For a brief moment on Saturday, Simone Biles was tied for most gold medals in the gymnastics world championships. She won her 23rd gold medal for the vault, matching the record Belarusian gymnast, Vitaly Scherbo, who competed in the 90’s. However, Scherbo had competed in two more events than Biles. Biles won the vault by more than half a point, averaging 15.399 for her two attempts.
Biles did not remain Scherbo’s equal for long, as she won gold on balance beam later in the day, bringing her to 24 and making her the most-decorated gymnast, male or female. Biles’ 15.066 made her jump out her seat and celebrate by throwing air punches.
Despite this reaction, Biles ten embraces her greatness with composure and humility. When asked how it felt to tie the world record, she responded, “I don’t know. What is it supposed to feel like? I don’t know, I don’t get time to think about these things. I think my performances and then… Dinner.”
More medals are potentially (and likely) on the way for Biles, as she will also compete in the final for floor exercise today, where she is the reigning world and Olympic champion.
Biles has announced that she plans to bow out after Tokyo 2020, but her achievements have already solidified her legacy as the greatest gymnast ever.
The Carolina Panthers fell to 0-2 on the season last night, in a game marred by nasty weather, poor quarterback play and a brawl in a crowded concourse at Bank America Stadium.
As seen in the footage embedded below, Panthers fans reportedly began fighting one another during the first quarter rain delay. And this was before the Panthers faithful really had something to be angry about, because things only went down hill after the two teams resumed play out on the field.
The Panthers went on to lose to the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the final 20-14, after the Bucs stuffed Christian McCaffrey at the goal line on a questionable fourth down play call. Tampa Bay’s defense stifled the star running back all night, limiting CMC to just 53 total yards from scrimmage, one week after he lit up the Los Angeles Rams for 200+.
Cam Newton completed just 24 his 50 pass attempts for 324, and he failed to throw a touchdown for the second straight week as it has become clear that he isn’t quite right. After the loss, Newton accepted all the blame, saying, “it’s hard to look defensive guys in the eyes after a game like this.” He added, “All fingers are just pointing back to me specifically on fense.”
After opening the season with back-to-back losses at home, the Panthers will hit the road for matchups with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans in Weeks 3 and 4, respectively.
This is no joke. A school in Nashville, Tennessee has just banned the Harry Potter series from its library because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic, as well as spells, which he believes can conjure “evil spirits.”
“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Rev. Dan Reehil wrote, according to the Nashville Tennessean. “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence the person reading the text.”
The superintendent St. Edward Catholic School told the Nashville Tennessean that Reverend Reehil has the ultimate say as to whether the books stay or not. “Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school,” the superintendent said. “He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”
Despite the school’s ban, the superintendent would go onto say that other schools in the district would still carry the Harry Potter books. “Should parents deem that this or any other media to be appropriate we would hope that they would just guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens our faith,” Hammel said. “We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age-appropriate materials for our classrooms.”
In May of this year, the Nashville-based Soundstripe raised $4 million in Series A financing led by Vocap Investment Partners.
Now, they’ve just received another $2 million in financing.
The latest round of financing has come from Craft Ventures, which is run by David Sachs and Bill Lee and operates under the creed: “Founders Backing Founders.” While Lee is a well-known Bay-area investor, Sachs was the original COO of Paypal and one of the co-founders of Yammer. He was once also their CEO. Craft has previously invested in companies such as Cloud9.
Soundstripe, which focuses on royalty-free music for video productions, was founded in 2016 and says it has licensed music to more than 2 million productions in over 130 countries. That includes YouTube videos, advertisements, films, games, and other formats.
The company, which employs a subscription model to license its music, began with an initial investment of $500,000. Now, armed with millions, Soundstripe could be eyeing some acquisition targets.
Travis Terrell, who is one of the co-founders and co-CEOs of the company along with Micah Sannan, said that the investment will help the company assist content creators to produce quality content as easily as possible. The money will also help the company expand its subscriber base.
