Year in Review – Part 3 “Culture”

Full Article by NW Academy Pigeon Press

Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Jimmy Fallon’s first episode of “The Tonight Show” aired on February 17th, 2014, five months after the departure of Jay Leno. Fallon brought “The Tonight Show” back to its original filming location of NBC Studio 6-B in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, the same place where Johnny Carson filmed every episode. The debut episode had an overall viewership of 11.3 million, the second largest number of viewers in The Tonight Show history.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: In 2012, when Bostonian and former baseball player Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS, his friend Pat Quinn created the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge gained popularity on social media in June 2014. During the summer of 2014, millions of people posted videos of themselves dumping a bucket of ice on them to raise money for the disease. As of July 29th, 2014 The ALS Association has received $115 million in donations.

Kim and Kanye: In May of 2014, two of the world’s most famous figures, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, got married. Their wedding followed the June 2013 birth of their daughter, North West. Kardashian shared a photo of the wedding, featuring her and West kissing, on Instagram. The photo is now the most liked Instagram photo of all time with over 2.4 million likes. After her marriage to West and even greater spike in popularity, Kardashian is estimated to be worth $65 million and West is estimated to be worth $130 million.

Taylor Swift: On August 18th, 2014 Taylor Swift began to release songs from her new album 1989, beginning with her hit song “Shake It Off.” The song stayed #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from the day it released until September 6th. The album officially released on October 27th, 2014. 1989 became the highest selling album in a single week since 2002, making Swift the first artist to have three albums sell a million copies or more in a week; making 1989 the best selling album of 2014.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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