“The first manned commercial spaceflight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is all systems go, with the space company’s reusable launch vehicle New Shepard set for liftoff Tuesday morning. Specifically, Blue Origin hopes to ascend to the heavens on Tuesday, July 20, from Launch Site One in the West Texas desert.
“The live show, Space Launch LIVE: Blue Origin & Jeff Bezos Go To Space, will be anchored by The Washington Post’s Libby Casey and Discovery’s Chris Jacobs from The Post’s Washington, D.C. studios. It will feature on-the-ground analysis from The Washington Post’s space industry reporter Christian Davenport; commentary from astronaut Leland Melvin; input from Dr. Ellen Stofan, the Smithsonian’s Undersecretary for Science and Research and a team of experts from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
“ ‘We are delighted to be joining forces with The Washington Post to once again cover the next major chapter in space advancement,’ said Scott Lewers, Executive Vice President of Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science. ‘With no on-site public viewing areas in the vicinity of the launch site, this broadcast continues Discovery and Science Channel’s mission to bring the world to our viewers.’
” ‘The Washington Post has made a distinct investment in live coverage of major news events, drawing in tens of millions of viewers to its programs featuring the latest developments alongside real-time analysis and commentary from our top journalists,’ said Micah Gelman, director of editorial video at The Washington Post. ‘After the success of our joint coverage of SpaceX’s first crewed mission last summer, we are thrilled to be partnering with Discovery and Science Channels once again to bring this historic launch to the eyes of Americans nationwide as the appetite for space tourism intensifies.’ ” See the full article on Deadline
“The Shepard rocket and capsule will carry four passengers to space and then back to Earth within 11 minutes. It’s an automated system which means there will not be a pilot on board. The crew includes Jeff Bezos (the founder of Blue Origin), Mark Bezos (Jeff Bezos’ brother), Mary Wallace ‘Wally’ Funk (a pioneering aviator that trained as one of 13 women associated with the Mercury program), and Oliver Daemon (a college student). After this spaceflight, Funk will be known as the oldest person to have flown in space and Daemon as the youngest.” Read the full article on Discovery
“The teenage singer-songwriter posted the album artwork to her Instagram, featuring her face blanketed in colorful stickers with the album title spelled out on her tongue. She also revealed the tracklist, which contains the immensely popular power ballad ‘Drivers License,’ which she released earlier this year.” Read the full article on Rolling Stone
“In an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s First Listen on Thursday, May 20, Olivia revealed… ‘drivers license’ proved an important point… when it came to music-writing: that people just want raw, emotional songs that they can connect to. ‘It kind of confirmed this hypothesis that I’ve had in my head for a really long time that brute honesty and vulnerability was the thing that everyone, universally related to and it didn’t need to have the catchiest melody in the world or the coolest cutting edge production or the best singer in the world for a song to resonate.’ She can definitely say that again, because Sour has us fully in our feelings—and we wouldn’t want it any other way.” Read the full article on Teen Vogue
“YouTuber Jake Paul takes to the boxing ring this weekend in the first Triller Fight Club event of 2021. The April 17 card features the polarizing internet celebrity taking on ONE Championship champion Ben Askren in a live pay-per-view event streaming on FITE.tv. The Paul vs. Askren fight takes place this Saturday, April 17 live from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. With Covid precautions still in place, only 100 lucky ‘Golden Ticket’ winners were invited to be in the stands for the event.
“In addition to the highly-anticipated matchup between Paul and Askren, the Triller Fight Club event will feature performances from Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo and Major Lazer. It will also feature the first-ever performance and debut of the hip-hop supergroup Mt. Westmore, featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too $hort, and E-40.
“Snoop is a co-owner in the Triller Fight Club brand, and the company says the rapper helped to personally choose the fighters and musical acts for this event.
“The April 17th card will be Triller Fight Club’s first in a series of 2021 special events, following the debut Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. PPV fight in 2020, which Triller says was the eighth most successful fight PPV in history.” Read the full article on Rolling Stone
“First Listen es una serie de fiestas de escucha virtuales organizadas por Apple Music, que se remontan a las fiestas de escucha de álbumes de antaño, pero ahora con formas casi ilimitadas para que los artistas inviten a sus mayores fanáticos a algo especial antes de lanzar nueva música al mundo, actuando como una extensión de eventos en vivo de algunas de las listas de reproducción más populares e influyentes de Apple Music.
“’Hice este álbum con mucho amor. No sé si será número uno, pero en mi corazón es el mejor álbum de 2021 y estoy muy feliz de lanzarlo junto a ti Zane y mis fans,’ indicó Karol G.
“Sus fans pudieron chatear en vivo, tener una sesión de preguntas y respuestas, ser parte de un muro virtual y encontrarse con la aparición de invitados especiales como Wisin.” See the full article on El Espectador
“Jenji Kohan and Morgan Neville are bringing a new documentary series about old clothing to Netflix. Based on the best-selling book by Emily Spivack, Worn Stories will examine our sentimental connection to particular garments and the stories of the people who wore them.
“On Sunday night, Abel Tesfaye, the 30-year-old musician better known as The Weeknd, completed his decade-long trip from anonymous producer to the heights of pop stardom when he headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl LV. In a performance that surveyed his entire career, he illustrated why he is already preparing to release a greatest hits collection called The Highlights later this month.
“To the opening strains of his 2016 hit “Starboy,” Tesfaye took to the stage designed to look like a heightened version of the Las Vegas strip, back by a dancing choir wearing helmets identical to the ones worn by his collaborators Daft Punk… He jumped in between his various albums, but starting with his back catalog, going from the “The Hills” to his 2015 number one hit “I Can’t Feel My Face,” which played as he walked through a mirrored hallway surrounded by bandaged lookalikes also wearing glittering red blazers, as fireworks erupted in the background.
“Tesfaye walked on after the end of an NFL commercial that advertised a $250 million to commitment to combat racism. “While the season might be over,“ it read, “our commitment to social justice is not.”Though Tesfaye, the first Canadian to perform at the show solo, isn’t necessarily known for his political activism, throughout 2020 he commented on police brutality and racial justice in interviews. Last June, he donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter, National Bailout, and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. When he won Video of the Year at last fall’s MTV Video Music Awards, he accepted his trophy with a sober speech that sent condolences to the families of Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor. “The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have, and closeness with the people near me,” he said in a December interview with Tmrw magazine.”
“Ryan Chanatry, general manager of Topic, added, ‘Chris has a special talent for getting people to open up, and the resulting conversations are powerful, uplifting, and often very funny. As long-time fans of the podcast, we’re very excited to bring these stories, and Chris’ friendly and sincere conversation-style, to Topic.’
“Each episode of the series will see Chris Gethard take the call of one random stranger. The caller may hang up at any time, but Gethard is obligated to speak to them for up to half an hour. Topic describes the series as a ‘raw, unplanned exchange between a civilian and a master of conversation.'”
“Apple TV+ and Mariah Carey announced today that the holidays will officially arrive with an epic production titled ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,’ set to debut globally Friday, December 4, on Apple TV+.
“Carey has invited a special lineup of guest superstars including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, all to take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday event. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
“The holiday event will premiere globally on Apple TV+, which has set records as the only new streaming service to instantly launch globally in over 100 countries, and to have been honored with 122 awards nominations and 39 wins and accolades in its first year.”