The 39th season of “Saturday Night Live” ended the year with a bang and numerous guests in addition to Jimmy Fallon hosting and Justin Timberlake as the musical guest and co-host. The show featured a slew of celebrity guests including Paul McCartney, Barry Gibb, Madonna, Michael Bloomberg and more.
The opening monologue by Jimmy Fallon was planned to feature some of Jimmy’s musical idols including David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney, but it began with him on stage alone. However, before the sketch was over, Paul McCartney arrived to help him.
Watch some of the Highlights of the episode below (You can watch the entire episode here on Hulu):
Cold Open: Wrappinville
Barry Gibb Talk Show
Justin Timberlake: Only When I Walk Away
“(Do It On My) Twin Bed”
Fallon introduced Timberlake’s acoustic performance of the Part 2 hidden track “Pair of Wings” while wearing a Roots Christmas sweater.
Timberlake also impersonated Fallon on a “Celebrity Family Feud” sketch:
In non-Timberlake “SNL” news, Jay Pharoah and Nasim Pedrad did a parody of the “Bound 2″ video, with a Christmas theme, as part of their “Waking Up With Kimye” talk show sketch:
Oh yeah, and Paul McCartney showed up to sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Fallon during his monologue.
Lord Infamous was one of the founding members of Three 6 Mafia. Along with Juicy J and DJ Paul, Infamous appeared on all of the group’s early releases and would release his debut solo effort, Lord Of Terror, in 1994, which preceded the group’s breakthrough independent release, 1995’s Mystic Stylez. He was the younger half-brother of DJ Paul and also participated in creating 6ix Commandments,which was released last month.
Today, we came across a vocalist from Wellington, New Zealand by the name of Estèrewho describes herself as “just a girl with an MPC” on her Facebook page. Here she releases a track titled “Flash Light” featuring Oddisee.
Dev Hynes has had a tough week but he seems to be in a great spirit following the fire at his apartment. Tonight, Dev is giving back by playing a FREE NYC show Saturday night (12/21) at Cameo under his old Lightspeed Champion guise. It’ll just be him solo and doors are 6 PM with the show over before 8 PM. RSVPto attend.
LuckyMe’s Advent calendar, is giving away a few free songs until Christmas and it features new songs, demos, and unreleased tracks Today’s track is from TNGHT co-head and Kanye collaborator Hudson Mohawke. Listen to the track “Structure” below.
Kendrick Lamar releases a new visual from his acclaimed album, good kid, M.A.A.D. city. The video features the rapper on a trip from Los Angeles to the suburb of Compton. The video also features an appearance from artist Eddie Peake who creates a mural of Kendrick’s lyrics. The video is only Part 1 as there will be a Part 2 coming shortly. Remember that Kendrick Lamar will be performing at the Grammys at the end January.
Quarter 2 was a big quarter for Nike this year. NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended November 30, 2013. Earnings per share for the quarter were up 4 percent due to higher revenues as a result of strong demand for NIKE, Inc. branda
“Our strong second quarter results show why NIKE leads the industry,” said Mark Parker, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “Our powerful portfolio fuels growth across our categories and geographies. Because we never stop innovating, we enhance our ability to serve the athlete, inspire consumers and elevate the marketplace. We will continue to seize the best opportunities to drive sustainable, profitable growth for our shareholders.”*
Second Quarter Continuing Operations Income Statement Review
Revenues for NIKE, Inc. increased 8 percent to $6.4 billion, up 9 percent on a currency neutral basis.
Revenues for the NIKE Brand were $6.1 billion, up 9 percent on a currency neutral basis, with growth in every product type, geography and key category.
Revenues for Converse were $360 million, up 11 percent on a currency neutral basis, driven by strong performance in our largest owned markets: North America, the United Kingdom, and China.
Gross margin increased 140 basis points to 43.9 percent. Gross margin benefitted from a shift in the mix of the Company’s revenues to higher margin products and businesses, higher average prices, easing raw materials product input costs and continued strength in the higher margin Direct-to-Consumer business. These benefits were partially offset by unfavorable changes in foreign exchange rates and higher labor product input costs.
Selling and administrative expense grew 14 percent to $2.1 billion. Demand creation expense was $691 million, up 13 percent versus relatively low levels in the prior year, driven by marketing support for key product launches, consumer running events and upcoming global sporting events, including the World Cup and Winter Olympics. Operating overhead expense increased 14 percent to $1.4 billion due to investments in digital innovation and other growth businesses, as well as higher Direct to Consumer costs driven by growth and new store openings.
Other expense, net was $13 million, comprised primarily of a charge relating to an adverse legal judgment in Western Europe and foreign currency exchange losses. For the quarter, the Company estimates the year-over-year change in foreign currency related gains and losses included in other expense (income), net, combined with the impact of changes in currency exchange rates on the translation of foreign currency-denominated profits, decreased pretax income by approximately $32 million.
The effective tax rate was 25.1 percent, compared to 26.8 percent for the same period last year, an improvement primarily due to an increase in the amount of earnings from non-U.S. operations, which are generally subject to a lower tax rate.
Net income increased 3 percent to $537 million while diluted earnings per share increased 4 percent to $0.59, reflecting a slight decline in the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.
About NIKE, Inc.
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, NIKE’s earnings releases and other financial information are available on the Internet athttp://investors.nikeinc.com and individuals can follow @Nike.
The Year of the Horse is here for 2014. Nike is making the Flightposite the signature sneaker for the year. The resulting colorway for 2014 features a gorgeous shining azure color across the Posite panels with a shimmering calligraphy pattern positively beaming from everywhere. The lace dubre also features a Chinese idiom translating to ‘with the arrival of the horse comes great success’, wishing y’all the best for the year. These sneakers will be available on January 9.
Rick Ross releases a new track today titled “The Devil is a Lie” featuring Jay Z. The track is a Trumpet infused soundscape with numerous hi hats and drums. The track will be featured on Ross’ upcoming sixth studio album, Mastermind which will drop in early 2014.
Daft Punk, and Kendrick Lamar are both schedule to now perform at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, who are up for five 2014 Grammys, are scheduled to perform at the awards ceremony, according to Rolling Stone. The article also points out that it will be their first televised performance since the 2008 Grammys where they played with Kanye West.
Kendrick Lamar, who is up for seven Grammys, also announced via Twitter that he will perform at the ceremony too.
Put this on the list of cool things happening in the NBA. The Miami Heat will wear nicknames on their jerseys for a few games including the Boston Celtics (Jan. 21) and Brooklyn Nets (Mar. 12, Apr. 6). Here we get a first look at what one of the jerseys will look like courtesy of He Got Game director Spike Lee. Ray Allen will wear “J. Shuttlesworth” on the back of his jersey in reference to his character in Lee’s movie He Got Game.
Rockie Fresh and Casey Veggies officially release debut collaborative mixtape, Fresh Veggies, today and it doesn’t disappoint. The 10-track project, presented by Puma, features guest spots from Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, Overdose and Kirko Bangz, along with production by the likes of Hit-Boy, Lunice, Jahlil Beats and more. The duo will kick off the new year with three free shows — in Brooklyn and one in their respective hometowns, Chicago and L.A. — in support of Fresh Veggies‘s release. RSVP here.
Supreme has teamed up with Timberland® this winter to release a new version of the 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boot. The boot will feature a waterproof premium nubuck and leather with snake embossing. Exclusively made for Supreme the 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boot will be offered in two color ways.
Available in-store NY, LA, London and online December 19th.
Mac Miller is releasing a new compilation titled Live From Space. The project comes featuring 14-song which are live recordings from Mac Miller’s The Space Migration Tour and unreleased songs that didn’t make his sophomore effort Watching Movies with the Sound Off. The project comes featuring appearances Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians from Odd Future‘s duo The Internet.
Stream Live From Space below on YouTube and purchase it on iTunes here.
Uristocrat.com, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is currently accepting applications. We have internship opportunities available for currently enrolled college juniors and seniors, 18 years of age or older, pursuing careers in journalism/writing and other related fields.
Candidates must be available at least two days per week. Candidates must also be highly organized, self-starting individuals who have a nose for local music, night life, arts & culture, along with sharp and quick writing skills. You also must be able to work quickly, efficiently and without much supervision.
This position is unpaid, but offers many benefits including free access to multiple events and concerts around the city, published work to add to your portfolio, and more.
To apply, email a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and interests, a resume, and three clips or writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please use the subject line “Uristocrat Internship” or “Uristocrat Contributor”
Chris Brown releases his latest single featuring Lil’ Wayne and French Montana. The track is titled “Loyal” and features the Young Money CEO rapping about his lack of trust in his female companions. Meanwhile, Chris Brown provides a backdrop commenting on the gold-digging tendencies of women he knows, repeating a chorus of “These h–s ain’t loyal.”
“Loyal” is expected to be featured on the controversial singer’s upcoming album, “X.” Due out in 2014, the record may be Brown’s last.
Chris Brown took to Twitter earlier this year to promise his exit from the industry: “Don’t worry mainstream America. After this ‘X’ album, it’ll probably be my last album,” he wrote. “Being famous is amazing when it’s for [your] music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when i was 18. I’m cool & over it!”
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You are invited to join us on December 20th at the Underground Arts to make merry at 215mag.com‘s official holiday party with Heineken and get down with Cosmo Baker, Ali Wadsworth, Kate Faust AND Reef the Lost Cauze all for a good cause!
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This years highlight Jordan Brand release will be the Air Jordan 11 “Gamma Blue.” The sneaker comes with a black base and upper as well as a black midsole.
The sole comes featuring a translucent sole with a tint of blue as well as varsity maize and gamma blue highlights over the upper. These will be a big hit as they will see a December 21 release for $185.
Beyoncé dropped new videos with new self-titled album as an entire package of music videos along with the iTunes download. The album sold over 800K copies. Now these videos are trickling out since the singles are going to hitting radio.
The videos released include “XO” (directed by Terry Richardson) and a different sort of jubilant on a beach with her husband in the clip for “Drunk in Love” (directed by Hype Williams). Listen: