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February 24, 2023

Rihanna Revealed as the First Oscars Performer

Rihanna is riding the wave of the success of her Super Bowl LVII halftime show. The Barbadian multi-hyphenate put together an epic set. Missing from the list? Her newest release. However, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s “Lift Me Up” got an Academy Award nomination in the Best Original Song category. The powerful, melodic song will take center stage at this year’s show as Rihanna was announced as the first performer. The show takes place on March 12 at 8:00 PM ET.


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WNBA Announces 2023 Draft Date

The WNBA draft is coming. The league announced on Thursday that the event will take place on Monday, Apr. 10 at New York City’s iconic Spring Studios. The Indiana Fever will have the first pick of the evening. In addition to the draft, the event will feature an orange carpet and the Empire State Building will be lit orange to commemorate the newest class of WNBA talent. ESPN will broadcast the draft from 7 to 9 PM ET.

SZA Announces Deluxe ‘SOS’ Edition is on the Way

SZA’s hit sophomore album SOS has sat atop the Billboard 200 for nine of the last 10 weeks. With the accomplishment she becomes the first female artist since Adele’s 25 to establish such a run. Now, she’s confirmed that a deluxe version is on the way. The enhanced edition is expected to have 10 additional songs, and according to the artist it is “coming soon.”

Boardroom’s Bernadette Doykos has more on the expanded offering.

Shaq, Giada De Laurentiis Bring Tasty Treats to Oak View Group Arenas

The Oak View Group runs some of the country’s most popular arenas. Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken and celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis are among the newest additions to the menu at Oak View Group arenas across the country. In a release, president of OVG hospitality, said, “When it comes to attending today’s biggest concerts, shows, and sporting events, appealing to fans’ evolving tastebuds and aligning unique or customized food and beverage offerings (think Watermelon Sugar offerings at a Harry Styles concert) is a significant, though often-underestimated piece of the live experience.”

Warner Bros. Discovery Misses Mark with Q4 Report

Warner Bros. Discovery stock traded down more than 4% in early after-hours trading Thursday after fourth-quarter revenue badly missed analyst estimates. Fourth-quarter revenue came in at $11.1 billion — well short of the $11.36 billion estimates — while quarterly losses came in at a total of $2.1 billion, or 86 cents per share. In a cool and reduced advertising market, flagship channels within WBD’s TV network such as TNT, TBS, and Discovery dipped 6% in revenue to roughly $5.5 billion.


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Aaron Rodgers Emerges from Darkness Retreat, Future Questions Loom

Aaron Rodgers went underground to figure out his football future. And this is not a euphemism. The four-time NFL MVP emerged from a four-day darkness retreat where he hoped to get answers about what his next steps should be. The room was located partially underground and contained little beyond a meditation mat and a queen bed. He explained the rationale behind his untraditional move on the Pat McAfee Show, saying “I think we could all use a dose of turning our phones off once in a while and unplugging from society, some people don’t want to do a few days and nights of darkness, and that’s fine.”