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Rave News Digest: Idris Elba Set To Build Movie Studio In Ghana, Rema Receives RIAA Platinum Plaque, Neymar And Ramos + More

Rave News Digest: Idris Elba Set To Build Movie Studio In Ghana, Rema Receives RIAA Platinum Plaque, Neymar And Ramos + More


Idris Elba set to build movie studio in Ghana, Rema receives RIAA platinum plaque, Neymar and Ramos return to training. 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. 

1. Idris Elba set to build movie studio in Ghana

Celebrated British and Hollywood megastar, Idris Elba, has made public his intentions to build a movie studio in Ghana as part of initiatives to establish movie studios in West Africa. Speaking to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday, February 3, the “Beast of No Nation” actor explained that the rationale behind building a film studio is to empower local and international movie producers to be able to produce standard and quality movies in Ghana.

According to Elba, Ghana, like many African countries, has world-class filmmakers but lacks the relevant facilities to make good movies. The actor believes his project would help salvage the situation and act as a stepping stone for greater things in Ghana.

2. Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ gets RIAA platinum plaque

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Nigerian superstar Rema is set to start 2023 on a high as his hit single “Calm Down” received an RIAA platinum plaque. According to reports, Rema’s “Calm Down” remix has officially exceeded 1 million units in sales in the United States, which earned it an RIAA platinum plaque. The hit remix featuring Selena Gomez has enjoyed impressive international success, peaking at No. 6 on the UK singles chart and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Released in February 2022 as the lead single to Rema’s debut album “Raves & Roses,” the single went on to become one of the best-selling Afrobeats songs of 2022.

3. South Africa: US rapper BIA shows love to Pabi Cooper

Amapiano sensation Pabi Cooper has the attention of US rapper BIA. We are only one month into the year, but it seems it is going to be the year of co-signs, with the rapper added to the list of international celebrities who have taken a liking to South African stars. BIA headed to Cooper’s DMs and told the singer she couldn’t wait to see her live. Pabi screen-grabbed the chat and posted it on her Instagram stories.

Not long ago, US star Chris Brown posted a clip of Nasty C’s rap freestyle on his Instagram stories, and Nasty C reposted it on his timeline. Drake also lauded South African amapiano hitmaker Kelvin Momo for his music skills.

4. Quavo and Offset reportedly get physical at Grammy Awards backstage

The tensions between Migos members Quavo and Offset boiled over on Sunday night, so much so that it allegedly resulted in a physical altercation between the two that had to be broken up. According to reports, just before Quavo was set to take the stage to perform his song “Without You” as a tribute to Takeoff during the “In Memoriam” segment of the show, he and Offset got into a physical fight.

According to reports, the cause of the altercation stemmed from the Grammys asking Offset to be a part of the tribute, but Quavo refused to let him take part. Subsequently, Quavo reportedly blocked Offset from joining him on stage. The latter was not who started the fight, according to reports.

5. Neymar and Ramos return to training

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Neymar and Sergio Ramos have returned to Paris Saint-Germain training ahead of the Coupe de France clash with rivals Marseille on Wednesday. The duo missed PSG’s weekend win over Toulouse with muscle injuries, and the club refused to comment on how long the stars might be sidelined. However, it appears they could be in action soon, with Neymar confirming via Instagram that he and Ramos are back in training.

PSG has been hit with a flurry of injuries in recent weeks. Neymar, Ramos, and Kylian Mbappe have all missed action, while Nordi Mukiele and Presnel Kimpembe remain out with long-term problems. The Ligue 1 leaders will hope to have some of them back for their Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayern Munich next week, but Mbappe is certain to miss it. PSG manager Christophe Galtier refuted Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann’s claim that Mbappe would make a surprise return for their Champions League fixture.

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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 2023. 

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