Ukraine is crushing Russia using a fraction of American defense spending

Here’s what we learned from a bipartisan visit to Kyiv

On August 23rd, a bipartisan group of American senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other leaders to affirm U.S. support for the embattled country.

Ukraine is crushing Russia using a fraction of American defense spending

 A trio of senators

Senators Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren, and Lindsey Graham received updates on the wartime situation in Ukraine according to a report from the Washington Examiner. 

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 32: All You Need to Know

Changes are afoot for “Dancing With the Stars” Season 32, set to premiere this fall. As anticipation builds, we’ve learned exciting details about the upcoming season, showcasing a refreshing shift from its previous iteration.

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 32: All You Need to Know

The renowned competition show is embracing both innovation and its origins, bringing together a new lineup of celebrities who will grace the ballroom stage in a bid to capture our hearts with their dance performances.

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 32: All You Need to Know

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“Dancing With the Stars” Season 32: All You Need to Know

1 Ciara and Russell Wilson announced they’re expecting their third child together. Meet their expanding family of 5. ©Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP On Tuesday, Ciara revealed that she and Russell Wilson are expecting their third child. This delightful news adds to the couple’s growing family, which already includes their eldest son, Future, from Ciara’s previous relationship.

Ciara and Russell tied the knot in July 2016, and this upcoming addition will mark Ciara’s fourth child.

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With a playful caption referencing her latest song collaboration with Chris Brown, “How We Roll,” the announcement captured the joy of this moment. Russell Wilson also shared the same Instagram video, celebrating this next chapter in their lives.

Now, let’s delve into everything we’ve uncovered about “Dancing With the Stars” Season 32.

When Can We Expect the Premiere of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 32? “Dancing with the Stars.” ABC “Dancing with the Stars.” ABC © ABC ABC has officially confirmed that the premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” Season 32 is set for the fall. While the complete cast will be unveiled on September 13 during “Good Morning America,” the exact premiere date remains to be announced.

Considering that the cast for Season 31 was disclosed on September 8, 2022, with the season kicking off 11 days later, we speculate that Season 32 might commence on Monday, September 25, 2023. However, we eagerly await an official confirmation.

Where Will ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 32 Be Available for Viewing? “Dancing With the Stars” Season 32 will return to its broadcast home on ABC, following Season 31’s exclusive availability on Disney+. Audiences can also enjoy live streaming of the show on Disney+, with subsequent availability on Hulu the following day.

Alisa Bowen, Disney+’s President, noted in May that this move aimed to introduce the competition show to a “new generation of fans.” Now, viewers of all ages can relish the show on their preferred platform.

Who Will Lead as Hosts for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 32? Eric McCandless/ABC Eric McCandless/ABC © Eric McCandless/ABC In March 2023, Tyra Banks announced her departure from “Dancing With the Stars” after hosting three seasons. She expressed her desire to focus on her business ventures, TV production, and content creation beyond hosting.

Subsequently, it was reported just three days later that Julianne Hough, a former “DWTS” professional dancer and guest judge, would join Alfonso Ribeiro, of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” fame, as cohost. Ribeiro had initially served as cohost for Season 31, conducting post-performance interviews from the Sky Box. For Season 32, he is set to take over as emcee, while Julianne Hough will occupy the Sky Box role.

Who Will Be the Judges for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 32? Derek Hough. Eric McCandless via Getty Images Derek Hough. Eric McCandless via Getty Images © Eric McCandless via Getty Images The passing of former “Dancing With the Stars” head judge Len Goodman in April 2023 left a void. Prior to his demise, he had announced his retirement during Season 31. In March, it was confirmed that Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough would return as judges for Season 32.

Which Celebrities Will Compete in ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 32? While the complete roster of celebrities will be unveiled on “Good Morning America” on September 13, two early announcements have given fans a sneak peek.

In July, Ariana Madix from “Vanderpump Rules” revealed her participation alongside Derek Hough in an Instagram video. Ariana’s journey to the spotlight included her involvement in a high-profile cheating scandal, adding intrigue to her appearance.

