Families of 2 killed at Astroworld festival settle lawsuits
HOUSTON — (AP) — The families of two people who died during last year's Astroworld music festival have settled wrongful death lawsuits they had filed, according to attorneys. Ten people were killed and hundreds of others injured during a massive crowd surge at the Nov. 5 concert in Houston, headlined by rapper Travis Scott. Acosta, who was a computer science major at Western Washington University, had traveled alone to Houston to attend the festival. Court records show that Rodriguez’s family had settled their lawsuit against defendants Live Nation, Scott and others on July 22. Attorneys for Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, did not immediately return emails seeking comment Thursday.wftv.com
Rodrigo, Drake, Ye early winners at Billboard Music Awards
2022 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Jordan Strauss)Olivia Rodrigo, Kanye West and Drake are already big winners before the Billboard Music Awards officially kicks off. Rodrigo and West, known as Ye, both have taken home the most awards with six during a non-televised ceremony on Sunday. The Kid LAROI became a first-time winner, taking home five wins for his song “Stay” with Justin Bieber - whose Billboard Music Awards win count rose to 26. Doja Cat won top R&B artist and R&B female artist for the second consecutive year.wftv.com
Billboard Music Awards to feature Travis Scott, Becky G
Billboard Music Awards FILE - Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards on May 15, 2022, will include performances by Scott, Ed Sheeran, Becky G and other artists who have enjoyed chart-topping success. Sean “Diddy” Combs will emcee the show, which is being broadcast live from the MGM Grand Arena and will air live on NBC and its Peacock streaming service. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) (Amy Harris)LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Sunday's Billboard Music Awards will include performances by Travis Scott, Ed Sheeran, Becky G and other artists who have enjoyed chart-topping success. Other acts taking the stage include Scott, who's nominated in the dance/electronic music category, as well as Miranda Lambert, Meghan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen, and Grammy Awards darlings Silk Sonic.wftv.com
Astroworld movie released despite lawyers' concerns
Music Festival Deaths FILE - Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Nov. 5, 2021. He said it also questions whether others, including Live Nation and Houston police, could have done more to improve safety or respond more quickly. Minn said Scott, Live Nation and Houston police declined to be interviewed for the documentary. Attorneys for Live Nation expressed their concerns in an April letter to state District Judge Kristen Hawkins, who is handling all pretrial matters in the lawsuits. Live Nation has said it’s “heartbroken” by what happened but has denied responsibility.wftv.com
Astroworld movie set for release despite lawyers' concerns
Music Festival Deaths FILE - Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Nov. 5, 2021. He said it also questions whether others, including Live Nation and Houston police, could have done more to improve safety or respond more quickly to the danger. Minn said Scott, Live Nation and Houston police declined to be interviewed for the documentary. Attorneys for Live Nation expressed their concerns in a letter this month to state District Judge Kristen Hawkins, who is handling all pretrial matters in the lawsuits. Live Nation has said it’s “heartbroken” by what happened but has denied responsibility.wftv.com
Travis Scott accused of violating Astroworld suits gag order
Houston police and federal officials have been investigating whether Scott, concert promoter Live Nation and others had put in place sufficient safety measures. I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever,” Scott wrote earlier this month on Instagram after the initiative was announced. Stephen Brody, one of Scott’s attorneys, said the rapper’s announcement about the initiative, which included funding for scholarships, didn't violate the gag order. Other attorneys in the case told Hawkins they were working to find an agreement on modifying the gag order and could have a resolution to these different concerns and could be presented to her in a couple of weeks. ___Find the AP’s coverage of the Astroworld festival: https://apnews.com/hub/astroworld-festival-deaths___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/juanlozano70Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Travis Scott accused of violating Astroworld suits gag order
Attorneys for some of those killed and injured during last year’s deadly Astroworld festival are alleging rapper Travis Scott has violated a gag order issued in lawsuits they have filed in an effort to influence possible jurors ahead of a potential trial.
