Drake's OVO & NHL Collaborate on Limited-edition Collection for Original Six
On Friday, the NHL and October’s Very Own (OVO), the Canadian lifestyle brand co-founded by Drake, Oliver El-Khatib, and Noah “40” Shebib, announced a new limited-edition collection of NHL-licensed apparel for the league’s Original Six teams. Just in time for winter, the cozy capsule celebrates the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs, all of whom held down the league for 25 years until the NHL expanded in 1967. Included in the line are retro co-branded hoodies, tees, varsity jackets, and cuffed beanies. Shop the line at OVO and NHL flagship locations worldwide and online.
Taylor Swift Steps into the Billionaires Club
It’s a great week to be Taylor Swift. On the same day the pop superstar celebrated the re-release of her 2014 album, 1989, a Bloomberg analysis determined that thanks to her extremely successful Eras Tour, Swift is officially a billionaire. The “New Romantics” singer’s total net worth is now at $1.1 billion and is one of the few entertainers to enter the exclusive club based on just her music and performance. Keep in mind, Bloomberg called its analysis “conservative,” as it is based only on “assets and earnings that could be confirmed or traced from publicly disclosed figures.”
Aces, Liberty Produce the Most-viewed WNBA Finals in 20 Years
The 2022-23 season of the WNBA ended on a positive note in terms of viewership and in-person attendance. The league said it averaged 728,000 average viewers during the WNBA Finals between the New York Liberty and the Las Vegas Aces, making it the most viewed Finals in 20 years. There were an impressive 54 million total video views across WNBA social channels during the span, with 9.5 million unique viewers, while users watched a total of 126,000 hours across the WNBA social channels. To top it off, there was a 41% hike in live attendance for the Finals series.
Apple Considering Changes to its AirPods Lineup
Could changes be coming to AirPods? Bloomberg reports that Apple is looking to redesign its AirPods lineup completely, with the new and improved AirPods and AirPods Max launching in 2024 and the Pro model makeover in 2025. Rumored changes include tweaks to their design, charging case, and audio quality. Current AirPods models are a second-generation model and a third-gen silhouette, which Apple launched in 2019 and 2021, respectively.
Grant and Tamia Hill Join Orlando City, Pride Ownership Group
NBA legend Grant Hill and his wife, Grammy-nominated singer Tamia Hill, are joining the ownership group for MLS‘s Orlando City SC and the NWSL‘s Orlando Pride. The Hills are longtime season ticket holders of both clubs and now have upgraded their support as limited partners. This adds to Grant’s ownership portfolio, as he joined the Atlanta Falcons ownership association in 2015. “The future is very promising for both teams, and we are excited to support Orlando City, as well as the opportunity to be a part of the Orlando Pride and elevate women in sports,” said the Hills in a statement.
Mercury Star Brittney Griner Earns WNBA Cares Community Assist Award
The WNBA announced Friday that Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has been awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for her extensive efforts in campaigning for the safe return of wrongful detainees overseas and helping marginalized communities in Phoenix. “I’m grateful to receive this recognition from the WNBA but even more grateful to the X-Factor fans, fans all around the league, and our Phoenix Mercury organization for working together this year to make a difference through my Heart and Sole Shoe Drive and Bring Our Families Home,” said Griner of the recognition. “I know the opportunity, privilege and responsibility I have to make a difference in the lives of others, and I’ll always remain committed to that.” The news comes on the heels of Griner’s inclusion on the Team USA women’s hoops roster, putting her one step closer to the 2024 Paris Olympics.