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Nicki Minaj dismissed Internet rumors that she is pregnant with her second child.

The rumors started after Nicki performed at the Essence Festival in New Orleans recently.

The rapper was greeted by huge crowds that turned out to see her when she arrived at a cafe for a meet and greet in London. The line wrapped around the block.

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The Barbie was in London, England where she headlined the Wireless Music Festival on Sunday, July 10.

While answering questions on Instagram Live ahead of the concert, a fan asked, "Are you pregnant?"

Nicki replied:

"Am I pregnant? Oh, I did mean to tweet this: I'm not fat, y'all, I'm pregnant. Oh wait. Did I say it wrong? I'm sorry. I think I said it wrong. I meant to say I'm not pregnant, I'm fat. But thanks, guys, for all the congratulatory messages."

Nicki's husband, Kenneth Petty, wasn't able to make the trip to London with her because he is on home detention in Calabasas, California.

Petty pled guilty to failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to the West Coast from New York.

He was sentenced to one year on house arrest, followed by 3 years of probation last week.

Petty served four years in jail in 1995 after pleading guilty to the attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Nicki and Kenneth have a toddler son nicknamed "Papa Bear."
 

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar made a powerful plea for women's rights as he closed the Glastonbury music festival in England on Sunday.

Kendrick led the crowd in chanting, "They judge you, they judge Christ, Godspeed for women's rights," as blood poured from his crown of thorns.

Stigmata is a term used by Christians to describe the mysterious appearance of bloody wounds, scars and pain in body parts corresponding to the locations where Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, such as the hands, wrists, and feet. Jesus also wore a crown of thorns.

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Kendrick's expensive crown of rose thorns was designed by Tiffany & Co. and covered with over 8,000 diamonds totaling 137 carats. He wore it on the cover of his latest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Kendrick, 35, has said the crown of thorns reminds him that he is "imperfect".

Roe v. Wade was overturned by the US Supreme Court on Friday. The 6-3 decision returned abortion access rights to individual states.

16 states, including California and Washington, DC protect a woman's right to abortion. Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and South Dakota are states where abortions are banned or restricted.

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Cardi B performed during the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2022 music festival at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Rapper Megan Thee Stallion performed at Parklife Music Festival at Heaton Park in Manchester, England.

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The City Girls, JT and Yung Miami, perform at Hot 97 Summer Jam 2022 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Fat Joe, Jim Jones and Busta Rhymes posed backstage during the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2022 music festival at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Newly single socialite Lori Harvey (right) stepped out to dinner with her girlfriends at the new Catch Steak restaurant in West Hollywood on Saturday. She showed off her toned abs as she was spotted for the first time since her breakup with Michael B. Jordan.

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Dapper David Beckham took his only daughter Harper Seven to the Riva event at the Fenice theatre in Venice over the weekend. David, 47, beamed with pride as he held hands with 10-year-old Harper. They laughed and joked together on route to the glitzy event! Harper is the former soccer star's daughter with Victoria Beckham, 48. They also share three sons - Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn.

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Azealia Banks tossed her mic and stormed off the stage at Miami's Wynwood Pride Music Festival early Saturday.

Later the singer/actress took to social media to complain about organizers using dry ice to create fog. Banks stated her artist rider specifically prohibits dry ice because she's allergic to it.

Banks cut her set short after showing up two hours late. She performed a few songs, before complaining about being there. "I'm really not happy to be here" and "I really don't wanna f--king be here."
 
READ ALSO: Azealia Banks calls Kanye West's ex Julia Fox's son a 'crack baby'
 

The organizers cut off her mic as she directed her complaints toward them. Banks tossed her mic into the crowd when the audience started booing and cussing at her.

She turned and gave her fans two middle fingers - which only made them madder. One person threw a drink at her as she departed, and the crowd roared their approval.

In a series of tweets afterwards, Banks complained that organizers failed to comply with her request not to use dry ice to create billowing clouds of fog onstage.

"Wynwood Pride was way too ghetto. I had to bounce. Every tech rider in Azealia Banks' history of live performance specifically states – no dry ice as I am EXTREMELY allergic to it. Photos will show massive clouds of dry ice which began to make me lightheaded to a point I could barely stand."

She added:

"I literally have a text message from the promoter assuring me that there would be no dry ice implemented in my performance – yet, Still came on stage to clouds of dry ice. I've performed Coachella twice and had that simple request honored."

Banks also claimed she was originally scheduled to hit the stage at 10 p.m., which was her excuse for showing up at 3 a.m., according to TMZ.


 
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Travis Scott will travel out of the country to headline his first musical festival since 10 fans died at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas last November.
 
RELATED: Travis Scott pleaded with Coachella to let him perform for FREE; They still said no
 
The rapper was blacklisted after the Astroworld tragedy last year. He dropped out of nearly a dozen festivals, including 2022 Coachella.

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Brazilian promoters are willing to give the disgraced rapper a chance.

They booked Scott to perform at the Primavera Festival in Sao Paulo on Nov. 6. He will also perform at different versions of the festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Nov. 12 and in Santiago, Chile on Nov. 13.

Other headliners include Björk, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Charli XCX and more, MSN reports.

Scott's career isn't entirely canceled. He will appear at a Formula 1 Grand Prix event at E11even nightclub in Miami on Saturday, May 7. But promoters say he won't perform.

He was recently booked to DJ a pre-Oscars party and he performed 5 songs from a DJ booth at a Coachella afterparty, according to Yahoo! News.

But it will be a long time before Scott performs in concert at large venues in the US.

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Kanye West dropped out of Coachella music festival following public backlash over his social media posts attacking ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson.

Organizers tapped pop singer The Weeknd to take Kanye's place, but there's one problem: The Weeknd wants the same $8.5 million that Kanye left on the table.

Apparently, Coachella organizers don't think The Weeknd is worth as much as Kanye, aka Ye.

The organizers allegedly tried to shortchange The Weeknd after he stepped in to replace Ye as headliner later this month.

According to Page Six, The Weeknd threatened to pull out if the organizers didn't give him equal pay as Ye, who was set to earn $8 million plus a $500,000 production fee.

A source tells Page Six, "The Weeknd came in at short notice to take Kanye's top spot. But Phil Anschutz [who owns the Coachella Festival] wanted to hold on to Kanye's money and pay The Weeknd far less, just a few million. The festival would pocket the rest."

The Weeknd caught wind of Ye's aborted payday and demanded he receive all of the money - not just a measly $3 million. After all, The Weeknd has bills to pay, too.

The demand led to hastily arranged meetings between Anschutz and The Weeknd's people.

Coachella organizers announced early Wednesday that The Weeknd, 32, and house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia would take over for Ye on Sunday, April 17, and Sunday, April 24.

The source tells Page Six: "Even after Coachella announced the new lineup on Wednesday, a deal wasn't in place for The Weeknd, who threatened to pull out at an hour's notice if he didn't get the same deal as Kanye."

"Finally, on Wednesday — faced with the prospect of a second headline act pulling out of Coachella at the last minute — Anschutz's company caved and agreed to pay The Weeknd the same money," the source said.

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Drakeo The Ruler has died from a stab wound he sustained at a Los Angeles music festival on Saturday, December 18. He was 28.

The rapper, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was stabbed in the neck during a fight between 2 groups of men backstage at the L.A. Exposition Park about 8:30 p.m. local time.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Sunday, Dec. 19, TMZ reported.

The Los Angeles native was one of the acts scheduled to perform during the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival on Saturday. Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent's sets were canceled and the music festival was shut down by police an hour earlier than expected.

LAPD spokesman Officer Luis Garcia told the LA Times that no arrests have been made.

Once Upon a Time in L.A. is the second deadly Live Nation music festival in as many months.

10 concertgoers died during a stampede at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Music Festival in Houston on Nov. 5. Live Nation has been named in more than 100 wrongful death lawsuits stemming from the Astroworld tragedy.

Caldwell was acquitted of murder in 2019 stemming from an incident in Carson, California in 2016. He was also acquitted of 5 attempted murder charges and conspiracy to commit murder.

He was released from prison in November 2020 after serving three years.

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Ezra Blount, the 9-year-old boy who was trampled at Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival, has died.

The family's attorney Ben Crump confirmed Ezra's death in a statement late Sunday. Ezra is the youngest victim of the Astroworld tragedy.

Ezra was pronounced brain dead and removed from life support at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. He had been in a medically-induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain.

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Ezra was sitting on his dad's shoulder when the crowd surged forward as surprise guest Drake took the stage at NRG Park on Nov. 5.

Treston Blount said he lost consciousness and collapsed and his son was trampled when he fell into the crowd.

The unconscious boy was admitted to Texas Children's Hospital under the name John Doe. His frantic family found him hours later and identified him.

Ezra is the second victim to die in the past week, and the tenth Astroworld death overall.

The family filed a lawsuit against Travis Scott and others on Tuesday.

Over 50,000 fans attended Day 1 of what was to be a two-day music festival. Experts say a crowd surge can produce more than 1,000 pounds of pressure at the front of the stage.

Over 100 lawsuits have been filed naming Scott, Live Nation Entertainment, NRG Park, and other entities as co-defendants.

A $26 million insurance policy was in place in case of deaths or injuries. However, lawsuit damages are expected to top $100 million.

Scott, 29, earned over $65 million from Astroworld ticket sales and sponsorships.

