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April 21, 2023

SpaceX Test Rocket Explodes Mid-launch, Hailed a Success by Elon Musk

SpaceX’s Thursday launch of its most powerful rocket, the Starship, did not necessarily go as planned. The spacecraft flew without issue for two minutes before it completely lost control, eventually exploding and leaving a mess of debris. The company’s co-founder, Elon Musk, tweeted about the event, calling it an “exciting test launch” but did not mention the aforementioned disaster. Per the Twitter CEO, the next test launch is scheduled for sometime “in the next few months.”


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Post Malone Sets New Diamond Record

Post Malone just made history. The artist tallied three newly-certified records, bringing his total to eight. The achievements effectively making him the most RIAA diamond-certified singles record holder of all time. Bruno Mars held the previous record with six. Not to mention, Malone is tied for the highest single to be platinum-certified for “Sunflower” featuring Swae Lee, which has now earned the distinction 17 times.

‘South Park’ Embroiled in Legal Battle

Paramount Global and Warner Bros. Discovery are in a heated dispute, and it all has to do with South Park. Warner Bros. Discovery filed a $200 million lawsuit against the former over streaming rights to the long-running cartoon. Not to be outdone, Paramount hit back with their own $50 million countersuit. A rep for HBO Max said about the claim, “We believe that Paramount and South Park Digital Studios embarked on a multi-year scheme of unfair trade practices and deception, flagrantly and repeatedly breaching our contract, which clearly gave HBO Max exclusive streaming rights to the existing library and new content from the popular animated comedy South Park.”

A Year After Company’s IPO, BuzzFeed News Shutters

News media is bidding adieu to an outlet revered for publishing must-read investigative work. On Thursday, BuzzFeed announced that it is laying off 15% of their staff and that it is officially shutting down the news division. Moving forward, BuzzFeed’s news efforts will find a home at HuffPost, and select roles will open for alums of its news sector.

Boardroom’s Michelai Graham has more details on the BuzzFeed layoffs.

WNBA Gets a New Broadcast Partner

The WNBA is giving fans what they want: complete access to women’s basketball for the entirety of the season. The league confirmed Thursday that it has reached a multi-year deal with ION Entertainment. As part of the deal, regular season games will air at two times on Friday nights on the network. The W’s current broadcast partner is ESPN/ABC. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said of the occassion, “The WNBA is thrilled to partner with Scripps to expand the league’s media horizon and reach basketball fans in greater numbers.”

Boardroom’s Ian Stonebrook has more details on the WNBA’s newest broadcast deal.

Pharrell & Doodles to Debut Collab at Something in the Water Festival

Last year, Doodles tapped Pharrell as its chief creative officer. Now, the two are collaborating on a very special merch drop for the upcoming Something in the Water festival. Pieces include a skateboard, hat, shorts, hoodie, and tees. Per Variety, the images are designed by Doodles artist Burnt Toast. Scheduled for April 28-30, the festival is bringing together an eclectic lineup including Arcade Fire, Coi Leray, and Wu-Tang Clan for an unforgettable weekend.

Verified Twitter Checks Out

On Thursday, CEO Elon Musk followed through with his commitment to eliminate legacy verification from the social media platform, effectively stripping journalists, celebrities, organizations, and more of the verification symbol unless they shell out $8 a month for Twitter Blue. Prominent figures like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Ciara, the pope, and more saw their badges abruptly disappear. As concerns of impersonation and misinformation arise, the end of Twitter’s official verification process means it could be more difficult to decipher fact from fiction on the platform.