Then, on the “After The Final Rose” finale special, “Bachelorette” lead Charity Lawson disclosed her role in Season 32. This follows a tradition of “Bachelorette” leads venturing into “DWTS,” alongside notable names like Gabby Windey, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Hannah Brown, and Trista Sutter.

Which Pro Dancers Will Grace ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 32? Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson. Michael Tullberg/Getty Images Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson. Michael Tullberg/Getty Images © Michael Tullberg/Getty Images While the roster of professional dancers for Season 32 remains undisclosed due to the pending celebrity cast announcement, Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson have confirmed their return. After Johnson’s absence in Season 31 due to her pregnancy with their son, Rome, both dancers are eager to grace the ballroom once again.

However, Mark Ballas, a beloved “DWTS” pro dancer, announced his retirement during a March 2023 live show for the tour. His departure marked the end of an era, as he bid farewell after winning Season 31 with his partner, Charli D’Amelio.

Ken Jennings Takes Over as Host for “Celebrity Jeopardy!” Amid Ongoing Strikes

Ken Jennings Takes Over as Host for “Celebrity Jeopardy!” Amid Ongoing Strikes

Amid the ongoing strikes by Hollywood writers and actors, Ken Jennings is stepping in to replace Mayim Bialik as the host of ABC’s “Celebrity Jeopardy!”

Mayim Bialik, a member of SAG-AFTRA, shared hosting duties with Jennings on the syndicated edition of “Jeopardy!” and led the faceoffs among famous contestants last season. However, ABC has announced that the upcoming season of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” will premiere on September 27 (Wednesdays at 8 EDT/PDT) with Ken Jennings as the new host.

Ken Jennings Takes Over as Host for “Celebrity Jeopardy!” Amid Ongoing Strikes

The question on everyone’s minds is whether “Jeopardy!” will return this fall amidst the WGA strike.

Bialik has not commented on her absence through Instagram or X (formerly Twitter), but there are indications. Due to the ongoing strikes, Bialik chose not to film the final set of “Jeopardy!” episodes for the show’s 39th season in May. Consequently, Ken Jennings took the helm for the last four weeks. Sony has not yet announced their hosting plans for Season 40, but it seems likely that Bialik won’t return until the strike is resolved.

Ken Jennings, who took the reins for the final weeks of “Jeopardy!” Season 39, will now be the host for the upcoming season of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” This role was previously held by Mayim Bialik in the last season. Ken Jennings will host the new season of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” which Mayim Bialik hosted last season. © AP

While “Jeopardy!” is repurposing clues for its new season, the clues for the current season of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” were actually composed before the strike began. Even though many of the celebrities participating are SAG members, their involvement in the show falls under a distinct labor agreement, thus exempting them from the ongoing strike.

In the previous season, actor and writer Ike Barinholtz emerged as the champion of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” which concluded in February. The lineup of contestants for the upcoming season has not yet been unveiled.

Mayim Bialik’s stance of solidarity with the striking writers led her to step away from the “Jeopardy” set.

This report was initially featured on USA TODAY: ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings steps in for Mayim Bialik as host during ongoing strikes

‘Frasier’ Returns: Kelsey Grammer’s Premiere Date, Updated Theme Song Revealed

‘Frasier’ Returns: Kelsey Grammer’s Premiere Date, Updated Theme Song Revealed

Frasier Crane has re-entered the building.

Paramount+ has revealed a first look at Kelsey Grammer’s return to his beloved role as Frasier Crane in the reboot of NBC’s “Frasier.” The 10-episode season is set to premiere on October 12. The season will kick off with two episodes, followed by new episodes streaming each Thursday. Those initial two episodes will also be broadcast on CBS on October 17 (9:15 EDT/PDT).

‘Frasier’ Returns: Kelsey Grammer’s Premiere Date, Updated Theme Song Revealed

After his appearance on “Cheers” as the pompous psychiatrist Crane, Grammer transitioned to the spinoff sitcom “Frasier,” which ran for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004. It remains TV’s most Emmy-winning comedy with 37 awards, including four for Grammer.

The new version of the series is premiering three decades after the original. It relocates Frasier from Seattle, where he hosted a popular radio call-in show, to Boston, not far from his “Cheers” bar perch, as he embarks on a new chapter in his life.

