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BIG WIZ!! Wizkid Officially Becomes The First Nigerian Artiste Ever In History To Debut In Billboard’s Hot 100

BIG WIZ!! Wizkid Officially Becomes The First Nigerian Artiste Ever In History To Debut In Billboard’s Hot 100

AWARDS, CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, Nigeria
On July 12, 2021, Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s song, ‘Essence’ became the first Nigerian song to crack the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Wizkid also becomes just the third African artiste to appear on the billboard Hot 100 and 200 simultaneously, First was Mariam Makeba in 1967, Manu Dibango in 1973. This comes after the song cracked the Billboard Bubbling Under Charts for the first time. This marks a remarkable achievement for Wizkid and Tems. The song marks Wizkid’s third appearance on the charts, after ‘One Dance’ famously hit No. 1 in 2016. For Tems, this marked her first appearance, as her launch gathers heat.
Universal Music Africa signs strategic partnership with French rapper Booba and Tallac Records

Universal Music Africa signs strategic partnership with French rapper Booba and Tallac Records

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC
Universal Music Africa has announced a strategic pan-African distribution partnership with leading French rapper and entrepreneur Booba and his Tallac Records label. The exclusive deal will see Booba’s entire catalogue, spanning 10 albums and almost two decades, available for the first time across the continent and will also include future releases. The deal also marks the launch of 92i Africa, a new division of his 92 i brand, in partnership with UMA and Universal Music France (UMF), his long-term distributor and partner in his Tallac Records and 92i brands. The label will focus on signing and developing the best in African rap and hip-hop talent and launches with the signings of DopeBoy DMG (Senegal) and Didi B (Cote d'Ivoire). 92i Africa will also provide a suite of servic...
OnePlus lets you test the upcoming, unannounced Buds Pro and Nord 2

OnePlus lets you test the upcoming, unannounced Buds Pro and Nord 2

GADGET, MUSIC, TECHNOLOGY, WIRELESS
OnePlus is working on a new pair of true wireless earbuds, following the OnePlus Buds and Buds Z which both launched last year. The new model will be called OnePlus Buds Pro, and in our book that's a strong hint towards them featuring active noise cancellation. We don't actually know anything about them, except for the fact that they're coming soon, and this has been revealed by OnePlus itself, through its Lab initiative. This lets a few members of the OnePlus Community test out new products before they launch, and today the company has started taking sign-ups from the people who want to experience the Buds Pro before anyone else. You can enter your details at the Source link below. OnePlus Buds Z You have until July 17 at 11:59 PM GMT+8 (aka China time) to submit your applic...
The power of music: how it can benefit health

The power of music: how it can benefit health

HEALTH, LIFE STYLE, MUSIC
“I think music in itself is healing,” American musician Billy Joel once said. “It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Most of us would wholeheartedly agree with this statement, and it is this universal bond with music that has led researchers across the globe to investigate its therapeutic potential. “We have a such a deep connection to music because it is ‘hardwired’ in our brains and bodies,” said Barbara Else. We can all think of at least one song that, when we hear it, triggers an emotional response. It might be a song that accompanied the first dance at your wedding, for example, or a song that reminds you of a difficult break-up or the loss of a loved one. “We have a such a de...
Music icon Kekana remembered as a visionary

Music icon Kekana remembered as a visionary

Entertainment, LEGENDS, MUSIC, South Africa
Mlangeni and Mabuse were speaking at the special provincial funeral service held yesterday in honour of the music icon at his home at Moletlane village, Zebediela, near Polokwane. In a moving tribute, Limpopo premier Stanley Mathabatha described legendary musician Steve Kekana as a dedicated performer and musician whose music was loved by people across the African continent. Mathabatha was speaking at the special provincial funeral service held on Thursday in honour of the music icon at his home at Moletlane village, Zebediela, near Polokwane. It was attended by his relatives, friends, traditional leaders, colleagues in the legal and music industry and government officials, among others.  Famous for hits such as Take Your Love, Kekana died last week Thursday at the ...
Tekno: Why I relocated to US

