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Rave News Digest: Essence Certified Gold In The US, Rihanna Drops Lawsuit Against Father, Premier League Players Barred + More

Rave News Digest: Essence Certified Gold In The US, Rihanna Drops Lawsuit Against Father, Premier League Players Barred + More

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Essence certified gold in the US, Rihanna drops lawsuit against father, Brazilian players barred from premier league. 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 the hottest news topics…

1. Wizkid’s Éssence’ certified Gold in the US

On September 2, Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s groundbreaking single, Essence was certified gold in the US. The version which has been certified gold is the original one which features only Tems. Essence follows both “Fall” by Davido and “Ye” by Burna Boy as the third Nigerian song to get a gold certification in less than 18 months. This is also Wizkid’s second gold certification after “Come Closer” featuring Drake. Davido has two. His second gold certification was for “IF.”

A gold certification is issued by the Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA], when a song or an album moves units to the equivalent of 500,000 copies – inclusive of both streaming equivalent and physical sales.

2. Rihanna drops lawsuit against her father

Rihanna has dropped the lawsuit against her father, which she filed in 2019 for allegedly acting on her behalf without proper approval. In 2019, Rihanna was forced to file the lawsuit against her father, Ronald Fenty, and his business partner, Joktan Perkins, along with California-based LLC Fenty Entertainment. The lawsuit alleged they were deceiving people into believing Rihanna was involved with his company and in an organized effort to “defraud and solicit millions of dollars from third parties.”

Some of the reported dealings involved promises “Rihanna would perform in various locations” and other appearances they were not authorized to facilitate. It now seems things have been worked out as Rihanna has dropped the lawsuit on a stipulation of dismissal filed on September 7.

3. South Africa: Cassper Nyovest says he’s going to sell out O2 Arena

Rapper Cassper Nyovest says he has a new endeavor to host a one-man show in London’s popular live music arena, The O2. The rapper took to Twitter on Tuesday, September 7, after his recent performance at Ama Fest–the amapiano festival in the UK–saying he had a desire to host one of his Fill Up concerts at The O2 within the next two years. “I need a one-man show in London soon. I also want to play O2 in the next two years and be the first South African to sell it out. Will you be there?” he wrote. Essence certified gold us

The O2 hosts up to 20,000 people and Cassper said he plans to work towards having all the tickets sold out for his concert. “I’m definitely going to sell out The O2 arena in a few years if not two. That’s my dream. I’m way too comfortable in SA. Time for a new challenge! This trip has been nothing but inspiring. It’s also been motivating to see our growth from my first time performing in London.”

4. Ghana: Akufo-Addo refunds GH¢238,000 salary increment

The Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin, has revealed that Ghana’s president Akufo-Addo has refunded an amount of GH¢238,000 to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department. The money represents the salary increment paid to him as a result of the recommendations by the Presidential Emoluments Committee chaired by Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa- Baidu.

Speaking to the media, Mr Arhin said, “the president had made it clear on May Day, even before the recommendations from the [emolument] committee, that he, the Vice President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of state were not going to take any salary increment. He has refunded his, close to the tune of GH¢238,000.”

Mr Arhin added that other officeholders including, some staff members at the Jubilee House have also been directed by the Chief of Staff to do the same.

5. Eight Brazilian players barred from playing in Premier League

The likes of Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson and Fred will be unavailable for their Premier League clubs this weekend. Premier League teams including Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will be without a host of star players this weekend after the row between English clubs and the Brazilian Football Association escalated dramatically.

FIFA has informed clubs that the controversial “five-day rule” will be imposed by the Brazilian FA, who are angry that players were withdrawn from the latest round of World Cup qualifiers. That would prevent eight players from five clubs from featuring in this round of domestic fixtures, although it has emerged that Everton forward Richarlison will be allowed to play this weekend, due to the Toffees’ strong relationship with the Brazilian federation.

Photo: wizkidayo | Instagram


Our Week Day News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Nollywood to Hollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2021. 


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