BTS unveils upcoming docuseries ‘BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star’

Variety, a US-based entertainment media house, the seven-member band said in the trailer that viewers can expect to hear frank “stories of our growth from our debut to today,” as well as never-before-seen footage. “We invite you all to the stories of our blood, sweat, and tears,” RM stated, referring to a song from the South Korean boy band’s second studio album.

“I hope you find new sides of us that are previously unseen,” added Jung Kook.

According to the tweet, Beyond the Star is an “exclusive #DisneyPlusSG series,” but it is unclear whether “Beyond the Star” will be available solely in Singapore or if it will be shown abroad. Disney+ representatives did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

According to Variety, the announcement of the impending docuseries comes while the ensemble focuses on their individual pursuits.

BTS announced earlier this year that they would be taking a sabbatical to focus on their individual professions while underlining that this would not be a permanent arrangement. They’ve certainly delivered on their promise, as the band continues to push group content, such as the upcoming series, while still pursuing lucrative solo pursuits.

The group is also subject to mandatory military duty in South Korea, which is slated to last until 2025.

According to Variety, Jin will reportedly be the first in line for service because he is the eldest member of the group.

In October, the singer collaborated with Coldplay on his new solo track The Astronaut, while J-Hope released his first official solo album, Jack in the Box, and headlined Lollapalooza in July.

Jung Kook performed in the World Cup Opening Ceremony in Qatar, and RM is preparing to release his debut solo album, “Indigo,” this Friday, December 2.

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Kygo and Jack White to headline first Aspen Palm Tree Music Festival

Palm Tree Festival headliner Kygo.
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It’s official, folks: The lineup for the inaugural Palm Tree Music Festival — produced by Belly Up, alongside Kygo’s Palm Tree Crew and live-event production company C3 Presents — has been released, and there is a lot of great music to look forward to.  

“We are two kids from Aspen that want to have fun and bring fun stuff to the community we love,” said Danny Goldberg, who co-runs Belly Up with his older brother, David Goldberg, and father, Michael Goldberg.

Headlining Friday, Feb 23, is 12-time Grammy Award winning, singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Jack White. White, credited for being one of the key artists in the garage-rock revival of the early 2000s, is considered one of the most innovative guitarists of all time.

He found commercial and critical success with his band, The White Stripes’ 2001 breakthrough album White Blood Cells, with the hit single and music video “Fell in Love with a Girl.” In 2005, White founded The Raconteurs with Brendon Benson and, in 2009, The Dead Weather with Alison Mosshart of The Kills. Since then, he has enjoyed a successful solo career, most recently releasing two new albums in 2022, Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive, for which he is currently touring.

“The key for us was to find a way to have a diverse lineup that feels like it hadn’t been done before but where the artists complemented each other. Obviously, Kygo and Jack White are very different sonically, but they are two incredible artists,” said David Goldberg.

Saturday’s headliner, Norwegian Electronic Dance Music (EDM) DJ and producer Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, a.k.a Kygo, is a long-time friend and collaborator of the Goldbergs.

Danny Goldberg explained: “With Kygo (and his team), they have a history with Aspen. They have played Belly Up. They have done X Games. They have always wanted to do something here. They have Palm Tree Music Festival in the Hamptons, as well as other locations. They could have said, ‘We want to go somewhere else,’ but, for them to say, ‘We want to do Aspen with you guys,’ it meant something to David and I, and we took it and ran with it.”

Kygo found international success with his popular remixes and sellout shows in North America and Europe including: TomorrowWorld and Findings. His first Sony Music Entertainment track, “Firestone,” released at the end of 2014, has amassed over 47 million+ plays across SoundCloud, 831 million+ on YouTube, and over 940 million+ plays on Spotify — peaking at No. 4 in the worldwide Spotify chart.

To help pull off the logistical side of such a complex undertaking, they also partnered with a company Danny Goldberg knows well since he began his music career working with them: C3 Presents, which “produce two of the most iconic multi-day music festivals, like Austin City Limits in Texas and Lollapalooza — both in Chicago and in its six international editions, drawing over combined 2 million music lovers annually,” according to the festival’s press release.

“Our partners are like family to us,” said Danny Goldberg. “I did my first internship at C3, actually. They are the ones that solidified, for me personally, that this is definitely the business, the music business, that I want to be in, for sure. And, all the major festivals they throw, how well they are run, and their attention to detail, like David and I, it was just a no-brainer on that one,”

Other artists set to perform Friday night are self described “melodic house artist,” musician, songwriter, DJ and Producer Gryffin and Los Angeles-based Indie-pop artists Cannons, who just released their third studio album Fever Dream in March 2022.

Saturday will feature one of the most exciting new performers to hit the scene: pop-rock, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist King Princess and indie-electronic music duo Forester.

Making this event accessible to locals was top of mind for the Goldberg brothers.

“Something we really wanted to offer, and we were able to pull off was two sets of locals’ early-bird tickets — one for $85 for the two days, and the other is $195 for both days before we go into general sales,” said David Goldberg. “It’s intended for the people work and live in the Valley; we wanted to take care of our own.”

To ensure that Roaring Fork Valley residents have an opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public at a discounted price, the Goldbergs released a locals’-only presale code which The Aspen Times printed on page A2 of Wednesday’s edition, limited to one ticket per person, to be picked up in person only. Presale begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, followed by general tickets sales at 2 p.m.

“We just want to give people the best experience that they can have in this town. We have an appreciation for the people that have traveled very far or just two minutes, or whatever it is to support us, so we want to give every person the same world-class experience, world-class music, and world-class fun,” Danny Goldberg said.

Palm Tree Festival, Aspen lineup.

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A look back at the metaverse in 2022: Hype, investments and marketing moves

This year, 2022, can be considered a fruitful year for metaverse investments, though doubts about the viability of the virtual world still cross some stakeholders’ minds. Last year, companies and venture capital firms pooled $57 billion in stakes, but that amount has since been surpassed by the $120+ billion recorded this year, according to a report by McKinsey. Despite the tragic outing of Meta in Q3 2022, the computerized reality remains a mystery that plenty of businesses want to unravel and commercialize. 

In an always-on environment where events occur in real-time, Gartner expects 25% of people to be in the digital space for at least one hour daily by 2026. The metaverse symbolizes a new way for individuals and companies to interact with technology. Its use cases stretch from the usual culprits like blockchain and gaming, to the rehabilitation of patients, digital fashion and much more. Some of the popular industry leaders actively involved in unlocking the metaverse’s seemingly limitless potential include Twitter, Microsoft and Spotify. 

Although Web3 awareness is at an all-time high and translates into serious competition, Asaf Fybish CEO and cofounder of GuerillaBuzz, a Web3 marketing agency, believes there’s much to unravel in the next few years. Although Fybish admits that budgeting and strategy for short-term metaverse goals have recently changed due to the ‘bear market,’ he says, “marketing in the metaverse will become increasingly prioritized over the next two to four years ahead.”

On top of that, Fybish told VentureBeat that, “More [marketing] dollars would go into the metaverse in the next coming years as major brands continue to shift their marketing spending toward the emergent metaverse space.”

While allocating a sizable amount of an organization’s marketing budget to metaverse efforts might seem frivolous, the ability to develop and personalize new worlds for customers is a hill many are willing to die on.

Controversial, but growing

It’s not uncommon for new ideas to get fiercely contested, and that’s largely been the case for the metaverse in 2022. The blazing buzz about the metaverse seems to have divided many experts. Mark Zuckerberg’s explanation in 2021 described it as the next stage of technology where “you’re in the experience, not just looking at it.” However, respondents to a 2022 PEW Research study consider the metaverse to be the crop of marketing hype. 

To Steve Wilson, one of the survey’s participants and founder of Lockstep Consulting, the metaverse “ is not well enough defined for us to make predictions about a fully immersive experience being more important by 2040.” Wilson believes it should be allowed to evolve naturally, noting that “digital renditions of reality may convey excitement, but then the risk of adoption isn’t receiving adequate consideration.”

Meanwhile, the differing opinions on what the metaverse is and should be hasn’t stopped its growth. Findings from Statista in 2021 revealed a market revenue of $38.85 billion and estimated the figure to hit $47.48 billion. In 2030, the segment is predicted to be worth at least $678.8 billion.

Just as different opinions of the metaverse’s capabilities exist, industry players have also unveiled varied purposes for it. And while opting to build virtual environments or enabling team collaboration using a digital community are two interesting — yet separate — paths, what should any brand expect from the virtual world next year? 

Forrester predicts that many businesses will transition from employing customer-centric NFT art to providing extraordinary customer experiences. Hang, a business-to-business (B2B) startup, aligns with the research firm. Currently, it is focused on using NFTs to redefine loyalty programs for clients like Budweiser, Bleacher Report and Superfly. 

As previously mentioned, some brands may leverage the artificial universe to elevate employee engagement. Workplace collaboration can increase productivity, raise the problem-solving rate and reduces the workload. One way to keep the team happy is to integrate metaverse-driven technology in the office. Forester also anticipates that frequent encounters with such tools will build familiarity, leading to widespread adoption for personal use. 

Last year, Microsoft announced Mesh, a Teams feature that blends existing modes “Together” and “Presenter” to make remote meetings more immersive. Google, Slack and Zoom are expected to roll out similar offerings in the next year.

On another side of the coin, security concerns about the metaverse deserve serious considerations. Given that data collection in the virtual world is automatic and steady, the odds of these assets being stolen are great. Additionally, aspects of the metaverse like blockchain, AR and VR, are considered likely targets for hacks. Therefore, data security should be accounted for in the yearly budget to help teams truly scale in the relatively digital future.

Beyond its conceivable advantages and incredible market potential, it’s smart to question whether to invest in the fulfillment of a virtual realm.  Despite a looming economic recession, corporations have sunk billions of dollars into this venture. However, spending on the cause isn’t enough; you need direction, too. 

Partnering with trusted specialists in the industry gives companies access to proven techniques, as well as the guts to execute them. One of the outlets providing businesses with the much-needed focus on metaverse strategy is Invisible North. Similar to what Hang is doing, New York-based Invisible North aided the emergence of an on-site NFT experience at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year. This is one of its many projects. 

Apart from collaborating with creative agencies for long-term metaverse projects, businesses should also set realistic goals and be open to consistent iterations. One of the downsides to experimenting with a simulated reality is that it’s evolving, meaning that nothing is certain and that frequent innovation is needed. Perhaps this is why organizations looking to assume leadership in the metaverse must now consider appointing a chief metaverse officer — someone who can effectively serve as the conductor in the metaverse’s royal orchestra.

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Who are the members of Fleetwood Mac and when did Christine McVie join the band?

AFTER hitting the airwaves in the 1970s, the members of Fleetwood Mac went on to become music industry icons.

The band consisted of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie.

Fleetwood Mac from left to right: Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, the late Christine McVie, and John McVie


Fleetwood Mac from left to right: Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, the late Christine McVie, and John McVieCredit: Getty

Who are the members of Fleetwood Mac?

Fleetwood Mac’s original lineup included Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie.

In July 1967, the band was formed by the late Peter Green, Mick, and John in London.

Prior to the group’s formation, Fleetwood’s founding members Peter, Mick, and John were a part of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

When they left the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood was born as a result.

Stevie Nicks heartbroken as Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie dies aged 79
Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie: A look at Fleetwood Mac's ups and downs

Regarding the band’s formative years, Mick recalled to LOUDER: “A lot of people always thought there was some plot in the ranks of the Bluesbreakers because three out of the four people that formed Fleetwood Mac – Johnny Mac, me, and Peter – came out of that line-up.

“Everyone very often thinks that we planned to dump John Mayall and form this band. Absolutely not true.

“We had no idea. I went. Shortly after that, Peter got a hair up his rear end about wanting to move on, and he left.”

The musician added: “That’s when he formed the beginnings of Fleetwood Mac with me.

“Then we wanted John McVie to join…but it was not a plot at all.

“In fact, Peter had no intention of doing anything at all before he approached me.”

On May 20, 1970, Peter departed Fleetwood Mac and performed his last concert with the group that day.

On December 31, 1974, the collective was completed when Mick asked Lindsey and Stevie to join the lineup.