Kylie Jenner says son's name 'isn't Wolf anymore': 'Didn't feel like it was him'
Kylie Jenner posted a nine-minute-long video, showcasing never before seen footage of her baby shower and her son's new home. Kylie shares her son with Travis Scott. The two also have a daughter, Stormi, together.news.yahoo.com
Travis Scott launches event safety initiative after Astroworld deaths and lawsuits
Four months after the Astroworld tragedy, Travis Scott's Project HEAL intends to "take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be."washingtonpost.com
Kanye West Targets Pete Davidson, Kid Cudi, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift With Childish Instagram Memes
Victor Boyko/GettyLast weekend, pop superstar Billie Eilish put a stop to her concert when a female fan appeared unwell. Apparently, the young woman was having trouble breathing, prompting Eilish to secure her an inhaler and make sure she was better before continuing. “I wait for people to be okay before I keep going,” Eilish said to cheers from the crowd.The incident prompted TMZ—and a bunch of other publications—to frame this as a dig toward Travis Scott, who did not stop his performance at hinews.yahoo.com
Billie Eilish responds to Kanye after he demands she apologize to Travis Scott
It looks like Kanye West‘s involvement in Coachella may be up in the air after all. West took to Instagram […] The post Billie Eilish responds to Kanye after he demands she apologize to Travis Scott appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Welcome baby Wolf! Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott reveal new baby name
Kylie Jenner announced her new baby boy’s name to the world today: Wolf Webster. >> Read more trending newsJenner posted “Wolf Webster” and a white heart emoji to her Instagram stories, less than one week after announcing the baby’s birth with a photo on the social media site. This is the second child for Jenner and Travis Scott, who share 3-year-old daughter Stormi Webster, as we previously reported. Travis Scott and Kylie Kardashian announce new son's name File photo: Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner, and Stormi Webster. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Netflix) (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Netflix)Wolf’s birthday is Feb. 2, just one day later than Stormi’s, People.com reported.wftv.com
Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott welcome second child
People Kylie Jenner Travis Scott Baby FILE - Recording artist Travis Scott, left, and Kylie Jenner, right, attend the 72nd annual Parsons Benefit presented by The New School at The Rooftop at Pier 17 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in New York. Jenner gave birth to her second baby with Scott on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, according to an announcement on social media on Sunday, Feb. 6. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) (Andy Kropa)Kylie Jenner has welcomed her second baby with rapper Travis Scott. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 21 Photos: Kylie Jenner through the years Kylie Jenner attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. Keep clicking to see more photos of Jenner through the years.wftv.com
Kylie Jenner announces birth of 2nd child with Travis Scott
People Kylie Jenner Travis Scott Baby FILE - Recording artist Travis Scott, left, and Kylie Jenner, right, attend the 72nd annual Parsons Benefit presented by The New School at The Rooftop at Pier 17 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in New York. Jenner gave birth to her second baby with Scott on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, according to an announcement on social media on Sunday, Feb. 6. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) (Andy Kropa)NEW YORK — (AP) — Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her second child with rapper Travis Scott in a post Sunday on social media — with a blue heart indicating it's a boy. Jenner also posted flowers sent to her and Scott, 30, from notable family members like Kim Kardashian-West. Jenner and Scott have been dating since 2017.wftv.com
Nearly 400 Astroworld Lawsuits Against Travis Scott Have Been Formally Combined Into One Giant Case Representing Close To 2,800 Victims
The motion was granted last week, meaning that the hundreds of overlapping cases would be combined for efficiency before a single judge for all pretrial hearings.View Entire Post ›news.yahoo.com
Kylie Jenner becomes first woman with 300 million Instagram followers
Kylie Jenner made history, becoming the first woman to have 300 million Instagram followers. By Thursday afternoon, she had 301 million followers on the social media app. Previously, singer Ariana Grande, who has 289 million followers, was the most-followed woman on the platform. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo currently has the highest follower count on the app at 389 million, second only to Instagram’s official account, which has 460 million followers, People Magazine reported. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 21 Photos: Kylie Jenner through the years Kylie Jenner attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California.wftv.com
Harry Styles, Billie Eilish to headline Coachella 2022
Harry the headliner: Harry Styles will be one of the headline acts for Coachella 2022 in April. ( Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)INDIO, Calif. — Harry Styles will make his first appearance at the Coachella festival as one of the headline acts, joining Billie Eilish and Kanye West, Variety and Billboard confirmed on Wednesday. Eilish and Swedish House Mafia have played Coachella before. Coachella, which is North America’s largest music festival, has already sold all of its 125,000 per-day ticket allotment, the website reported. Styles recently completed the biggest North American tour by any major artist since the pandemic began in early 2020, according to Variety.wftv.com
