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Rave News Digest: SZA Named Billboard’s 2023 Woman Of The Year, Peruzzi, Joeboy Tease Unreleased Single, Mbappe + More

Rave News Digest: SZA Named Billboard’s 2023 Woman Of The Year, Peruzzi, Joeboy Tease Unreleased Single, Mbappe + More

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SZA named Billboard’s 2023 Woman of the Year, Peruzzi and Joeboy tease unreleased single, Mbappe makes miraculous recovery. 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. SZA named Billboard’s 2023 Woman of the Year

 
 
 
 
 
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SZA can now add Billboard’s 2023 Woman of the Year to her list of major accomplishments as it has been announced that the singer will be honored at the Billboard Women in Music Awards on March 1. In an official press release, the “Kill Bill” artiste was said to have “defied genres and continually released raw, powerful songs which have landed her music on the Billboard chart,” according to reports. “The release of her latest album, SOS has solidified her as a distinct force in contemporary R&B and catapulted her into superstardom. We can’t wait to honor her as Woman of the Year,” the release continued.

Doechii will also be crowned with the Rising Star Award and Latto with the Powerhouse Award. Golden Globe award-winning actress Quinta Brunson will host the show at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles.

2. Peruzzi and Joeboy tease unreleased single

 
 
 
 
 
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On Sunday, February 12, Peruzzi took to his Instagram account to share a snippet of a studio session with hitmaker Joeboy. The video showed the duo recording a new song, which Peruzzi has suggested might be dropping soon. Peruzzi is one of Afrobeats’ finest writers and singers, whose music has found a ready audience among listeners who enjoy his melody-molding abilities. Joeboy, on the other hand, has shown a readiness to dominate 2023 as he released a single titled “Body and Soul” in preparation for his sophomore album.

The collaboration between the duo will delight many listeners, who will be eager to hear what they have to offer. Although there’s no date yet for its release, Peruzzi has indicated that the song might be dropping soon.

3. Cassper Nyovest pays tribute to AKA & Tibz

While Cassper Nyovest might have been known as AKA’s biggest rival in the entertainment industry, he’s let bygones be bygones with a tribute to the late rapper and his close friend Tibz. AKA was gunned down outside a popular restaurant in Durban on Friday evening, a fatal shooting that also resulted in the death of his lifelong friend, wine owner, and author Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane. As investigations into the murders continue, Cassper took to his Twitter timeline on Sunday to express his condolences.

“My sincere condolences go out to Kiernan and Tebello’s families, colleagues and fans. May their souls rest in peace and their legacies be celebrated. May the good Lord be with all of you at this sad time,” he wrote.

4. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds seem to have welcomed their fourth child

 
 
 
 
 
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Blake Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, have added a fourth child to their family. On Sunday, February 12, the “Gossip Girl” star shared an Instagram pic in which she appears to be no longer pregnant. Per her caption, the photo was taken today: “Puppy Bowl Sunday 2023,” she wrote. The post also features photos of some Puppy Bowl-ready snacks. However, she didn’t explicitly mention the birth of her child, sending commenters into a tizzy.

The new baby joins older sisters James, 8; Inez, 6; and Betty, 3. Lively revealed her pregnancy in September 2022, when she proudly displayed her bump at a Forbes event. Days later, she shared more maternity pictures on Instagram while asking the paparazzi not to be so invasive in their attempts to get candid photos of her three daughters.

5. Kylian Mbappe makes miraculous recovery, returns to full training

Kylian Mbappe is back in full training with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. On Sunday, it was reported that Mbappe had joined a small group of Paris Saint-Germain players in training as he stepped up his recovery from a hamstring issue. PSG stated that Mbappe was set for a three-week period on the sidelines after he picked up the injury against Montpellier on February 1, and he was not expected to feature in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16-tie against Bayern on Tuesday.

However, the 24-year-old was pictured back in full training with the rest of the squad on Monday morning, with Lionel Messi and Marco Verratti also present after shaking off their own respective knocks. Indeed, PSG has since named all three men in their official squad list for the Bayern match. Mbappe could now be in line to feature against Bayern as PSG seek to continue their march toward a maiden Champions League crown.

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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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