Of course, Soundstripe isn’t the only company chasing this model, and low-cost music licensing introduces tricky issues related to margins and monetization. But the continued rush of players in this space suggests that synchronization licensing is continuing to grow, with investors obviously placing bets.
As veganism and vegetarianism continue to rise in North American diets, more fast-food joints are taking note this. Beyond Meats and Impossible Burgers have been at the forefront this movement as their products have found their way into fast food staples such as Tim Hortons, Burger King, Subway, and Dunkin Donuts. Typically, the vegan-friendly options are available for beef products but it looks like KFC is readying to hop on this new trend plant-based food.
Atlanta will be the first place that will be able to check out the KFC’s new plant-based chicken in a brand new partnership with Beyond Meat. Taste test for the product will be available at Smyrna, GA starting Tuesday. The Beyond Fried Chicken will be available as nuggets or boneless wings. They’ll be served tossed in one three flavors — Nashville Hot, Buffalo or Honey BBQ.
While this is simply just a test, if all goes well, KFC said they’ll begin a “a broader test or potential national rollout” the product.”
“KFC Beyond Fried Chicken is so delicious, our customers will find it difficult to tell that it’s plant-based,” KFC U.S. president and chief concept ficer, Kevin Hochman, said in a statement. “To be able to bring Beyond Fried Chicken, in all its KFC-inspired deliciousness to market, speaks to our collective ability to meet the consumer where they are and accompany them on their journey.”
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has been sitting pretty at number one on the Billboard charts for 16 weeks now. The only other songs to have sat this long at number one are Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day.” If Lil Nas’ song stays at the coveted spot for just one more week, it will become the only song to sit at the number one spot for that long.
Of course, Lil Nas would love to hold this historical title so the 20-year-old is doing all he can to keep the track on the streaming charts. Lil Nas hit up a Red Lobster recently and called on the restaurant to stream his hit. “Just forced everybody at red lobsters to stream old town road,” he tweeted.
In another tweet that shows a SpongeBob reference, Lil Nas alluded that he really is doing what he can to keep his name at number one until next week.
“This is only the beginning. And you know people won’t realize that until they realize it,” Lil Nas X previously stated the song. “I knew for a fact that this song would take me to another level but … I can’t say I knew that it was going to be worldwide or nationwide.”
At the close Pride month, Lil Nas X took to his Twitter to make a new revelation, seemingly coming out and asking his followers to run back a selection on his 7 EP with a new perspective.
“Some y’all already know, some y’all don’t care, some y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure,” he penned in a tweet, closing it out with a rainbow emoji.
He would soon double down by zooming in on the buildings in the backdrop his EP cover, highlighting the rainbow motifs. “I thought I made it obvious,” he added.
Naturally, the announcement came with a mix reactions, with plenty fans showing their support for the Georgia-bred artist while some fans declared that they could no longer support him given his preferences. To such reactions, he dished out his fair share “LMAO.”
While “c7losure” is a pretty ambiguous track, it’s lack definition definitely serves as a supporting factor in Lil Nas X’s newest revelation.
The Boston Celtics made four selections in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, including the two-time SEC Player the Year, and round-earth truther, Grant Williams.
Shortly after being selected by the Celtics with the 22nd overall pick, a fitting pre-draft interview Williams surfaced, in which he shot down Kyrie Irving’s flat earth theory.
“Kyrie’s Earth-is-flat theory is just scientifically not true,” Williams tells Shams Charania in his interview with Stadium. “That’s the one thing I can debunk if we’re being perfectly honest. That’s not true at all.”
Williams’ mother is actually an engineer at NASA so he probably could’ve kicked some knowledge to Kyrie, but it’s highly unlikely that Irving will be re-signing with the Celtics this summer.
Williams, who averaged 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game over three seasons with the Tennessee Volunteers, spoke highly the Celtics franchise after last night’s Draft.
“Honestly, I was drafted by the best franchise possible,” Williams said in a conference call Thursday night, per Boston.com. “It’s the most historic franchise in the league. It’s a franchise that my grandfather actually talks about every single day because it’s his favorite team.”
In addition to Williams, the Celtics also selected Indiana shooting guard Romeo Langford 14th overall, as well as Purdue point guard Carsen Edwards (No. 33) and LSU point guard Tremont Waters (No. 51).
The Tampa Bay Rays have the worst average attendance in Major League Baseball although they’ve been a fairly successful team this season with a record 43-31. Over the past few years, the team has been trying to secure funding for a stadium but unfortunately, it hasn’t exactly worked out for them. This has led to speculation that the team might be relocated but now, a new report from ESPN reveals that the team is actually thinking becoming a two-city team which would be an unprecedented move.
“The Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball’s executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder the year in Montreal, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.
While the plan is in its nascent stages, the Rays have embraced the two-city solution as the most feasible to saving baseball in the Tampa Bay area after years failed attempts to build a new stadium in the region, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.”
It’s unclear how this plan would work out and whether or not the team would have to change its name. There are a ton logistical problems that would arise with such a plan so the team will have quite a bit thinking to do.
As right now, Montreal does not have a ble longterm baseball venue although there is a belief that they could use the Olympic Stadium.
DJ Khaled is celebrating a victory after his album Father of Asahd was certified gold. The star-studded project moved 500,000 units since its release four weeks ago, thanks to singles like “No Brainer” and “Just Us.”
“Today is a great day! #FANLUV we did it! Father Of Asahd is officially certified GOLD!” said Khaled. “Couldn’t have done it without God, Asahd and #FANLUV.”
He also promised to release a surprise when he goes platinum. “NEXT UP IS PLATINUM AND I HAVE A BIG SURPRISE WHEN THAT ARRIVES,” he added.
Father of Asahd, Khaled’s 11th studio album, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, trailing Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR. He reportedly became frustrated with Billboard for not counting an estimated 100,000 downloads that were sold through a bundle deal with energy drink supplements.
According to Khaled, this was initially approved by Billboard before they decided to renege on their decision and disqualified his downloads from the bundle, which cost him the No. 1 spot.
Tyler, the Creator also bundled his IGOR album with merch including T-shirts and posters. He sold 165,000 equivalent album units in his first week, while Khaled moved 136,000 units of Father of Asahd.
This week, Father of Asahd slides 3-8 on the Billboard 200 with 31,000 units.
Sunday night, the Wu-Tang Clan made history as the first hip-hop act to ever headline Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The venue is originally known as the Grand Ole Opry, dubbed the Mother Church Country Music and in its over a century-long history, it has never had a hip-hop act top it bill.
“It’s just not intuitive to have necessarily a hip-hop show at the Ryman,” Nashville concert promoter and Belmont University pressor Eric Holt told NPR the venue’s history with the hip-hop genre prior to Wu-Tang’s show. “It’s going to be interesting. I mean, the energy, I think is going to be different.”
The venue’s former general manager, Pam Matthews went on to tell NPR that it was not for lack trying as she previously reached out to the likes 50 Cent and Insane Clown Posse to headline Ryman.
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Matthews adds that the venue’s set up, a 2300-person capacity theater with bolted down pews, could be a part hip-hop’s shying away from Ryman in the past, citing acts wanting their fans to be able to move around.
“You know, the Ryman has had to grow up too, and had to grow up into what the city is,” adds Shannon Sanders, a Grammy-winning musician and record producer in Nashville. “You know, the Wu-Tang is ready for the Ryman, but also the Ryman is ready for the Wu-Tang.”
So… this happened. A Wendy’s location in Florida is being investigated after one their employees took a video himself taking a bath in the industrial-sized kitchen sink. As reported by the New York Post, the video shows a shirtless young man climbing into the sink without shoes or socks before slowly bringing himself to lay down in the water. His co-workers egg him on but he didn’t seem to be pressured into this at all — this looks like something he was totally down to do. The viral video has been circulating online this week as potential customers react to the nastiness happening before their eyes.
