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Rave News Digest: Davido Launches New Record Label, Chlöe Bailey Announces New Album At Coachella, Barcelona Open + More

Rave News Digest: Davido Launches New Record Label, Chlöe Bailey Announces New Album At Coachella, Barcelona Open + More



avido partners with United Masters to launch a new record label, Chlöe Bailey announces ‘Trouble in Paradise’ album at Coachella, Casper Ruud wins Barcelona Open over Stefanos Tsitsipas. 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. Davido partners with United Masters to launch a new record label

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Davido has partnered with United Masters to launch his new Nine+ record label. Initially, he was the flagship artist of HKN at the start of his career before launching Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), the Nigerian megastar has now partnered with United Masters to launch a new label. On April 18, the news of the partnership was shared by United Masters via their official Instagram page in what they termed a “groundbreaking collaboration with Davido.”

In the press release, United Masters called the partnership transformative for the African music industry, saying it will see one of the continent’s most influential figures propel the careers of emerging artists to unprecedented heights. In his remarks, Davido shared that he was happy to be collaborating with United Masters in what is an exciting chapter for emerging and established artists globally. Davido’s new record label, Nine+, follows the recent rebranding of DMW 2.0.

2. Chlöe Bailey announces ‘Trouble in Paradise’ album at Coachella

Chlöe Bailey is gearing up to release her sophomore album, “Trouble in Paradise.” The singer announced the project’s name during her Week Two Coachella performance on Friday, April 19. At one point in the show, she told the crowd, “My album’s coming, Trouble in Paradise, baby.” Details about a release date have not been revealed yet.

However, the singer may have hinted at the forthcoming project earlier that day when she shared posts of a billboard that read, “Warning Chlöe trouble ahead.” This year, she released two singles, “FYS,” in March and “Boy Bye” on April 12, that presumably will appear on the new album.

3. South Africa: Popular DJ and MC Peter Mashata shot dead in Soshanguve

Police on Sunday confirmed the murder of popular soul and R&B DJ, MC, and radio personality, Peter Mashata. The entertainer was gunned down in Soshanguve in the early hours of Sunday. Gauteng police spokesperson Col. Noxolo Kweza said Tshwane police had opened two dockets of murder and attempted murder. “The shooting involved two men aged 46 and 45 years during the early hours of today [Sunday]. One victim died in hospital while the other was injured,” said Kweza.

“The two victims were driving near TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) in Soshanguve when shots were fired at their vehicle. The suspects fled and police are following several leads,” Kweza added. The police have called for anyone with information to come forward, saying all information will be treated with confidentiality.

4. Tunde Onakoya makes history, sets new world record for longest chess marathon

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Tunde Onakoya, a Nigerian chess master, has successfully set a new world record for the longest continuous chess marathon after playing non-stop for an incredible 60 hours. The event took place in the heart of New York City’s Times Square and saw Onakoya beat the previous record held by Iranian chess player Pouya Idani, who had played for 57 hours and 18 minutes. During the marathon, the 30-year-old grandmaster played non-stop without a single loss.

Onakoya’s remarkable achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that he was attempting to raise $1 million through the world record attempt. The funds raised from this incredible feat will be used to make a transformative impact on the lives of countless children in Africa. Onakoya has gained a reputation for his philanthropic work, particularly his efforts to provide underprivileged children with access to the game of chess.

5. Barcelona Open: Casper Ruud earns straight sets win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in final

Casper Ruud won his first title of 2024 as he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to win the Barcelona Open. Norwegian third seed Ruud defeated the Greek fifth seed 7-5, 6-3, to claim the biggest title of his career. It is the first time the 25-year-old, who is ranked sixth in the world, has won an ATP 500-ranked event.

Ruud, a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, was broken early by the 25-year-old Tsitsipas but broke back in the sixth game, before going on to convert one of two set points at 6-5. He then opened up a 4-1 lead in the second set after Tsitsipas hit a forehand into the net to concede a break, before seeing out victory in 91 minutes to end the Greek’s 10-match winning streak. The win also avenged Ruud’s defeat by Tsitsipas in last week’s Monte Carlo Open final.

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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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