Travis Scott requests to dismiss Astroworld suits as Live Nation denies allegations

Travis Scott has filed requests to be dismissed from multiple lawsuits levelled against him in the wake of the Astroworld festival tragedy.

The rapper has been named in most of the nearly 300 suits filed in Harris County after 10 people died and hundreds more were injured last month when crowds rushed to the stage toward the start of Scott’s headline set.

Rolling Stone reports that a representative for Scott said the rapper “is not legally liable” for the tragedy. Scott has denied all the allegations set against him in 11 different lawsuits and his representative added that he will likely file more dismissal requests.

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The news comes as Live Nation and its subsidiary ScoreMore, Astroworld’s promoters, on Monday (December 6) denied in filed documents all the allegations against them. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, which owns venue NRG Park where Astroworld was held, however, did not request for dismissal.

Due to the volume of lawsuits and the complexity of legal proceedings, last week attorneys filed a joint motion to Texas’ Supreme court to consolidate the cases to one judge.

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Travis Scott performing at Astroworld 2021. CREDIT: Erika Goldring/WireImage/Getty Images

Houston Police Department and claimants’ attorneys are continuing to gather information as part of their respective investigations into what went wrong at the festival, which will help them determine who is most culpable.

Lawyer Ben Crump, who is representing several attendees including the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount who was killed at the festival, have targeted Live Nation in particular for having responsibility as the largest show promoter in the world.

It follows several victims’ families rejecting Scott’s offer to cover their loved ones’ funeral expenses.

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Richard Mithoff, attorney for the family of 14-year-old victim John Hilgert who recently filed a lawsuit against the rapper over the tragedy, said the offer was “demeaning and really inappropriate”.

“It was not an offer [the Hilgerts] were going to seriously consider,” Mithoff told Rolling Stone.

“Of all the things this case is about, that’s the least of any concern. This family is set on making change, and ensuring this never happens at a concert again.”

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DaBaby has Las Vegas battery case dismissed, ordered to pay restitution to accuser

A misdemeanour battery case against DaBaby has reportedly been dismissed by a Las Vegas court.

The rapper, real name Jonathan Kirk, was charged after an incident that reportedly happened last November, where it’s alleged he struck a driver midway through a ride. When reports emerged in February, law enforcement sources claimed to TMZ that Kirk punched the driver in the back of the head after being asked for payment; it was also alleged that Kirk and his entourage were verbally abusive and attempted to smoke a joint in the vehicle.

At the time, Kirk’s attorney Drew Findling hit back at the reports, calling the allegation “a 100 per cent false accusation which suspiciously pops up in February regarding an alleged incident in November. We can smell another attempted money grab.”

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Nevertheless, Kirk was charged for the alleged incident, and – per a statement from his lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld was reportedly “prepared to fight the case at trial”, Rolling Stone reports.

However, the case against him was dismissed on December 1, with Kirk instead being ordered to pay his accuser, Timothy Cobb, a restitution fee of $7,500.

According to a new report from TMZ, representatives for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office said Kirk had his case dismissed because he “satisfied everything prosecutors asked him to do in order to resolve the case, including paying the alleged victim $7,500 and staying out of trouble”.

The case has reportedly been dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

Last month, Kirk was involved in a separate matter with police, when he called them to remove his baby’s mother from his home. The incident occurred when he got into an argument with singer and rapper DaniLeigh – the mother of his youngest child – that was streamed on Instagram Live.

Just last week, it was reported that Kirk hadn’t made any financial donations to the HIV/AIDS organisations he met over the summer.

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The rapper took a meeting with HIV/AIDS advocacy groups a month after he was filmed making homophobic comments on stage at the festival Rolling Loud in Miami. His remarks were roundly criticised by fellow artists, including Elton John and Madonna, and lost him several high-profile festival slots.

In a report by the Daily Beast, three organisations – the Black AIDS Institute, The Normal Anomaly Initiative and Positive Women’s Network – claimed they had had no contact nor financial support from DaBaby following their off-the-record meeting with him in August, in which the rapper apologised for his comments.

Kirk is currently on tour across the US, marking his first run of shows since his homophobic comments at Rolling Loud. The tour is being hosted by the festival, who in a statement to NME, said: “Rolling Loud supports second chances and we believe DaBaby has grown and learned from his experience. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to DaBaby’s fans seeing him live.”

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All members of BTS launch personal Instagram accounts

Members of K-pop boyband BTS have officially joined Instagram with individual accounts.

On December 6, all members of the septet – comprising RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook – shared their first posts on their respective new Instagram accounts. In years past, the group’s members had shared personal images through the @BTS_twt Twitter account or the community app Weverse.

Since the accounts were launched, each member of the group has amassed over 16million followers. V currently has the most, with over 18million followers, at time of writing. Notably, commenting access has been limited on the all of the members’ posts.

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The launch of their Instagram accounts also comes hot on the heels of their hiatus announcement. According to their label Big Hit Music, the septet will go on an “extended period of rest” for the first time since 2019.

“The period of rest will produce the members of BTS… a chance to get re-inspired and recharge with creative energy,” Big Hit said in its statement. “It will also be the first time for them since their debut [in 2013 where they will get] to spend the holiday season with their families.”