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An attorney representing Travis Scott claims the troubled rapper wasn't aware that people were dying as he performed at his Astroworld Festival in Houston.

Nine people died and hundreds were injured during a stampede at the music festival on Nov. 5. But Scott performed for another 40 minutes.

Attorney Edwin F. McPherson claims the rapper was unaware of the chaos and deaths until the next morning.

In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, McPherson called the chaos a "systemic breakdown" and said people should wait for the investigation before "we start pointing fingers at anyone.".

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McPherson claims the rapper nor his crew were ever informed that officials declared the concert a mass casualty event.

"He's up there trying to perform. He does not have any ability to know what's going on down below," McPherson said. "Travis didn't really understand the full effect of everything until the next morning. Truly, he did not know what was going on."

When asked about Scott's history of inciting the crowd to violence, McPherson said the rapper did what any other performer has done.

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"Travis as an artist has really grown up a lot. I have spoken personally to him about this and he really didn't understand the magnitude of his power up on the stage as a young performer. He's really matured over the years."

So far, 150 lawsuits have been filed against Scott, Live Nation Entertainment, and NRG Park where the concert was held.

The festival was insured for $26 million, but wrongful death claims are expected to surpass $100 million.

Scott has earned around $65 million overall from the festival, according to reports.

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Travis Scott has offered to cover the funeral expenses for fans who died at his Astroworld Festival.

TMZ reports Scott will fully cover any and all funeral costs for the 8 people who passed away at the concert this weekend.

The families haven't said if they will accept his offer. A few families created GoFundMe accounts to raise funeral expenses.

According to TMZ, Scott will partner with BetterHelp -- a network of mental health professionals -- to offer mental health services, for free.

Scott also announced he will refund all tickets to Astroworld.

The troubled rapper is desperate to repair his public image amid reports that he has a history of encouraging his fans to harm themselves.

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Bryanna Morales, 17, poses at a makeshift memorial on the NRG Park grounds near where 8 people died. Morales was among hundreds injured during a crowd surge on Friday night.

Morales says she was knocked down twice and injured her foot during the concert. She says "the medical staff was not properly trained. I was taken into the medical tent because I was having a hard time breathing and all they did was hand me a bottle of water and told me to sit in the corner."

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The show will not go on for Travis Scott. Sources say the embattled rapper was dropped as headliner of the upcoming Day N Vegas music festival.

The troubled rapper faces lawsuits and allegations that he put his fans' lives in danger by allegedly encouraging them to sneak into his Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday.

8 people died and hundreds more were injured during a stampede and rumors of fentanyl overdoses in the crowd.

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Scott was scheduled to headline the Day N Vegas festival on Saturday, Nov. 13, but a source says he was asked to withdraw. Other festivals are also contacting Scott's team to express their concerns.

"What music festival wants that kind of publicity?," the source said.

Other sources claim he cancelled because he was "too distraught to play."

On Sunday, the first lawsuit was filed against the rapper, his management, a concert promoter, and NRG Park where the festival was held.

Concertgoer Kristian Paredes says he was "seriously injured during the stampede and crowd surge on Friday.

He is asking for $1 million in damages.

Meanwhile, Scott has offered to refund all tickets to the 2-day Astroworld Festival. Day 2, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, was canceled following the disaster.

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The first lawsuit has been filed against troubled rapper Travis Scott after eight people lost their lives during his Astroworld Festival on Friday.

Kristian Paredes, 23, from Austin, Texas, was "seriously injured" during a deadly stampede at NRG Park in Houston on Nov. 5.

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In the lawsuit, obtained by DailyMail.com, Paredes accused Scott of "inciting the crowd" to surge forward.

Paredes' attorney said people were trampled at the front when Scott initiated a countdown and then emerged onstage with special guest Drake around 9 p.m. Friday. Drake was not among the scheduled performers.

"The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began leaving eight dead and dozens including Kristian Paredes severely injured," the court papers stated.

"Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored," the document says.

The lawsuit said Drake and the other defendants, Live Nation and NRG Park, "knew or should have known of" Scott's "prior conduct."

The lawsuit claimed the injuries and deaths were due to the "negligence, carelessness and recklessness" of the "defendants, their agents, servants and employees, in the ownership, management, maintenance, operation, supervision, and the control of the subject premises."

Paredes is asking for $1 million in damages. He is seeking a jury trial.

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Hours after the tragedy, Scott's Astroworld team released a statement claiming a man was going around injecting people with an unknown substance.

However, an ICU nurse who attended the concert said no one saw a man injecting anyone.

"It was definitely overcrowded," ICU nurse Madeline Eskins told Rolling Stone.

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Eskins said the medical staff were untrained and inexperienced. She said they didn't know how to check for a pulse, and as a result, they performed CPR on people who had a pulse and didn't need chest compressions.

