Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz, Coco Gauff, John McEnroe, and many more took to court in support of the Tennis Plays for Peace exhibition event ahead of the 2022 US Open.
The 2022 US Open runs from August 23 – September 11 in New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The tournament takes place for the 142nd time and is the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year. Daniil Medvedev is the men’s singles reigning champion and Emma Raducanu is the women’s singles reigning champion. Last year, both players claimed their first Grand Slam title, with 18-year-old Raducanu becoming the first-ever qualifier to achieve the feat. This year’s tournament is set to feature a range of greats and future stars looking to add to their records and cement their place in tennis history.
Cameron Norrie had his biggest match in his lifetime on Friday. A semi-final of Wimbledon on Centre Court. Against one of the biggest stars in the tennis world right now; Novak Djokovic from Serbia.
Norrie is an outstanding player and started the match by winning 2-6. But, it stopped there. Djokovic took the three next rounds and smashed Norrie with 6-3, 6-2, and 6-4. Take a look at the highlights, and judge for yourself. And listen to the audience. This ladies and gentlemen is entertainment!
Novak Djokovic is now in his eighth career Wimbledon final, which will put him fourth on the list over men`s all-time list. Roger Federer is at the top of that list, so Novak has still a way to go to reach that top.
Not only that. Novak contests his 32nd grand slam final, and that is nothing more than a new men`s all-time record.
American Pete Sampras’ seven Wimbledon titles two decades ago, can be smashed on Sunday if Djokovic wins over Nick Kyrgios. If he does, he will be, after Roger Federer, the third player to match that record.
British William Renshaw was the first man to win seven championships, but Roger Federer is an eight-time champion, which is an all-time men`s champion.
Renshaw and Sampras both have seven finals, and if Djokovic wins on Sunday, he will join that 7-club.
For me, Wimbledon is Bjorn Borg from Sweden. I used to watch it when he was at the top. He won in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980. Damn. That was a good time with good memories. I can remember it as if it was yesterday.
Nick reached his first grand slam final on Thursday after Nadal was forced to withdraw from the scheduled match on Friday because Nadal had an abdominal injury. Sunday will be the biggest day in Nick`s tennis career.
Novak Djokovic was banned from Australia Open earlier this year. Now, he`s in the Wimbledon final. Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney watched the game on Friday among thousands of other tennis enthusiasts.
It won’t be fewer people during the final on Sunday, but what about U.S Open? Will the superstar Novak Djokovic be banned by the Americans? If so, they will steal history, memories, and entertainment that won’t be forgotten.
As a former professional deejay, I spend a lot of time on music. But I`m also interested in other people`s tastes in music. I`m an uncle to four teenagers and I find it strange to hear that all of them are often listening to old music. Very often from the ’80s.
I very often say; «who`s playing that song?». What? Do you like that song? Yes, teenagers like a lot of old music. Sometimes more than new and so-called popular songs which are newly released. I very often think for myself that new popular songs aren`t good enough, but it seems like young people share my opinion.
Don`t get me wrong. I like new music, but I must admit that it isn`t many good ones. So, very often I`m listening to old music, and most of it is from the ’70s and ’80s. I very often ask myself why there was so much good music from that era? This is also a time when I used to work as a professional DJ.
The ’80s was a time for the free world and free trade. Republicans like Thatcher and Reagan had a lot to say at that time. I find it very interesting and think that it can be a hidden connection here.
It was a time with so much energy. People were smiling and dancing, and they had so much fun. The «king of pop» was the biggest of all the biggest, and he is still my favorite. Later on, Witney Houston came on the top lists as well. Two superstars with so many skills.
But, all of it came to an end. Michael Jackson got into a hell of a lot of trouble, and so did Witney Houston. Jackson spent more time in the court than in the studio. People didn`t have much fun the same way anymore, and we saw a shift in the market. Out with Jackson and Houston and in with Eminem.
And so is it today. It isn`t many skills like Jackson and Houston, but more like «keep-it-in-the-closet» rap songs like Eminem. I`m not a big fan of it, but it seems to me that you don`t need many skills to reach the top today.
According to MBW, catalog music claimed 73,1% of the US music consumption market in the second half of 2021. This is in line with my observations. People are listening to old music. Not new releases.
Across the whole of 2021, catalog music actually claimed 69,8% of Total Album Consumption in the U.S.
The best-selling artist in 2021 was Adele (traditional album sales, not including streaming). But, unfortunately, the biggest success story in the U.S had nothing to do with a new release: it was catalog music.
Catalog records accounted for a stunning 82,1% of total recorded music consumption in the U.S in the second half of 2021.
Current records made up just 17,9% of U.S music consumption in the last months of 2021. That`s less than a fifth of the market.
Not only that; total consumption (sales plus streams) of current music actually fell, in real terms, by 37,4% in the second half of 2021 compared to the same period of 2020. This is exactly in line with my observations.
So, in the year 2021, the total on-demand streaming volume in the U.S increased 9,9% YoY to 1,13 trillion. And total album consumption saw a YoY increase of 11,3%.
So, people are listening to more music, and the market is growing, but the shrinking presence of new music in the U.S record industry may leave some frontline record labels scratching their heads.
