A Year in Review

Most Shocking Band Break-up

Mumford and Sons

Most Shocking Band Regroup

The Postal Service

(Until they broke up again less than eight months later)

Most-Watched Television Show


(Wait, who’s still watching that?)

Best-Performing New Series of the Year


Youngest Man Booker Prize Winner

28-year-old New Zealander Eleanor Catton for 2013’s “The Luminaries”

Best-Performing Single

“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Best-Performing Album

“The 20/20 Experience” by Justin Timberlake

32% Increase in digital music streaming

(as opposed to a 6-percent decrease in music purchases)



Broke iTunes records with her surprise album, the self-titled LP is currently the fastest-selling album ever, taking No. 1 in 104 countries

Longest Movie

The Wolf of Wall Street (two hours, 59 minutes = 176 minutes)

blockbuster films were helmed by female directors

(“Frozen,” which was co-directed by Jennifer Lee with Chris Buck, and “Carrie” by Kimberly Peirce)

Jennifer Lawrence

Named the most bankable star of the year after starring in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “American Hustle” back to back


The amount that “Iron Man 3” made at the international box office, making it the fifth-highest grossing film of all time

In turn, that helped give Disney its best year in box-office history.  But it still couldn’t beat Warner Brothers, which was armed with formidable hits “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Man of Steel.”