The group recently concluded their ‘Permission To Dance On Stage’ concerts at the SoFi Stadium, which became the biggest single venue concert engagement by any act in almost a decade. The four-night show sold 214,000 tickets and grossed US$33.3million (£25million), according to data from Billboard.

In related news, member Jin commemorated his 29th birthday with a new solo song titled ‘Super Tuna’. The singer co-produced the upbeat trot song with frequent SEVENTEEN collaborator Bumzu, who had also contributed background vocals.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard announce remix album ‘Butterfly 3001’

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have announced a full album of remixed tracks from their latest record, ‘Butterfly 3000’.

Set to arrive on January 21, ‘Butterfly 3001’ features contributions by the Flaming Lips, DJ Shadow, Peaches and more, along with the likes of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and fellow Australian act Confidence Man on the digital edition. Pre-orders are available now.

To coincide with the announcement, the psych-rock outfit have shared two cuts from the LP; a remix of ‘Butterfly 3000’ by Peaches and a ‘Shanghai’ dub version by The Scientist. Listen to both below:

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“We’ve put off doing a remix album for a long time,” said the band’s Joey Walker in an accompanying statement. “Maybe it was conscious, maybe it wasn’t. But it’s happening now.”

“That’s not to say that Butterfly 3000 makes the most sense to remix. It might seem like the obvious one, but it’s not. Yes it’s electronic. But so is a fridge. Have you tried to dance to Butterfly? It’s hard. It ties your shoelaces together. It’s duplicitous in its simplicity.

“But Butterfly 3001 expands on this. It also deviates and obliterates. We’re honored to have such esteemed people go to work on these songs. We hope you love this album as much as we do. See you in DA CLUB!!!”

‘Butterfly 3000’ arrived in June of this year without any singles leading up to it. Their 18th studio album overall, it marked their second for 2021, following on from ‘L.W.’ back in February.

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‘Butterfly 3000’ was released without any singles leading up to it, but every track on the album received a music video following its arrival. Those included the band exploring their home of Melbourne in the clip for ‘Yours’, and pairing ‘Interior People’ with Miyazaki-inspired animated visuals.

Last month, King Gizzard announced a massive world tour for 2022. Kicking off in March, the run will include dates in Europe, the UK and both North and South America.

The tracklist for King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s ‘Butterfly 3001’ is:

1. Black Hot Soup (DJ Shadow “My Own Reality” Re-Write)
2. Shanghai (Dub by The Scientist)
3. Shanghai (Deaton Chris Anthony Remix)
4. Dreams (Yu Su Instrumental Mix)
5. Blue Morpho (Donato Dozzy Remix)
6. Blue Morpho (Vril Remix)
7. Blue Morpho (Ciel’s Fluttering Dub)
8. Blue Morpho (Zandoli II Remix)
9. Catching Smoke (DāM-FunK Instrumental Re-Freak)
10. Ya Love (Flaming Lips’ Fascinating Haircut Re-Do)
11. Ya Love (Geneva Jacuzzi Remix)
12. Ya Love (Héctor Oaks Playing w/ Fire Mix)
13. 2.02 Killer Year (Bullant’s Fuck Mike Love Remix)
14. Yours (Fred P Journey Mix)
15. Butterfly 3000 (Terry Tracksuit Remix)
16. Neu Butterfly 3000 (Peaches Remix)
17. Catching Smoke (4am Wack Rmx by Hieroglyphic Being)*
18. Blue Morpho (Mall Grab Remix)*
19. Dreams (Peaking Lights Trancedellic Macrodosing Mix)*
20. Interior People (Confidence Man Remix)*
21. Catching Smoke (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)*

* Available on digital release only

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Adele says her Instagram password was taken off her after posting just one picture

Adele has revealed that her Instagram password was taken off her after she posted just one picture of herself.

The singer said the picture in question was the image of her wearing Bantu knots and a Jamaican flag bikini top ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival in 2020.

She told beauty vlogger NikkieTutorials: “In COVID, they [Adele’s management] let me have my password. I was never allowed my passwords for my socials before. It’s actually quite a well-known fact.”

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Adele continued: “They were worried if I’d get drunk, or be annoyed, whatever I would do. Not responding to anyone, more just posting my general thoughts.

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“Then I posted a picture, which a lot of people know about. It’s the only picture I ever posted myself. And then they took my password away from me again.”

At the time, the singer-songwriter was accused of cultural appropriation over the image.

But the singer was also defended by the likes of Naomi Campbell, Alexandra Burke and Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy, with the latter describing the controversy as “poppycock” on Twitter.

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“This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘dress up’ or ‘masquerade’,” Lammy wrote at the time. “Adele was born and raised in Tottenham she gets it more than most. Thank you Adele. Forget the Haters.”

Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter recently announced a 12-week residency in Las Vegas.

The residency entitled ‘Weekends With Adele’ comes ahead of her two sold-out dates at BST Hyde Park in the UK next summer.

She will be performing two shows every weekend at the Colosseum in the Caesars Palace hotel from January 21 through to April 16, 2022.

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