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November 4, 2023

Kendrick Lamar and pgLang Bring New Tour to Africa

Kendrick Lamar is taking his live show to Africa. The rapper and his creative agency, pgLang, announced Friday that it will bring a new tour experience to Africa. Global Citizen, which is responsible for massive awareness-raising concerts around the world, will co-produce the events. The first show will take place on Dec. 6 in Kigali, Rwanda. Very few hip-hop acts traditionally tour throughout Africa. Earlier this year, Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa put on the Black Star Line Festival in Accra, Ghana. Kendrick‘s tour will highlight African entrepreneurship and bring attention to a number of social causes.

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LL Cool J and The Roots Team Up to Remake a Classic for NBA’s In-season Tournament

On Friday night, the NBA‘s in-season tournament tipped off. The inaugural tournament runs through Dec 9th, when the championship game will be played in Las Vegas.On Friday night, the NBA‘s in-season tournament tipped off. The inaugural tournament runs through Dec 9th, when the championship game will be played in Las Vegas. Fans will hear a reimagined version of a classic serving as the soundtrack to the tournament, as LL Cool J teamed up with The Roots for an updated edition of “Mama Said Knock You Out.” All 30 teams will vie for the NBA Cup — and the $500,000 awarded to each player on the winning team.  The road to the title will be paved appropriately with single-elimination knock-out games following the group-stage matchups.

Paramount Stock Continues to Soar Following Strong Q3

Paramount is a major winner amid this bustling earnings season. The media company’s third-quarter report revealed year-over-year increases in both profit and revenue. Following its release after the final bell on Thursday, the company’s stock soared during trading on Friday, finishing up 15%. Additionally, analysts suggested that the positive report will continue through the end of the year. The third quarter included a number of monumental moves for Paramount, including the final stages of its sale of Simon & Schuster to KKR. The $1.62 billion transaction was fully finalized earlier this week.

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Film Enters Final Weekend in Theaters

As Taylor Swift prepares to kick off the international leg of her Eras Tour, the spectacle’s silver screen experience is taking its final bow. The on-screen version of the three-and-a-half-hour concert will stream in theaters for the last time this weekend. Swift hits the stage in Buenos Aires on Nov. 9, kicking off the next leg of international dates for The Eras Tour, which will extend through 2024. Earlier this week, Swift added additional shows to the Canadian portion of the tour. To date, the film has brought in more than $150 million in domestic ticket sales, putting it just behind Michael Jackson‘s This Is It among the top-grossing concert films of all time.

Liberty Media Driven to Big Q3 By $887 Million in F1 Revenue

The global popularity of Formula 1 racing continues to drive profits for its parent company, Liberty Media. The company’s third-quarter report showcased record-setting numbers, including a total of $887 million in profits by the F1 arm of its business alone. The numbers reflect a 24% year-over-year increase. The massive numbers emerge as the racing circuit prepares to tackle a new challenge later this month with the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix. The event will take place on Nov. 18 and is projected to bring in the biggest numbers for a sporting event in the city’s history.

Victor Wembanyama Making Global Impact with NBA Debut

Victor Wembanyama may only have five NBA games under his belt, but he’s already made a major impact. In addition to joining David Robinson and Tim Duncan in making Spurs rookie history by posting at least 35 points in a double-double effort, he has driven massive numbers for the league. Wemby leads all players with 377 million views on NBA social and the NBA App since Oct. 1. Additionally, he’s driven a 200% surge in NBA viewership in his native France. The 2023 No. 1 pick also made NBA history by joining LeBron James and Kevin Durant as the only teenagers in league history to post at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks in a game.