This move takes Frasier away from his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and his wife Daphne (Jane Leeves), who will not be regulars on the new series. However, it will introduce the couple’s grown son and Frasier’s nephew, David (Anders Keith), born in the final episode of the original series.

‘Frasier’ Returns: Kelsey Grammer’s Premiere Date, Updated Theme Song Revealed

Additionally, the new series features Jack Cutmore-Scott as Frasier’s grown son Freddy, born during Season 8 of “Cheers” to Frasier and then-wife Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth). Nicholas Lyndhurst stars as Frasier’s college buddy turned university professor Alan. Toks Olagundoye plays Olivia, Alan’s colleague and head of the university’s psychology department, and Jess Salgueiro stars as Freddy’s roommate Eve.

‘Frasier’ Returns: Kelsey Grammer’s Premiere Date, Updated Theme Song Revealed

Frasier has stepped away from his famed call-in show to pursue new professional endeavors. This change is emphasized in the Paramount+ date announcement video, which includes a new rendition of the “Frasier” theme song, “Tossed Salads & Scrambled Eggs.”

The updated video mentions, “No more callers” and “All new hangups” for Frasier. It also showcases an etching of the Boston skyline, replacing the Seattle skyline featured in the original series’ title cards. Grammer still lends his voice to the re-recorded theme song written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee.

The first two episodes of the new series are directed by the legendary director and TV creator James Burrows, known for his work on both the original “Frasier” and “Cheers.”

‘Frasier’ Returns: Kelsey Grammer’s Premiere Date, Updated Theme Song Revealed

Grammer shared with USA TODAY in February that several TV reboots, including ABC’s 2018 “Roseanne” revival, convinced him it was time to return to “Frasier.”

“That made me think, ‘Well, maybe ‘Frasier’ does have another television (life),’ ” Grammer said. “There’s always room for funny, and ‘Frasier’ is funny.”

‘Frasier’ Returns: Kelsey Grammer’s Premiere Date, Updated Theme Song Revealed

[Image: Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane in “Frasier,” which premieres on Paramount+ on Oct. 12. © Pamela Littky/Paramount+]

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

In an exciting development, the hit series ‘And Just Like That’ has been officially renewed for its third season on Max. The announcement comes just before the eagerly anticipated Season 2 finale, set to premiere on August 24th, after initially debuting on June 22nd.

Michael Patrick King, the executive producer and showrunner, expressed his enthusiasm for delving deeper into the ‘Sex and the City’ universe, exploring fresh narratives for the relatable and aspirational characters portrayed by the exceptional cast. He jubilantly stated, “And Just Like That… here comes season three.”

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

The series features the reunion of iconic actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis, who are reprising their roles from the original “Sex and the City.” This season also marked the return of John Corbett as Aidan. The Season 2 cast is further enriched by talents like Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Christopher Jackson, Niall Cunningham, Cathy Ang, and Alexa Swinton. Notably, Kim Cattrall, an original cast member, is set to make a cameo appearance in the series finale.

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

The achievements of ‘And Just Like That…’ are evident, as Sarah Aubrey, Max’s Head of Original Content, highlighted its significant accomplishments. The series ranks as the top Max Original overall since the launch of Season 2, making it the most-watched returning Max Original to date. With the highly anticipated season finale approaching, Aubrey acknowledged the exceptional efforts of Michael Patrick King and the entire creative team for captivating audiences with dynamic friendships and engaging stories that continue to resonate after 25 years. She eagerly anticipates the revelations and adventures that Season 3 will bring to the cherished New York characters.

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

The creative minds behind the series include King as the developer, executive producer, and showrunner. Parker, Davis, and Nixon also serve as executive producers. The executive producer team also includes John Melfi, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky. The original HBO series, “Sex and the City,” was created by Darren Star and based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell.

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

As fans eagerly await the continuation of these beloved characters’ stories, the renewal promises to deliver more captivating narratives, memorable moments, and the quintessential charm that has made ‘Sex and the City’ an enduring cultural phenomenon.

