Apple Confirms Sept. 12 Product Event, iPhone 15 Expected to Debut
Apple has officially announced its next product event. On Sept. 12, the company is expected to announce the 15th generation of the iPhone alongside the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. The tagline for the event reads “Wonderlust” and features the rumored colors of the titanium iPhone 15 Pro lineup. The launch will be streamed on Apple’s website at 1 p.m. ET. In addition to new mobile devices, Apple usually unveils new iOS technology at its September keynotes. The forthcoming iOS 17 software features a more visual caller ID called contact posters, better autocorrect, and a new journaling app.
'Killers of the Flower Moon' Plans Global Theatrical Release
This summer marked the return of packed theaters, and one much-hyped forthcoming release is adding itself to the mix in hopes of reaching Barbie or Oppenheimer levels of success. Apple revealed that Killers of the Flower Moon will be released in movie theaters simultaneously worldwide on Oct. 20, forgoing a planned limited release originally scheduled for Oct. 6. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the highly-anticipated film will stream on Apple TV+ at a later date. Due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes, Scorsese and his all-star cast will not be able to promote the crime thriller, which led the studio to take a global approach.
Lil Wayne Pens New Theme Song ‘Good Morning’ for Skip Bayless’s Sports Show ‘Undisputed’
After taking a break for the summer, Skip Bayless’ Undisputed talk show made its return this week. Observant viewers caught a new theme song courtesy of Lil Wayne. Aptly titled “Good Morning,” the veteran rapper makes subtle nods to Bayless and his unorthodox debate technique. The flow contains sports metaphors sprinkled throughout. “If you ain’t got no haters, you ain’t poppin, I ain’t tryin to hate/ Let’s have a Jordan and Lebron debate, I got time of day/ Drippin’ on the chain, my diamonds say what they gotta say/ If you think it’s a game, I commentate, I ain’t got to play,” the New Orleans-born emcee raps. Joining Bayless on the revamped Undisputed were former ESPN analysts Keyshawn Johnson and Michael Irvin, along with retired Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, who replaces Shannon Sharpe as his co-host. Lil Wayne himself will join Bayless as an occasional guest commentator.
21 Savage Coming to ‘Call of Duty’
Rapper 21 Savage is joining the Call of Duty universe. The rapper’s operator skin will be available to purchase in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone beginning Aug. 30. The rapper joins elite company in getting the COD treatment. Snoop Dogg returned to the Call of Duty realm in early August after becoming a playable character in three games last year, and Nicki Minaj joined Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone last week. Other notable celebrities featured in the video game franchise include Lionel Messi, Ice Cube, and Kevin Durant.
HYBE and Geffen Embark on the Search for Next K-Pop Sensation
On Tuesday, Geffen Records and HYBE, the entertainment company behind K-pop superstars BTS, unveiled the 20 contestants from across the globe who will vie for a spot in the first-ever HYBE x Geffen Records girl group. The selection process began in Nov. 2021 when organizers screened close to 120,000 submissions from young women and the remaining contenders originate from Thailand, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, the U.S., Sweden, Japan, Belarus, Switzerland, Slovakia, the Philippines, and Korea. The contest will premiere on Sept. 1st at 8 a.m. PT on YouTube and run for 12 weeks. A Netflix series docuseries chronicling that process from the training to final selection will premiere next year.
Taylor Swift Rewrites Spotify History Yet Again, Nets 100M Monthly Listeners
If the sold-out Eras Tour didn’t prove just how many loyal Taylor Swift fans there are, perhaps this new achievement will make it indisputable. On Tuesday, the “Champagne Problems” singer became the first female artist in history to reach 100 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Swift is no stranger to breaking Spotify records, the 33-year-old earned the biggest streaming day for any artist in 2023 on March 19 with 67 million streams. The streaming giant commemorated the achievement on social media, branding it simply, “queen behavior.”