Tekno: Why I relocated to US

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, Nigeria
The music star, who broke the news via his Instagram stories on Sunday, linked the move to calls for change of Nigeria’s name to the United Africans Republic (UAR). The ‘Skeletun’ crooner said he would only return to the country when the dust surrounding the proposed name change is addressed. “We are just out here excited, y’all already know I moved out of Nigeria since they call it UAR. Ain’t UAR sh*t, I’m a full Nigerian. When it’s back to Nigeria, imma pull back up but right now I live in the States,” he said. The development comes weeks after Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant, had asked the house of representatives to rename Nigeria to the UAR. In his proposal during a public hearing on constitutional review, Jokotoye had argued that the name “Nigeria” ...
Justine Skye: ‘The pandemic connected Timbaland and I’

Justine Skye: ‘The pandemic connected Timbaland and I’

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC
Dotty is joined by New York R&B artist Justine Skye on today’s The Dotty Show on Apple Music 1 to talk about her new Timbaland-produced album, 'Space and Time’. In the interview Justine discusses whether the pandemic helped her create a better album, working with super-producer Timbaland, her favourite Timbaland music, collaborating with Justin Timberlake, working with Rema and more. On releasing her album 'Space And Time’….Oh my gosh, I am so relieved. I've been working on this project for almost a year and it's been such a special process because this is a moment that I'll never get back. In this experience that we went through as a World, this pandemic that we went through, and creating this project during the pandemic, we'll never get that experience again. So I really got ...
Ed Sheeran brings home 10th UK Number 1 single with Bad Habits

Ed Sheeran brings home 10th UK Number 1 single with Bad Habits

AWARDS, CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC
Ed Sheeran makes a triumphant return to the Official Singles Chart this week as his new single Bad Habits debuts at Number 1. The track racks up 92,000 chart sales this week, including 8.7 million streams, to earn Ed his 10th chart-topper. The singer-songwriter becomes only the ninth act in Official Chart history to rack up 10 or more Number 1s, Ed joins Calvin Harris and Eminem who are also on 10 UK Number 1 singles across their career so far, and just ahead of them are Take That (12), Madonna (13), Cliff Richard and Westlife (14) and The Beatles (17) and Elvis (21). Celebrating the news, Ed Sheeran told OfficialCharts.com: “I want to say thank you so much to everyone that made this happen. I’ve been away for such a long time and I really, really don’t take this for granted,...
African America’s cultural revolutionary Harlem 1969 ‘Summer of Soul’

African America’s cultural revolutionary Harlem 1969 ‘Summer of Soul’

AFRICAN AMERICAN, CELEBRATION, CELEBRITY, Entertainment, FESTIVAL, MUSIC, TRADITION
‘Summer of Soul’ blesses screens for the first time with an African American star-studded Harlem Cultural Festival in the summer of 1969 in Harlem, New York, United States. The director of the project, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was initially overwhelmed by the thought of taking on the task of putting together such a culturally groundbreaking moment in history. "In 2017 I'm approached about this so-called mythical first of all that happened in 69 with Sly and Nina and Stevie and Mavis and B.B. and these comedians and gospel acts, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Olatunji and Hugh Masekela. "And just to hear the names. I was overwhelmed and I'm like, wait a minute yo, like. I know everything about music and how come...
‘The Prince of Egypt’ musical back on stage in London after lockdown!

‘The Prince of Egypt’ musical back on stage in London after lockdown!

Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC
Back on stage from Thursday the Blockbuster musical 'The Prince of Egypt' at the Dominion Theatre in the West End, London, England, United Kingdom (UK). Theatregoers can once again enjoy the visually eye-popping show based on the 1998 DreamWorks award-winning namesake animated film that tells the epic religious story of Moses. A tale of overcoming adversity that speaks to the world’s current climate. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz ('Wicked,' 'Godspell') with a book by screenwriter and playwright Philip LaZebnik ('Mulan,' 'Pocahontas'). The writing pair has spent seven years developing the musical. LaZebnik wrote the screenplay while Schwartz wrote both the music and lyrics for the 1998 movie version of 'The Prince of Egypt' -- including the Oscar-winning song ...
Eminem’s New Album Is Finally Finished, Jokes Producer

