Beyoncé’s Boss Flex 💪

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Philip Green, Topshop owner and 50% partner in Beyoncé's Ivy Park business, is facing allegations of sexual harassment and racism, so Beyoncé just bought him out and severed ties. Cuz she can flex like that.
 

Move Fast, Break Things, Deny Everything

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an exposé on Facebook's internal struggles and slow response to the recent series of crises the company has faced. The report claims that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sherly Sandberg ignored warning signs and resisted responsibility for content on their platform. "Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives." Facebook pushed back hard, but they know they have a problem. Yesterday, they released their quarterly standards enforcement report - aka the Troll Report - noting they removed over a billion(!) fake accounts.
 

Grab A Tissue

Every year, UK department store chain John Lewis & Partners releases a highly anticipated big budget Christmas ad - think British version of a Super Bowl ad. They did not disappoint this year. The ad opens with Elton John at the piano, playing the opening notes of "Your Song." It ends with the viewer in tears. Who would've thought a department store ad could make you cry? It's a savvy business play for Sir Elton, too. Tickets for the UK dates of his tour went on sale today, and his biopic, which looks to be GREAT, comes out next year in May.
 

The Intersection Of Music & Esports

Two weeks ago saw the highest-grossing weekend entertainment debut in history. Not a movie, not an album, but a video game - Red Dead Redemption 2 - raked in $725M in three days. The company behind the game, Rockstar, also set records when they released Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar's name hints at its past - it was once part of BMG, where it was spun off for a grand total of $9M in 1998. This apparently still stings the music industry. Esports is one of the fastest growing sectors of entertainment, and the past year has seen a burst of activity and partnerships between esports brands and music industry players. Here's a timeline of all the major deals. This is a big opportunity for growth - keep an eye on it.
 

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Ariana Grande
thank u, next
The Booty Kings
Permission (SNL)
Reply All #130
The Snapchat Thief
David Hockney
 
 
Factory’s Sydney Lindberg and Rick Raymond helped Honda dealers put their hands together for Fitz & The Tantrums in SFO at a private performance.
 

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