In the arts and entertainment world, June 2015 started off with a bang, because, well, we launched. Other real cool things happened too — for instance, Hilary Duff releasing her first new album since 2007 (even though it’s sadly terrible).
Here are our top 10 picks of all things new in June 2015.
1. FILM: Jurassic World
- It’s hard to deny that this was the most highly anticipated movie of the summer, if not the year. The newest sequel to the beloved 90s action tale stars everybody’s celeb crush, Chris Pratt, and a bunch of crazy CGI dinosaurs. Jurassic World managed to live up to the hype of its predecessor and became the fastest film to hit $500 million of all time, crushing earlier summer competitor, superhero mashup Avengers: Age of Ultron.
2. ALBUM: Leon Bridges, Coming Home
- Released on June 24, Coming Home is the soulful musician’s debut album from Columbia records. The 25-year-old shines with genuine talent and a rich sound.
3. ALBUM: Jaime XX, In Colour
- Also a debut album, In Colour was released on at the tail end of May, but so worth mentioning, that we’re including it in our June roundup. It received 87/100 stars on Mediacritic, and a highly coveted spot in our iTunes library.
4. TV SHOW: UnREAL
- After premiering on June 1 on Lifetime Network, I declare this a must for any fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette series, as it follows a producer on a reality show styled after the Bachelor. The series is fun and soapy, and despite being billed as fictional, gives great insight into how these shows create their story lines, heroes and villains, often thanks to great editing and at the expense of the cast members.
5. ALBUM: Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
- Released at the very start of the month, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is Indie Rock’s third studio album, featuring 11 tracks, led by the single “What Kind of Man.” The album has received positive reviews, with a 77/100 on Mediacritic.
6) TRACK: Jidenna ft. Kendrick Lamar, Classic Man Remix
- Released June 22, Classic Man Remix ft. Kendrick Lamar is the song’s second remix, as T.I laid down a verse on it only month prior. Signed to Janalle Monae’s Wondaland Records, this can surely only be a sign of great things to come from the Jidenna.
7. FILM: Inside Out
- Pixar has created some of the best family movies of all time, from Finding Nemo to Up to The Incredibles. Yet fans feared that after the recent missteps of Cars 2 and Brave, that Pixar’s Golden Age was behind them. Inside Out proved the naysayers wrong, bringing back the magic Pixar touch as we followed the journey of emotions inside a young girl’s mind as she grows up and moves to a new school.
- With lovable characters (including the charming, adorable, imaginary friend Bing Bong), lots of laughs, and a theme anyone can appreciate (it’s okay to be sad sometimes! In fact, it’s an essential part of growing up!), this movie held audiences spellbound. You don’t need to be a kid to appreciate this movie – just make sure you bring some tissues.
8. TV SHOW: Orange is the New Black Season Three
- This show is one of Netflix’s flagship shows, and for good reason. With one of the most diverse casts on TV (and one that is primarily composed of women) the show features a world that is unusual, yet presents familiar rules and themes. Overall, Orange is the New Black’s third season definitely lived up to the hype. Despite its lack of a big villain, it still provided plenty of laughs, drama, and let us get even deeper insight into the inmates of Litchfield County.
9. ALBUM: Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
- Released June 23, Pageant Material is the second album from Kacey Musgraves, the most refreshingly different artist to grace country music since, well, like ever. Musgraves cowrote all 13 tracks on the album, all of which have garnered a warm reception from critics and fans alike.
10. FILM: Dope
- Written and directed by Famuyiwa, Dope first debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, where it was spotted and sold to Open Roads Films and Sony. With a strong 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has held its own at the box office considering the tight competition of the other box office champs also mentioned on this list.