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

‘And Just Like That’ Secures Season 3 Renewal on Max

The beloved characters of Carrie Bradshaw and her friends are set to continue their journeys as ‘And Just Like That’ has been granted a renewal for its third season on Max. This sequel to Sex and the City follows Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) as they navigate the complexities of family, love, and friendship over 15 years after the original series concluded. The renewal announcement comes right before the eagerly anticipated season two finale, scheduled for August 24th. The finale is generating excitement due to a highly anticipated cameo from Kim Cattrall, the fourth member of the core SATC cast.

The series is executive produced by King, John Melfi, Parker, Davis, Nixon, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky. ‘And Just Like That’ was created by Darren Star, based on Candace Bushnell’s book.

Sarah Aubrey, Max’s Head of Original Content, expressed her appreciation for the show’s team and their ability to captivate audiences with compelling stories and dynamic friendships even after 25 years. She eagerly anticipates the upcoming season three and the new adventures it will bring to the beloved New York characters.

The production of season three is slated to commence after resolving ongoing strikes by Hollywood writers and actors, who are advocating for improved compensation, residuals, and safeguards against the encroachment of artificial intelligence into their industry roles by studios and streaming platforms.

The series is executive produced by King, John Melfi, Parker, Davis, Nixon, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky. ‘And Just Like That’ was created by Darren Star, based on Candace Bushnell’s book.

Michael Patrick King, the showrunner, shared his excitement about exploring new stories within the Sex and the City universe. He praised the talented cast for bringing the relatable and aspirational characters to life, stating, “And Just Like That… here comes season three.”

The series is executive produced by King, John Melfi, Parker, Davis, Nixon, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky. ‘And Just Like That’ was created by Darren Star, based on Candace Bushnell’s book.

In addition to Parker, Davis, and Nixon, the season two cast includes Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Christopher Jackson, Niall Cunningham, Cathy Ang, Alexa Swinton, and John Corbett.

The series is executive produced by King, John Melfi, Parker, Davis, Nixon, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky. ‘And Just Like That’ was created by Darren Star, based on Candace Bushnell’s book.

As fans eagerly await more from the lives of these iconic characters, the renewal promises to deliver more engaging and relatable stories set in the vibrant backdrop of New York City.

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

Andrea Vazquez, 19, of Downey, met a tragic fate in a random attack that took place in Whittier park. She was sitting with her boyfriend on the trunk of his car just past midnight on Sunday at Penn Park in Whittier. Suddenly, a gunman opened fire on them, resulting in a chaotic scene.

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

During the attack, Vazquez and her boyfriend attempted to evade the gunfire by dropping to the ground. When her boyfriend returned to their location after the shooting ceased, he discovered blood on the ground and both Vazquez and the assailant missing.

In the subsequent two-day search for Andrea Vazquez, her family traced her cellphone and located her lifeless body in a field in Moreno Valley. Shockingly, this was not far from the area where her family had tracked her phone following her kidnapping.

The police identified the alleged perpetrator as 20-year-old Gabriel Esparza, a Whittier resident. Authorities believe that he carried out the random attack targeting the young couple.

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Vazquez’s family received the grim news of her demise from a detective on Tuesday morning. Moses Castillo, a former LAPD detective advocating for the family, expressed their sorrow and recognition of the tireless efforts made by the Whittier Police in solving the case.

According to Vazquez’s boyfriend, he made an effort to escape the gunfire during the park attack and upon his return, found both Vazquez and the attacker absent. The family is grappling to comprehend the sequence of events that led to this violence.

Vazquez’s sister and mother conveyed their shock, stating that Andrea had maintained a small circle of friends and never expressed concerns about her safety. Her sister emphasized their close bond and asserted that Andrea was trouble-free.

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

The boyfriend, in his account, mentioned locking eyes with the gunman and seeking help from a nearby couple on a park bench. However, both the couple and Andrea had vanished when he turned back.

The family’s response was prompt, with the sister using a tracking app to locate Andrea’s phone signal. Despite their efforts, they were unable to catch up to the moving signal. The signal eventually led to a location in Moreno Valley where only blood was found at the scene.

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

As authorities mobilized resources including canines and drones for a search operation, they ultimately discovered Andrea Vazquez’s lifeless body in a vegetation field close by.

