Usher & Olivia Rodrigo Among Stars Set to Hit the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Stage
iHeartMedia unveiled the list of dates for the 2023 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour on Friday, which will feature performances from Olivia Rodrigo, Nicki Minaj, Usher, and more artists at select shows throughout its 11-date run. Additional artists making an appearance include Niall Horan, OneRepublic, AJR, Sabrina Carpenter, Miguel, Jelly Roll, Big Time Rush, NCT DREAM, and Flo Rida. The holiday showcases begin Nov. 26 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., making stops in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Atlanta before concluding at the Amerant Bank Arena in Miami. For those unable to see the show live, ABC has entered a multiyear partnership with iHeartMedia as the event’s exclusive broadcast partner. On Dec. 21, fans can tune into the network for a special featuring special footage from each stop.
Arrest Made in Tupac Shakur's Mysterious Murder Case
Las Vegas police have charged a man with the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur nearly three decades ago. The hip-hop legend, only 25 when he died, was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Up until now, the identity of his assailant has been a mystery. On Friday, Duane “Keffe D” Davis was indicted by a grand jury in Nevada on one count of murder with a deadly weapon. Per The New York Times, Davis disclosed in interviews and his 2019 memoir, Compton Street Legend, that he was in the passenger seat of the white Cadillac that pulled up near the vehicle holding Shakur. Davis hinted that a gang dispute escalated after Tupac and his associates beat up Davis’s nephew, Orlando Anderson, after the boxing match at the MGM Grand Hotel.
Stefanie Dolson Joins Jordan Brand's Growing WNBA Roster
New York Liberty center Stefanie Dolson has signed a footwear and apparel contract with Jordan Brand, with the company posting a number of photos and videos to Instagram to celebrate the newest member of its growing family. “Big dreams, big energy, big things to come. The dominant center adds the title of Jordan Family member to her star-studded resume. Welcome to the Family, @bigmamastef,” the caption read. In the images, Dolson is dressed head-to-toe in Jumpman, capped with the two-time WNBA All-Star wearing the Jordan Luka 2 on-feet.
PLL Breaks Viewership Records with Most-watched Season Ever in 2023
The Premier Lacrosse League‘s (PLL) fifth season was one for the record books. The 2023 season was the most watched in league history, with average viewership up 36% on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 and more than 60% on ESPN+ compared to last season, the PLL announced Friday. “These record-setting viewership milestones are a testament to our players’ dedication to their craft and performance on-field, our groundbreaking partnership with ESPN, and how both of our respective teams strategize and execute against its distribution,” said Paul Rabil, Co-founder and President of the PLL. PPL also doubled the number of single-day game sellouts in-person relative to 2022 and has experienced a 20% year-over-year revenue growth.
Tyson Fury & Oleksandr Usyk Set to Square Off a Month After Ngannou Fight
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk could finally face off soon — an agreement has been signed for a heavyweight title unification fight between the two fighters, both sides confirmed via social media on Friday. According to ESPN, the bout is tentatively set for Dec. 23 or sometime in January in Saudi Arabia. Before this rumored showdown, Fury has an Oct. 28 pay-per-view contest in Riyadh against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou that should serve as a fun teaser … or an unfortunate precursor. The Fury-Francis format is a 10-round fight with the traditional 10-point scoring system, but no titles will be on the line. Fury is 33-0-1 in his career with 24 knockouts, while Usyk is a perfect 21-0 with 14 knockouts.
Netflix Ends an Era After Shipping Final DVD
It’s the end of the DVD era at Netflix. The DVD-turned-streaming platform shipped its final physical discs to subscribers on Friday, it confirmed on social media. In April, the company announced plans to shutter its DVD rental business in the fall, blaming the shrinking demand for physical rentals as making it “increasingly difficult” to provide quality service. Netflix shipped its first disc (Beetlejuice) in 1998 and has since shipped 5.2 billion movies in those red envelopes to more than 40 million customers. According to Variety, the final movie shipped was the Coen brothers’ 2010 True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.