Congressional panel investigates deadly Astroworld concert
The 10 people who lost their lives in a massive crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston died from compression asphyxia, officials announced Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Safety is core to live events and Live Nation engages in detailed security planning in coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, fire and EMT professionals. We are heartbroken by the events at Astroworld and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the victims," Live Nation said in a statement. Nearly 400 lawsuits have been filed over injuries and deaths at the concert, including many against Live Nation and Scott. ___Find the AP's coverage of the Astroworld festival: https://apnews.com/hub/astroworld-festival-deaths___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/juanlozano70Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Officials: Astroworld victims died from compression asphyxia
HOUSTON — (AP) — The 10 people who lost their lives in a massive crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston died from compression asphyxia, officials announced Thursday. The 10 people who died were among 50,000 who attended the festival and were in the audience when Scott’s concert turned deadly. The top elected official in the county that includes Houston, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, had proposed a third-party probe of the planning and execution of the festival founded by Scott. A 56-page event operations plan for the Astroworld festival detailed protocols for dangerous scenarios, including a shooter, bomb or terrorist threats, and severe weather. ___Find the AP’s coverage of the Astroworld festival: https://apnews.com/hub/astroworld-festival-deaths___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/juanlozano70Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Travis Scott no longer headlining Coachella
INDIO, Calif. — Coachella has pulled rapper Travis Scott from the lineup of performances for the 2022 Valley Music and Arts Festival, KESQ reported. Scott had been scheduled to headline the annual music festival in 2020 before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. >> Read more trending newsAn online petition had circulated in November asking Coachella organizers to remove Travis Scott from the lineup because of the tragedy at the Astroworld festival, which gathered more than 60,000 signatures. Coachella would have been Travis Scott’s first return to the stage since the Astroworld tragedy, in which 10 people were killed and hundreds more injured. >> Related: Travis Scott asks for Astroworld lawsuits to be dismissedTravis Scott’s hard seltzer line, Cacti, was discontinued Friday by Anheuser-Busch, also in the wake of the Astroworld tragedy, NBC News reported.wftv.com
Travis Scott says he was unaware of deaths until after show
Music-Festival-Deaths FILE - Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston on Nov. 5, 2021. Scott said he didn't know that fans had died at his Astroworld festival until after his performance ended. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) (Amy Harris)HOUSTON — (AP) — Rapper Travis Scott said in an interview that he didn't know that fans had died at his Astroworld festival in Houston until after his performance. Even after the show, you're just kind of hearing things, but I didn't know the exact details until minutes before the press conference," Scott said. I just didn't, I just didn't hear that.”Scott was the headliner and creator of the Astroworld festival, where 50,000 people were in the audience.wftv.com
Travis Scott asks for Astroworld lawsuits to be dismissed
HOUSTON — Rapper Travis Scott has requested that a judge dismiss 11 lawsuits against him following the deadly Astroworld Festival. >> Read more trending newsIn court documents, Travis Scott – whose real name is Jacques B. Webster II – issued a “general denial” to allegations that he was responsible for the deaths and injuries at his concert, KPRC reported. The filing also asked that the claims be “dismissed with prejudice,” which means it could not be brought back to court again. In addition to the lives lost, some 300 people were injured when the crowd of an estimated 50,000 people rushed the main stage as Scott performed. Scott and the event organizers are the focus of criminal investigations, The Associated Press previously reported.wftv.com
Astroworld stampede: Victims’ families decline Travis Scott offer to pay for funerals
Astroworld aftermath Visitors cast shadows at a memorial to the victims of the Astroworld concert in Houston on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted) (Robert Bumsted/AP)HOUSTON — At least half of the families whose loved ones died in the fatal Nov. 5 crowd surge during Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston have declined the rapper’s offer to pay funeral costs. The child died 10 days after being trampled in the stampede and being placed in a medically induced coma. “Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. Scott and the event organizers are the focus of a criminal investigation by Houston police.wftv.com
Families turn down Travis Scott offer to pay for funerals
Several families of the 10 people who died from injuries in the crush of fans at the Astroworld festival, including the Blount family, have turned down an offer by headliner Travis Scott to pay for their loved ones’ funeral costs. “Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. “Sadly, for my clients, a check from Travis Scott ... is not going to relieve the pain and suffering that they presently are experiencing,” Lyons said. “I think it will only make it worse.”Richard Mithoff, an attorney for the family of 14-year-old John Hilgert, also declined Scott’s offer. “I want to say to the world, take care of your children, pray for them, watch where they go, and Travis Scott, God bless him.wftv.com
Illinois families of 2 killed at concert file lawsuits
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — (AP) — The family of two close friends from suburban Chicago who were killed at the Astroworld concert in Houston this month have filed wrongful death lawsuits against rapper Travis Scott, the Live Nation entertainment company and others. Patino and Jurinek were both college students, Patino at the University of Dayton in Ohio and Jurinek at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. "Nobody expects to go to something as happy and joyous as concert where they end up dying. Nobody anticipates when they pay these high prices for these concert tickets that they have to worry about things like that." This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Dallas boy, 9, is youngest of 10 killed at Houston festival
Music Festival Crowd Deaths Students arrive at Heights High School on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Houston. He was attending the concert with Patino, his friend and former high school football teammate, according to Patino’s father, Julio Patino. ‘GOOD STUDENT, ATHLETE, SO POLITE'Memorial High School ninth-grader John Hilgert, 14, was the youngest of those who died. She was her mom's best friend and she loved watching her brother play sports, family friend Claudia Sierra said. LOVED TO DANCEBrianna Rodriguez's family told People magazine that she was among those who perished at the concert.wftv.com
Crowd surge wasn't mentioned in Astroworld operational plan
A 56-page event operations plan for the Astroworld music festival includes protocols for dangerous scenarios including an active shooter, bomb or terrorist threats and severe weather, but it didn't include information on what to do in the event of a crowd surge.
Houston leaders seek clues for concert surge that killed 8
Mourners began building a memorial to those lost at a Texas concert as authorities said they would watch video, interview witnesses and review concert protocols to determine how eight people died when fans suddenly surged toward the stage to watch rapper Travis Scott.
Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)NEW YORK – A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year — a category dominated by male acts — on Thursday night with “Un Canto Por México, Vol. Lafourcade didn't attend the Latin Grammys, which aired live on Univision and featured a number of performances, most of them pre-taped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off the Latin Grammys with a strong message about Latin music. Speaking in Spanish and English, he said Latin music “unites all of us and makes us human.”“This is our night,” he added.
Updated menu, celeb collaborations, pump McDonald's sales
McDonald’s U.S. sales roared back in the third quarter with new menu items and attention-grabbing celebrity collaborations. With new choices like spicy chicken nuggets and a meal deal promotion with rapper Travis Scott, McDonald's exceeded most projections for the third quarter. McDonald’s same-store sales — or sales at locations open at least a year — jumped 4.6% in the U.S. Mason Smoot, McDonald's chief U.S. restaurant officer, said drive-thru represents around 70% of McDonald's sales in its top markets, and the vast majority of new restaurants McDonald's is building will have drive-thru windows. McDonald's cut menu items, including all-day breakfast, to make it easier and faster to fill orders during the pandemic.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
J Balvin performs during the Coca-Cola Flow Reggaeton festival in Mexico City on Nov. 23, 2019, from left, Ozuna performs at the Latin American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2019 and Bad Bunny performs a medley at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019. Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. Ozuna and Bad Bunny will also compete with themselves in several categories.
Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home
This aerial photo taken from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed early Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. Authorities say three men and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the home-invasion death of the rising rapper. (Fox11 News KTTV-TV via AP)
Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home
This aerial photo taken from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed early Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. The three men were identified as Jaquan Murphy, 21, Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18, all of Los Angeles. Pop Smoke and his entourage staying at the home are not believed to be associated with the gang, Tippet said. “It’s our belief that (the home-invasion robbery) was based on some of the social media" posts, Tippet said. Earlier this year, Pop Smoke released the mixtape “Meet the Woo 2,” which debuted at No.
Police: Robbery looks unlikely as motive in rapper killing
In this undated photo provided by Republic Records is Pop Smoke. "We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke," Republic Records said in a statement. An autopsy was planned after Pop Smoke was declared dead at a hospital. Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj, who collaborated with Pop Smoke, were among those paying tribute on social media. “Young tycoon gone2soon had a blast wit ya,” Snoop Dogg posted, along with a video of himself and Pop Smoke on stage together.