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Rave News Digest: YG Marley Teases Collaboration With Burna Boy, Will Smith And Martin Lawrence Light Up Saudi Arabia’s First Hollywood Premiere, Ronaldo + More

Rave News Digest: YG Marley Teases Collaboration With Burna Boy, Will Smith And Martin Lawrence Light Up Saudi Arabia’s First Hollywood Premiere, Ronaldo + More


YG Marley teases collaboration with Burna Boy, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence light up Riyadh at Saudi Arabia’s first Hollywood premiere, Ronaldo sets new Saudi pro league scoring 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. YG Marley teases collaboration with Burna Boy

Fans of Afrobeats and reggae fusion are abuzz with excitement after YG Marley, grandson of the legendary Bob Marley, teased a collaboration with Afrobeats superstar Burna Boy on social media. YG Marley, known for his unique blend of reggae and dancehall, shared a short clip on his Instagram story on Monday. The clip featured a snippet of a pulsating beat with Burna Boy’s distinctive vocals layered over it. The reggae star captioned the clip with two emojis—a fire symbol and a recording studio icon—sending fans into a frenzy.

While details about the collaboration, including the song title and release date, remain scarce, the prospect of these two musical powerhouses joining forces has set the music world alight. Burna Boy, a multiple Grammy-nominated artist, is known for his infectious energy and genre-bending sound, while YG Marley continues to carve his path in reggae, infusing it with contemporary influences.

2. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence light up Riyadh at Saudi Arabia’s first Hollywood premiere

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence made history last Friday as they attended the first-ever Hollywood movie premiere in Saudi Arabia. The iconic duo arrived in Riyadh to promote their latest film, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the fourth installment in the popular action franchise, which is set to be released on June 5. The premiere, held at the VOX Cinema in Roshn Front, marked a significant moment for Saudi Arabia’s growing entertainment industry. The kingdom has undergone social reforms in recent years, including a relaxation of restrictions on cinemas.

Smith and Lawrence were met with enthusiastic crowds eager to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood stars. The actors spoke to the media, expressing their excitement about being part of this historic event. Smith commented on the positive energy and artistic development he witnessed in Saudi Arabia, hinting at a potential future boom in the country’s entertainment sector.

3. South African star Boity Thulo meets Kim Kardashian at The Lion King’s roar-some anniversary

South African rapper and media personality Boity Thulo had a night to remember! Thulo attended the star-studded 30th-anniversary celebration of Disney’s iconic “The Lion King” at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The event turned extra special for Thulo when she got the chance to meet reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Thulo shared photos from the unforgettable evening on her social media, including a picture with Kardashian. The caption simply reads, “A night to remember,” perfectly capturing the excitement of the encounter.

The anniversary event was a star-studded affair, with Thulo rubbing shoulders with A-listers. The concert featured a live orchestra, elaborate sets, and dazzling performances to bring the beloved film to life. Thulo also shared a glimpse of North West, Kardashian’s daughter, who stole the show with her debut as young Simba.

4. Rapper Sean Kingston and mother arrested in alleged million-dollar fraud scheme

Rapper and singer Sean Kingston and his mother, Janice Turner, were arrested on Thursday following accusations of fraud and theft exceeding $1 million. Authorities allege the pair engaged in an “organized scheme to defraud” over a period of several months. According to arrest warrants, Kingston, 34, and Turner, 61, are charged with grand theft, identity theft, and related crimes. The alleged scheme involved stealing money, jewelry, a Cadillac Escalade, and furniture. A SWAT team raid on Kingston’s South Florida residence led to Turner’s arrest. Kingston was apprehended later in California.

Details regarding the specific methods used in the alleged fraud are lacking, but court documents detail thefts from various sources, including banks, a jewelry store, a car dealership, and a furniture maker. The total amount stolen is estimated to be over $1 million. Following their arrests, both Kingston and Turner maintained their innocence.

5. Ronaldo sets new Saudi Pro League scoring record

Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as a goal-scoring machine by setting a new record in the Saudi Pro League on Monday. In a 4-2 victory against Al-Ittihad, the 39-year-old Portuguese striker bagged a brace, taking his league tally to a staggering 35 goals. This achievement surpasses the previous record of 34 goals, set by Abderrazak Hamdallah in the 2018-19 season, also for Al-Nassr. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Ronaldo, though. He had two goals earlier disallowed for offside before finally breaking the deadlock in the dying seconds of the first half. He then added another goal with a header in the second half, sending a celebratory message that his hunger for goals remains undimmed.

While Al-Nassr finished the season as runners-up to Al-Hilal, Ronaldo’s individual brilliance shone through. This record adds to his already impressive collection, further solidifying his reputation as one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time.

Featured Image: @burnaboygram @ygmarley/Instagram 

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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