Diddy Owes New York City $1 Million For Illegal Posters. Diddy loves New York City, but this time around New York City isn’t showing him the love back. The famed rapper and entrepreneur owes his hometown almost $1 million for illegally putting up promotional posters throughout Manhattan. Better known as Sean Combs, the hip hop star isn’t alone in his legal mess with the Big Apple. The New York Daily News reports that celebrities such as Doug E. Fresh, Mickey Rourke’s plastic surgeon and rapper Remy Ma’s defense lawyer are all in deep trouble as well for advertising their promotional work illegally in the city. According to Digital Spy, the city’s finance commissioner David Frankel says: “We are going to find these people. We’re going to turn them upside down by their ankles and we’re going to shake them until the money comes out of their pockets.” Combs has so far not commented over the fine.
U2 Tops Musicians Rich List By Forbes. The boys of U2 are the top-earning musicians of 2010. The rockers are on the top of the rich list of musicians compiled by Forbes magazine for the year 2010, beating AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen and Britney Spears. The Irish band earned $130 million from June 2009 to June 2010. Their earnings were gathered from their massive world tour and lucrative merchandise sales, heavy radio play, and back catalog sales. Next on the list are the Australian metal boys AC/DC, who garnered $114 million from their worldwide road show. Beyonce Knowles is third with $87 million, Bruce Springsteen next with $70 million, and Britney Spears is at 5th place with $64 million. Also included in the top 10 rich list are Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and the Black Eyed Peas. World’s Top-Earning Musicians by Forbes:
1.U2 – $130 million
2.AC/DC – $114 million
3.Beyonce Knowles – $87 million
4.Bruce Springsteen – $70 million
5.Britney Spears – $64 million
6.Jay-Z – $63 million
7.Lady Gaga – $62 million
8.Madonna – $58 million
9.Kenny Chesney – $50 million
10.Black Eyed Peas – $48 million
11.Coldplay – $48 million
12.Toby Keith – $48 million
Beyonce in collision with a London taxi. Beyonce Knowles narrowly escaped serious injury after her car door was ripped off by a taxi in London. The ‘Halo’ singer opened the door of her Mercedes after deciding to pop into top store Harrods en route to a restaurant in the UK capital’s Knightsbrige area. Shoppers looked on in horror as the taxi collided with the car’s door, ripping it off its hinges and missing Beyonce by just a matter of centimetres. The pop star ‘ who was travelling with her hip-hop guru husband Jay-Z – looked visibly shaken after the incident. A source told The Sun newspaper: “It was terrifying to watch. It all happened so quickly, the taxi came out of nowhere. “She seemed very shaken and was lucky to be alive. A couple of seconds difference and God knows what could have happened.” Beyonce, 28, and Jay-Z, 40, were on their way to a romantic meal at Japanese eatery Zuma when the singer decided to make her impromptu stop.After the accident, the couple were forced to dump the damaged car ‘ and were sent a replacement to take them to the restaurant. She was later seen looking happy and relaxed after leaving Zuma with Jay-Z.
Amy Winehouse was stopped from meeting Prince Harry at a music festival ‘ being told by security to stay away.The ‘Rehab’ singer had tried to slip onto the side of the stage at London’s Wireless festival to get closer to the British royal during Jay-Z’s performance in Hyde Park on last Sunday night. But the beehived pop star ‘ who has battled drink and drug addictions ‘ was determined to get the prince’s attention and shouted over security guard’s heads: ‘Oi Harry. Oi Harry. How are ya love? I only wanted to say hello to Harry.” A group of celebrities in the exclusive area – including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Lewis Hamilton and Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce Knowles ‘ looked stunned as Amy continued to try and get his attention. Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding was also seen giggling at Amy’s attempts to lure the prince into a conversation before organisers told 26-year-old Amy to stay away and be quiet. A reveller told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Amy was so desperate to get near him. She didn’t care who heard as she yelled.”Although he ignored Amy, the 25-year-old royal was himself snubbed last week ‘ by pop star Pink. Harry is a big fan of the ‘Trouble’ hitmaker and was hoping to catch up with the singer before she performed her set on Friday at the Wireless festival, but her representatives said she was too busy to chat with him. An insider revealed to the Daily Star newspaper: “Harry was hoping to meet Pink before she went on stage but she was too ready to rock to see anyone.”
Oprah Winfrey Reclaims Most Powerful Celebrity Throne. Oprah Winfrey is once again the queen of celebrities. The media mogul has reclaimed her throne as the most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, knocking over last year’s number 1 Angelina Jolie. Forbes tallied the names in the Celebrity 100 based on fame and money. Their earnings estimates and their Web hits, including press mentions. For this year, their social standing was also calculated using social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Winfrey was ousted from her comfortable top position last year by Jolie, but quickly regained footing this year. The magazine cited her eponymous talk show, as well as other media. Lady Gaga debuts in the list at 4th place, while America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock sits pretty at 8th place. She was 92nd last year. Beyonce Knowles (2nd), Britney Spears (6th), Madonna (10th), and U2 (7th) make up the music stars included in the first 10 rank. James Cameron (3rd), Johnny Depp (9th), and Tiger Woods (5th) round up the Top 10. Jolie and partner Brad Pitt also make the list at 18th and 30th place respectively, while “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson join the power list for the first time at 66th and 50th.
