts, including her hit, Irreplaceable, which came out in 2007, and would be recognized as the most popular song of the year by Billboard.

 

The reign of a pop-queen

 

Alongside Beyonce, Rihanna rose to the top of the charts in 2007. Though she had already released two albums with the debut of Good Girls Gone Bad (2007), she was allowed full creative management over her third album, allowing her to form her own style. This proved to be successful as her number one hit from the album, Umbrella, won her a grammy in 2008.

 

Legally Blonde

 

The musical Hairspray made its way to new platforms in 2007. Hairspray, set in 1962, follows a spunky teenager striving to demolish stereotypes and racial segregation in Balti- more, Maryland. A recreation of the 1988 hit lm came out in 2007. Although, Hairspray technically had its rst moment in the shining lights when it hit the big stage as a broadway musical in 2002.

 

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