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Migos will pay $30,000 to settle a Fyre Festival lawsuit

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The group were hit with a lawsuit last year, alongside other artists and influencers, for their involvement in the ill-fated festival

Migos are to pay $30,000 (or just under £26,000) to settle an ongoing case that revolves around Fyre Festival. Remember Fyre Festival, when hoarding and mass panic were confined to a small island in the Bahamas? Those were the days.

The group were sued for their involvement in the star-studded festival last year – along with influencers such as Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, and musicians including Blink-182 and Pusha T – with the event’s trustee Gregory Messer attempting to reclaim money paid out unlawfully for talent and promotion.

Apparently, Messer aims to retrieve the money for investors who made losses on the festival. Among those he is targeting are artists who didn’t even turn up (presumably because they noticed something was pretty shady leading up to the festival).

Migos were paid $100,000 to play at the event, according to NME, but have agreed to pay the $30,000 sum “as full and final settlement and complete satisfaction of any claims the Trustee has raised against the Defendant”.

Up to $500,000 was allegedly paid out to other individual artists to appear, such as Blink-182, while Nue Agency reportedly received $730k for Pusha T, Desiigner, and Tyga.

Fyre Fest founder Billy McFarland, meanwhile, is serving six years in jail for fraud, where he’s also writing a book to chronicle the event (ofc).

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Blood, butts and Cara Delevingne in Halsey’s new music video

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Singer Halsey releases a new ultra-trash music video. Violence, sex and Cara Delevingne are mixed together in “Nightmare”.

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Virtual Reality company buys Napster, aims to create “truly next generation” streaming service

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MelodyVR, a virtual reality platform, has purchased streaming giant Napster for $70million (£53m).

Founded in 1999 as a pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing Internet software that emphasized sharing MP3s, the platform served 10.8 billion streams two decades later in 2019, with annual revenues of $113 million.

Now, MelodyVR, who hosted virtual festival Wireless Connect back in June, have acquired Napster, stating that they wish to transform it into “a truly next generation music service.”

Anthony Matchett, the CEO of MelodyVR, said: “MelodyVR’s acquisition of Napster will result in the development of the first ever music entertainment platform which combines immersive visual content and music streaming. For music fans today, live and recorded music are intrinsically linked. We are as keen to see our favourite artists perform live as we are to listen to their albums.

In July this year, London’s Brixton Academy was announced as the venue for a series of live, 360-degree, Virtual Reality gigs presented by Live Nation U.K. and MelodyVR. While no line-ups or dates have been announced yet, ‘Live From O2 Academy Brixton’ promises immersive experiences for fans. Those who “attend” will be able to choose a particular spot in the venue from which to watch the show via the MelodyVR app.

American group Cypress Hill, who were due to kick off a world tour earlier this year, livestreamed a performance from the band’s studio via MelodyVR in June.

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Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die Had The Biggest Week Of Any Album in 2020

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When Juice WRLD tragically died at age 21 late last year, he left behind so much — a career that promised to keep climbing higher, a loyal fanbase, and, as prolific artists tend to have, a vault of unreleased material he’d been hard at work on. That’s why it’s no surprise that his third album (and first posthumous one), Legends Never Die, is a smash, including collaborations with Halsey, Trippie Redd, Marshmello, and more.

How much of a smash? YesYou! reports that Legends Never Die had the biggest week for any album in 2020 yet, debuting at No. 1 on the Yes You! 200 albums chart and moving 497,000 units. That makes it the largest streaming week for the year and fourth-largest streaming frame for an album, ever.

Legends Never Die is Juice WRLD’s second No. 1 album following 2019’s Death Race for Love, which spawned the singles “Robbery” and “Hear Me Calling.” It also replaces another posthumous album at the top of the chart: Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, from late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, which topped the chart last week.

Halsey, whose collab “Life’s a Mess” was released as the project’s third single, remembered her friend fondly on Instagram with a touching tribute upon its release. “Juice was one of the greatest people I have ever known, and one of the most brilliant artists we will ever live to witness,” she wrote. “A true genius who had lyric and melody spilling out of him without any second thought or hesitation. And a beautiful soul who believed in spreading love and creating a community for people to feel less alone.”

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