Trending on SM: February

Fiona Wang and Mustang Staff

South Korean based MMO game, Lost Ark, launched in North America and Europe on February 11. The RPG from Amazon Games resembles Diablo and World of Warcraft, where players can slay villains and collect battle gear. Founder’s Packs start at $14.99.

Connecticut stock car racer Joey Logano wins the NASCAR Clash race at the LA Coliseum ahead of Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon and 20 other competitors. This was the first-ever NASCAR race at the Coliseum.

Twilight sensation, Kristen Stewart, was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer.

The Olympics in Beijing will permit only selected fans from China due to Covid restrictions on foreign-born individuals. Tickets are not on sale to the general public from outside of China. All participants will be restricted to their “bubbles” and forbidden from traveling around Beijing. All travelers visiting China are sent to government-designated hotels for a mandatory two week quarantine. Snowboarder Shaun White shared his dining experience at the Olympic Village cafeteria where he was required to wear plastic gloves while handling food “to keep it safe.”

Team Russia has taken an early lead in medal count with 10 medals – 2 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze.

Kanye West’s oldest child, North West (8 years old), is active on TikTok with her mother, Kim Kardashian. In November mother and daughter posted a clip where they were using Kylie Skin products from Kylie Jenner, Kim’s sister. North and Kim have 5 million followers. After six years of marriage with Kanye, Kim filed for divorce in February 2021.

This 2022 Golden Globes were not televised due to Omicron surges and controversy within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Winners were announced on social media. The Grammys will be moved from LA to Las Vegas due to Omicron fears.

Australia, Korea, Japan, and China are among the first countries to bring in 2022. Click here to see current local times around the world.

Super Bowl champion coach John Madden passed away after Christmas. He served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders for ten years. In 1977 the Raiders defeated the Vikings to earn the Raiders their first championship. Now the Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, and others paid tribute to the NFL coach. 100 Thieves owner Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag tweeted, “We lost a legend today… Madden ’04 top 10 video game all time.”

Singer Olivia Rodrigo was declared Entertainer of the Year by Time MagazineRolling Stone ranked Rodrigo’s Sour as the Best Album of 2021 ahead of 49 other selections. Other musicians recognized by RS were Adele, Billie Eilish, Silk Sonic, St. Vincent, and Tyler the Creator.

Tom Holland’s Spiderman No Way Home broke box office records earning $260M on opening weekend ahead of Avengers: Infinity War ($257M). The film features previous Spidermen Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield and hints at a new team of villains on the rise, the Sinister Six: Dr. Octopus, Mysterio, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven, and Electro. Holland revealed that he created a WhatsApp group chat and invited Maguire and Garfield, but they have not sent him any texts.

The popular OfflineTV streaming organization has expanded with the addition of popular Twitch streamers QuarterJade (750k Twitch followers), Masayoshi, and Sydeon in November. The 24 year old Valorant streamer, QuarterJade, also plays League of Legends, Among Us, and Minecraft.