Beyonce's earnings came largely from her Formation world tour and her last album Lemonade, which sold 2.2 million copies. Guns N' Roses kicked off an ongoing world tour with a secret show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Skeptics wondered if the historically volatile band members would have the temperament to stand being around one another. In the end, they quieted the naysayers, launching their highest grossing tour to date, pulling in $42 million. Welcome back to the jungle.
Drake dominated the stage last year and it earned him more than just fanatic fans and critical accolades. The rap star. In addition to earning $14 million from his tour with Future, Drake led acts in on-demand audio and video streams, with a staggering 6.8 billion views, which earned him about $23.7 million in royalties. That solidly placed him at number four on the chart. Read morehere.
"I've actually never felt this much hate in my life, but also I've never felt this much adoration," he said in a recent interview with Q Magazine. "There's two extremes. It's actually quite a dangerous situation to be in because you've got no middle ground, which I haven't had before. People either *** hate me and want me to die and never make music again or people think I'm the second coming."
In part, Sheeran has invited the split opinion. He knew "Galway Girl" and its accompanying video would be seen as offensive, obnoxious or just play annoying by some listeners, but he released it anyway to stir up the pot a little bit. When his label suggested he pull it from Division he fought to keep it on the record.
"People do... hate that song, so they would say I'm wrong [to feature it on my album], but the general consensus is yes, it works," he said. 'That song's proper Marmite, which is quite good. I want people to have an opinion, even if their opinion hurts me. I get called beige a lot, but it can't be beige if it's splitting this much **** opinion."
At the same time, Sheeran is perplexed and a little overwhelmed by the armchair critics who fling hatred his way over the internet. Read morehere.
The singer described "Sorry Not Sorry" as "an anthem for anyone who's ever been hated on and has risen above it and come out from the other side like a f——- savage!!!"
Lovato also talked about her new R&B/pop vibes, teased some collaborations on the album, and dished about her new video, saying, "I think it was the funnest video that I've ever shot," The project features cameos from Wiz Khalifa and Paris Hilton.
Lovato also gave a shout out to her favorite playlist song, "Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled, Rihanna & Bryson Tiller. Watch her answershere.
In excess of eight minutes, the video is a contrast of powerful, haunting and tender images woven together to tell a powerful story of love lost, mistakes, redemption, and forgiveness, with JAY-Z opening up to fans in a way that's instantly endearing.
"4:44" is the title track to Jay Z's recently released album which went almost instantly platinum thanks to a giveaway promotion with the cellular service Sprint. Watch the videohere.
The Harrys, who first met in Nov. 2015, bumped into one another on the red carpet, where they shook hands and had a friendly chat. Styles is one of the stars of Dunkirk, which was directed by Christopher Nolan.
Fans were thrilled by the "When Harry Met Harry" encounter, and immediately took to the internet to write such messages as, "Harry Styles meeting Prince Harry is proof that my vision board works." Check out the fan postshere.
'I told him, imagine a trappin' ass Midnight Marauders," the rapper said, referring to A Tribe Called Quest's 1993 album. 2 Chainz added that he hopes to be "more of a curator of my next project."
The rapper said he's shown Q-Tip the merits of his more impulsive, amped-up approach in the studio, reports The Fader. 'He was over there chopping and I'm like, 'listen, load up a beat, bruh!'" 2 Chainz recalled. "He was like, 'bruh, these are real bars.' I was like, 'yeah, I know!'" Read morehere.
Dre recalled Eminem showing up in a ridiculously bright yellow sweatsuit for their first encounter, but also how quickly their working chemistry was cemented.
Mere moments after pressing play, Dre said Eminem began spitting the hook for his 1999 hit, breakout single "My Name Is." "That's what happened," Dre said. "Our first day, in the first few minutes of us being together in the studio." Watch the explicit cliphere.
Banks has gotten the boot from social networks, mentors and night clubs for her provocative and offensive behavior. Iggy has fielded harsh accusations of cultural appropriation for her perspective on hip-hop, as well as some promotional setbacks. Professionally, neither one is living her best life in 2017.
However, this could be the year the MCs put their differences aside. Banks (via a new Twitter handle) hyped a new collaboration with Iggy and promised, "It's officially on." For good measure, she added, "You guys aren't ready."
Y'know in Chicago when bitter rivals Velma and Roxy realize their earning power is greater when they combine their star power in a double act? It's something like that and we're here for it. See Azealia's tweetshere.
