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Rave News Digest: Rihanna Is The New Face Of Dior’s J’Adore Fragrance, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ Makes African Streaming History, NBA Finals + More

Rave News Digest: Rihanna Is The New Face Of Dior’s J’Adore Fragrance, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ Makes African Streaming History, NBA Finals + More


Rihanna is the new face of Dior’s J’Adore fragrance, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ makes African streaming history in the United States, Celtics win 18th NBA championship. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest, which summarizes five of the hottest global news stories you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

1. Rihanna is the new face of Dior’s J’Adore fragrance

Rihanna has been announced as the new face of Dior’s J’Adore fragrance, taking over the coveted position from actress Charlize Theron who held it for two decades. This isn’t Rihanna’s first foray into the world of Dior. She made history in 2015 as the first Black celebrity ambassador for the brand and has continued a successful collaboration ever since. This new partnership signifies a return and a fresh chapter for both parties.

In a statement, Rihanna expressed her excitement about the collaboration, calling it “an honor and a mission” to represent the iconic scent. The mother-of-two added that she “looks forward to contributing to this adventure through my world, my story, my roots, as well as my creativity and my own femininity.” Fans can expect to see Rihanna’s first J’Adore campaign, shot by renowned photographer Steven Klein, debut in September 2024.

2. Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ makes African streaming history in the United States

Nigerian superstar Rema has cemented his place as a global force with his hit song “Calm Down” becoming the first Afrobeats song to surpass one billion on-demand streams in the United States. This achievement, revealed by music data tracker Chart Data on June 17, adds to the song’s already impressive list of accolades. “Calm Down” was originally released in February 2022 as a single on Rema’s debut album “Raves & Roses.” The song’s catchy melody and smooth Afrobeats sound resonated with listeners worldwide.

A few months later, the song received a major boost with a remix featuring American pop star Selena Gomez. This version became a global phenomenon, particularly in the US, where it shattered records for an Afrobeats track and an African artist. Rema’s achievement is a significant milestone for Afrobeats, a genre that has been steadily gaining global recognition in recent years.

3. South Africa: Uncle Waffles hangs out with Pharrell Williams in Paris

South African DJ and producer Uncle Waffles continues to take the world by storm. The 24-year-old, known as the “Princess of Amapiano,” was recently spotted hanging out with music icon Pharrell Williams in Paris, France. Photos and videos circulating online show the DJ alongside Williams, who is also the Creative Director for Louis Vuitton menswear.

Reports suggest Uncle Waffles may have been visiting the Louis Vuitton headquarters for a fitting ahead of the brand’s Men’s Spring/Summer 2025 show. This encounter further cements Uncle Waffles’ growing influence on the global music scene.

4. Post Malone, Doja Cat, and more announced for 2024 Global Citizen Festival

Global Citizen, a leading international organization fighting extreme poverty, announced the lineup for its 2024 festival set for Central Park’s Great Lawn on September 28. Grammy-nominated superstars Doja Cat and Post Malone will headline the event, joined by rising Latin trap star Rauw Alejandro and country singer Jelly Roll. More performers are expected to be revealed soon.

The festival, coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly, will again call on world leaders to step up efforts to eradicate poverty. Hugh Jackman will take the stage as host, with appearances by renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who serves as the festival’s curator. Global Citizen, presented by Citi and Cisco, offers free tickets to fans who take action on any social justice issue listed on its app.

5. Celtics win 18th NBA championship with a 106-88 game 5 victory over the Mavericks

The Boston Celtics cemented their place in NBA history on Monday night, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 106-88 in Game 5 to secure their 18th championship title. This decisive victory not only clinches the series 4-1 but also breaks the longstanding tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most championships in league history. Jayson Tatum emerged as the clear leader for the Celtics, putting on a dazzling performance with 31 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds. He was well-supported by Jaylen Brown, who chipped in 21 points, while Jrue Holiday and Derrick White added valuable contributions.

The win holds a special significance for Boston fans, coming exactly 16 years after the team’s last championship victory in 2008. The electric atmosphere at TD Garden echoed with thunderous cheers as the final buzzer sounded, marking the culmination of a dominant postseason run for the Celtics.

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Our Weekday News Digest summarizes five of the hottest news topics worldwide–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 2024.

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