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Rave News Digest: Adesua Etomi Releases EP ‘Sue Me’, Mariah Carey Denied ‘Queen Of Christmas’ Trademark, Walker + More

Rave News Digest: Adesua Etomi Releases EP ‘Sue Me’, Mariah Carey Denied ‘Queen Of Christmas’ Trademark, Walker + More


Adesua Etomi releases EP, Sue Me, Mariah Carey denied Queen Of Christmas trademark, Walker not fit for World Cup opener. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest, which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

Here is a rundown of five of trending news stories…

1. Adesua Etomi releases debut EP ‘Sue Me’

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Nigerian singer and actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington has released her first EP, cleverly titled Sue Me. On Wednesday, the actress-turned-singer announced the release of the five-track project on streaming services. Some of the songs on the album are “Dogged A Bullet,” “Intro,” “Hold You Down,” “Too Much,” and “Champ’s Song,” which features her husband, Banky W.

On “Hold Down,” the singer promises to always stand by her beloved regardless of the circumstances. On “Dogged A Bullet,” Susu, as she’s fondly called, tells a very sad story and also expresses her joy at having recovered from the ordeal and escaping her former lover’s “bullet.”

In February of this year, the Adesua announced that she was going to start making music with the release of her first single titled, “So Natural.”

2. Mariah Carey denied ‘Queen Of Christmas’ trademark

Mariah Carey is not officially the “Queen of Christmas” after the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled against the pop singer’s legal attempt to trademark the name. According to reports, the “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” singer was denied the title on Tuesday, November 15, and also can’t trademark the titles “Princess of Christmas” or “QOC” either.

The ruling, however, means that the holiday titles can be used by Elizabeth Chan, another singer who claims to be “the world’s only full-time pop Christmas recording artist,” and has put out 12 albums filled with Christmas music. She has also used the title “Princess of Christmas” as a nickname for her 5-year-old daughter, the outlet notes. Mariah Carey moved to trademark the Queen of Christmas title earlier this year but notable holiday music singers Darlene Love and Elizabeth Chan, were not fond of the decision.

3. South Africa: Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellermen receive Grammy nod for ‘Bayethe’

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Mzansi musicians Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode have received their first Grammy nomination in the “best global performance” category. The pair were nominated for the award alongside South African flautist, producer and composer Wouter Kellerman for their single Bayethe. The pair shared the news on with their followers on Instagram. “I’ve just received my first Grammy nomination. God is the greatest #grammy65,” posted Zakes.

Wouter also took to his socials to share his excitement on what is now his fourth Grammy nomination. “Wow, this is incredible, a dream come true. I loved creating ‘Bayethe’ with Nomcebo and Zakes. I’m thrilled to receive this, my fourth GRAMMY®️ nomination — am so grateful for the recognition for the work we’re doing. It’s very exciting to share South African music with the world and we hope to spread beautiful good energy with this song,” he posted.

Congratulations to the artistes!

4. Mary J. Blige announces new children’s book ‘Mary Can!’

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Grammy-winning songstress and actress Mary J. Blige has taken on a new endeavor. On Tuesday, the 51-year-old native New Yorker announced that she has written a children’s book. The “All That I Can Say” singer shared the exciting news on Instagram. “I’m so excited to share some BIG NEWS with you!!! I wrote a book for kids, and it is available for preorder TODAY! @harperkids,” Blige wrote.

Adding, “Mary Can! is an inspirational and motivating story about a young girl who proves that anyone can make their dreams come true if they just believe in themselves. It’s such a personal story for me, based off my own experiences as a child and even as an adult,” she continued. ” I was so used to people telling me “no” and that I ‘couldn’t’ which only motivated me more. My hope with this book is that it instills in kids from an early age that they can do anything they aspire to do. There are no limits to what they can accomplish! Mary Can!, illustrated by award-winning @ashleigh_corrin, is officially out on March 28th. Follow the link in my bio to preorder your copy today!”

5. Walker reveals he is unlikely to be fit enough for England’s World Cup opener against Iran

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has revealed that he will probably not be fit enough to play in England’s first World Cup match against Iran. It’s been a fight against time for the 32-year-old to return to fitness, but he credits the physios at Manchester City and with the England camp for speeding up his recovery. Walker is one of England’s most experienced players and would be missed if he’s unable to take the field.

“It was an operation that I had, it was touch and go. It’s full credit to the physios here and also at Man City for getting me back and getting me fit and healthy,” Walker told the media. “I was never worried. I always have to believe in myself. As soon as the professor said I needed surgery I was very confident, just about making sure that I prepared right on and off the field and moving forward I’d be alright.” Asked if he would be available for the first match, he added: “If selected, then that’s down to the manager. I think the first game’s probably a little bit too short [soon], but from then onwards I’ll be good and ready to go.” Walker shared.

Featured image: @adesuaetomi/Instagram

Our Weekday News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Hollywood to Nollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2022. 

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