According to Forbes; Jay-Z proved to be Hip Hop’s top earner and tops the Cash Kings list with grossing $63 million in the last 12 months. Coming in second was Diddy with $30 mil, Akon’s $21 Mil landed him at the no. 3 spot (signing Lady Gaga proved to be a GREAT move), the no. 4 spot goes to Lil’ Wayne who earned $20 Milli and rounding out the top 5 is Dr. Dre with $17 Mil.
According AHH, Gucci Mane is looking to make moves in 2010 and he’s not waiting to be released from jail to start making them. First step is to dissolve all ties with “shady” business partners and taking control of his own career. Step 2…bye-bye to his own old label, So Icey Entertainment; Hello to his own new label, 1017 Brick Squad Records, Inc.
Although the King of Pop has passed on, his legacy still reigns above all.
Michael Jackson’s estate has struck a 10 album deal with Sony Music Corp. for $250 million; the richest record deal in history according to the Wall Street Journal. The deal requires the 10 Jackson albums will be released through 2017.
It’s also reported the the albums will be a combinations of unreleased songs and packages of familiar songs offered as collections.
The deal will allow Sony and the Jackson estate to collaborate on licensing arrangements which includes the use of the King of Pop’s music for films, television, commercials and lines of memorabilia such as clothing, toys, etc. which would prove to be very lucrative to all parties involved.
Since Michael Jackson’s death last June, he has sold 31 millions records worldwide.
I’m pretty sure MJ’s kids will benefit from the future earning and royalties; which only right but the question remains…who else from his estate benefit as well?
Jay-Z participated in the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Barclays Center — the new home of the Brooklyn Nets. Bigwigs such as Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Rev. Al Sharpton also took part as well. Jay was accompanied by his wife Beyonce to the event and even gave a brief speech (@ 2:30 mark) where heeven gave a shout to the Notorious B.I.G. by quoting his phrase… check out the footage.
“What I stand here and represent is hope for Brooklyn, New York City. I’m a son of Brooklyn, I’m from Marcy projects.” Jay said. “I think about growing up in Brooklyn in the Marcy projects and shooting jump shots, thinking I can make it to the NBA. Now I stand here as an owner of team that’s coming back to Brooklyn. The pride in that, and bringing that dream so much closer for people, brings me so much pride I get a little nervous about it. But I’m very happy, very excited about this day. And we did it again Brooklyn — shout out to B.I.G.”
Hit the jump for pics of what the Barclays Center will look like Read More »
Jay-Z & Beyoncé earned the top spot for money-earning Hollywood couples; the Carters also reigned atop last year’s list as well . The couple still took the #1 spot despite earning $40 million dollars less than the previous year where they raked in $162 million . This also the first time, Beyonce out-earned Jay-Z – bringing in $87m to his $35m – helped by chart hits like ‘Singles Ladies,’ international touring w/ her I AM…Tour and starring in the film Obsessed. Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith came in at #4.
Beyoncé is preparing to release her first ever fragrance called Beyoncé HEAT. The fragrance is expected to be released in February 2010. B has pitched for fragrances before, such as Tommy Hilfiger’s True Star & Emporio Armani’s Diamonds but this one is the first time she will be promoting and pitching her very own fragrance. See the commercial teaser below:
B has expressed that she believes her fans will love the scent:
‘I was on tour for a year, and I have meet-and-greets with fans. I’ve never in my life gotten so many compliments… fans loved it. They were like, ”I love that, I’m getting that, why isn’t it out right now? I need it!”
She also worked on the scent from scratch, offering her imput into every element of development. She added “Everything, from the bottle design to the name and the ideas for the commercials – that’s me. When I commit to something, I do it 100 percent.” .
B has even reworked the classic track “Fever “to use with the ad campaign and you can check it out here.
In an interview with The Life Files, The Commissioner, Steve Stoute reveals the 50 Cent’s sneaker deal for his own line with Reebok was actually Jay-Z’s idea. Crazy! Both Stoute & Jay-Z share a joint venture called Translation Advertising which brings corporate brands to urban/Hip-Hop/multicultural markets through marketing of “urban” celebrities.
Stoute also shares that it was his idea that Jay-Z should have his own line at Reebok…a full length interview is on the way via The Life Files. Steve Stoute is also reponsible for many of Hip Hop’s artists connecting with Corporate America for endorsement opportunities see one of his deals after the jump… Read More »
50 Cent & Vitamin Water team up on again to a new iPhone App called “50’s Sound Lab.” In a partnership with developer Romplr, the app will allow to try your hand at mixing and remixing some of 50’s music and his new album Before I Self Destruct. Also there’s a contest where the best user-generated remix will actually win some time to collaborate with 50 Cent in the Lab (studio).
“Vitaminwater is calling on all of its fans to get inspired and start mixing it up with 50’s Sound Lab App,” said Rohan Oza, chief marketing officer of Vitaminwater, smartwater and vitaminwater10. “50 cent is a part of the Vitaminwater family and we are excited to be able to share his new single with everyone through this groundbreaking social media experience for iPhone and iPod touch.”
Last night 50 Cent was profiled on ABC News Nightline. The ABC News cameras and journalist Dan Harris accompanied Fif as he went back to his stomping grounds in Queens, NY as Nightline chronicled his path from the slinging on the block to enterainment mogul.