The alleged perpetrator, Esparza, was taken into custody at his workplace in Lakewood without resistance. He is facing charges of murder and kidnapping, and he remains in custody without bail.

Tragic Random Attack Claims Life of Woman in Whittier Park

This tragic incident, involving a seemingly arbitrary act of violence, has left a family shattered and a community in mourning. The events have highlighted the unpredictability of life and the urgent need for safety measures in public spaces.

Kim Zolciak’s Daughter Brielle Biermann Faces Lawsuit Over $12.8K Credit Card Balance

Brielle Biermann, daughter of Kim Zolciak, is currently dealing with a lawsuit from American Express concerning an unpaid credit card balance of $12,870.25. The credit card company alleges that the 26-year-old, known for her appearances on Bravo’s reality TV show, has neglected to meet the minimum payments on her Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card. This issue has prompted legal action as documented in legal papers, as reported by TMZ on Tuesday.

Kim Zolciak’s Daughter Brielle Biermann Faces Lawsuit Over $12.8K Credit Card Balance

According to Biermann’s representative, who spoke to TMZ, the reality star has the intention to completely settle her outstanding balance by Wednesday. This lawsuit marks another financial challenge for the family, given that both Brielle Biermann’s mother, Kim Zolciak (age 45), and her adopted father, Kroy Biermann (age 37), have faced legal issues related to ongoing debts in recent months.

Kim Zolciak’s Daughter Brielle Biermann Faces Lawsuit Over $12.8K Credit Card Balance

One instance was Zolciak being sued in late June for an unpaid balance of $2,482.24 to Target. The retailer claimed that she hadn’t made any payments towards the balance since September of the previous year. The Target National Bank was seeking the outstanding amount along with interest.

Additionally, Biermann found himself in legal turmoil over a claimed unpaid balance to a Caribbean casino during the summer. The Bahamas-based Baha Mar Casino’s parent company, Sky Warrior, filed a lawsuit for $52,500 against Biermann. The lawsuit was related to a November 2021 trip in which the casino granted Biermann a $100,000 credit line. Biermann reportedly used $52,500 for gambling, promising to settle the amount once done. However, he left the establishment without fulfilling this commitment.

The family’s financial issues seem to be intertwined with gambling problems, as Biermann accused Zolciak of being a ‘compulsive behavior addict’ who had lost a staggering $1.5 million in family finances due to gambling. These allegations emerged during a period of separation between the two, around the time Biermann filed for a split from Zolciak. He made these claims after Zolciak called the police during a domestic dispute.

Despite these ongoing challenges, Biermann’s representative assured TMZ that she is committed to resolving her credit card balance issue promptly. The family’s financial woes and legal battles continue to unfold, revealing a complex and difficult situation involving various debts, gambling problems, and personal conflicts.

Scooter Braun’s Celebrity Client Exodus: An In-Depth Look at the Shift

Scooter Braun’s Celebrity Client Exodus: An In-Depth Look at the Shift

Scooter Braun, the prolific music manager recognized for his collaborations with megastars like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato, is currently making waves in the entertainment industry due to a series of high-profile clients reportedly parting ways with him. As the dust settles around these developments, we delve into the details of this evolving narrative.

Scooter Braun Loses Two Major Clients

Recent reports have surfaced indicating that Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato have officially cut ties with Scooter Braun. These artists were significant pillars of Braun’s clientele, further amplifying the significance of their departures. Rumors also swirl around Justin Bieber potentially distancing himself from Braun, adding to the intrigue surrounding the music manager.

Braun’s Legacy: From Justin Bieber to Controversial Feuds

Scooter Braun’s Celebrity Client Exodus: An In-Depth Look at the Shift

Scooter Braun first made headlines by discovering and nurturing Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise in the 2000s. Recognized as a music industry powerhouse, Braun was hailed for his ability to harness the potential of artists in the social media era, often engaging in online cross-promotion between his clients. However, his reputation also bears the marks of high-profile conflicts, most notably the feud with Taylor Swift stemming from his acquisition of her master recordings.

