9-year-old Astroworld victim Ezra Blount dies, bringing death toll to 10
Ezra Blount, the youngest person to die from injuries sustained at the festival, had been watching the show from his dad's shoulders and was trampled as the crowd surged, according to his family's lawsuit against Travis Scott and others involved in the event.washingtonpost.com
9-year-old Dallas boy dies after Astroworld festival crush; death total at 10
HOUSTON (AP) — A 9-year-old Dallas boy has become the youngest person to die from injuries sustained during a crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston. Ezra Blount of Dallas died Sunday at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, family attorney Ben Crump said. “The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” Crump said in a news release Sunday night. The Blount family is seeking at least $1 million in damages. Investigators also planned to speak with Live Nation representatives, Scott and concertgoers.mlive.com
Footage from Astroworld appears to show police officers pointing their phones at the stage at least 15 minutes after it was declared a mass-casualty event
The 30-second video appears to show several members of the Houston Police Department near the stage after reports of mass casualties.news.yahoo.com
Travis Scott pleaded guilty to charges in a 2015 incident at Lollapalooza and a 2017 concert in Arkansas where police said he encouraged fans to rush the stage
Before eight people died after a crowd stampede at Astroworld Fest, authorities had charged Travis Scott in incidents at two previous concerts.news.yahoo.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.
Mourning starts as Houston officials probe concert deaths
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.
Michigan teenagers open sneakers store to buy, sell, trade
They are sneakerheads and, last month, they opened a store in Okemos called House of Soles to take their hobby to the next level. There, they buy, sell and trade sneakers, mostly used, some basically new but pre-owned, according to the Lansing State Journal. “A lot of it has to do with the influence of Travis Scott and Kanye West,” Eno said. Air Jordans are popular because of Travis Scott and they are at the top again.”Employees at the store build a rapport with potential buyers and sellers. “I wanted to show people that these young African American kids are more than drug dealers and gang bangers or kids out here doing things they shouldn’t be doing,” Sellers said.
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)
BET Hip Hop Awards 2019: Winners list
Megan Thee Stallion speaks onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Atlanta. ATLANTA - The 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards aired Tuesday night, and it was a good one for J. Cole, and newcomer Megan Thee Stallion. Stallion and Lil Nas X received two awards, as did Cardi B and Travis Scott. Lil Kim was feted with the 2019 I Am Hip Hop honor and performed a medley of her hits. Billy Ray Cyrus - "Old Town Road (Remix)" - *WINNERTravis Scott Feat.
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott featured in Playboy
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner attend the premiere of Netflix's "Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly" at Barker Hangar on Aug. 27, 2019, in Santa Monica, California. (CNN) - Get ready to see a lot more of Kylie Jenner. On Tuesday, Playboy tweeted a photo of an apparently nude Jenner (wearing a cowboy hat) embracing a shirtless Travis Scott. "It is a celebration of the things that bring us joy: sex, art, food, music, spiritual connection, travel, cannabis and community. According to Playboy, the cover featuring Jenner was shot by Sasha Samsonova, and Scott was the creative director.
Ozzy Osbourne guests on new Post Malone song
Ozzy Osbourne announces his "No More Tours 2" final world tour at a news conference at his Los Angeles home on Feb. 6, 2018. (CNN) - Ozzy Osbourne is back and guest starring on a new Post Malone song. The track, "Take What You Want," is off Malone's "Hollywood's Bleeding" album and also features rapper Travis Scott. Osbourne, once known as the Prince of Darkness, is healing after health issues forced him to suspend his farewell tour in April. Also appearing on Malone's album are SZA, Halsey, Meek Mill, Young Thug and Future.
Kylie Jenner Under Fire for Parking in Accessible Parking Spot
Why did Kylie Jenner stop in an accessible parking spot? Parking in a handicapped spot? Another said, Hopefully you or a loved one will never need a handicapped spot. Interview Magazine responded at the time that the intention was certainly not to offend anyone.Jenner has not yet responded to the latest controversy. Kylie Jenner Faces Backlash Over Video Showing Her Washing Her FaceCan Kylie Jenner Be 'Self-Made' and From a Rich Family at the Same Time?
Texas Rapper Tay-K convicted of murder
Tay-K [Public domain](CNN) - Texas rapper Tay-K, who recorded the 2017 viral hit "The Race," was found guilty of murder on Friday. Jordan told CNN Tay-K took part in a robbery that left a 21-year-old man dead. The rapper's attorneys argued he wasn't the person who fired the gun that killed the man, so he shouldn't have been found guilty, according to CNN affiliate KTVT. Prosecutors, however, said Tay-K knew the plan to steal drugs and money from the home in Mansfield, which is in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Tay-K, according to Billboard, also had endorsements from rappers, like Lil Bibby who tweeted "Free Lil Tay K" and Travis Scott who tweeted Tay-K's lyrics.