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Madonna Tops Forbes’ 2013 List of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians

 

 

 

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Madonna tops Forbes List of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2013.

Madge accumulated $125 million over the past year, with the majority of those funds coming from her MDNA tour, which grossed a whopping $305 million.

Lady Gaga placed second on the list, by achieving $80 million in 2013. The singer would have made more if she hadn’t cancelled her Born This Way tour.

Bon Jovi grabbed the No. 3 spot with $79 million; Toby Keith made $65 million and Coldplay earned $64 million.

The deceased Michael Jackson would have been the clear winner, if his earnings counted. He made $160 million in 2013.

 

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Justin Timberlake Pens Letter to Fans Following VMAs

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Justin Timberlake stole the show at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

The event went from an award show, to a Justin Timberlake concert, as he performed a medley of songs before accepting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. He ended the night by accepting another Moon Man, but this time it was for “Video of the Year‘ for his powerful song “Mirrors.”

Following the show, Timberlake penned a letter, via his website,  informing fans that even though he’s releasing the last leg of The 20/20 Experience, he’s not done making music.

“The last time I wrote you an open letter, it was in January and I promised that it would be a “Big 2013.” Since then, from The Grammys to the release of the first part of The 20/20 Experience to the crowd’s response at the VMAs, it’s been a wild ride. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

This letter is to tell you that we’re not done…Not even close.”

Check out the behind-the -scenes footage for The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, which drops September 30.

‘Thriller’ Video Girl Ola Ray has Still Got It!

 

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Nearly 30-years after playing Michael Jackson‘s main squeeze in the “Thriller” music video, model Ola Ray is as stunning as ever!

Ray released some new photos this week (one of them shown above) to promote a tribute to Jackson called  “Remember,” which is available on iTunes now. The song was made in memory of Jackson’s life and their experience working together.

“This project has been a year in the making,” Ray said in a statement. “I am very happy to have finished it in time for Michael Jackson’s 4th year anniversary passing. I hope everyone will enjoy.” The song’s music is produced by Antione Miller and engineered by Steve Lott.

According to Yahoo!, The “Remember” video features performers from the dance class at Sheldon High in Sacramento, California’s Elk Grove. “Remember” marks Ray’s debut as a producer, director, and writer. The group impressed Ray when they participated in her high school dance competitions, so she asked them to appear in “Remember.”

And in case you forgot what Ola Ray looked like in the video, check her out below.

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La Toya Jackson Learned of Sister Janet’s Marriage Through The Media

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Janet Jackson has always tried to keep her personal life away from the public eye. And even though she’s close to her family, it seems she kept her marriage a secret from both her family and the public.

During a recent interview with Essence magazine, La Toya Jackson revealed that she and other members of her family learned of Janet’s marriage to  Wissam Al Mana through the media.

“You know what? I didn’t know that Jan was married until I heard it in the media,” Jackson said during a luncheon to promote her new reality show.

She continued, “It’s true! Most of the family members—no one really knew. Not at all. You’d be surprised how you’d find out things in the media.”

So was La Toya bothered by not knowing Janet was married before the media? Even though she hasn’t met Al Mana, she isn’t upset she didn’t know before the public. “I know that in my family a lot of times you keep things private because you don’t want anybody to know,” she explained. “Nobody knew, really. I have not met him at all.”

Jackson says despite the family’s troubles with one another in the past, everything is fine.”It’ll be fine! When it’s there, it’s fine. I don’t know what it is, but everything’s fine!”

 

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Chris Brown Dishes on Upcoming Album, “X”

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Chris Brown is returning to his roots.

After releasing a wave of pop and dance songs, Brown’s upcoming studio album, X,  will mainly consist of R&B with a little bit of Hip Hop mixed in.

MTV sat down with the “Turn The Music Up” singer to discuss his upcoming album and why he’s opted to go back to his roots.

On letting his music speak for itself instead of going social media rants:

“I think it’s smarter as an entertainer and as a leader,” he said, in regards to not engage in social media rants and arguments.   “I have to think logically. When I’m too attainable, it makes me too down. Now I express it through my music and through my paintings as well. What I want to talk about comes out, and the beat fills in the rest. All of it coexists with my reality now. I’m an open book. I think the way my life is, people want to know all the time, so I have to let them know through my music.”

On critics:

“I’m saying, ‘You can start a fight, but why? I came to party. Why trip off the bullsh– when I’m on the good sh–?’ ”

On what fans can expect from this new album:

“For the first single, I wanted to go more nostalgic, bring Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke to it, but also bring a new sound to what my audience and fans are listening to,” he said. “For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album — me being green, me not thinking I know what’s hot and what’s next, me just being Chris Brown. I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I’ve developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register, and I can elaborate more on my skill.”

On naming the album, X:

“The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings,” he explained. “It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It’s also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time — it’s me saying, ‘I’m over it. I’m past the bullsh– now.’ ”

Source – MTV

Joe Jackson Promotes Michael Jackson-Branded Perfumes At Cannes, Scents Set For June 9 Launch

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Joe Jackson has a new venture under his belt. There were talks of Joe Jackson releasing  Michael Jackson-branded perfumes and now that concept has been turned into a reality.

During a spur of the moment press conference for the Jackson Family Foundation, Joe Jackson sat around the pool at the  Playboy  Mansion to speak with the press. Jackson confirmed to a group of onlookers and photographers his endorsement of the new Michael Jackson-branded perfumes, Legend for men and Legacy for women.

The creators also came forward to speak about the scents, which will officially launch on June 9  in Las Vegas

Julian Rouas, who resides in Paris, was/is involved in creating the scents. No word on what the price of the scents will be.

Source – The Hollywood Reporter

New Music Video: Chris Brown -“She Ain’t You”

She Ain’t You”  from Chris Brown‘s fourth studio album, F.A.M.E.. The song was written by Brown,Ryan Buendia, Kevin McCall, Jean Baptiste,  and Jason Boyd. The song samples  Michael Jackson‘s hit songHuman Nature”  and the remix of “Right Here” by SWV.

Brown also dedicated the video/song to MJ, who was one of his biggest inspirations.

Check out the official music video for the song below and let me know your thoughts.

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