GRAMMY Insider: Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Barack Obama, Kanye West, Madonna, Taylor Swift
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Forbes has released its annual Celebrity 100 list, ranking the world's most powerful celebrities in 2013. Several GRAMMY winners made the top 10, including Lady Gaga (No. 2), Beyoncé (No. 4), Madonna (No. 5), Taylor Swift (No. 6), and Bon Jovi (No. 7). GRAMMY nominees Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres landed at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. To compile the list, Forbes factored in celebrity earnings over the last year as well as online, TV and print impressions.
The Eagles are taking it to the music subscription limit as fans can now stream the group's entire catalog on services such as Rhapsody, Rdio and Spotify. Among the titles available for streaming are 1973's Desperado and 1976's Hotel California, both of which have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
NBA all-star Kevin Durant is the latest signee to Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency. "He has a 90.5 free throw shooting rate, the youngest player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club [marking shooting percentages for field goals, three-point field goals and free throws for a season], a giving individual and a legend in the making," said Jay-Z. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward follows previous Rock Nation Sports singings such as New York Yankees all-star Robinson Canó and New York Jets quarterback Eugene "Geno" Smith III, among others.
A new video getting attention on YouTube posits what kind of reaction the celeb judges on "The Voice" would have if John Lennon were in the performance hot seat. The spoof pairs an early '70s clip of Lennon performing his GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted classic "Imagine" with footage of the judges grimacing at his technically imperfect singing. The clip, currently at more than 1 million views, ends by promoting an upcoming contestant, Bob Dylan, who "leaves our judges speechless." … President Barack Obama's rendition of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" has gone as viral as his #POTUS nickname. The video, which pieces together clips of Obama speeches to create the chorus to the hit song, has garnered nearly 5 million YouTube views to date.
As expected, Kanye West's new album Yeezus debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 327,000 units sold, marking the third-largest sales week of the year. With 297,000 units sold, J. Cole came in at No. 2 with Born Sinner.
June 25 marked the four-year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson and he's making news once again as testimony in the wrongful death trial against AEG Live continues to rivet fans. The latest trial news? Jackson may have set a record by going 60 days without real sleep.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame has revealed that its 2014 honorees will include Motown songwriters/producers and Recording Academy Trustees Award recipients Holland-Dozier-Holland (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland); GRAMMY winners Jeff Lynne, Maná, Ray Parker Jr., and Rick Springfield; and GRAMMY-nominated artists Katy Perry and Tupac Shakur.
Singing a duet with Mick Jagger might be fun, but the experience can also leave you speechless. Just ask Taylor Swift, who recently joined the Rolling Stones for a performance of "As Tears Go By" in Chicago. "We were just kinda goofing around and we started dancing, like waltz — like over-exaggerated ballet moves. And then we started twirling around the room," said T-Swizzle. "And it was hilarious, because we forgot the words and we just started laughing."