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Rave News Digest: Rema Enters Guinness Book Of Records, Simone Biles Weds Jonathan Owens Again, Messi + More

Rave News Digest: Rema Enters Guinness Book Of Records, Simone Biles Weds Jonathan Owens Again, Messi + More


Rema enters Guinness Book of Records, Simone Biles weds Jonathan Owens again, Lionel Messi back in training. 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. Rema enters Guinness Book of Records

Nigerian superstar Rema has achieved another giant stride: entering the Guinness Book of Records as the first artist to top the inaugural Middle Eastern and North Africa (MENA) with his single “Calm Down.” The single was released in February 2022 ahead of his debut album “Raves & Roses” and has become one of the biggest Afrobeats exports in history.

Earlier in 2023, the single topped the Indian Music Industry Chart. It has also set a new record as the highest-charting African song on the Billboard Hot 100 with a number six entry. Since the release of the hit single, Rema has achieved huge international success. The hit remix with Selena Gomez rocketed him to global status where he appeared in multiple charts across the world.

2. Simone Biles weds Jonathan Owens again in destination wedding

It was a fairytale dream come true last weekend for gymnast Simone Biles and her husband NFL player Jonathan Owens. The couple held their official wedding ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in front of 140 guests. According to reports, the bride wore four different dresses—including a custom Galia Lahav gown for the ceremony. The couple had an official U.S. wedding last month at a Harris County courthouse, where the Olympian wore a simple 4-tiered dress.

For her big day in Cabo, Biles wore a soft cascading wavy hairstyle and a long veil. The couple’s wedding party included eight bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, and they exchanged handwritten vows. “We went so over budget that we decided there is no longer a budget,” she shared in an IG story about the two separate weddings. And in another IG story, she added: “We are so lucky & blessed.”

3. South Africa: DJ Maphorisa appears in court after being arrested for ‘assaulting’ Thuli Phongolo

Sonnyboy Sekowe, popularly known as DJ Maphorisa, appeared at the Randburg magistrate’s court on Monday after being apprehended for allegedly assaulting Thuli Phongolo. Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo confirmed this with the press in an official statement. “A 35-year-old South African musician is expected to appear before Randburg magistrate’s court for allegedly assaulting his partner. The suspect was arrested on Sunday, May 7, 2023, after a case of assault common was reported at Sandton police station. It is alleged that the suspect assaulted the victim at an apartment in Sandton on Sunday.”

According to reports, Maphorisa got hold of Thuli’s neck and dragged her to the balcony of her flat on Sunday. Further reports said that the actress, who is his girlfriend, told the police the fight ensued when she confronted the DJ about a squabble that transpired between them at a gig on Saturday night.

4. Erykah Badu and daughter Puma Curry appear in new Marni collab campaign

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Italian luxury brand Marni has partnered with Erykah Badu and her daughter Puma Curry are the faces of a dynamic new line that debuted last weekend in Miami. According to reports, Badu and Curry were joined by actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Teyana Taylor, model Paloma Elsesser and more to celebrate the launch. The new Marni x Erykah Badu collection includes women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, and footwear expressed through tactile materials like hand-made leather patchworks, rich velvets, extra-large sequins, and dense wools.

Highlights of the collection include a metallic gold leather jacket that is amplified with shearling accents done in a soft palette; dresses, skirts, and shirts are fully embroidered with onyx, silver, gold, and bronze sequins; and oversized striped, knit capes and blankets. Additionally, the collaboration includes a pair of thigh-high boots crafted in metallic leather, and accessories including Marni’s signature Venice bag in two iterations – patchwork and gold leather embellished with tinkling bells. Bracelets, armlets, tiaras, necklaces, and earrings encrusted with crystals and gems finish the line.

5. Lionel Messi returns to PSG training alone following public apology as two-week suspension appears to be lifted

Lionel Messi is back in training at Paris Saint-Germain, as a supposed two-week ban handed out to the Argentine appears to have been lifted. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner did not feature in PSG’s 3-1 victory over Troyes on Sunday after taking in an unauthorized visit to Saudi Arabia. It was suggested that he would also be forced to sit out a meeting with Ajaccio on May 13, with the South American being told to stay away from Christophe Galtier’s camp. But the 35-year-old has returned to the training pitch on Monday–albeit alone as the rest of the squad enjoy a post-game-day rest.

PSG did not make any official comment on Messi’s suspension, meaning that his ban could have been cut in half to just one week. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner did apologize for his trip to the Middle East, which may have earned him favor in the eyes of club bosses. Indeed, reports suggest that the suspension has been lifted altogether as a result of said apology.

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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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