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Rave News Digest: Lewis Hamilton Makes History At Australian Grand Prix, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ Breaks Record, Anthony Joshua + More

Rave News Digest: Lewis Hamilton Makes History At Australian Grand Prix, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ Breaks Record, Anthony Joshua + More


Lewis Hamilton makes history at Australian Grand Prix, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ breaks record, Anthony Joshua dominates Jermaine Franklin. 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. Lewis Hamilton makes history at Australian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen continued his early season dominance with a victory at the Albert Park Circuit, giving the Red Bull driver two wins and a second-place finish in the first three races of the season. He was joined by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso on the podium. While Max Verstappen was crowned Australian Grand Prix winner on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was the one who made history. The Formula 1 racer became the first ever F1 driver to be on the podium in 17 consecutive seasons.

Hamilton, meanwhile, declared himself “so, so happy right now” after his “remarkable” first podium of the season, which followed fifth-place finishes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The seven-time world champion said: “The car has been difficult and for us to be finishing on the podium is really remarkable, especially at this point when we haven’t actually changed the car. I feel so, so happy right now.”

2. Davido’s ‘Timeless’ becomes highest-charting African project on US Apple Music Album Chart

Davido’s new album “Timeless” is the fastest Nigerian album to reach the top 3 of the US Album Music Album chart. On March 31, Davido released his fourth album “Timeless” and hours into the album release, it already dominated streaming charts across the world. According to chart news platform Album Talks, “Timeless” is the highest charting Nigerian album on US Apple Music after it reached #3 hours after its release. Interestingly, before the album clocked 24 hours on the platform, it went up a spot, peaking at #2.

The 17-track highly anticipated album which features exciting talents across Nigeria, Africa, and Jamaica is his first since “A Better Time” in 2020. Just hours into its release, the album topped Apple Music album charts in 17 countries. The album is topping in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Niger, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, amongst others. It’s expected that the album will reach the top spot in more countries while also breaking records and setting new ones.

3. South Africa: Nasty C in studio with Stefflon Don while in the UK

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You know your favorite artiste is gearing to release new music when you start seeing them in the studio, and Nasty C has hinted that a collaboration with British rapper and singer Stefflon Don is on the way. While in the UK, the rapper shared glimpses of his studio session with the award-winning artist. Nasty C is undeniably well acquainted when it comes to international stars and the circle just keeps getting bigger.

After signing an exclusive deal with Def Jam Recordings via a joint venture with Universal Music Africa, the 25-year-old has been making an impact beyond the borders of South Africa, working with American rappers Domani and his father T.I among others. Nasty C has been seen rubbing shoulders with American rapper Wale in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and most recently singer Chris Brown.

4. NBA reverses marijuana ban, ending random player testing for the drug

The NBA has rolled back its ban on marijuana per the league and the National Basketball Players Association’s new collective bargaining agreement. The seven-year deal that was reached early Saturday, April 1 also lifts testing for the substance. The lifted ban goes into effect this summer and will last through the 2029–30 season if neither side opts out by the end of the 2028–29 season.

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant is among the athletes who have advocated for marijuana’s medicinal purposes. In 2021, he entered a multi-year partnership with Weedmaps, an online weed marketplace, to destigmatize the plant. The legalization of cannabis has become a popular debate as more states have decriminalized its recreational use.

5. Anthony Joshua dominates Jermaine Franklin

Before Anthony Joshua started Saturday’s heavyweight fight against Jermaine Franklin at London’s O2 Arena, a knock-out was the odds most bettors were putting their odds on. But as the fight progressed, Franklin proved he was there to prove himself against one of the best heavyweight fighters of the last decade. Even though Joshua did land some significant punches, especially in the 10th round, Franklin was able to hold his stance and got through all 12 rounds. In the cards, judges decided in Joshua’s favor unanimously.

It was a great showing from the Brit and a valiant attempt from Franklin, who was a long way from home. After the decision announcement was made, Anthony Joshua didn’t go into a monologue like last time but he did let the fans scream Tyson Fury’s name. This happened when the interviewer asked him who he wanted to fight next. AJ reminded Fury that none of them is getting any younger, he obviously wants this fight to happen and he even offered a possible date.

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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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