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KABOOM! MAGAZINE.COM 14 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2014

KABOOM! MAGAZINE.COM 14 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2014
Kaboom! Magazine.com 14 Most Influential People of 2014 2014 had to be one of the most unique years of all-time. In honor of a great year, Kaboom! Magazine.com has decided to showcase 14 people that made 2014 a year we will never forget. From fitness breakthroughs to game-changing fashion; these people helped shape our lifestyle, economy, attitude, and future in 2014. Checkout full stories on each of the 14 movers and shakers who influenced us this year in Kaboom! Magazine.com “14 Most Influential People of 2014.” taylor-swift-premiere-the-giver-05 14. Taylor Swift (Pop Star) Taylor Swift literally saved music all on her own in 2014. Her album “1989″ was just the 19th album in the SoundScan era to sell a million copies in a single week. Even though it wasn’t released until early November, it was the first album released in 2014 that went platinum. The album is the second-largest-selling album of 2014. Billboard magazine owner Janice Min called Swift one of the most influential artists of her generation, after naming her Billboard “Woman of the Year” for the 2nd time in 5 years. Collecting a lot of awards in 2014, the country-turned-pop superstar was the first artist to receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence during this year American Music Awards. As part of her promotion for the record, she released the single “Welcome to New York” and then donated all proceeds from the song to New York City Public Schools. In part because of that, users of DoSomething.org voted her the year’s top celebrity do-gooder, an honor she’s held since 2012. Swift was named “Most Charitable Celebrity of 2014.” tumblr_n15x7nmRbi1qc07puo1_1280 13. Lexy Panterra (LexyTwerkOut) Who would of ever thought that one of the most raunchy dance moves of all-time could actually be healthy for you. Los Angeles Singer/Dancer Lexy Panterra took the fitness world over in 2014 thanks to her sexy workout routine that incorporates twerkin with basic kinesiology. Based in California but with pop-up classes all over the world, “LexTwerkOut” is not your average workout. With the help videos from her sessions being seen on social media; Lexy has managed to amass over 500,000 followers on Instagram and a celebrity clientele the likes of Tiny, Tamar Braxton, Christina Milian, Karruche Tran, and Mel B. LexTwerkOut is a fun, affordable, and sexy way to burn hundreds of calories. Lexy feels that her exclusive workout not only improves a person body, but LexTwerkOut helps people build confidence and feel amazing….all they have to do is get down on the floor. Not only will Lexy continue her incredible workout in 2015, but she is also returning to her first love which is music releasing new music for her classes to twerkout too. 122712-laces-out-seattle-richard-sherman-LN-G_20121227193759895_600_400 12. Richard Sherman (NFL Player) Nobody on the corner had swagger like Sherm . Richard Sherman talked a bigger game than anybody in 2014, and he backed it up by winning himself a Super Bowl ring. He isn’t just the best shutdown cornerback in the NFL. His smack-talking rant during a post-game interview, immediately following the NFC championship game, sparked a national conversation about race, stereotyping, and sportsmanship. Critics were quick to label the dreadlocked star a “thug.” But Sherman, a Stanford grad raised in Compton, Calif., engaged in the debate — most athletes flee social questions — and wondered if that term is really today’s way of calling him the N word. In a heartbeat, Sherman altered the discourse. ut_uber_f 11. Travis Kalanick (Uber) A little less than four years ago, when Uber was barely more than a private luxury car service for Silicon Valley’s elite techies, Kalanick sat watching the cars crisscrossing San Francisco on God View and had a Matrix-y moment when he “started seeing the math.” He was going to make the monster move — not just across the screen but across cities around the globe. Since then, Uber has expanded to some 60 cities on six continents and grown to at least 400 employees. Millions of people have used Uber to get a ride, and revenue has increased at a rate of nearly 20 percent every month over the past year. The company’s speedy ascent has taken place in parallel with a surge of interest in the so-called sharing economy — using technology to connect consumers with goods and services that would otherwise go unused. Kalanick had the vision to see potential profit in the empty seats of limos and taxis sitting idle as drivers wait for customers to call. But Kalanick doesn’t put on the airs of a visionary. In business he’s a brawler. Reaching Uber’s goals has meant digging in against the established bureaucracy in many cities, where giving rides for money is heavily regulated. Uber has won enough of those fights to threaten the market share of the entrenched players. It not only offers a more efficient way to hail a ride but gives drivers a whole new way to see where demand is bubbling up. In the process, Uber seems capable of opening up sections of cities that taxis and car services never bothered with before. friday_night_smackdown_daniel_bryan_is_not_the_weak_link_season_15 10. Daniel Bryan (WWE Superstar) Not since “Austin 3:16” and “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?” has a WWE catch phrase transcended into pop culture like Daniel Bryan and his “Yes” movement in 2014. Daniel Bryan is not a cable TV subscriber, despite starring on one of its top-rated shows. So it was good fortune that Bryan, one of World Wrestling Entertainment’s most popular stars. Travis Jackson, a junior center on Michigan State’s football team, standing on the basketball court at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. Jackson pointed his index fingers to the sky, bent his arms at the elbow and led 14,797 people in a chant that Bryan has implanted in popular culture in the past year. Fans have sent him videos through social media of the chant breaking out at rock concerts and family gatherings. The week after the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks tweeted a graphic of thanks to Bryan, who grew up in Aberdeen, Wash., for his support of their team. It included the words, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and an image of the Super Bowl trophy. San Francisco Giants star Hunter Pence performed the chant all throughout the Giants World Series title run leading Bryan to honor him with a championship belt. At a time when negative fan behavior and fan-athlete interaction is drawing increased scrutiny and concern, the Yes! chant offers a positive counterbalance. And that is meaningful for the WWE, which in recent years has successfully navigated a shift from the TV-14 era of the 1990s and 2000s. In mainstream sports, the chant is one of exultation over an accomplishment — a long-sought-after goal reached. In the WWE, it is a declaration from fans that yes, this is the person they want to see get a “push”, which in wrestling is quantified by television airtime and placement on the card as much as wins and losses. It is a declaration from fans that this is the person — Daniel Bryan — whom they watched reach his long-sought-after goal of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXX. Laverne_Cox_a_p 9. Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) One of the most fashionable and controversial actresses of the year; Laverne Cox is best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix TV series “Orange Is the New Black.” Cox made history in 2014 by becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, and the first to be nominated for an Emmy since composer/musician Angela Morley’s last nomination in 1990. She became the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Laverne was also ranked No. 2 in “Most Charitable Celebrities of 2014” only behind Taylor Swift. She is currently the voice of the LGBT community. bobby-karencivil 8. Bobby Shmurda (Hip Hop Star) Every year there’s one person that posts something on social media and becomes an instant celebrity overnight. Bobby Shmurda is one of the artists who started off being an internet sensation. Earlier this year, the rapper posted on YouTube a video for “Hot N***a”. One part of the video sees him breaking into what he calls “Shmoney Dance” that got popular after being performed by some A-listers including Beyonce Knowles and Drake. Thanks in part to the dance, “Hot N***a” also went viral. It reached No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100 and was remixed by Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan and Jah X as well as by Chris Brown, Fabolous, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes. Amid his legal troubles, Shmurda is readying his debut album that’s scheduled for 2015 via Epic Records. 010313-shows-real-husbands-hollywood-rhoh-press-kevin-hart-2 7. Kevin Hart (Actor) Kevin Hart was the king of multi-tasking in 2014. He was a stand-up comic, producer, writer, social-media guru, media mogul and, most recently, box-office powerhouse. He may stand only 5-foot-4, but he’s starting to loom large in Hollywood and with a broad audience. In 2014 alone, Hart starred in 3 movies that each went No. 1 in it’s opening weekend. When he wasn’t busy making box office billions, his presence on social media is second to none. Kevin interact with fans more than any other celebrity on social media whether it was posting funny photos of his regular daily life or facing social views and celebrity beefs. It has taken a lot of work for the Philadelphia native to build his brand. While some might see his success as overnight, he’s spent more than 10 years stealing scenes in movies and TV shows, dating to Judd Apatow’s 2001-2002 TV series Undeclared. He also found their honesty about their foibles and shortcomings helped them to connect with audiences. That’s why Hart has no problem being self-deprecating about his height in his comedy routine or in films. iggy-azalea-work-remix 6. Iggy Azalea (Hip Hop/Pop Star) The year’s top new R&B/Hip-Hop artist, Iggy Azalea, scored a host of accomplishments in her breakout year. (She also finishes 2014 as the No. 4 act on the year-end Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists recap.) Her mega-hit “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, became the longest running No. 1 by a female rapper on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, topping the list for a whopping 13 weeks. It closes out the year at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs and Rap Streaming Songs recaps. Azalea’s album The New Classic also comes in at No. 3 on the year-end Rap Albums tally, only bested by Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. mone-davis.vadapt.320.medium.0 5. Mo’ne Davis (Little League Pitcher) In 2014, 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis became an instant celebrity as she took the mound in the Little League World Series and mowed down batter after batter, giving “throw like a girl” a whole new meaning. She was the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, and her performance dazzled fans young and old. Her steely gaze and demeanor on the mound were intimidating, while off-the-field, she shined in interviews. Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame and was named Sports Kid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids. She met the Obamas at the White House, starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial (the NCAA said it wouldn’t hurt her eligibility), marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade along with her Taney Dragons teammates and presented Pharrell Williams with Soul Train’s “Song of the Year” award. Davis knows she has become a role model. Her message to everyone, especially girls: “Always follow your dreams. If there’s something people tell you that you can’t do it, go for it.” girl_pharrell 4. Pharrell Williams (Music Producer) He used to be the guy standing next to the guy. He used to be the guy behind the hit. But now? He is the guy. Pharrell’s wildly popular “Happy” controlled the airwaves and the charts in 2014. It was the singer/rapper/songwriter/producer’s biggest hit as a lead artist, spending 12 weeks at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. He had visited the top four times earlier, though only once as a lead (with 2003’s “Frontin'”). In 2014, Pharrell Williams was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 3-SEAN-RAD-COVER-e1415122244979 3. Sean Rad (Tinder) In 2012 it was Instagram, in 2013 it was Snapchat, and in 2014; the mobile app that everyone could not stop talking about was a one of a kind dating app courtesy of Mr. Sean Rad. Only two years old, Tinder has upended the way single people connect. It’s the first matchmaking app to hook deeply into our culture: creating a flirt scene between athletes at the Olympics, importing randiness to Coachella (traffic on Tinder spikes during big festivals) and spawning knockoffs like a Jewish dating app (JSwipe) and the parody video “Kinder” for kids’ play dates. A kid could use Tinder. It’s the simplest dating app there is: In most instances, a user merely sees a photo of a potential mate and either swipes left (“No thanks”) or right (“I’m interested”). If both people swipe right, “It’s a match!” and the users can message each other. Tinder also links you to individuals who share your Facebook friends, though not all the time. Tinder, which makes about 13 million matches per day, Tinder has essentially exported Los Angeles-style dating across the globe. NFL: Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals 2. Devon Still (NFL Player) One of the biggest stories and inspirational sports figures in 2014 came from a person that’s….not even an athlete yet. At the beginning of the 2014 NFL season, Devon Still was just another football player trying to make an NFL roster. That was until a news story broke about Still 4 year-old daughter. Leah has been battling neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that typically has a 50-50 chance for survival. Still put his football career on hiatus saying: “she’s fighting for her life. Sports is not more important than me being there while my daughter is fighting for her life.” Since the diagnosis, Still spent the next three weeks sleeping next to his daughter at the hospital despite his own recent back surgery. In support of his daughter, Still shaved his head bald and has said that he will grow back his hair only when Leah’s does. The Bengals demonstrated their loyalty even further by permitting Devon Still’s jersey to be sold in order to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. At the end of September, it was reported that Still’s jersey donation sales neared $1 million. Surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her abdomen was considered successful, but rounds of radiation, chemotherapy and stem-cell treatments await her before doctors can determine whether she’s cancer-free. Devon’s story has touched millions through social media. slideformatrocphoto1 DJ Mustard (Music Producer) Since he was an 11-year-old apprentice for his uncle, DJ Tee, the 24-year-old born Dijon McFarlane has mastered the art of crowd movement. The radio-monopolizing producer understands what you want to hear, before you have the chance to request it. Since signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation late 2013, the Dorsey High graduate has catapulted from hip-hop hitmaker to globetrotting DJ, sharing the stage with the biggest names in EDM, from Skrillex to A-Trak. In the age of the DJ, Mustard is the first hip-hop producer of his generation to cross over so fluidly. Mustard has altered the sound of West Coast hip-hop more than any producer since Dr. Dre. The formula is simple: Take the menace, minor piano chords and vocal samples of vintage L.A. gangsta rap; add the creole bounce of Mannie Fresh, the lunar minimal slap of early jerkin’ music and a dash of house; and let it bang. Its simplicity has spawned countless imitators, but Mustard is the Grey Poupon to the faceless generics. In 2014 alone, Mustard has had eight R&B and hip-hop tracks crack the Hot 100. He also produced the majority of YG’s acclaimed recent album, My Krazy Life. Put together, it’s led to Ferris Bueller–like popularity. From HARD Summer ravers to the hardest gangbangers, everyone agrees: Mustard is righteous. TELL US WHO INFLUENCE YOU THE MOST IN 2014? LET US KNOW BY LEAVING US A COMMENT BELOW.