FYI/TMI: Dr. Dre Is Music's Top Money Maker, Yoko Ono Reveals Wacky Threads
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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' Highest-Paid Musicians List
Forbes magazine has revealed its list of the world's highest-paid musicians with GRAMMY winner Dr. Dre ranking No. 1 with $110 million in earnings. Roger Waters placed No. 2 with $88 million, followed by Elton John ($80 million), U2 ($78 million) and Take That ($69 million). Figures were determined by income before taxes and other fees earned between May 2011 and May 2012 and included album, concert ticket and merchandise sales and other endorsements and business ventures.
Vevo Has Paid $200 Million To Artists
Vevo has paid $200 million in revenue to artists since its inception in 2009, according to an announcement by the company at the Ignition: Future of Digital conference on Nov. 27 in New York. Vevo President and CEO Rio Caraeff said the music video website will pay more royalty revenues in 2012 than its first two years as a company combined.
Yoko Ono's Handy Fashion Line
While Yoko Ono will be forever known for her quirky albeit avant-garde art, music and other creative ventures, the artist who has been living under the cloud of breaking up the Beatles (although those rumors have since been laid to rest by Paul McCartney), is breaking new ground in the world of high (read: interesting) fashion. Just in time for the holidays, Ono has developed a menswear collection, which she originally designed as a wedding gift for John Lennon. "I was inspired to create Fashions for Men amazed at how [John] was looking so great," Ono said in an interview with Yahoo's the Thread. "I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod." The line includes 17 pieces, including open-toe thigh-high leather boots ($350) and pants that display a strategically placed handprint (also $350). 'Tis the season for weird gift-giving.