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Did The Weeknd Jack Wizkid's Name for His New Album 'Starboy'?

Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd's new album title 'Starboy' is the exact same as Wizkid's long-used name. Coincidence?

The Weeknd has announced the title of his new album and it's got us a bit confused.


Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeeknd revealed today that his new album—the record that he recently mentioned Amharic "will definitely be key" on—will be titled Starboy.

Tesfaye, who's of Ethiopian heritage, has also shared the Nabil-shot cover artwork for his follow-up to last year’s chart-topping Beauty Behind the Madness.

There's only one problem—we already have one widely-known and acclaimed Starboy on the scene: Wizkid.

The Nigerian super star has been using the name for himself and his projects ever since he launched Starboy Entertainment back in 2013.

Wizkid's signed the likes of Maleek Berry and Legendury Beatz to his Starboy imprint. He's also released major hits, including, "Ojuelegba and "Final (Baba Nla)," through Starboy Records.

Most notably, Wizkid's collaborated with Drake, an early supporter of The Weeknd and fellow Toronto star, on the massive global hit "One Dance."

Wizkid's been quick to respond to the album title announcement on Twitter. Although he also quickly deleted a strongly-worded tweet.

Is it just a coincidence The Weeknd's new album title is the same as Wizkid's long-used name?

We're not so sure.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.