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Forbes has released their list of the highest paid musicians. Music sales, touring, endorsement deals and business ventures have helped these artists gross over $30 million from June 2012 - June 2013.
Beyonce came in at number nine, grossing in $53 million. Diddy came in at number 11, making $50 million. Pop princess Rihanna came in at 16 with $43 million, while Jay Z came in at 18, making $42 million.
Madonna topped the list, making $125 million, while Lady Gaga came in at number two, making $80 million. Other notables on the list includes Jennifer Lopez who came in at number 14, making $45 million and Dr. Dre who bought in $40 million in the past year.
Check out the full list below:
1. Madonna – $125 million
2. Lady Gaga – $80 million
3. Bon Jovi – $79 million
4. Toby Keith – $65 million
5. Coldplay – $64 million
6. Justin Bieber – $58 million
7. Taylor Swift – $55 million
8. Elton John – $54 million
9. Beyonce – $53 million
9. Kenny Chesney – $53 million
11. Diddy – $50 million
12. Paul McCartney – $47 million
13. Calvin Harris – $46 million
14. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
15. Roger Waters – $44 million
16. Muse – $43 million
16. Rihanna – $43 million
18. Jay Z – $42 million
18. One Direction – $42 million
20. Dr. Dre – $40 million
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $40 million
22. The Rolling Stones – $39 million
22. Katy Perry – $39 million
24. Tim McGraw – $33 million
25. Pink – $32 million
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who missed all of last season while recovering from reconstructive surgery to his left knee, injured his right knee during the third quarter of Friday night's 98-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and did not return.
Following the game, he left the trainer's room on crutches and appeared to be in considerable pain.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose will have an MRI on the knee Saturday in Los Angeles after flying there with the team.
Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in April 2012.
He lost his footing while trying to change direction to get back on defense when Nicolas Batum stole a pass from Joakim Noah and started the other way. It didn't appear there was any contact on the play, but Rose limped across the court and couldn't put any weight on his knee. After the Blazers scored, he came out of the game during a timeout.
What a pleasant surprise! Drake is on tour right now, but still makes time time to workout, and we love the results!
Seeing Drake with his shirt off is actually groundbreaking, he usually is always fully clothed, but we love this new 6 pack confident Drake. He posted the above photo with the caption:
"Tour workouts with @ovojonnyroxx"
Well confriggin grats Drake, make sure you keep on with the workouts, and showing us the progress! yumm Check out the pictures HERE Drake recently had an off day, this is what he does: Source: Instagram
Although Kendrick Lamar currently holds the title as GQ Rapper of the Yearhe decided to boycott the publications 'Men of the Year’ gala. Kendrick Lamar felt that the opportunity to be honored as a Man Of The Year was extraordinary, until being criticized for not taking the road of excessive drinking, clubbing and tons of women every night. He also was offended that the writer decided to bring light to the amount of gang violence in the rappers hometown Compton, and how it effects hip hop. Kendrick and his team felt the MC was "misrepresented." Lamar felt this was a milestone in his career, and thought the publication would highlight his accomplishments versus, a story based on "drama." Top Dawg who is Kendrick's manager released a statement on Friday, November 15th, explaining their decision to pull out of the gala:
"This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ's 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company. Instead, the story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my company in a negative light. Marsh's story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs."
"To say he was ‘surprised at our discipline’ is completely disrespectful … Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented. The racial overtones immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars [Tupac and B.I.G.] … As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party. While we think it’s a tremendous honor to be named as one of the Men Of The Year, these lazy comparisons and offensive suggestions are something we won’t tolerate.”
Since then the editor-in-chief of GQ has released a statement saying the article was "incredibly positive":
“Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue."
I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves. We were mystified and sorely disappointed by Top Dawg’s decision to pull him at the last minute from the performance he had promised to give. The real shame is that people were deprived of the joy of seeing Kendrick perform live. I’m still a huge fan.”—Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief
Wow! What are your thoughts on K.Dot pulling out of the show?
