GRAMMY Insider: Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Madonna, OutKast, Taylor Swift
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including information about new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)
Once a material girl, always a material girl. Madonna has topped Forbes magazine's list of the world's highest-paid musicians of 2013 with $125 million in earnings. Other GRAMMY winners making the top 10 include Lady Gaga (No. 2, $80 million), Bon Jovi (No. 3, $79 million), Coldplay (No. 5, $64 million), Bruce Springsteen (No. 6, $62 million), Taylor Swift (No. 8, $55 million), Elton John (No. 9, $54 million), and Beyoncé (No. 10, $53 million, tied with GRAMMY nominee Kenny Chesney).
Nearly 27 years after its debut, Bon Jovi's No. 1 hit "Livin' On A Prayer" has returned to the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 25, thanks to a recently gone viral video clip of Boston Celtics fan Jeremy Fry's animated lip synching performance of the song, which was caught on the jumbotron at a 2009 Celtics game. … The Beatles'On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2 debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, marking the Fab Four's 31st Top 10 album. … Elvis Presley's Merry Christmas … Love, Elvis set also debuted on the chart this week, marking his 129th album to land on the Billboard 200, extending his record for the most appearances in the chart's history.
Herb Alpert has announced a gift of $300,000 to the Los Angeles City College music department that will be distributed over three years and go toward new computer equipment, musical instrument maintenance and the development of the Herb Alpert Scholars program, which will provide two-year scholarships for students.
After nearly seven years, OutKast may be able to say "Hey ya!" again. According to sources reported by Billboard.biz, the GRAMMY-winning duo comprising André 3000 and Big Boi are in talks to reunite at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place April 11–13 and April 18–20, 2014.
GRAMMY-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has released a new music video for "We Are America" in an effort to highlight the alleged injustice of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and make closing the prison a public policy priority. The video features guest appearances by Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monáe and Harry Belafonte. "We have to … look straight to the basic intrinsic rights of all people, and work to protect those rights," said Spalding. "They're not reserved for any individual person or context. This issue is about the basic human rights of all people."
New York's famed Roseland Ballroom will shutter its doors in April 2014, and Lady Gaga is planning to take it out with a bang. Gaga has announced she will close out the venue with a string of four concerts on March 28, March 30–31 and April 2. A round of applause is in order for the Fame Monster.
Kelly Clarkson must have been serious when she said last week that she and new hubby Brandon Blackstock are trying "like rabbits." On Nov. 19 the singer tweeted: "I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever."