Hublot launches big bang Premier League watch

Hublot, has introduced a limited edition Big Bang e connected Premier League watch, a new evolution of its connected Big Bang with a dedicated application, new dial and new strap, in purple, the iconic color of the Premier League. The 200-piece limited-edition watch has a lightweight case in satin-finished and polished titanium. It's based on the Hublot Big Bang e connected watch launched last year, with a number of additional features tailored to the Premier League fan experience.

The strap, which is available in the Premier League's signature purple, can be quickly changed by the owner thanks to Hublot's ingenious One Click strap-change system. Every strap comes with a micro-blasted black ceramic buckle. For example, owners will be able to change the look of the watch easily by choosing rubber strap colors and dial configurations.

The watch is powered by Wear OS by Google™ and comes with the exclusive Hublot Loves Football Premier League app, which will later also be available to existing Hublot Big Bang Connected e owners via or the Google Play app store.

This provides users with animated notifications to alert them to Premier League match kick-off times (15 minutes before the game starts), goals, penalties, substitutions, yellow and red cards, and time added on. The dial can be set to display the time using digital or analogue displays and, when a match starts, the watch automatically switches to "Match Mode”.

The app will also show team line-ups and VAR decisions. When it signals a match is over, it will begin a countdown to the next fixture. If there are two games taking place at the same time, users will be able to switch between them with a simple screen tap.

NBA Star Dennis Schröder and Liquiditeam join hands

Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard Dennis Schröder is joining Liquiditeam's tokenized sports ecosystem. He will use the company's blockchain-powered fan community solution, called LT Fan Platform, to create an engaging experience for his fans. The announcement comes just weeks after the German startup launched the BVB-FanToken App with top Bundesliga soccer club Borussia Dortmund. The app is slated to launch before the start of the NBA Playoffs and will be free to access for all fans.

By integrating Liquiditeam's innovative technology, Schröder's fans will have numerous opportunities to interact with him in the digital world. The platform will offer fans exclusive content and the unique opportunity to interact around exciting topics and decisions made by the NBA star. Thanks to the token mechanism, valuable contributions and user collaboration within the community will be incentivized.

Schröder's tokenized community marks another milestone in the player empowerment era. Over the last decade, a growing number of athletes began cultivating direct relationships with their fans. This was made possible with the evolution of fan interaction on social media platforms. With LT Fan Platform, athletes have a new tool to maximize fan interaction and foster a direct communication stream with fans. This presents a logical next step: instead of relying entirely on the big social networks - where they have little to no control, access to fan data, and where being de-platformed is a severe risk - LT Fan Platform gives them their digital platform with full control, direct fan access and various tools to provide a premium experience to their fans.

Schröder explains: "A teammate of mine once famously said that we are more than athletes. So true. Many of my peers are not only ballers but also creators and even activists. LT Fan Platform is where sports and the creator economy merge.  I am excited to launch and engage with all my fans, whether they come from my hometown Braunschweig, LA, or anywhere else. My new community will empower those fans to become co-creators in the whole experience."

Kane Brown signs up with Sony Music

Sony Music Publishing Nashville announced the signing of multi-platinum country superstar Kane Brown to a worldwide deal. Brown has also launched Verse 2 Music, his own publishing imprint, as a joint venture with Sony Music Publishing and music industry veteran Kent Earls, who will be heading up its operations. With the establishment of Verse 2 Music, Brown and Earls aim to discover emerging country music hitmakers and develop their songwriting careers.

A 5x AMA winning global entertainer and CMA Triple Play winner, Brown has been called "the future of country" (Billboard) and one of the "31 People Changing the South" (Time). Brown's record-breaking debut album produced 6x platinum No. 1 hits "Heaven" and "What Ifs" – the third most and sixth most-streamed country songs of all time. With his debut effort, Brown become the first artist in Billboard history to top all five country charts simultaneously. His follow up album Experiment topped the Billboard 200 chart and produced three consecutive No. 1 singles: the 2x platinum "Homesick" and "Good As You" and platinum-certified track "Lose It."

Kane Brown said, "I'm excited to further my relationship with Sony with Rusty Gaston and Jon Platt, and to work alongside Kent Earls again at Verse 2 Music. Kane Brown is redefining boundaries with his dynamic artistry, all-around business acumen, and passion as a craftsman songwriter - his anthemic songs will live forever.

Kane's latest effort, Mixtape Vol. 1, achieved the best country EP debut of 2020, featuring hit singles "Cool Again," the Top 40 breakthrough hit, "Be Like That," ft. Swae Lee and Khalid, the unifying anthem, "Worldwide Beautiful" and his collaboration with EGOT winner John Legend, "Last Time I Say Sorry." Additionally, Brown co-wrote "One Thing Right," his Top 40 radio hit with Marshmello.

Learn music curation DJing from Queslove

MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world's best across a wide range of subjects, announced that Questlove will teach a class on music curation and DJing. The Grammy Award–winning musician will explore the vast connectivity of music, sharing his encyclopedic musical knowledge to teach members how to increase their music vocabulary and connect songs to entertain, inspire and enlighten. Questlove's class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors with an annual membership.

Learn music curation & DJing from Queslove
Questlove's storied career and unparalleled knowledge and passion for music has made him a music icon and one of the most influential individuals in the industry. In his MasterClass, members will gain a deeper understanding of how to listen to and absorb music so they can deconstruct songs and gain a deeper appreciation of everything they hear.

For members looking to expand their music knowledge and deepen their love and appreciation for music, Questlove will give an inside look into his creative process for curating music and DJing. Using a versatile playlist composed of classic hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz and R&B, Questlove will break down the musical attributes, psychology and emotional impact of each song to teach members how to use those elements to create their own musical journey. 

Through a series of engaging demonstrations, Questlove will also share the basics of DJing - from how to deconstruct music for organization, combination and performance to scratching and segues for music sets. He will also break down his equipment list and show members how to choose and use the right equipment to create a great DJ set. For members who want to level up, he will cover live loop creation, phasing, beat juggling and more. Questlove will also share insights and life lessons from his career as the drummer for the Roots, musical director of The Tonight Show, bestselling author, DJ and more.

Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author and member of the Roots, Questlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia's most influential hip-hop group. He is the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this four-time Grammy Award–winning musician's indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released four books, including the New York Times bestseller Mo' Meta Blues; Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation; somethingtofoodabout; and, most recently, Mixtape Potluck. 

Questlove and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of the Roots have executive produced the acclaimed documentary series Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America on AMC under their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, which recently announced a first-look deal with Universal Television to develop scripted and non-scripted programming. Questlove will serve as executive producer for the upcoming documentary The League, centered on the tumultuous journey of Negro League baseball. 

He also made his directorial debut with the acclaimed feature documentary Summer of Soul, which explores the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film debuted on the opening night of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January. Questlove also recently announced he will direct a new documentary about the career and legacy of Sly Stone.

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