The Weeknd Secures Major Verizon Sponsorship Ahead of World Tour

The Weeknd has inked a major promotional partnership with Verizon, the largest cell phone service provider in America.

According to details emailed by Verizon, the sponsorship deal will center on The Weeknd’s just-announced After Hours Tour. Ticketholders who are enrolled in Verizon Up, Verizon’s rewards program/app, will gain access “to an exclusive stage side experience” with other Verizon Up users. Additionally, The Weeknd will meet with Up-equipped guests at certain concerts, which have not yet been specified.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the agreement is an “exclusive Verizon Up concert from The Weeknd.” Additional details, including a date and location, will be made available later this year.

Speaking of the Verizon agreement, The Weeknd said that “connecting with my fans is paramount,” and that he believes this sponsorship will enable him to become closer with more of his supporters.

The aforementioned side-stage experiences will be available only during The Weeknd’s U.S. concerts. Verizon Up is free to download for Verizon Wireless subscribers.

The North American leg of The Weeknd’s After Hours Tour is set to initiate on June 11th, with a concert in the artist’s home country. Following two additional shows in Canada, The Weeknd is scheduled to tour the U.S. into the start of September. After a brief break from the road, the 30-year-old will make his way to Europe for a series of performances in October and November.

Ticketmaster customers will be able to access the After Hour Tour’s pre-sale tickets next Tuesday, February 25th, at 10 AM EST (7 AM PST). Notably, a few locations’ tickets won’t be made available until February 28th.

The Weeknd’s fourth album, After Hours, will drop on March 20th. Three of the 14-track work’s songs—“Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” and “After Hours”—have been released as singles.

Pi’erre Bourne Swiftly Disposes Of Stage Crasher

If you’re only familiar with Pi’erre Bourne from his production, then we’re going to do something about that right now. While he has provided artists like Playboi Carti and 21 Savage with immaculate beats and has largely redefined the sounds today’s trap music, he deserves just as much credit for his solo work. You can start to get acquainted with his catalog through his major label debut released last year, The Life Of Pi’erre 4

Pi’erre is currently on his first European headlining tour. While he has been selling out shows and appears to be having a blast, he experienced a minor inconvenience at his last stop. Mid performance, a fan dove onstage and Pi’erre wasted no time handling the situation. As he pointed out in the caption, he had no security to protect him, hence had no option but to take matters into his own hands. Luckily, his hands possessed the power to swiftly launch the overzealous fan back into crowd. The chaos the clip is amplified by the girl in the front row (seen in the bottom right corner), screaming that she lost her phone due to the dude that flew over her. One well-liked comment on the post made the obvious observation that we all probably couldn’t help but think : “Pierre didn’t want him to come out here.” The superproducer’s caption summed up the situation best: “No security. Toss em back to the wolves.”

WWE Announces John Cena’s Return To SmackDown Live

Future WWE Hall Famer John Cena is making his return to SmackDown Live later this month, just in time for Wrestlemania season. As announced on WWE Backstage, Cena will be appearing on the February 28th edition SmackDown, emanating live from the TD Garden in Boston.

2019 marked the first time in more than 15 years that Cena went a full calendar year without having a match at a pay-per-view event, but the belief is that he’ll be in the mix for Wrestlemania 36 in April. If that’s to be the case, there’s a good chance Cena will lay the groundwork for his Wrestlemania appearance, and possibly his next opponent, when he returns to SmackDown Live.

WWE Announces John Cena’s Return To SmackDown Live

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The ficial WWE preview reads:

John Cena will return to SmackDown on Friday, Feb. 28, as Team Blue continues down The Road to WrestleMania.

It was on SmackDown where The Cenation Leader made his dynamic debut nearly 18 years ago, when he channeled “Ruthless Aggression” to challenge WWE Hall Famer Kurt Angle in his debut match. Since that fateful night, Cena went on to become WWE’s standard-bearer, earning 16 World Championships and inspiring countless WWE fans to “Never Give Up.”

An icon in the ring and the star such blockbuster films as “Bumblebee,” “Blockers” and the upcoming “F9: The Fast Saga,” Cena will soon bring his signature “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect” back to SmackDown, as first reported by WWE Backstage on FS1.

Furthering the belief that Cena will be in Tampa for Wrestlemania 36, he recently told Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, “And on the subject WrestleMania, I can tell you this—I haven’t missed a WrestleMania since my first appearance at WrestleMania 19, and I do not plan to miss a WrestleMania for decades to come.”