Before Christine's death, Fleetwood Mac split and reunited several times


Before Christine’s death, Fleetwood Mac split and reunited several timesCredit: AP

The roster of Mich, John, Lindsey, Stevie, and Christine is the roster familiar to audiences today.

Among their fans, this iteration is commonly referred to as the Rumours lineup of Fleetwood.

When did Christine McVie join the band?

In May 1969, Christine Perfect, who fans know as Christine McVie, became a member of Fleetwood Mac.

She was recruited a year before John Green’s departure and five years before Stevie and Lindsey came aboard the group.

In reflection of the band’s early era, the late Christine revealed to Rolling Stone: “Even though I am quite a peaceful person, I did enjoy that storm.

“Although it’s said that we fought a lot, we actually did spend a lot of our time laughing. So, that must have been forgotten.

“I was supposedly like the Mother Teresa who would hang out with everybody or just try and [keep] everything nice and cool and relaxed.”

She remembered: “But they were great people, they were great friends.

“I was always happy with Stevie and Lindsey and loved what they brought to the table musically. I loved working with them.

“Mick and John and Stevie and I all got on well, contrary to public opinion.”

When did Fleetwood split?

Following the conclusion of their 1982 tour Mirage Tour, Fleetwood took a hiatus to focus on solo endeavors.

In early 1987, the five members reunited for their fourteenth studio album Tango in the Night.

On August 8, 1987, Lindsey left the group after an altercation with Stevie at Christine’s house.

Besides a reunion performance at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball on January 19, 1993, the five musicians did not come together again for a number of years.

In March 1997, Lindsey, Christine, Stevie, Mick, and John officially reformed Fleetwood Mac.

In 1998, this particular lineup disbanded again when Christine left the band.

In September 2013, the Rumours lineup reconvened when Christine rejoined.

Prior to Christine’s death on November 30, 2022, the Rumours lineup toured an additional two times and their last concert tour ended in 2019.

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Country ‘mega-star’ Blake Shelton headlining Island music festival in 2023

Get ready for a boot-stompin’ good time.

American country music singer Blake Shelton is headlining Sunfest Country Music Festival — a four-day-long event to envelop Laketown Ranch in the Cowichan Valley Aug. 3-6, 2023, organizers announced Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to announce our first 2023 headliner! Mega-star Blake Shelton will be performing Sunday, August 6 at Sunfest!” festival organizers wrote to Facebook.

Having sold over 52 million singles and 13 million albums in the U.S. alone, Shelton has notched 14 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including Austin, The Baby, Some Beach and, most recently, God’s Country.

Aside from singing, he’s a television personality serving as a judge on the reality-competition show The Voice since its inception in 2011, with Gwen Stefani, his now-wife, joining the panel three years later.

Shelton, born in Ada, Oklahoma, is also the recipient of numerous accolades, including 10 Country Music Association awards and as many CMT awards, and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2010.

Sunfest 2022 saw Darius Rucker, Dallas Smith and Randy Bachman perform, while other country singers like Jason Alden, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have performed in years past.

The full line-up for 2023 has not yet been revealed, though more artist announcements are “coming soon,” according to a post on Sunfest’s website.

Organizers say limited single-day and full weekend passes for the upcoming festival go on sale online here at 9 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 2, but encourage people to “get ahead of the stampede” of ticket purchasers by subscribing to their newsletter for pre-sale access.

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Phase II and Friends hosting Christmas fundraiser concert in Cornwall Dec. 4

CORNWALL, P.E.I. — Phase II and Friends will host a Christmas fundraiser concert at West River United Church in Cornwall on Dec. 4.

The band is hitting the church stage at 2:30 p.m. to perform traditional music and new songs by entertainers such as Gwen Steffani, Blake Shelton, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, BTO and Johnny Reid. The concert will raise money for the church.

Group spokesperson Gerry Hickey said the band prides itself on not doing the same old Christmas concert traditions.

“Our musicians are very capable and love to be challenged. They would be bored doing the same songs year after year. A song needn’t be brand new to have a new feel, either,” said Hickey.

“Gwen Steffani has a new version of Jingle Bells, with just enough innovation to make it interesting. Randy Bachman, of BTO fame, wrote Christmas lyrics to the super hit Takin’ Care of Business, changing it to Takin’ Care of Christmas.”

Tickets for the event can be bought by calling the church office at 902-566-4052 or Hickey at 902-393-3251.

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Yoo Jae-seok, Lee Kwang-soo, BTS, NCT 127: Upcoming Korean shows announced at Disney Content Showcase 2022, Entertainment News

From thrilling crime K-dramas to K-pop documentaries that promise viewers an exclusive look off the stage, fans of Korean entertainment can look forward to exciting titles that are slated to come on Disney+.

This comes after Disney’s announcement today (Nov 30) at their Disney Content Showcase, held at Marina Bay Sands until tomorrow.

Here are some new titles that were announced at the event.

Call It Love

Director Lee Kwang-young and actors Kim Young-kwang and Lee Sung-kyung officially announce their new K-drama Call It Love today, which is set to launch on Disney+ next year.

Centered around the main protagonist Woo-joo, Call It Love follows her on a downward spiral after she discovers her father’s infidelity.

Her situation goes from bad to worse when her father unexpectedly dies and his mistress kicks her out of the family home. While she plans her revenge, Woo-joo falls in love with a man who turns out to be the son of the woman who ruined her life.


Starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo and Jo In-sung, Moving is based on a popular webtoon by Kang Full and tells the story of three teenagers who discover they’ve inherited unusual powers from their secret agent parents.

The Worst of Evil

Set in 1990s Korea, The Worst of Evil follows an investigative task force as their undercover officer Park Joon-mo infiltrates a new criminal organisation responsible for fuelling a drug trafficking triangle.

Starring Ji Chang-wook, Wi Ha-jun and Lim Se-mi, production is currently underway on this new crime drama.

Also read: I couldn’t afford to slack off when I was younger’: Ji Chang-wook on how things got better in showbiz for him

Shadow Detective Season 2

Lee Sung-min, Gyeong Su-jin, and Lee Hak-joo return for another series of Shadow Detective. With the stakes now higher than ever, will Detective Taek-rok (Sung-min) be able to solve his final case before it’s too late?

ALSO READ: Shadow Detective review: Lee Sung-min in brooding, convoluted crime K-drama that longs for better days


Written by acclaimed screenwriter Kim Roo-ri and starring Lee Yeon-hee, Moon So-ri, Hong Jong-hyun and Chung Yun-ho, Race is about a mediocre employee who unleashes her potential after discovering she was hired at her top-tier publicity company for diversity reasons.

Soundtrack #2

Music enthusiasts Hyun-seo and Su-ho met as a vocalist and keyboardist in a college band and fell in love, spending almost every day together for six years.

However, once they graduated, the pressures of life began to build and the two eventually split. Four years after their breakup, fate brings them back together again, but will they be able to rekindle what they once had?

The Zone 2: Survival Mission

Following a breakout first season, veteran entertainers Yoo Jae-seok, Lee Kwang-soo and Kwon Yu-ri return to The Zone for a second season of the hilarious variety show that will challenge them to survive several everyday disaster scenarios. 

Super Junior: The Last Man Standing

On Nov 6, 2005, K-pop group Super Junior 05 made their debut. First leaving their mark on Asia, they rapidly grew, becoming Super Junior and leaving amazed audiences across the world.

In Super Junior: The Last Man Standing, viewers are taken behind-the-scenes in a one-of-a-kind exploration of the group and its members, offering new insights into the modern K-pop industry.

NCT 127 The Lost Boys

Documenting the popular Korean boy band on their 2022-2023 World Tour across North America, South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, NCT 127 The Lost Boys will follow Mark, Johnny and Yuta in a series that tracks the band’s growth and success over the years.

J-Hope Solo Documentary

Following pop star J-Hope in the lead-up to his recently released solo album, this upcoming documentary features never-before-seen interviews with J-Hope, a behind-the-scenes look at his solo album preparation process, his 2022 Lollapalooza performance and a unique look at the album’s listening party.

BTS Monuments: Beyond the Stars 

An exclusive Disney+ original, this music docu-series will chart the incredible journey of pop icons BTS.