The Reported Exodus: A Breakdown

Scooter Braun’s Celebrity Client Exodus: An In-Depth Look at the Shift

As the landscape shifts, here’s a comprehensive breakdown of the unfolding events:

Scooter Braun’s Celebrity Client Exodus: An In-Depth Look at the Shift

  1. Confirmed Departures: Reggaetón sensation J Balvin parted ways with SB Projects earlier this year to join Roc Nation.
  2. Reported Departures, Awaiting Confirmation: Reports began with speculation that Justin Bieber and Braun had not communicated in months. While representatives for both parties refuted the claims, Bieber’s silence fueled the rumors. Subsequently, it was revealed that both Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato were leaving Braun’s management. Lovato’s split was characterized as amicable, whereas Grande’s situation remains somewhat ambiguous.
  3. Braun’s Future Role: Emerging reports suggest that rather than outright dismissals, Braun is planning to reduce his day-to-day management role. This shift would allow him to focus on his position as the CEO of HYBE America, the South Korean entertainment group representing BTS.
  4. Braun’s Cryptic Response: While not addressing the situation directly, Braun cryptically tweeted, “Breaking news… I’m no longer managing myself.”
  5. Origins of the Rumors: The exact origins of these reports remain unclear. Scooter Braun’s history of public clashes, including the Taylor Swift feud over the acquisition of her master recordings, has contributed to his complex reputation within the industry.

Conclusion

Scooter Braun’s Celebrity Client Exodus: An In-Depth Look at the Shift

As the music industry watches closely, the exodus of high-profile clients from Scooter Braun’s roster signals a significant transformation in his career trajectory. The ongoing developments raise questions about the future dynamics of artist management and the evolving landscape of celebrity partnerships.

Scooter Braun’s Client Roster Shifts: Updates on Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and More

Scooter Braun’s Client Roster Shifts: Updates on Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and More

Scooter Braun, the prominent music executive and talent manager renowned for his work with top-tier artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Ye (formerly Kanye West), is once again making headlines as reports circulate that his company’s high-profile clients are departing Scooter Braun Projects to seek new management opportunities. Amid the news, Braun himself has added a touch of humor to the situation. Here’s a breakdown of what we know so far about this reported exodus from SB Projects.

Scooter Braun’s Client Roster Shifts: Updates on Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and More

Recent Developments and Braun’s Response

Media outlets recently reported that prominent artists such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato have left SB Projects. In response, Scooter Braun humorously addressed the situation by joking that he is “no longer managing himself.”

Clarifying the Situation

Reports have suggested that Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun have not communicated for several months. Likewise, Ariana Grande has reportedly parted ways with SB Projects, a relationship that spanned a decade with a brief interruption in 2016 before reuniting. However, an industry insider has countered these claims, stating that all of Scooter Braun’s clients remain under contract, and negotiations are ongoing as Braun takes on his expanded role as the CEO of HYBE America.

Demi Lovato’s Departure

Demi Lovato, who joined SB Projects in 2019, has reportedly chosen to seek new management. A source familiar with the situation revealed that the split was mutual and amicable, reflecting a change in direction for the artist’s career.

Other Artists’ Movements

J Balvín, the Colombian reggaeton sensation, was previously associated with SB Projects but transitioned to management under Jay-Z’s Roc Nation earlier this year. Idina Menzel, known for her roles in theater and music, also parted ways with SB Projects in January.

Reasons Behind the Shift

The shifting client roster at SB Projects coincides with Scooter Braun’s expanded role as the CEO of HYBE America. The merger of Braun’s Ithaca Holdings with HYBE in April 2021 led to his involvement in the U.S. division of the South Korean entertainment conglomerate, which manages globally popular musical groups like BTS, NewJeans, and Seventeen.

Scooter Braun’s Client Roster Shifts: Updates on Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and More

Despite these changes, SB Projects continues to manage an array of artists, including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, J Balvín, and others. Braun’s venture remains prominent within the music industry landscape, with a history of working with notable artists and shaping their careers.

As this story unfolds, the music industry watches closely to see how these shifts will impact both the artists involved and the dynamics of the broader entertainment landscape.

Source: KiMi Robinson, USA TODAY

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