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Rave News Digest: Nicki Minaj Reveals Release Date Of Fifth Album, Tems Finally Receives Grammy Award Plaque, Osimhen + More

Rave News Digest: Nicki Minaj Reveals Release Date Of Fifth Album, Tems Finally Receives Grammy Award Plaque, Osimhen + More


Nicki Minaj reveals release date of fifth album, Tems finally receives her Grammy award plaque, Victor Osimhen becomes first African player to win Serie A Golden Boot. 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. Nicki Minaj reveals her fifth album will be out in October

Nicki Minaj confirmed her fifth album is finally on the way Monday, June 5, revealing an upcoming release date. “10/20/23 The Album,” she tweeted alongside emojis of a CD and a pink bow, sending her fans into a frenzy. Minaj’s upcoming fifth studio album will come five years after 2018’s “Queen,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The rest of her studio albums — 2010’s “Pink Friday,” 2012’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” and 2014’s “The Pinkprint” — have all reached the top five of the all-genre albums tally, with “Pink Friday” and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” reaching No. 1.

Her upcoming, yet-untitled album could mark her first proper release under her own record label, Heavy On It, which she announced earlier this year on her Queen Radio show.

2. Tems finally receives her Grammy award plaque

Sensational Nigerian singer, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, has finally received the plaque for her Grammy award. Tems snagged the award for Best Melodic Rap Performance at the 65th Grammys on February 6. She won the award for her contribution to Future’s “Wait For U” which also featured Drake. Her manager, Muyiwa Awoniyi, shared the news of the arrival of the plaque via his Instastory on Friday. He flaunted the Grammy award plaque without a caption.

Tems is the first female Nigerian artiste to win a Grammy. She is also the first female Nigerian singer to be nominated for a Grammy award. She was nominated in the Best Global Performance category last year for her hit song with Wizkid “Essence” but lost to Pakistan’s Arooj Aftab.

3. South Africa: Thando Thabethe and Kelly Rowland have a heart-to-heart

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Media personality Thando Thabethe and US singer Kelly Rowland had a young heart-to-heart recently, speaking about balancing a career and motherhood. Thando shared a clip from her reality show “The Unstoppable Thabooty” of the pair having a chat. In it, the SA star shared her wish to have a little one of her own one day. “I feel like I’m postponing having a kid because when am I going to take care of the kid?” said Thando.

Kelly managed to soothe Thando’s overthinking by assuring her she’s got this. “First of all, you work your ass off — you can definitely afford a nanny, my dear. That’s the luxury of working your ass off. I worked up until four months if it was a show or acting gig. And you tell your production crew — you make it work,” explained Kelly.

4. Tupac to be posthumously honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Famous American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur, known by his stage name 2Pac, will be posthumously honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame star. In a statement, the Walk of Fame noted that Tupac would receive his star in the recording category.

Ana Martinez, Hollywood Walk of Fame producer, said: “Tupac Shakur was a rapper, actor, activist, poet, and revolutionary. This iconic artist has continued to be part of the zeitgeist for decades after his passing and will continue to be an important cultural figure for many years to come.” The singer’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, will accept the star on behalf of the family.

5. Victor Osimhen becomes first African player to win Serie A Golden Boot

Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen has become the first-ever African player to win the Golden Boot in Serie A. Osimhen made history by claiming the prestigious Italian Serie A golden boot award, also known as the ‘Capocannoniere,’ edging out competition from Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez to land the coveted individual accolade.

The Nigerian star has well and truly announced himself as one of the most potent strikers in world football. His impressive goal-scoring record of 26 goals in 32 Serie A appearances was pivotal in Napoli’s title triumph this season, as they ended a 33-year wait for the Italian top-flight crown. His latest goal came from the penalty spot as Napoli concluded their campaign with a 2-0 win against Sampdoria. Needless to say, the Nigeria international, who has also been named Serie A’s best striker of the season, has garnered interest from top European clubs and is expected to be the hot topic of the summer transfer window.

Featured image: Luis Alberto Rodriguez for i-D Magazine via @nickiminaj/Instagram

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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