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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 21: Beyoncé performs on stage headlining the Grand Reveal of Dubai's newest luxury hotel, Atlantis The Royal on January 21, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Atlantis The Royal)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 02: WizKid backstage ahead of his performance during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)

Afrobeats Giants Wizkid and Davido Will Tour Together in 2023

Nigerian award-winning star Wizkid has disclosed that he will be teaming up with Davido for a joint tour after his More Love, Less Ego album tour. The singer announced the tour on his Instagram stories, writing, “After my MLLE tour! Davido and I are going on tour! Save your coins! I no one hear pim!” Wizkid has not revealed the full itinerary of the promised tour. The Wizkid FC and the 30BG gang, however, took to social media to celebrate what they described as the biggest news of 2023.

The last time the two singers shared a stage was at Wizkid’s December concert in 2017, where he introduced Davido as a special guest to perform, the two of them were on stage together.


At Haute Couture Week, Doja Cat was covered in red paint and 30,000 crystals

For the Schiaparelli Haute Couture show in Paris, American singer Doja Cat stunned in a barely recognisable head-to-toe outfit decorated with crimson red body paint and 30,000 blood-red Swarovski crystals. The Swarovski crystals were applied by hand to the “Say So” singer’s body as well as the body paint. Doja donned a red silk bustier, a heavily beaded tulip skirt, and a pair of matching red knee-high boots to grace the Schiaparelli Spring-Summer 2023 couture show.

Doja’s eye-catching outfit was custom designed by creative director Daniel Roseberry and brought to life by makeup artist Pat McGrath, whose team took five hours to finish the look. Schiaparelli’s Couture Spring-Summer 2023 show, the first of the biennial Haute Couture Week in Paris, got off to a breath-taking start when Cat arrived at the Petit Palais in Paris.

McGrath described the look as “Doja’s Inferno.” He said “Collaborating with the incomparably talented Doja Cat and Daniel Roseberry was an absolute pleasure,” McGrath said. “Her patience and dedication as she sat with Team Pat McGrath and I for four hours and 58 minutes to achieve the creation, covered in over 30,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals, was truly inspiring.” “The final product was a magical, mesmerizing masterpiece and a tribute to Doja Cat’s hard work and dedication.”

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: Beyoncé performs on stage headlining the Grand Reveal of Dubai’s newest luxury hotel, Atlantis The Royal on January 21, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Atlantis The Royal)

Beyoncé Is $24 Million Richer for a One-hour Concert

Beyoncé performed an exclusive concert at a luxury resort in Dubai, where she was joined on stage by her daughter Blue Ivy to perform Brown Skin Girl. The Crazy in Love hitmaker reportedly received $24 million to perform at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Royal hotel. The singer exuded glamor in a gorgeous, sequinned gown on the red carpet and later changed into a corseted yellow floor-length outfit.

The concert, which marked the comeback of the singer on stage after her last performance in 2018, was attended by several A-list celebrities, including Jay-Z, her husband, Kendall Jenner, Michelle Keegan, and Mark Wright.

According to The Sun media outlet, “Guests were offered hair and make-up before the gig and given a VIP gold bracelet for access instead of a bog-standard wristband.” “It was the hottest ticket in the country, perhaps the world,” the source added. “It was an intimate, personal set, with a beautiful gold sun backdrop and dancers in red.” “It’s a hint of what’s to come with Beyonce’s upcoming tour,” the outlet shared.

The concert, which lasted for one hour and 15 minutes, reportedly made the singer earn £266k a minute.

Tems Makes History as First Nigerian Artist to Get Oscar Nomination

Nigerian singer,Temilade Openiyi, popularly known by her stage name, Tems, has earned an Oscar nomination in the category of “Best Original Song.” The song titled “Lift Me Up,” which served as the lead single from the soundtrack album of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, was written by Tems and Ludwig Göransson, with additional writing from Rihanna and Ryan Coogler.

Tems mentioned that she drew inspiration for the song from people who were once in her life, but had passed away. “After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. “I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them,” Tems said. “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so hearing her convey this song is a great honour.”

The singer made history and became the first Nigerian artist to be nominated for an Oscar, and the winners will be honoured at the ceremony in Los Angeles on the 12th of March.

Also nominated for the same category is “Hold My Hand,” written by Lady Gaga, the lead single from the soundtrack for the film Top Gun: Maverick.

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