'I get to sleep at night knowing we did everything in our power as friends, bandmates and human beings," Normani Kordei told Billboard. Ally Brooke Hernandez had a more ambiguous perspective: 'You can't change people."
'Let's just say we're in a better place now. There are no secrets in this circle," added Dinah Jane. Lauren Jauregui said resiliency was not optional, given the years of work they invested in the group: 'We'd put blood, sweat and tears -- and birthdays and funerals we missed -- into this thing," she said. "It's our livelihoods and our families. This is the train, and now you're like, 'Is the conductor going to come through with the coals, or are we left here to die?'" Read morehere.
"I love the movie making business," DeMarcus explained. "I always enjoy the process, and I learn more and more every time I do a new project, it's another fun, creative outlet." Read morehere.
Khaled has teamed up with the online reselling service, Poshmark, to sell clothes from his own wardrobe to support and motivate teens to graduate from high school, according to Vibe.
The producer has already posted four collections online, including the matching powder blue, satin suits he and his son Asahd wore on his 10th studio album cover, Grateful. Read morehere.
"When we were around and before us, people went and bought albums," Thomas continued. "Now numbers that we thought were failing numbers a long time ago are winning numbers. That side of the business is very different, and it's even more political now than ever. It's a headache."
Producer Jermaine Dupri told Rolling Stone that during the '90s and with their final album, TLC made a huge impact on young girls and women, as they were "pre-Aaliyah, pre-Destiny's Child, pre-Beyonce." He added that TLC was "so far ahead" and that before they started making records, "girls didn't talk about their own situations." Read morehere.
In an interview with the Guardian, the rapper discussed two dream collaborations of his: Jay-Z and John Mayer. While a Mayer and Ty Dolla $ign feature may raise eyebrows, the rapper raves about the singer/songwriter.
"I love basically every album he ever put out," Dolla $ign says of Mayer. 'I love his writing, I love his guitar playing, I love his voice. He's just a dope all-around artist." Read morehere.
The superstar discussed the struggles she had adopting Mercy and the importance of following dreams regardless of the obstacles involved, reports People. Madonna said she met Mercy shortly after she adopted her son David Banda in 2006. Mercy, who was living in a different orphanage, was suffering from malaria and Madonna promised to look after her.
'I was granted permission to adopt David first," Madonna told the audience at the Queen Central Hospital. "And some time later, I filed a petition to adopt Mercy. But this time, the judge who was presiding said no. I was recently divorced, and she informed me, as a divorced woman, I was not fit to raise children and that Mercy James was better off growing up in an orphanage." Read morehere.
In a fan video, a young man named Rob in a wheelchair is seen crowd-surfing, which initially caught frontman Chris Martin's eye. "A lad accidentally fell on me and was extremely apologetic," Rob revealed to BBC News. "He and his friends insisted on lifting me and getting me a better view. Chris Martin invited me up onstage so that I was on stage with Coldplay."
When he got up onstage, Martin hugged Rob and improvised a tune about him and the city with the fan playing the harmonica. "He is 29-years-old and training is his job," Martin sang, "Here we are in Dublin, what an awesome crowd. I've been around the whole wide world, never seen anybody so loud." Watch the videohere.
In the video, Cyrus and the Cowboy perform in Times Square, while someone in a bald eagle t-shirt holds up a cardboard sign that reads "#StillTheKing." The duo sang Presley's "Hound Dog" and Cyrus' "I Want My Mullet Back."
This promotional stunt might make more sense for fans who know the storyline of the upcoming television show. The plot revolves around Cyrus' character who is a one-hit wonder who becomes an Elvis impersonator who struggles with scandal and drunkenly crashes into a church sign. The show gets crazier as Cyrus must perform community service at the church and pretends to be the church's new minister. Watch the videohere.
She rode the motorcycle on stage during Still the One, her Las Vegas residency. The custom-built hog features a frame bent in the shape of a horse. The autographed motorcycle is being offered at $100,000.
Other one-of-a-kind items being offered are Twain's "Man I Feel Like A Woman" outfit from Still the One, an autographed guitar, and a dinner with Twain and her husband, Fred. Read morehere.
In the roving Stereogum interview, Harwell confirmed that Morrissey is a Smash Mouth fan and that the band recently met the Smiths icon at a show in Guadalajara. "Yeah, he was very complimentary toward us," Harwell recalls.
The exchange was "brief" but "super weird and cool." Harwell shared some thoughts on other cultural icons: "I would love to put Al Pacino in a video," he said. Read morehere.
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