"Some of these medical staff had little to no experience with CPR - didn't know how to check a pulse, carotid or femoral," Eskins wrote on Instagram.

"Compressions were being done without a pulse check so ppl who had a pulse were getting CPR, but meanwhile there was not enough people to rotate out doing compressions on individuals that were actually pulseless. The medical staff didn't have the tools to do their jobs and despite the crowd around us trying to get someone to stop the concert they just kept going, even though Travis acknowledged that someone in the crowd needed an ambulance."

Scott was criticized for finishing his 75-minute set while chaos swirled around him.

On Saturday, Scott shared a video on social media in which he showed no remorse and claimed to care about his fans.
 

 
His words conflicted with his past behavior. The 29-year-old rapper was twice convicted of encouraging fans to jump security barriers and rush the stage at previous concerts.

In 2017, a fan was paralyzed after he was pushed off a "severely overcrowded" balcony during a concert at Terminal 5 in New York City.

Kyle Green's attorneys say Friday's deaths could have been prevented had Scott learned his lesson from the past.

Green, who is in a wheelchair, sued Scott, his management, a concert promoter, and a security company in 2017. His lawsuit is still pending.

Video taken by a fan at the same concert in 2017 shows Scott encouraging another fan to jump from the balcony.

"I see you, but are you gonna do it?" Scott repeatedly asked the fan. "They gonna catch you. Don't be scared. Don't be scared!"

Watch the video below.
 

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At least eight people died and over 300 were injured during a stampede at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday night.

8 people, including a 10-year-old boy, were pronounced dead at area hospitals. 23 others are hospitalized.

Police say the dead and injured were trampled when 50,000 people surged over barricades at the front of the stage on Day 1 of the sold out music festival at NRG Park.

Officials referred to the incident as a "mass casualty event" during a press conference on Saturday morning.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said authorities have "heard rumors of people injecting people with drugs" at the show, but added "I think it's very important that none of us speculate."

A source close to concert organizers told the NY Post:

"This was a targeted attack on innocent people, including a child. People were being spiked against their own will. The crowd surge was from panic because people were running for safety."

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Scott and fellow rapper Drake were performing onstage at the time of the fatal stampede around 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Angry fans took to Twitter to criticize Scott for not stopping the concert as his fans lay dying.

Footage shot at the scene shows paramedics performing CPR on unresponsive fans on the ground.

Social media influencer and reality star Kylie Jenner and her thee-year-old daughter, Stormi, both attended her boyfriend Travis Scott's concert. Kylie's sister, model Kendall Jenner, was also backstage. They were not injured.

The 29-year-old "Sicko Mode" rapper, real name Jacques Webster II, is best known for his hit singles "Antidote", "Mafia" and "Escape Plan" and for fathering two children with Kylie, 24.

Day 2 of Scott's Astroworld Festival has been canceled.

Watch video of fans breaking through a fence below.
 

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The Jacksons will perform a tribute to their late brother Michael Jackson when they headline the Happy Days Festival this Saturday, August 28.

The famed brothers - Marlon Jackson, 64, Jermaine Jackson, 66, Jackie Jackson, 70, and Tito Jackson, 67, will headline the festival in Surrey, England.

The group will perform in concert the day before what would have been Michael's 63rd birthday on Sunday, August 29.

Tito Jackson revealed he and his siblings will sing a selection of songs by the King of Pop - who died in June 2009 at the age of 50.

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When asked if Michael would be remembered during their set, Tito said:

"Absolutely, it's going to be fun. We will sing songs from his albums, like Rock With You and Can't Let You Get Away.

"We've been doing tributes to Michael for some time now, it's one of my favorite parts of the show. We miss him and we miss being on records on with him."

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15-year-old Michael is pictured performing with brothers Marlon, left, and Jackie, right, in London in 1974.

The Happy Days gig is the first time The Jacksons will be back on stage since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Tito says those in attendance can expect all the hits from the Jackson 5's Motown days.

He told BANG Showbiz:

"I'm excited. The fans can expect to hear the Jackson 5 hit records with a lot of energy."

 

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Rapper Lil Kim was spotted doing some early morning retail therapy at Balmain on Melrose Place after a night of partying at Floyd Mayweather's 43rd birthday bash in Hollywood.

The iconic rapper is in heavy demand for appearances at music festivals. The mom-of-one is booked to appear at Snoop Dogg's Lovers & Friends music festival. Lil Kim took to social media to announce "The check has cleared."

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The 44-year-old "Get Money" rapper is also booked to perform at Atlanta Funk Fest 2020 on the weekend of May 29 and 30. Kim is on the bill alongside Missy Elliott, Ludacris, Xscape, T.I., The-Dream, Bobby V, Tweet and more.

Tickets are available at the Funk Fest website or call 1-800-514-3849.

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