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Rave News Digest: Missy Elliott Makes History, Rema Set To Perform At 02 Arena, Ronaldo + More

Rave News Digest: Missy Elliott Makes History, Rema Set To Perform At 02 Arena, Ronaldo + More


Missy Elliott makes history as the first female rapper inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rema to perform at 02 Arena in November, Ronaldo becomes highest paid athlete. 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. Missy Elliott makes history as the first female rapper inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, May 3, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed the inductees for the class of 2023 with Missy Elliott being one of those receiving the lifetime honor. The Virginia Beach hip-hop legend will be inducted during a ceremony held in Brooklyn on November 3 alongside the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, George Michael, Sheryl Crow, and The Spinners. This makes Elliot the first female hip-hop artiste to be inducted.

Additionally, Chaka Khan, Bernie Taupin, and Al Kooper will be honored with the Rock Hall’s Musical Excellence Award, while DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray will receive the Music Influence Award. The late creator and host of “Soul Train” Don Cornelius is this year’s recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which honors non-performing industry professionals.

2. Rema to perform at 02 Arena in November

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Rema has announced the dates for his headlining concert at the O2 Arena in London. He shared the news of the must-see show at the 20,000-seated capacity stage, which is London’s biggest entertainment destination, on May 2. This concert is his only UK show of this year. It is also his first in London following his sensational performance at the O2 Brixton sold-out concert featuring Fireboy DML, Victony, and Dave. Rema’s show comes after the release of “Rave & Roses Ultra,” a deluxe version of his 2022 album, “Rave & Roses.”

3. South Africa: Makhadzi demanded to pay $450,000 damages to shoe designer

Makhadzi and her now-former record label, Open Mic Productions, have been ordered to pay $450,000 due to a breach of contract. The singer failed to promote the Kokovha sneakers after signing a deal with the company. According to reports, Makhadzi’s failure to oblige to the agreement of promoting the sneakers by wearing them to shows and on stage led to a huge loss for the company.

Kicks Sportswear founder and CEO Sammy Mhaule has opened a new store and has furthered business without the Limpopo-born star. “I know that I spent a lot of time working on Kicks Kokovha and hoping it would work with Makhadzi as the one promoting this brand,” said Mhaule. “We had bigger plans but they all went down the drain because she did not keep up with the terms and conditions of our agreement. Yes, Kokovha, which was meant to be hers to work on, is going at half price because I need to get my money back, it’s like they left me to do damage control myself,” he added. Kicks Kokovha representative, Nacinda Combrink from Radley Attorneys, said they had since served Makhadzi and Open Mic with Rule 35 discovery notices and have not received a response to date.

4. Rihanna’s 2023 Super Bowl halftime show becomes the most watched in history

On Tuesday, May 2, Roc Nation took to social media to announce that, after revised reports from Nielsen, Rihanna‘s 2023 Super Bowl halftime show is officially the most-watched in history. In addition, the actual game received a huge update of its own. As reported, Rihanna’s figures increased from 118.7 million to 121.017 million viewers overall. Her performance — which also served as the singer-mogul’s pregnancy announcement—was filled with live renditions of chart-toppers like “Only Girl (In The World),” “We Found Love,” “S&M,” “Rude Boy,” and “Work.”

The previous record of 121 million was set by Katy Perry, whose halftime show, alongside Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott, took place during Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo knocks Lionel Messi off top spot in Forbes’ list of highest-paid footballers

Al-Nassr star Cristiano Ronaldo has been listed as Forbes’ highest-paid athlete with £109 million ($136m) in 2022, one place ahead of Lionel Messi. The Portuguese forward left Manchester United at the turn of the year following a dispute between him and the club. Despite a significant drop off in quality from his Champions League days, Ronaldo certainly hasn’t suffered in compensation. Forbes have revealed that the 38-year-old earned £109m last year in “prize money, salaries, and bonuses,” as well as off-field “sponsorship deals, appearances fees, and memorabilia.”

This places him just ahead of Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi at £104m ($130m), while Kylian Mbappe makes up a hat-trick of footballers in the top three, with his earnings worth £96m ($120m). The exorbitant figures posted for Ronaldo are the largest amount for a footballer in history and puts the Portugal star back on the top spot for the first time since 2017.

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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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