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Rave News Digest: Ashanti And Nelly Announce Pregnancy And Engagement, Rihanna Confirms She Is Open To Collaborating With Ayra Starr, Manuel Neuer + More

Rave News Digest: Ashanti And Nelly Announce Pregnancy And Engagement, Rihanna Confirms She Is Open To Collaborating With Ayra Starr, Manuel Neuer + More



shanti and Nelly reveal they are engaged and expecting their first child, Rihanna confirms she is open to collaborating with Ayra Starr, and Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer sets a new Champions League record. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest, which summarizes five of the hottest global news stories you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

1. Ashanti and Nelly reveal they are engaged and expecting their first child

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US music stars Ashanti and Nelly have revealed they are engaged and are expecting their first child together. The award-winning performers, who first dated over 20 years ago, rekindled their romance last year. They first met at the Grammy Awards in 2003 and dated for a decade before going their separate ways. Ashanti shared a video on Instagram, saying she’ll need “about nine months” to prepare for her next big gig. Nelly also shared the post, which was captioned, “Baby baby baby baby,” on his official Instagram feed.

Nelly has a daughter and a son with his former partner, Channetta Valentine, and he adopted the two children of his late sister, Jackie Donahue, after she died of leukemia in 2005.

Congrats to the couple!

2. Rihanna confirms she is open to collaborating with Ayra Starr

Global pop icon Rihanna sent shockwaves through the Afrobeats scene with a chance encounter with rising Nigerian singer Ayra Starr. The two met at a recent Fenty Beauty show in London, where a brief conversation sparked a potential future collaboration. A now-viral video snippet captures the charismatic exchange. After a friendly greeting, Rihanna inquires if Ayra Starr has a song with fellow Nigerian songstress Tems. Ayra Starr responded in the negative, and that’s when the magic happened. Rihanna, with a playful smile, leans in and says, “If you have an extra verse, call me.”

The internet is abuzz with excitement. Fans are ecstatic at the prospect of a Rihanna and Ayra Starr collaboration. This potential team-up would be a major moment for Ayra Starr, solidifying her place as one of Afrobeats’ hottest acts. While details remain scarce, one thing is certain: the music world is eagerly awaiting any developments from this chance meeting.

3. Wizkid earns nomination at SEC Awards 2024

Award-winning artist Wizkid has earned a nomination for Best International Male Artist at the SEC Awards. He was nominated alongside Bad Bunny, Jungkook, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Jimin, Troye Sivan, and Zayn. The SEC Awards is an award for honoring filmmakers and musicians in Brazil. In 2023, Jung Kook won the International Male Artiste Award. Voting begins on April 26, 2024.

4. GloRilla arrested for DUI in Georgia

Rapper GloRilla, whose real name is Gloria Hallelujah Woods, was arrested for a DUI in Gwinnett County, GA. According to a police report, the rapper was arrested and booked early Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, consuming/possessing an open alcoholic beverage container, and a separate traffic charge. The officer who pulled her over claimed he smelled marijuana and alcohol emanating from the car. The police said GloRilla made a U-turn at a red light around 4 am when they stopped her.

They then asked her if she consumed any alcohol. She admitted she did, but would not tell them how much she drank. She insisted that she was okay to drive. The officers didn’t just take the “Blessed” rapper’s word for it. They made her perform a field sobriety test—she did an eye-follow test, the walk-and-turn, one-leg balance, and walk-in-a-straight-line. The officers said she was shaky during the test. She was later booked in jail at 6:12 a.m. and released on $1,956 bond a few hours later.

5. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer sets new Champions League record

Manuel Neuer set a new Champions League record after churning out a clean sheet in a victory against Arsenal. In a thrilling encounter at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Arsenal, with Joshua Kimmich’s second-half goal proving to be the difference-maker. The win propelled Bayern to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Mikel Arteta’s side, following a 2-2 draw in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the spotlight of the match fell on Bayern’s veteran goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, who etched his name into the annals of Champions League history with yet another remarkable achievement. By keeping a clean sheet in his 138th appearance in the competition, Neuer surpassed the legendary Iker Casillas to become the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the competition’s history. Casillas had previously held the record with 57 clean sheets in 177 games, but Neuer’s consistent excellence has now elevated him to the pinnacle of goalkeeping, with 58 clean sheets, in Europe’s premier club competition.

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Our Weekday News Digest summarizes five of the hottest news topics worldwide–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 2024.

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