With unprecedented access to a vast library of music and footage over the past nine years, the series will feature the daily lives, thoughts and plans of the members as they prepare for their second chapter.

K-drama enthusiasts can also look forward to some new titles in December, such as Connect starring Jung Hae-in (debuting on Dec 7) and Big Bet featuring Lee Dong-hwi and Heo Sung-tae (debuting on Dec 21).

ALSO READ: Park Seo-joon officially part of The Marvels and other Marvel reveals at Disney Content Showcase 2022

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Jack White, Kygo headlining inaugural Aspen music festival

ASPEN, Colo. (KDVR) – A first-of-its-kind music festival, with performances from the former frontman of the White Stripes, will be held in Aspen later this winter. Tickets go on presale Thursday.

An announcement on Wednesday revealed that the inaugural two-day Palm Tree Music Festival Aspen will take place on Feb. 24 and 25 at Rio Grande Park.

“We are super proud to launch our first winter edition of Palm Tree Music Festival in Aspen and build something that has never been done during the peak winter season in the middle of downtown Aspen. Palm Tree Crew is making history here in Aspen and we are stoked to finally see this event come to life,” co-founder of Palm Tree Crew Myles Shear said.

This celebration of music in Colorado’s ski country is the first from the Palm Tree Crew to take place in a wintry setting. Previous events have been held in Croatia, Cabo San Lucas and the Hamptons, so this ski country-based festival is sure to be unique in comparison.

Here are the acts scheduled to take to the stage in February:

Friday, Feb. 24 lineup

Saturday, Feb. 25 lineup

  • Kygo
  • King Princess
  • Forester (Live)

“I can’t wait to bring Palm Tree Festival to Aspen this winter. I’ve played at Belly Up and the X Games before but this one is going to be very special,” co-founder of the Palm Tree Crew and co-headliner for the festival, Kygo said.

Two-Day General Admission and 2-Day VIP presale tickets will be up for grabs on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., but you must sign up for the presale code ahead of time.

The public sale will kick off one day later on Friday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and will also be accessible through the music festival’s website.

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Kanye West Faces Lawsuits Over Unpaid Bills, Uncredited Music Samples

  • Kanye West went without business partners after they abandoned him for antisemitic tirades. 
  • He tried that earlier with his music and has been hit with copyright lawsuits related to sampling.
  • West has also been dogged in recent years by lawsuits alleging he stiffed employees and contractors.

When Kanye West released his eleventh album, “Donda 2,” earlier this year, he shed his usual business infrastructure.

He didn’t release it under Def Jam Recordings, the Universal-owned label he’s called home since his first album, “The College Dropout,” in 2004. He didn’t even use GOOD Music, the record label he personally founded.

Instead, he released it himself. West — who also goes by the name Ye — decided to put “Donda 2” on the Stem Player, a music remixing device he helped invent that costs about $200.

No one can be quite sure if “Donda 2” was a flop, since Billboard refused to chart it, but the rollout was a disaster. Many fans simply pirated the album instead of paying for a Stem Player. And what followed was a thicket of lawsuits from people who alleged West failed to properly credit their songs when using samples for the album.

The “Donda 2” fiasco foreshadows the legal risks West now faces as major brands and financial partners have abandoned him for his hateful conspiracy theories and violent threats toward Jews. He has already fallen fast from grace, losing fans and, he said, owing the IRS $50 million, apparently unable to hire capable tax advisors.

Yet without the usual corporate infrastructure behind his projects, West has been busy planning independent fashion projects without any major backers and launching a presidential campaign with a ragtag group of white nationalists.

If recent history is any indication, he’ll have a host of more legal problems soon.

Lawsuits allege West failed to get rights for songs sampled in ‘Donda 2’

Earlier this month, a recording label sued West, alleging he violated the company’s copyright by knowingly sampling the song “South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions on his song “Life of the Party.”

West knew the song infringed on the copyright, according to the lawsuit, because his clearance agent asked for permission to use it on “Donda 2” but never actually got it.

