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8 people dead, many hospitalized due to crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival

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Popular American rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival has been cancelled after at least eight people died, many others sustained various degrees of injuries and have been hospitalized.
According to reports, the event which was initially meant to be fun turned fatal following a crowd surge.
The BBC reported emergency service officials as saying Panic broke out after the crowd began to press towards the front of the stage on the opening night of the music festival in Houston, Texas.

It is further reported that eleven people were taken to hospitals in cardiac arrest aside from the eight deaths recorded.

Children as young as 10 years were part of the casualties at the outdoor event that was attended by 50,000 people.
The BBC reported Lina Hidalgo, the county judge of Harris County as having expressed regret about the incident, describing it as an “extremely tragic night”.

“Our hearts are broken. People go to these events looking for a good time, a chance to unwind, to make memories – it’s not the kind of event you go to where you expect to find out about fatalities.”
Reports say the fatalities occurred whilst Travis was performing on his Utopia Mountain stage around 21:15pm.

An estimated 300 injuries were recorded at the annual event which was held in Houston’s NRG Park.

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Houston’s Fire Chief, Samuel Pena said in a statement:

“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries.”

“People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.

“We have at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight… and we had scores of individuals who were injured here at this event.”

The Rapper took to social media to react to the news.

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Additions to the selection of the 77th Festival de Cannes

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As announced at the press conference on April 11, here are the films that complete the Official Selection 2024.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

 

WHEN THE LIGHT BREAKS
Rúnar Rúnarsson

NIKI
Céline Sallette
1st film

FLOW
Gints Zilbalodis

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When the light breaks by Rúnar Rúnarsson will open the Certain Regard section on Wednesday May 15.

CANNES PREMIERE

 

VIVRE, MOURIR, RENAITRE
Gaël Morel

MARIA
Jessica Palud

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

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SPECTATEURS
Arnaud Desplechin

NASTY
Tudor Giurgiu

LULA
Oliver Stone

AN UNFINISHED FILM
Lou Ye

OUT OF COMPETITION

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LE COMTE DE MONTE-CRISTO
Alexandre De La Patellière et Matthieu Delaporte

COMPETITION

 

LA PLUS PRÉCIEUSE DES MARCHANDISES
Michel Hazanavicius

TREI KILOMETRI PANA LA CAPATUL LUMII
(Trois kilomètres jusqu’à la fin du monde)
Emanuel Parvu

THE SEED OF THE SACRED FIG
Mohammad Rasoulof

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Eminem celebrates 16 years of sobriety

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Eminem is celebrating 16 years of sobriety. (more…)

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Coachella 2024: DJ Snake (Hip Hop Set) and TroyBoi Play Surprise Sets at Do LaB Stage

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Do LaB kicked off its return to Coachella Weekend Two on Friday, April 19 with a couple standout surprise performances and a full lineup of electronic and crossover talent. Check out highlights from the first day of Weekend Two at the Do LaB stage below.

  • Prolific French DJ and hitmaker DJ Snake performed a special hip-hop set as the headlining surprise guest of the night.
  • Versatile trap and hip-hop influenced fan favorite TroyBoi performed as the other Do LaB surprise set of the night.
  • Additional previously announced day one programming featured acts like Juelz, HoneyLiv, CocoRosie, Alleycvt, Yung Singh, and more.

Stay tuned for notifications on announcements, surprise sets, and more by visiting the link here. Set times for the remainder of the weekend can be found here, along with more general info on Do LaB in the press release here. Additional photo selects from each day can be found here (photographer name listed in file name for photo credits).

The Do LaB stage at Coachella provides a preview of the brand’s flagship boutique festival, Lightning in a Bottle. The five day Lightning in a Bottle experience fuses a top tier musical lineup, immersive art installations, cause-driven educational programming, and a variety of yoga and movement programming within a sprawling lakeside venue in beautiful Buena Vista Lake, California.

Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend on May 22-27, LIB 2024’s musical programming highlights include Skrillex, Labrinth, Lane 8, James Blake, M.I.A., Skream, Tycho, ISOxo, Tipper, Fatboy Slim, CloZee, Nora En Pure, Bob Moses, Honey Dijon, Damian Lazarus, and several more.

More info on LIB can be found on their website here and in the official press release here, along with the media application here.

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DaBaby says he went from getting $300K for a feature to $150K after recent controversy

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American rapper, DaBaby has revealed that he now gets half of what he used to get paid for a feature verse after a recent controversy.

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Napoléon by Abel Gance (1st period) opening Cannes Classics at the 77th Festival de Cannes

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Napoléon by Abel Gance (1st period) opening Cannes Classics at the 77th Festival de Cannes

A legend known to cinephiles the world over, a major work of the silent era, one of the most monumental restorations in the history of filmmaking will be unveiled on May 14 as a world premiere: Napoléon by Abel Gance (1st period), in a version resulting from a colossal, passionate effort by the Cinémathèque française, with the support of the CNC.

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Davido Inks Partnership with UnitedMasters For His Nine+ Records Venture

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Davido Inks Partnership with UnitedMasters For His Nine+ Records Venture

Making yet another major power move, three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Nigerian global superstar and Afrobeats pioneer Davido has inked a deal with UnitedMasters for his recently launched label Nine+ Records.

In this groundbreaking collaboration, Davido will spearhead artist development, A&R, and behind-the-scenes curation, nurturing a pioneering lineup of artists across the continent under Nine+ Records. United by a shared vision, the teams will work together to introduce and foster talent, amplifying Davido’s influence and extending his reach even further. This partnership marks a pivotal moment in shaping the future of African and world music.

Together, the teams will collaborate closely in order to not only introduce, but cultivate career talent. It only expands Davido’s influence and reach.

Read Also: Davido gifts fan $50k to payoff student loans

Of today’s announcement Davido said, “I couldn’t be more proud to partner with Steve and the team at United Masters, this announcement represents an exciting new chapter for developing and established artists around the world.”

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Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of UnitedMasters states, “Over the last 2 years, we’ve proven our commitment to Africa investing in artists, education, and technology. Today, we are doubling down. With this new venture with Davido & the launch of Nine Plus Records, we reinforce our mission in becoming a bridge for artists on the continent. Together we’ll identify & develop new artists while supporting them with brand and synch opportunities.”

Nine+ Records will be announcing more artists and partners in the future.

Last night, Davido just sold out one of the most iconic venues in the world, headlining Madison Square Garden in New York City. He ignited the stage with what will be remembered as a historic set, bringing Afrobeats to the Big Apple in the biggest way possible. In advance of the show, he extensively spoke to Billboard who praised how “Performing in New York has also become a special ritual” for him.

This news also arrives on the heels of various major company announcements for UnitedMasters. The company locked down a high-profile alliance with SymphonyOS and Groover. Plus, it hosted its annual “A Celebration of Independence” GRAMMY® Concert at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. The show boasted an all-star lineup, including headliner Davido, Uncle Waffles, Tokischa, Donavan’s Yard, and NLE Choppa. Of the latter, The Source wrote, “This marked the first time UnitedMasters featured international acts, solidifying its impact and representation within the global independent artist movement.”

Stay tuned for a whole lot more soon

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