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In the clip, female voices are heard in the background urging the man to “take a bath” and “get in there” before one woman encouraged him to “wash his armpits.” Wendy’s has since issued a statement by confirming that the man no longer works for them and used “poor judgment.” “We are taking this incident seriously and it is obviously totally unacceptable,” said Mike Johnson, the marketing director for the corporation that owns the restaurant. “This was a prank by a person who no longer works at this restaurant, and who clearly did not use good judgment. We are taking this opportunity to reinforce our very strict quality procedures with our restaurant team.”
The location has reportedly passed a health inspection since the video was taken.
Oskar Blues Brewery might have seen this one coming.
Guns N’ Roses has now filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Colorado brewery for its “Guns ‘N’ Rosé” ale.
According to the lawsuit, the band says Canarchy Craft Brewing Collective’s Oskar Blues Brewery began selling the ale in 2018. The brewery had no approval from the group to use the name. The lawsuit further says that the brewery created merchandise including hats, t-shirts, pint glasses, stickers, buttons, and bandanas with the Guns ‘N’ Rosé logo.
Oskar Blues Brewery attempted to register the logo last year, but abandoned the pursuit after the band objected. Axl Rose’s lawyers and other bandmates argued that the name was “confusingly similar” to the logo.
Rose even asked the Oskar Blues brewery to stop selling the beer, but the owner of the brewery refused. The beer will be available until March 2020, unless this lawsuit is successful.
The lawsuit argues that the band has suffered , including damage to its “trade name, business reputation, and goodwill.”
“As of the filing of this Complaint, Defendant’s GUNS N ROSE beer continues to be sold at retailers such as BevMo, and Defendant’s infringing GUNS N ROSE merchandise continues to be sold on Defendant’s website. Defendant should not be entitled to continue to sell infringing products and intentionally trade on the GNR’s goodwill, prestige, and fame without GNR’s approval, license, or consent.”
The band is seeking to bar the brewery from selling the ale. They’re also asking for any leftover merchandise from the stunt to be delivered for destruction. Compensatory and punitive damages are attached as well. You can see the full complaint below.
Neither the Oskar Blues brewery or Guns N’ Roses have responded to a request for comment. A tweet on the brewery’s official Twitter page describes the ale as a “sticky prickly pear and floral hibiscus taste with a subtle hop profile.”
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Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers were court side for Game 5 in Milwaukee last night, as their Bucks crushed the Boston Celtics to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The sports power couple have been a fixture at Bucks games during their post-season run, and fans have surely taken notice.
During Wednesday night’s TNT broadcast, cameras panned to the court side celebs just in time to catch an opportunistic fan shooting his shot at Rodgers’ girl. The fan, who was seated behind Patrick and Rodgers, served the NASCAR star a drink and refused to take her money for it making for a pretty awkward moment. He even threw in a drink for Patrick’s friend – but nothing for the Packers QB.
Everything else was smooth sailing for Bucks fans last night, as Milwaukee coasted to a 116-91 victory behind another stellar performance by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak finished with a game-high 39 points to go along with 16 rebounds and four assists in the elimination game.
The Bucks and their fans will now await the winner the Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers series, which Toronto currently leads 3-2. Game 6 that series, taking place in Philly, is scheduled to tipf at 8pm ET tonight, airing on ESPN.
By Monday the 13th May,Rolling Stone will have launched their very own music chart to compete with the likes Billboard, and well… just Billboard for the time being. As it stands, Billboard Magazine occupies a hegemony over public charting data, be it rankings, calculations, or residual prits.
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The primary motivation behind the project is to create a “transparent, granular and real-time quantification system” in the post-analog world. Rolling Stone is owned by the Penske Media Corp. based out New York and Los Angeles. The publishment giant announced their intentions in a press release written by CEO Jay Penske.
“PMC’s strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms,” Penske said in his statement. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”
Rolling Stone’s new ranking system will launch with two concurrent lists: the Top 100 singles and the Top 200 albums in the US, updated on a weekly basis. Within the depository, Rolling Stone will also maintain a Top 500 Artist page, ranking the highest streaming artists at any given time (driven by US data), as well as a “Trending 25” ranking “fast-moving songs” up the streaming ladder.