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July 17, 2023

Boardroom & Spotify Team Up on 2023 All-RapCaviar Campaign

Returning for its fourth year, Spotify‘s RapCaviar is partnering with Boardroom for the 2023 All-RapCaviar campaign that celebrates artists’ and fans’ love of hip-hop and basketball. Similar to All-NBA teams, three teams will be revealed in the coming days compiled of rap and hip-hop’s hottest artists that perfectly encapsulate what the RapCaviar playlist is all about. Boardroom will be the official media partner for the campaign, which features a short-form video series with Kevin Durant, Taylor Rooks, Hit-Boy and Boi 1da. “All-RapCaviar is one of the ways we can contextualize the ‘RapCaviar’ playlist and share our larger point of view on hip-hop culture,” said Carl Chery, Spotify’s creative director and head of urban music. “With our partners Kevin Durant and Boardroom, we’re celebrating the most notable artists on Spotify and sparking conversation within the hip-hop and basketball communities.”

Boardroom’s Griffin Adams has all the details on the musical collab.


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Carlos Alcaraz Wins Wimbledon, Walks Away With $2.9 Million in Prize Money

The next generation of men’s tennis has arrived. Twenty-year-old Carlos Alcaraz solidified himself as the heir apparent on Sunday, outlasting Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller at the All England Club. As only the second grand slam championship of his young career, Alcaraz earned $2.9 million for winning the men’s final. Alcaraz claimed the crown at Centre Court before a packed crowd that included Princess Kate and Prince William, Brad Pitt, Ariane Grande, Nick Jonas, and more.

'Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One' Leads Weekend Box Office, Falls Short of Expectations

Tom Cruise can claim yet another big weekend at the box office. The A-lister’s latest star turn in the Mission: Impossible franchise led all movies at the weekend box office, bringing in $56.2 million between Friday and Sunday. The figures fall short of initial expectations however, Variety reported. Paramount and Skydance had hoped the action-adventure film, which cost nearly $300 million to make before marketing, would bring in $60 million or more in the opening weekend. The film, which opened on a Wednesday rather than a Friday, has pulled in a franchise-best $80 million over five days since its debut.


Disney's Haunted Mansion Premiere Goes On Without Stars After Actors Strike

The red carpet was missing some notable names Saturday night as actors avoided the premiere of Disney’s Haunted Mansion due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. The move marked the first Hollywood event to take place since both actors and writers took to the picket lines, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The premiere, which was held at Disneyland, was supposed to include the likes of  Tiffany Haddish, LaKeith Stanfield. Jamie Lee Curtis. and more. However, because of the ongoing strike, only the film’s producers, directors, and a few theme park characters were in attendance.


Elon Musk Raises Alarm as Twitter Ad Revenue Tanks

Twitter is taking some hits. Elon Musk, owner and CTO, took to the app early Saturday, telling followers that cash flow at the social media company remains negative after a nearly 50% drop in advertising revenue. “Need to reach positive cash flow before we have the luxury of anything else,” Musk said in a tweet replying to questions and suggestions from fans. The news comes as Musk remains embroiled in quite the faceoff with fellow billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, and new Meta app Threads.

Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation Raises $20 Million at New York Gala

Jay-Z got some help from his friends over the weekend. The multi-hyphenate put on quite the party in New York City on behalf of his Shawn Carter Foundation, an effort he founded in 2003 with his mother Gloria Carter. The black-tie gala held Friday raised $20 million, which will be used to help people facing socio-economic hardships further their education at postsecondary institutions. Noted donors included Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, who put up a $10 million legacy donation, and Jack Dorsey, who donated $2 million as part of his annual contribution.

First-generation Apple iPhone Fetches Record Sum at Auction

At the LCG Summer Premier Auction in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a first-generation, factory-sealed iPhone sold for $190,373, more than three times the previous record for any edition of the iconic Apple mobile device. This 2007 model features a 4 GB hard drive, making it a rare collector’s item given that it was quickly discontinued in favor of a 16 G model.

LCG Auctions notes that the previous record sale for an iPhone on the auction block was $63,356 for a sealed first-generation model of the more prevalent 8 GB variety.