TLC wasn’t the only group from the ’90s that had a bad record deal, Kandi Burruss said her group Xscape had one too.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star revealed that there was an excellent chance that Xscape could have suffered a similar fate as TLC, who sold millions of records with nearly nothing to show for it.
At first, the public assumed that TLC had just blown all of their money when they had to file for bankruptcy. But the ladies eventually revealed that the record deal they signed didn’t put much of anything in their pockets.
According to Kandi, though, that’s just the way things were in the recording industry at the time. So does that mean that Xscape could possibly have wound up broke?
“Definitely! To me, everybody got a bad deal in the beginning. Even now, people don’t get that great of a deal unless you build your own movement before you got signed.” Kandi told HipHollywood.com.
“For us (Xscape) our deal sucked. We didn’t really get that much money on our first deal,” Kandi recalled. “I think we only had the same amount of points–like seven points off the deal. For a lot of people that was the same.”
Looking back on the experience, though, Kandi admitted that she can understand why the deals may not have been set up to make artists rich right away.
“That’s what I expect because, in my mind, nobody’s going to go spend all this money and just give you all this money and you haven’t proven yourself yet,” Kandi said, explaining that there was always a chance to upgrade the deal you had. “Everybody went into deals at that time with a sucky deal and it was all about trying to renegotiate on your second time around or your third.”
While she wasn’t happy with the contract she signed, Kandi it took as a means for bigger and better opportunities. She concluded, “I never take it back because that opened the door for me to be able to come in the game.”
According to Eurweb, Eric Benet has teamed up with entertainment company Viardo Artists and Natural 9 Entertainment to co- produce Sub Stars, a music competition show for musicians who play in the subway. In addition being the executive producer, Eric will host the series.The winner will get a record deal and a cash prize. Benet said in the statement, “['Sub Stars'] gives truly unique characters, with a different and innovative sound, a platform to showcase their musical individualism and talent.”
Would you like your STD test results sent directly to your phone? There's a new app called Hula which will allow users to find a pre-verified clinic, get tested and submit request to have the results delivered directly from your doctor to your phone. There is no way to alter the results -- once they are sent to your phone, you know they are legit.
The app will display the amount of time since the users was last tested and it will allow users to review their experiences with each clinic.
Ramin Bastani, founder and CEO of the app told BetaBeat, "The Status quo is if you and I meet and you ask me if I've been tested, the instant response is, 'Of course I have, and I'm offended.' We want to bring transparency to the STD testing world."
Despite the mounted speculation, Future downplayed buzz about CiCi carrying a bun in the oven.
Future says he's ready to marry Ciara because he has reached an age in his life when it's time to settle down. "I'm getting older," said the 29-year-old Future, who proposed to the Grammy-winner last month. "You got one life to live. So I'm living it the way I want to live it." After dating for a year, Future surprised Ciara with a 15-carat diamond ring. He proposed to Ciara while she was celebrating her 28th birthday in New York last month. Asked about the rumors of Ciara being pregnant, Future would only say: "Rumors are rumors. The Internet is going to report whatever they have to speculate on."
Hip-Hop is a sport comprised of talent, skill, style, substance, and most of all ego. You get plenty of rappers and entertainers making all kinds of claims about what they’ve done for the culture. The latest Hip-Hop artist to make some sort of claim about moving the culture is T-Pain. In a recent interview with xxlmag.com, T-Pain said that he changed music completely with his use of auto-tune.
When T-Pain spoke to the Hip-Hop publication, they asked him about how his use of auto-tune changed the game and he said, “I changed music completely, so it is good to see that, but it’s terrible to see how horrible everybody sounds with it.” T-Pain further explained that he wished people who use the music tool actually studied it the way he did. “I studied my craft, and I make sure I know how it works. I know where it comes from. I knew how Auto-Tune got invented. I studied the technology of it. Everything. Then I used it. But everybody else is slapping it on their voice and saying they got a smash.”
T-Pain is currently in the studio working on new music. To read the rest of the interview, head over to XXL Magazine’s website.