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Rave News Digest: JT Announces Release Date For First Solo Album, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ Makes History Again, Manchester United + More

Rave News Digest: JT Announces Release Date For First Solo Album, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ Makes History Again, Manchester United + More


JT announces release date for first solo album, Rema makes history as “Calm Down” surpasses 2 billion Spotify streams, Manchester United to cut 250 jobs. 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. JT announces release date for first solo album

City Girls rapper JT is stepping out on her own and has announced a release date for her solo album, “City Cinderella.” The announcement comes barely a month after City Girls, the popular duo JT formed with Yung Miami, went public with their split due to creative differences. Taking to social media on Tuesday, JT revealed that “City Cinderella” will be hitting the airwaves on Friday, July 19. The 16-track mixtape is JT’s chance to showcase her solo talents and prove she can be just as successful as a one-woman show.

The project’s artwork features a striking image of JT sitting regally in a puddle of water, with ice sculpted to form her legs. Fans, affectionately known as the “Juvies,” have been eagerly awaiting JT’s solo venture after she began teasing the project earlier this year. She’s already dropped a few tracks to whet their appetites, including “Sideways,” “No Bars,” and a recent remix of “Okay” featuring veteran rapper Jeezy.

2. Rema makes history as ‘Calm Down’ surpasses 2 billion Spotify streams

Nigerian Afrobeats star Rema has cemented his place at the forefront of the genre as his hit single “Calm Down” surpasses a staggering 2 billion streams on Spotify. This achievement marks a historic moment, solidifying “Calm Down” as the most streamed song by an African artist on the platform.

The success of “Calm Down” can be attributed to both its original version and the global smash remix featuring Selena Gomez. Released in August 2022, the original track quickly garnered international acclaim, amassing over 590 million streams on its own. The Selena Gomez remix, however, propelled the song to new heights, racking up an impressive 1.41 billion streams and becoming the first Afrobeats single to ever surpass 1 billion streams on Spotify in September 2023.

3. South Africa: Kolisi Foundation tackles food security with KFC Add Hope Partnership

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi is extending his winning efforts off the field, partnering with KFC Add Hope to combat food insecurity in South Africa. Throughout July, KFC will donate 10 cents to the Kolisi Foundation for every customer contribution, with the restaurant matching the donations. This initiative targets both immediate and long-term solutions. Funds will be used to provide breakfasts for roughly 4,000 children at six Siyaphakama schools in Zwide.

Additionally, the Kolisi Foundation will offer nutritious meals to participants in their after-school sports programs, emphasizing a well-rounded approach to youth development. The campaign is further amplified by a heartwarming television commercial featuring Kolisi singing alongside young beneficiaries of the Add Hope program.

4. Tina Knowles gives Victoria Monét’s hair a makeover using Beyoncé’s CÉCRED products

Grammy-winning singer Victoria Monét recently got a premium hair makeover courtesy of none other than Tina Knowles, Beyoncé’s mom and a powerhouse in the fashion world. The pampering session was filmed for a promotional video titled “Who’s in the Cécred Salon,” showcasing Beyoncé’s haircare line, CÉCRED. Monét, known for her hit “On My Mama,” dished on her hair journey with Knowles while getting treated to a luxurious wash-and-go. CÉCRED’s clarifying shampoo and a fermented rice and rose protein treatment were among the products used to revitalize Monét’s tresses.

The singer also opened up about the challenges of frequent hairstyle changes, mentioning her struggles with seborrheic dermatitis, a form of scalp eczema. “Honestly, after a sew-in or a wig, I just get so itchy,” Monét revealed, “so I know this is about to feel good.”

5. Manchester United to cut 250 jobs

Manchester United will axe 250 jobs as part of a significant cost-cutting initiative, the club announced on Wednesday, July 3. This move comes after a comprehensive review of club operations led by director Sir Dave Brailsford, following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition of a 25% stake in the club. The job cuts target a reduction in “non-essential activities” across all departments, excluding the Manchester United Foundation charity arm. This decision aims to streamline the club’s structure and bring employee expenses in line with its current performance.

While specifics of the targeted departments remain undisclosed, the cuts represent roughly 22% of Manchester United’s 1,150 full-time staff. The move is likely to be met with criticism, with some arguing that the club could save more money by addressing other areas, like player recruitment.

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