Lou Williams & Kendrick Perkins Trade Jabs On Twitter After Clippers Loss

Kendrick Perkins has been one the biggest hot take artists in sports media since his retirement. Perkins is always coming through with some content for the various shows he makes guest appearances on. Typically, these hot takes upset various players throughout the league. It shouldn’t be surprising that this is the case especially since athletes can be pretty sensitive. On Tuesday night, Perkins got himself in trouble, once again, thanks to a tweet he sent about the Los Angeles Clippers.

After losing to the Philadelphia 76ers, Perkins implied that the Clippers only care about playing well against the Lakers. This led to a swift response from Lou Williams who said the Clippers are doing just fine. In fact, Williams accused Perkins trying to get extra content for one the shows he typically frequents.

Eventually, the conversation toned down as both men sent blessings to one another. Clearly, Perkins is just giving his honest observations which can sometimes be misinterpreted. Either way, we’re sure there was no real malice behind them. After all, the Clippers are one the best teams in the entire league. Regardless, there is no denying the team’s record against winning teams is questionable, at best.

Do you think Perkins is right with his comments?

Odell Beckham Honors Kobe Bryant With New Tattoo

Odell Beckham Jr.has joined the club those paying homage to the late Kobe Bryant in ink. 

The wide receiver most recently took to social media to unveil a large tattoo the Black Mamba, adding onto a list that already includes LeBron James, Shareef O’Neal and Thony Davis among others. The artwork in question is in the form a portrait designed by artist Joaquin Ganga Lopez on Beckham’s torso.

 

“He shows you that talent can get you as far as talent can get you, but there’s no substitute for hard work, the dedication that he had to the game. And I think that was really his legacy,” he recently told Complex following Bryant’s death. “You know, broken fingers, Achilles, knee, whatever it is, he always overcame it all and he’s always going to find a way to win. …] So just that mentality that he had was always to kill, and that’s something that I definitely have in me, and now even more so with what was going on. So definitely inspired even more to do some great things like he did, and the legacy that he left is something that we all can be appreciative .”

 

Instagram Now Shows The "Most Shown" & "Least Interacted With" On Your Feed

Instagram is probably the most popular social media platform out there, providing us with the interaction we crave from both a visual and informational perspective. Also, IG is just one the most helpful tools when you want to be nosy by staying up on the whereabouts  friends and loved ones. Some those faces may appear more frequently than others though, which may be due to this latest update to the app.

Instagram Now Shows The "Most Shown" & "Least Interacted With" On Your Feed
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The new feature in question lets you see “most shown in feed” followers as well as “least interacted with” ones. All you have to do is go to your ‘Following” list to see the two groups, which at the moment has no real function but could give you an idea those you may be ignoring unintentionally. On the other side, it may give you a better idea about why you tend to see someone a little more than you may want to. Hey, there’s always the mute button if the latter proves to be an issue.

Does this latest Instagram update change the way you look at your followers? Let us know over in the comments, and make sure to give us a follow at @hnhh_ficial!

Pearl Jam Issues a Stern Warning to Ticket Scalpers

Ticketmaster has issued a stern warning to anyone who’s considering scalping tickets for Pearl Jam’s upcoming Gigaton Tour. 

Those attempting to purchase Pearl Jam tickets through Ticketmaster will be greeted with a message indicating that Gigaton Tour tickets are “mobile only” and “non-transferable.” To be seated together, fans must buy their tickets simultaneously, through a single mobile device; the primary purchaser must then check in alongside his or her guests.  Ticketmaster has been designated as the sole seller — and reseller — of Pearl Jam tickets.

Also, according to the Ticketmaster message, any fan who buys a ticket but is unable to attend will be able to sell only the “Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange,” which is slated to go live on Tuesday, February 15th. 

Despite the warning and the seemingly airtight scalping-prevention measures, a number of secondhand Pearl Jam tickets are currently listed for sale on third-party ticket marketplaces. 

Short of coordinating a transaction on the Fan-to-Fan Exchange and arranging for an additional payment after the fact, it’s unclear how resellers could possibly deliver the advertised tickets to buyers—making fraud a serious concern. 

Pearl Jam formerly clashed with Ticketmaster over what they considered to be unfair and monopolistic business practices. Pearl Jam went as far as booking tour stops exclusively in non-Ticketmaster venues and testifying against the company in court. 

