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SPOTIFY SET TO LAUNCH IN SOUTH AFRICA.

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Global music streaming provider Spotify is set to launch its services in South Africa on Tuesday, marking its entry into Africa, where there is a rapid uptake of smartphones and improving telecommunications infrastructure.

The Swedish company, launched in 2008 and available in more than 60 countries, is the biggest music streaming company in the world and counts services from Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google Play as its main rivals.

The South Africa launch comes as Spotify prepares for a direct listing of its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, which will allow investors and employees to sell shares without the company raising new capital or hiring Wall Street banks to underwrite the issue.

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We looked at the technology landscape, we looked at the maturity and actually South Africa is seen globally as a very important music market.”

Spotify also has aspirations to branch out into the rest of Africa, Boller said, without committing to timelines or geographies.

An increase in connectivity across South Africa, helped by higher investment in infrastructure, as well as a growing uptake in credit cards and bank accounts has drawn global video and music streaming providers.

Its music streaming market is dominated by players such as Apple Music, Google Play, France’s Deezer and Simfy Africa, with only a few local operators such as mobile phone operator’s MTN and Cell C with MTN Music+ and Black.

Internet and entertainment firm Naspers also recently launched music streaming platform Joox, from China’s Tencent, in which it holds a 33 percent stake.

In its filing to list its shares, Spotify said its operating loss widened to 378 million euros ($465.32 million) in 2017 from 349 million euros.

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WWE Star Paige Bemoans Sex Tape Released.

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WWE star Saraya-Jade Bevis popularly known as Paige has frowned over the “humiliation” she felt when a sex tape was released without her consent, saying that she hit “rock bottom”.



The 26-year-old English professional wrestler who signed a contract with WWE in 2011 became the youngest ever champion of the WWE Divas Championship, a women’s professional wrestling tournament, at the age of 21 in 2014.

 The story of Paige’s upbringing in Norwich and the beginning of her career has been made into a film called Fighting with My Family. While In 2017, the wrestler fell victim to a leak of private photos and videos, an event that had a hugely negative impact on her mental health.

“To be publicly humiliated like that was terrible, and I don’t wish that for anyone,” Paige Said.

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Despite reassuring her fans at the time that she was doing ok in the aftermath of the leak and focusing on “being happy”, the intrusion of Paige’s privacy coupled with a wrestling injury led to depression.

“I didn’t go to work; I didn’t do anything. I felt so rock bottom,” the wrestler says.

“Of course, she didn’t have the internet and thought I was the most beautiful and most successful woman in the world. It opened my eyes to so many things. I was like, ‘I’m gonna let videos get in the way of things?’” the wrestler says.

“I thought, what am I doing? I need to be successful for her. My whole journey was supposed to be about inspiring people.”

 Paige announced her retirement from WWE in April 2018. She’s since released a makeup and clothing line, and is considering returning to the world of wrestling, although she hasn’t confirmed in what capacity.
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Highlights of 2019 Grammy Awards with full award winners’ list

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The the prestigious Grammy award without equivocation has become a world wide celebrated avenue to celebrate music at its best and the making of the music in itself, as the 2019 edition which is the 61st of its kind has come and gone with its highlights still making news.



One of the highlights of Grammy each year is the  ‘side awards’ which is being judged mostly on the red carpet as Cardi B, Kylie Jenner leads the worst dress of the day list.

While Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus top the best dressed list.

‘Expectedly’, some artistes were absent at the great and memorable event with personal reasons, like Drake, Childish Gambino among others.

Also, the country icon, Dolly Parton was honored with a 10-minute tribute during the Grammy Awards Sunday featuring Parton in performances with Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris and Little Big Town.

In coordinating red, Perry and Musgraves kicked off “Here You Come Again” then stepped apart to make room for Parton who strode onstage to join them in a form-fitting white gown. Cyrus and Parton turned “Jolene” into a duet, then Morris joined them to cover Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush,” which Parton first sang with The Trio, her project with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Their version of the song won a Grammy in 2000.

The 61st Grammy Awards was hosted by Alicia Keys.


This year trophies were handed out in 84 categories including the one everyone wanted to win – Best Album of the Year.
And there was an upset in the running for the coveted gong, with Cardi B and Frake losing out to Kacey Musgraves.
While Ariana Grande vocalised her frustration when her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller lost out to Bronx singer Cardi for the Best Rap Album Award.

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Here’s a rundown of  the winners.
Record of the Year- This is America, Childish Gambino
Album of the Year- Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year- This Is America, Childish Gambino
Best New Artist- Dua Lipa
Best rap album- Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B

Best rap song- God’s Plan, Drake
Best rap/sung performance- This Is America, Childish Gambino
Best country album- Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Best rock album- From the Fires, Greta Van Fleet
Best R&B performance- Best Part, H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
Best music video- This Is America, Childish Gambino.

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