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Rave News Digest: Kanye West Ends Partnership With Gap, Asake Makes Apple Music History, Roger Federer + More

Rave News Digest: Kanye West Ends Partnership With Gap, Asake Makes Apple Music History, Roger Federer + More


Kanye West ends partnership with Gap, Asake makes Apple Music history, Roger Federer to retire. 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. Kanye West ends partnership with Gap

Reports say that Kanye West has told Gap that he is severing his partnership with the company. The rapper’s lawyers sent a letter to Gap notifying the company that Yeezy LLC would be terminating its agreement. In the letter, the lawyers claim that Gap failed to meet the terms of its contract.

Gap then sent a letter to its employees confirming that the partnership is coming to an end. “While we share a vision of bringing high-quality, trend-forward, utilitarian design to all people through unique Omni experiences with Yeezy Gap, how we work together to deliver this vision is not aligned,” Gap president and CEO Mark Breitbard wrote. “And we are deciding to wind down the partnership.”

According to West’s team, Gap was obligated to sell 40% of Yeezy Gap items in brick-and-mortar stores throughout the third and fourth quarters of 2021, and that Gap was contractually required to open up to five retail stores dedicated to Yeezy Gap products by July 31, 2023. However, the brand fell behind on its obligation. The letter states that Gap will be able to continue selling existing Yeezy Gap gear before ending the use of the brand name. Earlier this week, the rapper, whose legal name is Ye, also said that he plans to terminate his collaboration with Adidas.

2. Nigeria: Asake makes Apple Music history

Ololade Asake has broken records on Apple Music with the release of his debut album “Mr. Money With The Vibe.” The album recorded the biggest opening day for an African album in Apple Music history. Aside from breaking the record for the biggest opening day, “Mr. Money With the Vibe” also broke the record for the biggest opening three days for an African album in Apple Music history. In a record-breaking trend, nine songs off the album got into the Global Daily Top 100.

In an incredible, never-before accomplished feat by an African album, it reached Number One on the Top Albums Chart in 31 countries worldwide, including Nigeria, the U.K., and Ireland. Multiple songs from the album reached the Daily Top 100 in 60 countries worldwide, including 26 where they reached the top 10. The lead songs off the album also reached Number One in 14 countries worldwide.

Congratulations to Asake on the multiple feats.

3. South Africa: AKA speaks on harboring no hard feelings for ‘arch nemesis’ Cassper Nyovest

Rapper AKA is in a space where he harbors no hard feelings for his former arch nemesis, Cassper Nyovest. He had a recent sit-down on The Sobering Podcast where he, among other things, spoke about his old beef with Cassper and how he needs to apologize to the rapper’s parents for swearing at them. “You know, I look back now and I’m not proud of moments like that {slapping Cassper] now that I’m a bit older and I’ve gone through some sh*t in my life and I’m actually not proud of it,” he said. “Also, I’m not proud of swearing at his parents, you know to tell you the truth and I definitely owe them an apology,” he added.

When he was asked if he would bury the hatchet with Cassper, he said he didn’t think so. However, he went on to say: “I don’t hate him. I don’t have any feelings anymore. They’re all gone, like butterflies, and I have put different feelings inside myself; feelings of gratitude for even just being alive.”

4. R. Kelly found guilty on multiple charges of sex crimes

R. Kelly has been found guilty of child pornography charges in his federal trial in Chicago. According to reports, the singer was found guilty of three child pornography counts and three counts of enticing minors for sex. However, the 55-year-old was acquitted of seven other charges, including obstruction of justice and conspiracy to receive child pornography. His two co-defendants and former associates, Darrell McDavid and former assistant Milton “June” Brown were acquitted of all charges.

The charges stemmed from the state trial in Chicago, where he was acquitted in 2008. In 2002, Kelly faced 21 counts of making child sexual abuse videos. Police and the FBI verified the authenticity of one recording, but a jury in 2008 could not prove that the person in the recording was a minor, and Kelly was set free. His co-defendants, McDavid and Brown, were accused of fixing the 2008 state trial by intimidating and paying off witnesses. This is Kelly’s second conviction this year. In June, he was sentenced to 30 years in New York after being convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking.

5. Roger Federer to retire from tennis after Laver Cup aged 41

Roger Federer will retire from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup, aged 41. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been struggling with a knee problem for the last three years and has decided now is the time to step away. Federer will play in next week’s Laver Cup in London, the Ryder Cup-style competition that was his brainchild but will leave the professional game.

Federer made the announcement via a letter posted on social media. Federer’s Grand Slam record has now been surpassed by both his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but many people, especially the legions of fans he brought to the sport, will still consider him the greatest of all time.

Featured image: @photosofkanye, photographed by @samyck/Instagram

Our Week Day 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 2022. 

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