Evidently, Ticketmaster’s current policy of giving artists a say in how their tickets are sold—by discouraging scalping, for instance—has made a positive impression on the Seattle band. All of their Gigaton Tour concerts will be held at Ticketmaster/Live Nation venues. 

The 30-show Gigaton Tour (the album of the same name is set to drop on March 27th) will begin in Canada on March 18th. 10 U.S. shows will follow, and the tour’s final leg will take place in Europe between June and July. 

LeBron James & His Sons Are The Big 3 In Latest Highlight Video

LeBron James will most likely go down as one the greatest basketball players all-time. Over the next few years, we will get to see whether or not James wins a few more titles and further cements his legacy as one the best players to ever step onto the basketball court. Even if you don’t like LeBron, you can’t deny just how good he is and how much he means to the game basketball.

LeBron’s two sons, Bronny and Bryce, are dope basketball players in their own right and are currently playing for school teams. Bryce is in middle school while Bronny is a freshman in high school. Overall, they have a ton potential and recently, the two were featured in a video with LeBron that shows f their lobbing ability. In fact, LeBron is calling them the Big 3 and even refers to them as “Lob Gang.”

It remains to be seen what Bronny and Bryce are able to do with their young careers. There is no denying they have a great role model behind them who can coach them every step the way. LeBron has made it apparent that there is no pressure on his sons to succeed in basketball and that he just wants them to carve out their own unique legacies.

Hopefully, we get to see Bronny and Bryce excel for years to come.

WWE Legend Edge Inks Massive 3-Year Deal: Contract Details Revealed

WWE Hall Famer Edge had not wrestled in nearly nine years due to a severe neck injury, but that changed this past weekend at the annual Royal Rumble event. The Rated-R Superstar made his shocking return as the No. 21 entrant in the Rumble, much to the delight  the sold out crowd at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Edge delivered several spears upon his return before finally being eliminated by Roman Reigns in the final moments the match. He made an appearance on Monday Night Raw the following night, but was interrupted by his former tag team partner Randy Orton, who laid waste to him with an RKO and a series chair shots. 

WWE later announced that Edge “had been taken to a local medical facility following the attack” and it has become quite clear that they’re setting up an Edge-Orton match at Wrestlemania 36 in Tampa. As it turns out, fans can also expect to see Edge compete in a number matches moving forward.

According to Alex McCarthy talkSPORT, Edge recently inked a three-year deal worth $9 million, which will become guaranteed if he takes part in at least three matches per year. In fact, McCarthy reports that the Rated-R Superstar is scheduled for five matches and 25 total appearances in 2020 alone.

He’ll likely be f tv for a while as he recovers from the attack on Monday Night Raw, but it won’t be long before Orton gets a taste his own medicine. 

WWE Legend Edge Inks Massive 3-Year Deal: Contract Details Revealed

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Stephen A. Smith Delivers Blasphemous Patrick Mahomes Take: Watch

Stephen A. Smith has some pretty out-there opinions sometimes. When it comes to shows like ESPN’s First Take, a debate is the number one premise. This means there isn’t much space for the co-hosts to agree with one another. This need for debate can manifest in some pretty interesting ways. Sometimes, it leads to some pretty bizarre statements that are backed up with a lot mental gymnastics. Usually, it’s Max Kellerman who is delivering these takes although yesterday, it was Smith’s turn.

During a conversation about Patrick Mahomes, Smith revealed that he thinks Alex Smith could have gone to the Super Bowl with this Chiefs team. The First Take host thinks anyone could have succeeded with Mahomes’ weapons and that we should pump the breaks on calling Mahomes the best in the world.

Kellerman and Orlovsky appeared genuinely shocked by the admission as they sat at their desks dumbfounded by what they had just heard. Kellerman jumped f the ledge and said Mahomes could be the greatest quarterback ever while Orlovsky said Mahomes is impossible to explain. Either way, it seems as though all three men can’t agree on this subject and it made for an entertaining segment.

Do you think Smith is right or is he way f on this one?

HBO Max Announces "Aquaman" Animated Series

HBO Max has greenlit an animated series titled Aquaman: King Atlantis, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The announcement was made during the 2020 Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday. Aquaman: King Atlantis will be a three-part mini-series with each episode following a different story from Aquaman’s adventures. 

Entertainment Weekly says the synopsis for the first episode reads, “He’s got a LOT catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident!”

The mini-series will be executive produced by James Wan, who directed 2018’s Aquaman. Victor Courtright and Marly Halpern-Grase will serve as showrunners.