Top 50 of Forbes’ Most Powerful List:
16.Black Eyed Peas
21.Dr. Phil McGraw
The BET Awards are getting a little more inclusive this year. While Jay-Z leads the pack of nominations, followed by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, and Melanie Fiona, there’s also a nod for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. No need to adjust your screens. Bieber earned a nomination for Best New Artist. He’s up against Melanie Fiona, Nicki Minaj, Wale, and Young Money. Bieber has appeared on BET as his popularity started to rise, including performing his single “Baby” on the network’s “106 & Park” and participating in their “SOS Help For Haiti Benefit.” Gomez earns her nomination for the YoungStars Award, where she’s up against Keke Palmer, Lil JJ, Willow Smith, and Tyler James Williams. Unlike the Biebs, I’m not sure the words “Selena” and “Gomez” have been uttered together on BET. The 2010 BET Awards, airing Sunday, June 27th on BET, will feature performances Drake, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, and others yet to be announced. Grammy Award-winner and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah has been tapped to host. “We are thrilled that Queen Latifah is going to host the BET AWARDS ’10,” said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET. “Her versatility as a performer perfectly matches the dynamism of our show. This will be the perfect 10. Get ready for stirring performances, a surprise that will knock you out and massive quantities of fun; all helmed by ‘The Queen.’” Other than possible appearances by Bieber and Gomez, the 10th anniversary of the BET Awards is also sure to feature some major surprises. Some past memorable performances include TLC, SWV, and EnVogue hitting the stage together, a reunion of The Fugees, a hosting stint from Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, and last year’s emotional tribute to Michael Jackson.
Little Boots to get acoustic at the Isle of Wight Festival. Pop sensation, Little Boots, will be dropping in on the Isle of Wight Festival for a very special one-off performance on the Acoustic Stage on Saturday 12th June. One of her few live gig this summer, festival goers will be treated to an exclusive, stripped back set giving a new twist to her synth-soaked melodies. Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, burst onto the scene with the release of her highly acclaimed debut album, ‘Hands’, which spawned hits including ‘New In Town’’ and ‘Remedy’, making her pop music’s most talked about new star and a welcome addition to the Isle of Wight Festival’s already impressive line-up. In the heart of the festival’s peaceful arboretum, the Acoustic Stage will play host to some surprise guests over the weekend, making it the perfect location to see some truly original music while taking in the festival’s unique atmosphere. Little Boots joins the raft of superstars who will be journeying to Seaclose Park in June including Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, The Strokes, Orbital, Florence + The Machine, La Roux, James, Crowded House, The Saturdays, Marina and the Diamonds, Noah and the Whale, Editors, Biffy Clyro, Vampire Weekend and many more.
Julian Casablancas, Babyshambles, Laura Marling and Mystery Jets have been added to the T In The Park line-up. Echo And The Bunnymen, The Drums, Ash, Airbourne, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts and Tricky have joined the bill for the event. The sold out event takes place on July 9-11 in Balado near Kinross. Julian Casablancas, Echo And The Bunnymen and Ash are being billed as “guests of honour” for the festival, and will play on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage. See Tinthepark.com for more information.
The T In The Park line-up so far is:
30 Seconds To Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Biffy Clyro, Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox , David Guetta, Dirty Projectors, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Echo And The Bunnymen, Julian Casablancas, Ash, Airbourne, Babyshambles, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts, Laura Marling, Mystery Jets, The Drums, Tricky, Empire of the Sun, Erol Alkan, Faithless, Fake Blood, Florence And The Machine, Four Tet , Goldfrapp, Gossip,
Hot Chip, Mumford And Sons, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Kasabian, La Roux, Madness, Jamie T, Paloma Faith, Frank Turner, Delphic, Kassidy, Crookers, The Sunshine Underground, The Middle East, Mayer Hawthorne and The County, Newton Faulkner, Paolo Nutini, Plastikman, Rise Against, Skunk Anansie, Slam , Stereophonics, The Cribs, The Coral, The Courteeners , The Proclaimers, The Prodigy , The Stranglers, The Temper Trap , The View, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Wolfmother
Some things about Coachella are obvious. The headliners deliver, and this year they’re particularly pro: rap’s Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and stadium rock saviors Muse, pictured, plus the multimedia blitz of Gorillaz. The bill’s middle is packed with great stuff that you will miss because you’re standing in line to recycle your water bottles. One night, you will happen upon a mostly empty tent and from it will pour music that changes your life. As for specifics, here are all on this year’s thick lineup that I wouldn’t miss.
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Justin Bieber says Beyonce ‘broke his heart’ . Justin Bieber claims Beyonce Knowles ‘broke his heart’. The 16-year-old singer has had a crush on the ‘Crazy In Love’ hitmaker for years and admits he was devastated when he learned she had married long-term boyfriend Jay-Z in April 2008. He said: ‘I’ve been totally in love with her since I was seven. She kinda broke my heart when she married Jay-Z.’ Despite his sadness at her marriage, the ‘Baby’ hitmaker got the chance to meet his idol at this year’s Grammy Awards. Recalling the encounter, he said: “It was amazing. I was a little nervous but I told her she was very good-looking. Actually she’s super hot.” Although he has a crush on Beyonce, the ‘One Less Lonely Girl’ singer admits he hasn’t experienced ‘real’ love yet. He told Interview magazine: ‘I haven’t been in love yet. I’ve definitely loved girls. But it’s kinda like puppy love. It’s not the real thing, but that’s what you think at the time.’ However, the teenage heartthrob is hoping to acquire more female admirers through his music. Explaining the tracks on his forthcoming album ‘My World 2.0’, he added: ‘They will be mostly about girls, again. I want them to hear my music and wanna play it again because it made their hearts feel good.’