Burna Boy’s albums reach new record, Drake to be honored by Billboard, Van Dijk ruled out of Euro 2020. 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.
Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news topics…
1. Burna Boy becomes the first African artist to have 3 albums reach 100 million streams
On May 10, 2021, it was announced that Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar Burna Boy’s last three albums, “African Giant,” “Outside,” and “Twice As Tall,” had each hit 100 million streams on Spotify. Outside was released in January 2018, while Grammy-nominated African Giant dropped in July 2019 and Grammy-winning Twice As Tall dropped in August 2020.
Congratulations to Burna Boy on the continuous success of his albums.
2. Drake is Billboard’s Artist of the decade
Drake rules Billboard’s Top Artists of the 2010s chart and will receive the Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on May 23. Drake’s dominance during the 2010s wins him top honors in the overall top artist category.
After first appearing on Billboard charts in 2009, Drake banked nine Billboard 200 No. 1s in the 2010s. At the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, Drake—who holds the title for most BBMAs with 27 after taking home 12 prizes in 2019—will receive the Artist of the Decade Award. Drake is a finalist in seven categories at this year’s show.
3. South Africa: Boity clears the air on pregnancy speculation
I cannot WAIT to be a Mother!!!
— 4436 OUT NOW (@Boity) May 9, 2021
Rapper Boity Thulo moved swiftly to shut down pregnancy questions that popped up on Twitter. With hearts warmed from Mother’s Day over the weekend, media personality Boity took to Twitter to share her dreams about becoming a mom. “I cannot wait to be a mother!” tweeted Boity.
Nope. Matter of fact, I’m doing breathing exercises through my menstrual cramps as we speak. https://t.co/F3FwhrAQUp
— 4436 OUT NOW (@Boity) May 11, 2021
However, this innocent tweet led to some wondering if the star is pregnant. Boity was quick to shut down the assumptions and responded to the burning questions from fans. “Nope. Matter of fact, I’m doing breathing exercises through my menstrual cramps as we speak,” she wrote.
4. UK places Ghana on high-risk money laundering list
The United Kingdom (UK) government has added Ghana to a list of 21 high-risk countries with unsatisfactory money laundering and terrorist financing controls. The list of 21 countries published by the UK Government under “The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (High-Risk Countries) Regulations 2021” has been approved by both Houses of the UK’s Parliament.
According to the UK government, the nations in this category pose a threat because of weak tax controls and lack of checks and balances on terrorism financing and money laundering.
5. Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool & Netherlands defender rules himself out of Euro 2020
Liverpool center-back Virgil Van Dijk has ruled himself out of playing for the Netherlands at this summer’s European Championship. The 29-year-old is recovering from surgery after suffering knee ligament damage in October. The Euros are taking place between June 11 and July 11, having been delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Van Dijk said that he had not suffered a setback in his rehabilitation, and he had “progressed nicely” but had decided he could not play at this summer’s tournament in the latest stage of his recovery.
Cover photo credit: Instagram – burnaboygram
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