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January 19, 2024

Reba McEntire, Post Malone & Andra Day Set For Super Bowl Pre-game Performances

On Tuesday, the NFL revealed the artists who will grace the stage ahead of Super Bowl LVIII. Reba McEntire will perform the national anthem, while Post Malone is set to sing “America the Beautiful.” Andra Day will deliver a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” on Feb. 11 from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The halftime performance will be delivered by Usher, which was previously announced. Scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, CBS has the broadcast rights to this year’s showdown and there will be an alternative, youth-friendly broadcast on Nickelodeon. The Super Bowl will also be streamed live on Paramount+.


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Former Milwaukee Bucks Exec Raven Jemison Selected as Next President of KC Current

The Kansas City Current has appointed Raven Jemison as its next president, the NWSL club announced Thursday. Jemison arrives in KC after a three-year stint as the Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Milwaukee Bucks. Jemison’s career in sports dates back to the NHL. She jumpstarted her career as a Client Services Manager for the Florida Panthers. She also boasts stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco 49ers, as well as the NBA, where she joined its Team Marketing & Business Operations department. Allison Howard, who has served as the Current’s president for the past two seasons, has moved to a new position as Advisor to the Board for the club.

OpenAI Links with Arizona State University as First-ever Postsecondary Partner

Arizona State University announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with OpenAI, allowing the school full use of the company’s flagship software, ChatGPT. “Our collaboration with OpenAI reflects our philosophy and our commitment to participating directly to the responsible evolution of AI learning technologies,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. Come February, ASU will invite faculty and staff to submit methods to implement the use of ChatGPT Enterprise. ChatGPT has been controversial in academic spaces, given that one use case could be to produce a term-paper length document simply by asking a question. The partnership, which has been in the works for six months, will focus on increasing student success, finding new avenues for research, enhancing tutoring opportunities, and streamlining processes.

Aly Raisman Joins ESPN as Gymnastics Analyst

In her first foray into television commentary, two-time U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman will join ESPN as a gymnastics analyst. The three-time Olympic gold medalist will call her first meet alongside fellow U.S. Olympian John Roethlisberger on Friday when No. 6 Kentucky and No. 8 LSU meet at 9 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Raisman captained the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016 and is the third most decorated American gymnast of all time. “It’s been so fun to watch these incredible athletes and see how much gymnastics continues to grow. I’m looking forward to this next chapter and the opportunity to try something different within the sport,” Raisman said in a statement confirming the news.

Kith Collabs with Bose for Fashion-forward Headphone Design

Bose and Kith are joining forces to launch the limited-edition Kith for Bose Ultra Open Earbuds. The new buds feature an ingenious cuff-shaped design with polished, soft edges. The devices provide comfort for all-day wear and arrive in a sleek matte black colorway co-designed by the two brands, with each earbud showcasing a uniquely altered Kith logo in Bose’s iconic block lettering. The Kith for Bose Ultra Open Earbuds will be available for $300 starting Monday, Jan. 22nd in limited quantities exclusively on Kith.com and in select Kith stores.

Tyler, the Creator Tops 2023 Rap Vinyl Sales

Tyler, the Creator has been named 2023’s best-selling rapper on vinyl, selling 552,000 units. That number not only makes him the best-selling rapper of the year but also 2023’s best-selling male artist and third best-selling artist overall. Sales of vinyl made up 47.1% of all sales in the U.S. last year, and 57% of all physical albums sold. A total of 49.61 million vinyl records were sold in the U.S. last year, reflecting a 14.2% increase from 2022’s 43.46 million. Other hip-hop musicians to crack last year’s top 10 include Travis Scott at No. 4 with 474,000 units sold, Kendrick Lamar at No. 6 with 382,000 albums, and the late Mac Miller at No. 10 with 354,000 records.