At the same time; catalog music acquisition specialists are smiling from ear to ear. Especially Hipgnoses Song Management has, using cash from its Blackstone-backed private fund, acquired the song catalog of superstar artist and songwriter Justin Timberlake.
Hipgnosis says it has acquired «100% of all of Timberlake`s copyright, ownership and financial interests of the Writer and Publisher`s share of Public Performance income, and the catalog of musical compositions written by Justin Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake’s sales are currently in excess of over 150 million, including 88 million as a solo artist and 70 million with NSYNC. Timberlake sold everything to Hipgnosis and its $1 billion-backed Blackstone fund. Wow. What a deal.
In March, Hipgnosis Song Management announced the acquisition of a career-spanning catalog created by legendary Canadian artist and composer Leonard Cohen. But Timberlake and Cohen is not alone.
Bob Dylan has also sold his music catalog for $400 million, and it is a trend among top artists. Bruce Springsteen did it. Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, Dire Straits, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac, and Shakira did the same.
40,000 new songs are being uploaded to Spotify every single day, but who cares? People are listening to old music and that market is skyrocketing.
Let me end this story by saying this: Good music is good business. That`s it.
The Christians believe that Jesus is coming back this year. They know what they are talking about because they know the bible. The end times are clearly described in the bible, and when we look at everything that is happening in the world right now, there`s a good chance the tribulation could begin this year.
If there`s ever been a time to get ready, this is the time. They believe that Vladimir Putin is sent by God. I`m following Jimmy Evans, and he talks a lot about it. So do Pat Robertson. In my recent article on March 3, I wrote about his tweet saying that Putin «is being compelled by God» to invade Ukraine in preparation for a massive End Times invasion of Israel. You can read that article here.
Mr. Robertson claimed God had his conspiracy that was being implemented via Mr. Putin. Mel Gibson is also planning to release a new film about Christ. The Passion of the Christ 2,0 will be released next year.
«All of those troops there are going to be coming against Israel in the latter days. And God says, «I am going to take care of it.» He also told his viewers on the 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), to read the bible because it`s coming to pass.
This is the end times. This is Apocalypse. God is ready to do something amazing, and that will be fulfilled, Mr. Robertson said.
An entity referred to as Gog and Magog descend from the «far north» upon a peaceful, reconstituted Israel, whose people had been «brought out from the nations, and all now dwell securely,» as it is described in Ezekiel.
The resulting war that follows allows a Messiah to swoop in and come to Israel`s rescue. It also ushers at the end of the world as we know it and the establishment of a new and better kingdom of God on earth.
Let`s look at Matthew 24, and what Jesus said: «In the last days, there will be wars and rumors of wars.» There will be plagues and an escalation of such catastrophes as the moment of Jesus` return draws near. In other words, the worse things get, the sooner the Second Coming.
The Bible lists several things to watch for; earthquakes, false Christs, wars, and rumors of wars. The gospel of Luke mentions signs in outer space, the nations of the earth facing problems with no solutions, and abnormally hostile weather (Luke 21:25).
The vast majority of Christians believe the second coming comes in two phases; the rapture, then the actual return of Christ at the end of the Tribulation period.
Watch for signs regarding the Temple in Jerusalem. That`s difficult for some people because The Romans destroyed the Hebrew Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD.
There are prophetic events yet to happen inside the Temple; therefore, the Temple must be rebuilt. At the midpoint of the Tribulation Period, the Antichrist will walk into the Holy of Holies, located inside the Temple, and proclaims himself as a God.
When Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation Period, He will walk into the Temple and start His one-thousand-year reign on earth. Neither of these events can occur without the Temple being there.
Next, keep an eye on the saber-rattling surrounding Ukraine. There is a prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39 describing an invasion of Israel. The nations involved in this invasion are Russia (Magog), Iran (Persia), several former Soviet states (Meshech/Tubal), Ukraine (Gomer), Turkey (Togarmah), Ethiopia, and Libya.
Notice Ukraine is on the list. For Ukraine to go to war alongside Russia, either Russia must take over Ukraine or the two become allies.
Jesus is coming back to beat up the bad guys and stomp on their enemies and crush everything under His heel.
Mel Gibson made a film about Jesus Christ in 2004, but now he is planning to release a new one next year. The film Passion of the Christ inspired the imagination in the realm of miracles, celestial beings, good and evil, and the meaning of loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness.
The next film won’t be worse. According to actor Jim Caviezel who read a recent draft of the script, we`re in store for Mel Gibson`s magnum opus. The Empire Strikes Back of Christianity is apparently a masterpiece and must be seen to be believed.
While there isn`t much known about Gibson`s plans for the sequel (other than the Bible tells us), a release date for an upcoming novel may be evidence of the film`s roundabout premiere near June 16, 2023, for a book called The Gospel According to Mel Gibson; Fact, faith, and fantasy in The Passion of the Christ; Resurrection.
The book is by Helen Bond, a celebrated professor of Christian Origins and the New Testament. While Satan only had a couple of cameos in Passion, it sounds like much of the film will take place in Hell, where we will likely be treated to Gibson`s interpretation of eternal suffering.
We look forward to the film next year, and maybe in the meantime, Jesus is coming back? 41% of Americans believe that Jesus will definitely (23%) or probably (18%) return to Earth by 2050. Anyway, Mr. Robertson said; «read your bibles,» because «it`s going to pass.»