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Rave News Digest: SZA Joins Simone Biles In Olympics Promo, Burna Boy Breaks New Spotify Record, Dewsbury-Hall + More

Rave News Digest: SZA Joins Simone Biles In Olympics Promo, Burna Boy Breaks New Spotify Record, Dewsbury-Hall + More


SZA joins Simone Biles in handstand competition in Olympics promo, Burna Boy breaks new Spotify record with “Higher,” Chelsea sign Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester for £30m. 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. SZA joins Simone Biles in handstand competition in Olympics promo

Grammy-winning singer SZA and gymnastics legend Simone Biles teamed up for a fun and inspiring promo ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics. The NBC clip, released on July 1, featured the unexpected duo meeting at Biles’ family gym, the World Champions Center in Texas. SZA, a former gymnast herself, revealed she gave up the sport to pursue music. However, a spark of her athletic past ignited during the filming. “This is like my dream to talk to you,” SZA gushed to Biles, “You’re like my wildest dream. I’ve just never seen anything like you. No one has.”

The mutual admiration wasn’t one-sided. Biles, who recently qualified for her third Olympics, seemed curious about SZA’s gymnastics background. Their conversation flowed into a friendly handstand competition, where, surprisingly, SZA emerged victorious. The lighthearted challenge showcased not only SZA’s hidden talents but also the fierce competitive spirit that translates into her successful music career.

2. Burna Boy breaks new Spotify record with ‘Higher’

Nigerian superstar Burna Boy continues to rewrite the record books. His latest single, “Higher,” has skyrocketed to achieve the biggest streaming debut for a solo song by an African artist in Spotify history. This impressive feat surpasses the previous record, which Burna Boy himself held with his hit “City Boys.”

“Higher” debuted on June 27, rapidly captivating a global audience and amassing millions of streams within its first few days. This record-breaking achievement underscores Burna Boy’s continued reign in the music industry and his pivotal role in bringing African music to the forefront of the international stage. The song aligns with Burna Boy’s philanthropic efforts through Project PROTECT, an initiative he founded to empower communities affected by poverty and violence.

3. South Africa: Makhadzi is set to host a ‘One Woman Show’ in Limpopo

Award-winning songstress Makhadzi is set to rock Limpopo once again with a highly-anticipated “One Woman Show!” The venue for this energetic concert will be the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, and it will take place on December 21. This announcement comes hot on the heels of Makhadzi’s BET Award win and birthday celebration, where she thrilled fans with the news on social media. The post read, “Let’s meet at PETER MOKABA STADIUM. 21 December. Line-up loading… Humbling myself to see you all buying tickets.”

This one-woman show follows the phenomenal success of Makhadzi’s previous hometown concert in Limpopo. Her energetic performances and captivating stage presence are sure to leave audiences wanting more. Ticket sales are expected to begin soon.

4. Show Dem Camp announces new album with The Cavemen and Nsikak

Nigerian music fans, get ready for a sonic adventure! The award-winning rap duo Show Dem Camp (SDC) just dropped a bombshell on social media, announcing their highly anticipated new album, “No Love In Lagos.” This exciting project marks a collaborative effort between SDC, the critically acclaimed highlife/folk duo The Cavemen, and the talented singer Nsikak David.

This news comes after SDC’s announcement at their 2023 concert in London, hinting at a collaborative project with The Cavemen. “No Love In Lagos” promises to be a groundbreaking fusion, venturing outside SDC’s usual sonic territory. The rappers, known for their “Palm Wine Music” series blending highlife, folk, and hip-hop, and their “Clone Wars” rap series, are stepping into fresh creative ground. The album is slated for release on August 9.

5. Chelsea sign Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester for £30m

Chelsea Football Club has bolstered their midfield options with the signing of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester City for a reported £30 million. The 25-year-old midfielder joins the Blues on a six-year contract, reuniting him with his former manager, Enzo Maresca, who recently took the helm at Stamford Bridge. Dewsbury-Hall played a pivotal role in Leicester’s triumphant Championship campaign last season, flourishing under Maresca’s guidance. He chipped in with a significant attacking contribution, registering 12 goals and 14 assists.

While this transfer weakens Leicester’s squad, the hefty fee provides them with a financial windfall, aiding their compliance with Premier League’s Financial Fair Play regulations. For Chelsea, the acquisition of Dewsbury-Hall signifies their intent to challenge for the top honors in the upcoming season.

Featured Image: @sza @simonebiles/Instagram

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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