Superhero and animated films became box office leaders, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Frozen and Despicable Me franchises being the most prominent of the decade. Motion Capture grew in terms of it's realism and reach, and was seen in movies like Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. Cable providers saw a decline in subscriber numbers as cord cutters switched to lower cost online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney+. On cable television as well as streaming services, a variety of shows gained popularity. Cartoons such as Rick and Morty and Adventure Time gained a cult following during the decade. Live Action television saw the rise of shows like The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom that resembled sitcoms of decades prior but had a strong focus on showcasing 2010s culture and technology (The Big Bang Theory remained in the top charts of US television for many years, and ended up reaching the #1 spot in terms of viewership during it's 2017-2018 season). YouTube in many ways grew a larger following than standard television, as videos and channels like Nyan Cat, FRED, The Annoying Orange, SMOSH, PewDiePie and others attracted millions of views. Animated content and reaction videos also became popular on YouTube throughout the decade. Globalism and an increased demand for variety and personalization in the face of music streaming services such as Spotify created many subgenres. Dance, hip-hop, and pop music surged into the 2010s, with EDM achieving mass commercial success. Digital music sales topped CD sales in 2012. The video game industry continued to be dominated by Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft; Minecraft became the best-selling game of all time. Video Games expanded their status across the world, as the Wii influenced gaming in much of the earlier part of the decade, and the Nintendo 3DS provided true 3D. The successful Nintendo Wii was followed by the Wii U in 2012, a failure. The PlayStation 4 and XBOX ONE released in 2013, and the PS4 became the highest selling console of the decade. Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Nintendo Wii was one of the most critically acclaimed games of the decade winning many awards, including a perfect rating of 10/10 by IGN. Gaming on iPods, tablets, and cell phones was also an option in the form of apps like Fruit Ninja, Subway Surfers, Angry Birds, Candy Crush and Augmented Reality games like Pokémon Go. Fashion of the 2010s became more formal, and the fashion of the decade was often defined by gimmicky accessories, like Silly Bandz, Fidget Spinners, and people's handheld devices, cell phones, as well as gaming devices like the Nintendo DS/3DS, the PlayStation Vita, and in the later part of the decade, the Nintendo Switch. In the toy market, "Toys To Life" products became very popular, like Nintendo's amiibo, Activision's Skylanders, and Disney's Disney Infinity, all of which were action figures with NFC chips that synced up to video games to unlock certain things in their respective game or to be of use in game. The best-selling book of this decade was Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Arab Spring saw mass unrest in the Arab world early in the decade: Government overthrown multiple times Government overthrown Civil war Protests and governmental changes Major protests Minor protests Other protests and militant action outside the Arab world
BRICS, a supranational economic cooperative comprising five major emerging national economies—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—grew to represent over 3.1 billion people, or about 41 percent of the world population by 2015.
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias recorded a remix version of the album track "Dirty Dancer" was released as the fourth English single and became his ninth Hot Dance Club Play chart topper, tying with Prince and Michael Jackson as the male with the most No. 1 dance singles.
Taylor Swift was one of the most successful country artists of the 2010s. Her albums Speak Now (2010) and Red (2012) both debuted at number one selling more than one million copies in its first week of availability.
In the 2010s, the K-pop group BTS broke numerous records in South Korea and the rest of the world, with the hit songs "DNA", "Fake Love", and "Idol", and obtaining an immense fanbase globally.
The weighted capital city residential property price index, produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, since 2003
The financial crisis dissipated through the early 2010s under Barack Obama. The United States economy was at its all-time best, when former reality television star and businessman Donald Trump became president.
For over 15 months it was unclear what exactly happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 until at the end of July 2015 a few remnants of the plane swept to the shores of the island of Réunion