Neither the cast nor the premiere date have been announced for Aquaman: King Atlantis.

HBO Max is expected to release in May. In addition to Aquaman: King Atlantis, the streaming service will include all HBO shows and films, as well as a number other popular series’ such as FriendsSouth ParkFresh Prince Bel-Air and more.

Timbaland Talks His 130-Pound Weight Loss & Previous Pill Addiction

Timbaland is featured in this month’s edition  Men’s Health Magazine that sees the mega-producer open up more than ever before about his 130-pound weight loss, previous addiction to prescribed painkillers and his changed life. The 47-year-old detailed how his life changed after he had a dream that signified that “death was near.” With that in mind, along with his children Reign, Demetrius and Frankie Timbaland (born Timothy Mosley) figured it was time to switch things up. 

Timbaland Talks His 130-Pound Weight Loss & Previous Pill Addiction
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“I had to get whipped, because I didn’t appreciate anything,” he said. “All my life I felt it was a little too easy.” Painkillers came into his life after a root canal, leading to an addiction that got out hand. “It put me in a great feeling not caring, just being free,” he said. “I’m like traveling, doing shows, popping ’em, having fun, just being ignorant.”

Timbaland’s addiction didn’t help him with his divorce and growing debt to the IRS. “I had to downsize, get all that superstar stuff out the way,” he told the publication. “The only things that got me through it were my kids, my girl, the help God keeping my mind still.”

When Timbaland first hit the gym he weighed in at 350 pounds and the difficult journey only got easier over time but according to him, it’s a path he’s still on. “I don’t feel like I’m complete. I don’t want to ever feel like I’m complete, ’cause my mind would probably get idle,” he added. “God needed me to be clear so I could see what is needed, not what I want.”

LeBron James Parties It Up On Stage With Bad Bunny In L.A: Watch

LeBron James has been dominant on the court this season and has been a beacon consistency for a Los Angeles Lakers team that hasn’t made the playfs since the early parts the last decade. LeBron recently had to take a brief break from the game this past weekend as he was suffering from a bad cold. After a dominant performance against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, LeBron decided to take Saturday f as his squad took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Luckily for Lakers fans, the team was able to pull f a blowout win to increase their winning streak to eight games.

On Sunday, LeBron seemed to have recovered quite nicely as he was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Calibash. At one point, Bad Bunny was performing and LeBron was pulled on stage where he could be seen dancing with the singer.

The crowd seemed to enjoy LeBron’s dancing quite a bit as they erupted in cheers when he showed up. LeBron has become quite the crowd favorite in Los Angeles and if he continues to win, they’ll have to build a statue at the Staples Center. His dancing also shows that he has properly recovered from his cold and will more than likely be in the lineup on Monday night when he takes on his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Drew Brees Is Getting Calls About Becoming A TV Analyst: Report

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card round the playfs last weekend. This marks another painful playf loss for the Saints, although their veteran QB shows no signs stopping. Or does he? As reported by ESPNthe New Orleans Saints star quarterback has received calls from at least one non-ESPN network to inquire about whether he would be interested in transitioning from quarterback to TV game analyst, according to league sources. Brees has yet to announce a decision for his career, although many do not believe he is planning to retire right now. 

“Drew has not spoken with them or anyone about any new opportunities,” one source close to Brees told ESPN this weekend. “Until such time as a decision is made about next season, he will not be engaging in any conversations regarding or considering any new opportunities.” Saints coach Sean Payton said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown that he believes Brees will return to the Saints next season and that he expects to speak with Brees as early as Monday. Brees, who turns 41 on Wednesday, has been in the league since 2001 when he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. 

 

LeBron James Reaches Another Huge Milestone After POTW Honor

LeBron James is in year 17 and continues to be a dominant player on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has enjoyed immense success this season and even leads the league in assists which is something he has never done before. His play has helped the Lakers enjoy sustained success this season, including the best record in the Western Conference, at 29-7. This past week, LeBron’s efforts were rewarded as he won Western Conference Player the Week. This is an award he has won before although winning it in 2020 puts him in legend territory.

According to Tim Reynolds, LeBron is only the seventh player to receive the award in three different decades. The only others to do it are Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan. 

LeBron won’t be stopping anytime soon. He is the first player to achieve 30,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, and 9,000 assists. In a few years from now, he will be in prime position to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for first on the all-time scoring list. There are times when LeBron shows flashes decline but for the most part, he’s remained one the most effective players in the league. As the year goes on, we can’t wait to see what other records he breaks.