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Crowds ‘forgetting to move on’ as David Beckham queues to view Queen Elizabeth lying in state

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David Beckham has been spotted queuing in London as he joined thousands waiting to see Queen Elizabeth lying in state.

Images shared on social media show fellow members of the queue to Westminster Hall holding their phones in the air to capture a picture of the 47-year-old former footballer as he waited to pay his respects.

They tweeted: “The Queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to actually move onwards.

“It’s madness!

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“I feel a bit sorry for him, but he’s taking it very well.

“It’s made me almost forget that we’ve been in The Queue almost TWELVE HOURS though.”

The Good Morning Britain anchor, 51, attended the historic event on Thursday with her mother Sue, and said she had “experienced a moment in history”.

Detailing her experience on Twitter, she said: “Evening – along with my lovely mum and her very good friend, I have just experienced a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall. At once majestic and peaceful.”

Her posts also shared tips for others in the queue, saying: “If you are planning to queue here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 mins. Wear the comfiest shoes you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.

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“Don’t carry too much in a bag – water is freely available and there are lots of cafes along the route. Also plenty of toilets. I put my phone on low battery mode and it lasted the entire time.

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“The first part of the queue is for wristbands. Ours were given out at Tower Bridge about an hour after we began queuing. There is no queue jumping – people waited patiently for wristbands and once you have one you can leave the queue for snacks/loo stops & slip back in.”

Following the queen’s death aged 96 last week, Reid was among the high-profile figures paying tribute to her.

In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “No one more likely to be so loved, admired and respected than Her Majesty The Queen and although she cannot be immortal, I think we have always hoped she might be.”

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were also spotted at Westminster Hall as they paid their respects to the late monarch.

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The presenting duo, who have been hosting special tribute editions of ITV’s This Morning to the late Queen this week, were dressed in black as they queued for the historic occasion.

On Friday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport paused the queue to Westminster Hall for “at least six hours” after Southwark Park reached capacity, with the estimated queueing time for mourners having risen to at least 14 hours.

Some of those in the queue will witness the King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex hold a 15-minute vigil around their mother’s coffin at around 7.30pm on Friday.

For those who are not able to attend in person, a continuous livestream of the Queen lying in state has been set up by a number of broadcasters including the BBC and ITV.

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Thousands have tuned in to watch mourners file solemnly past the coffin to pay their respects.

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DON JAZZY: Universal Music Group Acquires Majority Stake in Nigerian Record Label Mavin Global

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The Universal Music Group has acquired a majority stake in Mavin Global, the renowned Nigerian record company founded by Don Jazzy. This deal, subject to regulatory approval and expected to be finalized by the third quarter, marks a significant partnership between the two entities.

While specific financial terms were not disclosed, reports suggest a valuation exceeding $125 million, with Don Jazzy and COO Tega Oghenejobo continuing to lead Mavin Global.

Lucian Grainge, UMG’s chairman/CEO, expressed excitement about the collaboration, citing Mavin’s influential artists and entrepreneurial spirit. With hits like Rema’s “Calm Down,” Mavin has already made waves globally, and this investment aims to further propel its growth.

The partnership also underscores UMG’s commitment to fostering African talent and expanding its presence in the thriving Afrobeats scene.

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Grammy Drama: Logos Olori Claims Credit For Davido’s ‘Unavailable’

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Nigerian music sensation and DMW signee, Logos Olori, stirs controversy as he asserts his songwriting prowess behind Davido’s Grammy-nominated track,

Davido, renowned for his chart-topping hits, secured three nominations at the 66th Grammy Awards, with ‘Unavailable’ making waves globally.

In an exclusive interview with Cool FM Lagos, Logos Olori unveils his contribution to the acclaimed song, revealing that he penned the lyrics for ‘Unavailable,’ featuring Musa Keys, while his colleague Peruzzi crafted the verse.

Olori reveals, “I wrote the song ‘Unavailable.’ Peruzzi wrote the verse. After we made the song, Davido said he wanted the verse to be changed, so he called Peruzzi to do the verse. But I actually came up with the idea of the song.”

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The revelation sparks intrigue, shedding light on the collaborative efforts behind Davido’s musical successes and raising questions about creative ownership in the industry.

Meanwhile, amidst the Grammy buzz, Davido shares his excitement over a lavish Rolex wristwatch gift from Atletico Madrid player, Memphis Depay. Taking to Instagram, Davido expresses gratitude for the unexpected present received after his electrifying performance at Depay’s 30th birthday celebration.

In a candid moment, Davido reflects on the rarity of receiving gifts, contrasting it with his generous nature of giving to others. This revelation adds a personal touch to the narrative, showcasing Davido’s humility and the unexpected joys of celebrity life.

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Joeboy releases first single ‘Osadebe’ following exit from emPawa

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Following his exit from emPawa and the start of his record label, Joeboy has come through with his first single under the new regime called ‘Osadebe’.

‘Osadebe’ is a smooth tempo record with themes centred around self-reflection and positive proclamations produced by K-Dreamz.

The song references late Chief Osita Osadebe’s hit single ‘Osondi Owendi’ which was the anthem of the southeast and south south parts of Nigeria in the early 2000s.

“I no dey cross my lane, I’m living like Osadebe, Osondi Owendi (meaning One man’s treasure is another man’s trash in English) – this is Joeboy alluding to the fact that he isn’t running the same race as other artists and isn’t moved by the unnecessary comparisons and pressures that come with being a successful artist from Nigeria.

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Joeboy has come under criticism for being a “quiet artist” who stays out of the media’s eye and audience focus. On Osadebe, Joeboy lets everyone who cares to listen know that he loves his lane, doing things the way he wants and still killing it. That’s his preferred lifestyle.

“The fact is, you can do things on your terms and stay in your lane and achieve the same, if not better, results than other people living loudly. I am my biggest competition, I don’t care what others are doing. The only person that I’m focused on is me” – Joeboy said

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