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January 9, 2023

Rihanna Counts Down to Super Bowl LVII with New Savage X Fenty Collection

The NFL playoff picture is set and the countdown to Glendale is on. To celebrate the impending start of the playoffs, Rihanna dropped a new line just for the event, where she will take the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable halftime appearance. The Savage X Fenty Super Bowl collection includes 17 items. As part of the rollout, Savage X Fenty will also host a pop-up shop in LA Jan. 26-29. 

John Williams Pens New College Football Championship Theme

From Star Wars to Indiana Jones, Olympic Fanfare to E.T., John Williams penned the most iconic theme songs of our time. Now, he’s bringing a new tune to the College Football Championship for ESPN. Variety exclusively reported that the “Of Grit and Glory” will be revealed tonight as TCU takes on Georgia. When asked about the opportunity, Williams said, “Intercollegiate football has been at the heart and soul of our nation’s life for so long that the opportunity to musically salute this great tradition has been a particularly meaningful joy for me.” The song is set to premiere as part of a video montage leading into the game.

SZA Secures No. 1 on the Billboard Charts for the Fourth Consecutive Week

SZA is rewriting the record books with SOS. The album placed at the top of the Billboard 200 for the fourth consecutive week, selling the equivalent of 125,000 units. With the achievement, SZA becomes the first R&B album to chart for four consecutive weeks since 1993’s janet by Janet Jackson. Taylor Swift’s Midnights and MetroBoomin’s Heroes & Villains rounded out this week’s top 3.

FTX Asks to Terminate Sports Sponsorships in Bankruptcy Filing

It seemed inevitable, but FTX formally requested to terminate all of its sports sponsorships as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. At its prime, FTX invested heavily across the sports landscape. Its portfolio included the naming rights for the Miami arena that plays home to the Heat, esports partnerships, and much more. The motion would prevent FTX from having to pay the $5.5 million installment due in January, backdating the dissolution to the end of 2022. In the most recent court appearance, officials from the company indicated that they would reveal what led to its epic downfall “in time.”

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Climbs to $1.7B in Global Box Office Sales

The new year is off to a strong start for movies. Avatar: The Way of Water continues to attract moviegoers across the globe, as it closes in on the $2 billion figure that director James Cameron indicated it would need to reach in order to break even. Thus far, it has eclipsed $1.7 billion in ticket sales. It netted $45 million in domestic sales this week to take the top spot. Elsewhere, the AI horror film M3GAN outran projections to bring in $30.2 million. 

Goldman Sachs Prepares to Lay Off 3,200 Employees

One of the nation’s most influential financial firms is responding to the ongoing challenges presented by the markets. Goldman Sachs will let go of 3,200 employees – beginning this week as part of an austerity push. The layoffs account for nearly 8% of its workforce. The move comes as a response to troubling forecasts in the year ahead. Sources indicate that the cuts will permeate the whole business, including the banking and trading businesses.