Eminem’s New Album Is Finally Finished, Jokes Producer

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, USA
Shady’s back, back again. And it’s official this time, tell a friend. Amid wild speculation regarding Eminem and his upcoming musical release, to mark the 15th anniversary of The Eminem Show, a close collaborator with the Detroit rapper has confirmed work on the album has finished. Denaun Porter, a longtime friend, made the announcement during a livestream on Instagram. When asked if he was working on the new album, Porter responded: No, we are done. How about that? Disregarding his nod to Cash Me Ousside girl, who also has new music out – because we’ve created a monster – the producer failed to provide any other details but was recorded describing the new project as ‘amazeballs’. Meanwhile, Marshal Mathers is busy working on a new musical...
Nikki Sixx announces new memoir

Nikki Sixx announces new memoir

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
Nikki Sixx is set to release a new tome about the years that led to him becoming one of the most notorious rock'n'roll stars of all time. Nikki Sixx is set to release a new memoir about the first 21 years of his life. The Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M. rocker - who was born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna Jr. in 1958 - will publish 'THE FIRST 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx' on October 19 with Hachette Books. The blurb reads: "Young Frankie was abandoned by his father and partly raised by his mother, a woman who was ahead of her time in some ways and deeply troubled in others. Frankie ended up living with his grandparents, bouncing from farm to farm and state to state. He was an all-American kid—hunting, fishing, chasing girls, and playing football—but underneath it all,...
Paris Jackson opens up on moment she came out to family: ‘Homosexuality isn’t really accepted’

Paris Jackson opens up on moment she came out to family: ‘Homosexuality isn’t really accepted’

Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
Paris Jackson has opened up on coming out to her family, saying that homosexuality is thought of as ‘taboo’ and some members found it hard to accept. The star – who is the daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe – appeared alongside Willow Smith in a powerful Red Table Talk this week when the topic of sexuality came up. Sharing the moment she came out to her family at 14, the actress – who doesn’t identify as bisexual because she has ‘dated more than just men and women’ – said some family members found her sexuality harder to accept due to their Jehovah’s Witness faith. ‘I’m still kind of figuring it out,’ she said. ‘My family is very religious and a lot of homosexuality is very taboo, so they don’t like to talk about it, it’s not really accepted.’ She said: ‘But I’ve gott...
Diana Ross To Release New Album ‘Thank You’ In September

Diana Ross To Release New Album ‘Thank You’ In September

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, USA, Youth
Diana Ross will release ‘Thank You’, her first album in 15 years, on 10th September 2021 via Decca Records / Universal Music Group. The title track is available to download and stream now, and can be heard at the top of this article. ‘Thank You’ was recorded in Ross’ home studio and it offers a powerful, inclusive musical message of love and togetherness. With its songs of happiness, appreciation, and joy, it wholeheartedly acknowledges that we are in this all together. Ross co-wrote and collaborated on the 13 songs along with award-winning songwriters and producers including: Jack Antonoff, Troy Miller, Triangle Park, Spike Stent, Prince Charlez, Amy Wadge, Neff-U, Freddie Wexler, Jimmy Napes, Tayla Parx, Fred White, and Nathanial Ledgewick Ross says, “I dedicate this son...
Who are the serwajja-okwota in Bobi Wine’s new song, Akatengo?

Who are the serwajja-okwota in Bobi Wine’s new song, Akatengo?

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, CELEBRITY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, MUSIC, PEOPLE, POLITICS, UGANDA
It is easy to misunderstand Bobi Wine's new song Akatengo as one meant to mobilise Buganda [ethnic] nationalism. Lines such as “serwajja okwota akira nayinimu entanama,” [loosely, a homeless person rescued from the cold outside, might sit around the fire and exorbitantly cross-leg like he owned the home] send rightfully terrifying signals. With this intro, Bobi constructs a distinction between natives and indiscipline foreigners – as one needing of remedy to change our political fortunes. This becomes succinct in the lines that follow: “we were in our Uganda enjoying our lives when these fellows came marauding/ they came with torn shirts and dirty boots/we housed them/they then duped our parents, ate our cows, ... now they are arresting our children!” The gloves come off real...
Katherine Ryan reveals surprise baby news – just two weeks after announcing pregnancy

Katherine Ryan reveals surprise baby news – just two weeks after announcing pregnancy