“The communications confirmed that South Bronx had been incorporated into the Infringing Track even though West had yet to obtain such license,” the lawsuit says. “Upon information and belief, despite the fact that final clearance for use of South Bronx in the Infringing Track was never authorized, the Infringing Track was nevertheless reproduced, sold, distributed, publicly performed and exploited in numerous ways.”

Worse still, according to the lawsuit, West and his pals used “Life of the Party” to market the Stem Player. The Stem Player itself encourages more copyright infringement, the lawsuit alleges, since it allows people to split songs “into stems that can then be freely customized and manipulated using the device.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: Kanye West aka Ye is seen on October 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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The lawsuit followed a similar one from June, in which another label alleged West sampled a different song on a “Donda 2” track without permission.

“Specifically, West’s song ‘Flowers’ — reportedly written about his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian — directly samples an iconic song written by another Chicago native, Marshall Jefferson, in 1986,” the lawsuit says. “That song, titled ‘Move Your Body,’ and known as ‘The House Music Anthem,’ is instantly recognizable; the unauthorized sample taken by West is repeated at least 22 times throughout ‘Flowers.'”

On October 31, US District Judge Analisa Torres, who is overseeing the case, ordered the parties to prepare for a trial since they failed to come to a settlement.

Unfortunately for West, her order was issued just after he threatened to go “death con 3” on Jews. His lawyers at Greenberg Traurig LLP asked Torres to let them withdraw from the case. They filed their reasoning under seal, but Torres indicated she’s inclined to grant their request so long as they can prove they serve West with documents telling him they’re dumping him.

Representatives for West and for Greenberg Trauring didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

West allegedly sampled people’s prayers in his songs without paying them

Virtually every popular music artist is sued by lesser-known artists over alleged copyright infringement. It’s part of the business.

What makes West unique is his proclivity for sampling from unexpected places. His song “Come to Life,” on his 2021 album “Donda,” features part of a sermon running as a refrain as West sings about sadness and salvation.

Bishop David Paul Moten, a Texas-based pastor who says he gave the sermon, sued West in May, alleging it was used without his permission and that neither West nor his music producers ever paid him for the sample.

“Defendants willfully and without the permission or consent of Plaintiff extensively sampled portions of the Sermon,” the lawsuit said. “Over the span of several years, Defendants have demonstrated an alarming pattern and practice of willfully and egregiously sampling sound recordings of others without consent or permission.”

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INDIO, CALIF. – APRIL 21: Kanye West’s Easter Sunday Service during Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Indio, Calif.

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A later court filing indicated Moten planned to temporarily withdraw the lawsuit as he obtained a copyright for his sermon. Moten told Insider the lawsuit is “definitely ongoing” and referred all questions to his attorney, who didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

In January 2021, West reached a settlement over a comparable situation.

In 2019, the guardians of a 4-year-old girl (identified as “NG” in court filings) sued West for sampling her prayers, which went viral on Instagram, in his track “Ultralight Beam.”

A member of West’s team reached out to obtain permission just days before the song was released, in 2016, but the parties ultimately hadn’t reached a written agreement and didn’t establish how much West would pay for the usage of the prayer audio, according to the lawsuit.

Court records show the parties arrived at a settlement after the girl’s guardians successfully convinced the judge overseeing the case to force West to sit for a deposition.

West has a track record of failing to pay people who work for him

Aside from allegedly pilfering songs, West has been hit with a smattering of lawsuits in recent years alleging he failed to pay for work done on his behalf.

Those lawsuits include:

All of these lawsuits were filed in the last three years and remain pending. West has either denied the allegations or has not yet responded in court filings.

He has settled, however, in one similar case. In September of 2021, he reached an agreement with MyChannel, a company that alleged West stiffed it millions of dollars. The terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed in court.

MyChannel, the lawsuit said, spent months developing proprietary technology at West’s request for his fashion brands, only for West to fail to deliver on a promised investment in the company. The company squandered months on the work, even relocating its headquarters to better closely work with West.

In the end, the lawsuit alleged, West used a rip-off of MyChannel’s e-commerce technology to sell his clothing at a concert. It was so blatant, according to the lawsuit, that even West’s confidants praised MyChannel for the work.

When MyChannel followed up with West’s manager after the concert, the company received no response, the lawsuit says.

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