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December 1, 2022

Bad Bunny, Harry Styles, & Taylor Swift Top Spotify Wrapped 2022

Spotify’s end-of-year “Wrapped” feature is a fun, interactive way for music lovers to learn about themselves and share with others. For a third straight year, Bad Bunny was the most-streamed artist in the world on the platform, the first time an artist has ever accomplished the feat. Thanks to her Midnights album from October, Taylor Swift was the most “viral” artist, while Harry Styles’ “As It Was” was the most-streamed song around the globe.

Boardroom’s Anthony Puccio has more details

Sam Bankman-Fried Takes Center Stage at NYT’s Bookdeal Summit

The FTX fallout continues. The company’s founder Sam Bankman-Fried joined the New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin for a highly anticipated interview to reflect on what he called “a bad month.” During the 30-minute conversation, Bankman-Fried stood by his good intentions, telling Ross Sorkin, “I didn’t ever try to commit fraud.” The embattled former CEO joined the conversation virtually from his home in the Bahamas, and it was noted that the appearance came against the advice of his lawyers. 

WNBA Expands 2023 Season Schedule to 40 Games

The 2023 WNBA schedule was revealed on Wednesday with the Connecticut Sun and Indiana Fever kicking off the season on May 19. Some noteworthy changes include 40 regular season games — a record-high. The 2022 champion Las Vegas Aces kick off its season on May 20 against the Seattle Storm.

Red Sox Team with MassMutual for Jersey Patch Deal

The jersey patch takeover is in full effect in the MLB. The Boston Red Sox inked a 10-year deal with MassMutual. They are the second in the league to secure a jersey patch sponsor. The patches are part of an expanded deal, which will increase the visibility of the financial institution throughout the organization, including serving as the scoreboard sponsor on Fenway Park‘s iconic Green Monster. The financial details of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Warner Bros. Discovery Rolls out CNN Layoffs

The season of cutbacks continues. CNN joined major companies including Meta, Amazon, and DoorDash, revealing a major round of layoffs. The global news network let go hundreds of employees amidst austerity measures from parent company Warner Bros. Discovery. Back in October, CNN chief executive Chris Licht noted that large cutoffs would happen due to “widespread concern over the global economic outlook.” 

Megan Thee Stallion Invites you to ‘Enter the Hottieverse’

Megan Thee Stallion is closing out 2022 on top. The Houston rapper became the first Black woman to be on the cover of Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. Now, she is bringing her iconic “Enter the Hottieverse” into virtual reality, becoming the first artist to team with Meta for such an experience. Fans will need just a Meta VR headset in order to experience her full concert. Access is only $6.99 through Meta’s store.

Michael Vick, Michael Strahan Bring Docuseries on Black Quarterbacks to Fubo

Michael Vick and the brand new Fubo Studios are teaming up to document history. The former NFL quarterback will lead the eight-part docuseries examininig the evolution of the Black quarterback. Michael Strahan’s SMAC Productions is also participating in the project as an executive producer. The series will feature interviews with past and present NFL players, including Cam Newton and Patrick Mahomes.

SZA Heading to SNL with New Music

After five long years, SZA is full steam ahead on the release of her next album. The singer graced the cover of Billboard last month, where she announced her first new album since 2017’s Control. Now, she has revealed the title (S.O.S.) and the cover artwork, which features the singer, presumably, sitting on an extended diving board over a wide-open sea. She is heading to SNL as the musical guest for the second time for this weekend’s episode, hosted by Keke Palmer.