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, FAMILY, MOVIES, MUSIC
"I have a really good reason why yesterday's podcast is late," comedian Katherine Ryan has joked, sharing a photo of her newborn. Comedian Katherine Ryan has given birth to her second child, just two weeks after announcing her pregnancy. Sharing a photo on her Instagram stories on Monday, the 37-year-old star announced the happy news with the caption: "I have a really good reason why yesterday's podcast is late." Ryan, who hosts the Telling Everybody Everything podcast, is holding the newborn in bed in the picture. She has not revealed the baby's name or gender. Image: Ryan and her partner Bobby Kootstra pictured in 2019. Pic: AP In a second photo, her partner Bobby Kootstra can be seen holding the baby in front of a TV showing the Netherlands v Ukraine Euro 2020 footba...
Spice Girls announce Wannabe 25th anniversary EP featuring previously unreleased song Feed Your Love

Spice Girls announce Wannabe 25th anniversary EP featuring previously unreleased song Feed Your Love

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, USA, Youth
A new EP featuring previously unreleased track Feed Your Love will be released on vinyl and cassette. Spice Girls are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut single Wannabe by giving fans what they really, really want.  To mark a quarter of a century (!) since Emma, Geri, Victoria, Mel C, Mel B charged on to the charts with Wannabe, the group are releasing a new EP titled Wannabe25. The four-track EP features the Wannabe demo and previously unreleased song Feed Your Love, a ballad written with the band's co-writers Richard 'Biff' Stannard and Matt Rowe - plus the track's original radio edit and Junior Vasquez remix.  The EP is available to stream from July 9 and to purchase physically on vinyl and cassette on July 23. The release forms a part of th...
‘In the Heights’ breaks ground by rejecting old Latino movie tropes

‘In the Heights’ breaks ground by rejecting old Latino movie tropes

Entertainment, HOLLYWOOD, MOVIES, MUSIC
Lin-Manuel Miranda said he and playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes "stuck to our guns" to create dynamic characters often "in the margins" of Hollywood's usual stories. Lin-Manuel Miranda was 19 when he first wrote what he called “a very bad musical” that saw only five notes make it into the final version of "In the Heights," which won four Tony Awards following its Broadway premiere in 2008. Now, after a long trek to get the right studio to produce the film adaptation, the highly anticipated movie premieres Thursday. Like the stage version, it breaks ground because it centers on Latino characters that have long been missing in mainstream films, TV shows and theater productions. "In the Heights" tells the stories of generations of residents and business owners in the predominantl...
7 things you didn’t know about singer Flavour N’abania

7 things you didn’t know about singer Flavour N’abania

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, Nigeria
Did you know that Flavour would have become a footballer if he didn't pursue music as a career? Chinedu Okoli popularly known as Flavour N'abania is the subject of Know Your Celebrities this week. In this column, some unknown facts about a celebrity are highlighted. As one of the most popular celebrities in Nigeria, Flavour has been covered a lot by the media with every aspect of his life laid bare. Despite that, Pulse who keenly follows Nigerian celebrity have found out a couple of things you might know about him. 1. Started from church Flavour N'abania used to provide backing vocals for other musicians at SoundCity Communications Band. A huge number of singers and musicians in pop culture (both in America and Nigeria) started from church. Flavour sits on the f...
Seyi Shay tells her side of the story in leaked audio after argument with Tiwa Savage

Seyi Shay tells her side of the story in leaked audio after argument with Tiwa Savage

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, Nigeria, TEENAGERS, Youth
The details and origin of the beef between Tiwa Savage and Seyi Shay. In an audio obtained by Pulse Nigeria on June 8, 2021, Seyi Shay narrates her side of the story and made some accusations towards Tiwa Savage. On June 8, 2021, Nigerian stars, Seyi Shay and Tiwa Savage met each other at Tayo Cuts, Triplet Studio, Lekki Phase One. It is a health and beauty salon that specializes in short hair treatment. Savage was there, already getting her hair done while Shay was there to get her hair done for her Idols appearance on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Around 11 am, Shay could already feel the tension as she walked in and saw Tiwa Savage at the salon. Their eyes met and Shay deemed it fit to go say hi to ease the tension. Their mutual presence in the same space was uneasy because of...