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Barbenheimer’s Renaissance Era

Emma Hwang

   This past summer has been a long time coming and resulted in many having the time of their lives. Highlights included attending Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour, Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour, ​​and Barbenheimer at the movie theater.

   The United States leg of The Eras Tour opened Mar. 17, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona, and closed on Aug. 8, 2023 in Inglewood, California. The Eras Tour is a journey through Swift’s 10 albums, also known as eras. Swift performs for three hours and 30 minutes, playing over 40 songs and wearing 16 different looks each reflecting aspects of her albums.

    At the same time, the Renaissance Tour swept across Europe and the U.S., marking Beyoncé’s ninth and highest-grossing tour. The tour opened May 10, 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden, and closed Oct. 1, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. Beyoncé performed for two hours and 45 minutes with a total of 34 songs, accompanied by elaborate visuals and eye-catching choreography.

   A major aspect of both concerts was dressing up. For The Eras Tour, fans wore outfits corresponding to Swift’s albums such as fringed gold dresses for Fearless or velvet capes for evermore. As for the Renaissance Tour, Beyoncé requested fans wear silver-themed costumes in honor of her song “VIRGO’S GROOVE” and Virgo season.

   Both The Eras Tour and the Renaissance Tour are once-in-a-lifetime concerts like no others.

   But Swift and Beyoncé weren’t the only ones selling out tickets. Writer and director Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” opened in theaters worldwide on July 21, 2023 and made $115 million in ticket sales, selling out most theaters across the nation.

   “Barbie,” starring actress and producer Margot Robbie and actor Ryan Gosling, follows Stereotypical Barbie’s journey to discovering her purpose in life.

   Going into the theater, viewers expected “Barbie” to be a fun, comedic and relaxing movie. But they were wrong, and many left the theater in tears, touched by singer Billie Eilish’s song “What Was I Made For?” and Robbie’s emotional performance.

   Following “Barbie,” viewers quickly changed from bright pink outfits to muted suits and ties to attend director Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.” The biopic tells the story of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer’s discovery and creation of the atomic bomb. As Nolan’s third highest-grossing movie, “Oppenheimer” made a total of over $890 million.

   These events have taken their respective industries by storm, making billions of dollars and creating long-lasting impacts on people around the world.


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