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Rave News Digest: Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ Ranked On Rollingstone’s 500 Greatest Songs, Lil Mama Debuts Lip Gloss Line, Mbappe + More

Rave News Digest: Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ Ranked On Rollingstone’s 500 Greatest Songs, Lil Mama Debuts Lip Gloss Line, Mbappe + More


Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ ranked on Rollingstone’s 500 greatest songs, Lil Mama debuts lip gloss line, It’s Poppin, Kylian Mbappe to be handed iconic shirt number at Real Madrid. 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. Essence by Wizkid ranked on Rollingstone’s 500 greatest songs

“Essence” by Wizkid and Tems is still receiving accolades long after its 2020 release. RollingStone listed the song among their 500 greatest songs of all time. The American magazine started its list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. Due to time and music changes and the birth of newer artists, the publication revamped its list and received nearly 4000 songs for entries. The result is a more expansive, inclusive vision of pop music that keeps rewriting its history with every beat.

“Essence” was ranked in the 414th position on the list. The song is off Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” album, released in 2020. The afro-pop tune is a soothing mid-tempo song that has taken over the music scene on a global scale. In 2021, “Essence” was declared the best song of 2021 by RollingStone.

2. Lil Mama debuts lip gloss line, It’s Poppin

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Lil Mama is in her bag with a shiny new venture. On Thursday, February 15, the New York rapper announced on Instagram that she is launching her first-ever lip gloss line in partnership with Vanitea Set Cosmetics. The lip gloss collection is also an ode to her 2008 debut album, “VYP (Voice of the Young People).”

The four-piece set features a variety of shades called Strike a Pose, College Girl, The Voice, and Truly in Love. Truly in Love is available now and retails for $22 on Fans also have a chance to win the four-piece It’s Poppin’ collection by signing up on the website.

3. South Africa: Somizi Mhlongo and Reach For A Dream Foundation launch Dream Club

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South African star and businessman Somizi Mhlongo has reportedly partnered with Reach For A Dream Foundation to launch Dream Club, an initiative to support and uplift children battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. He visited the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and distributed Dream Club kids to the children, encouraging them.

The Dream Club initiative was launched on International Childhood Cancer Day, and the CEO of Reach For A Dream, Julia Sotirianakos said: “Our vision is to walk alongside these resilient children throughout their healing journey, empowering them to emerge as courageous survivors.”

4. Nigeria’s Ayra Starr’s Joburg and Cape Town shows canned after being denied visa

Nigerian sensation Ayra Starr’s scheduled performances at the In The City events in Joburg and Cape Town have been canceled after the 21-year-old’s visa application was denied by the authorities in South Africa. In a statement, Steyn Management and In The City event organizers said the performances of the Grammy-nominated artist, which had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, were now canceled.

“We regret to announce the cancellation of both ‘In the City Ayra Starr’ shows scheduled to take place in Joburg and Cape Town, South Africa on 16 and 17 February 2024. Regrettably, as has happened numerous times with other artists from West Africa – through no fault of their own, visas were denied,” said Managing Director Dale De Ruig.

5. Kylian Mbappe to be handed iconic shirt number at Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe is set to be handed the iconic number 10 shirt at Real Madrid should he join the Spanish giants in the summer. Mbappe will not take his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous No. 7 shirt unless Vinicius Junior leaves or decides he wants to change squad numbers, according to reports. The Brazilian, Junior, has the shirt number currently and may be unwilling to give it up. However, given that Luka Modric is set to leave at the end of the season, the number 10 will be free for Mbappe.

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