GRAMMY Insider: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, And Paul McCartney
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including new album releases, tour updates, notable TV appearances, interviews, and more.)
Forbes magazine has listed the top celebrity earners under 30, and several GRAMMY winners appear to be, to borrow a song title from Lil Wayne, rich as f***. Lady Gaga topped the list with $80 million in earnings, despite a hip injury that cut short her Born This Way Ball tour. She was followed by Taylor Swift (No. 3, $58 million), Calvin Harris (No. 4, $46 million), Rihanna (No. 5, $43 million), and Adele (No. 7, $30 million) to round out the top 10 for GRAMMY winners.
U-God to Yeezus: "Come back down to Earth." In 1979 the first Alien film was marketed with the scary tagline, "In space, no one can hear you scream." Wu-Tang Clan rapper U-God points out that no one can hear you rap either. In offering advice to Kanye West, one deity to another, U-God suggests West is "getting too far away" on his album Yeezus. "He's got to come back on planet Earth. Space is a vacuum. There's no sound in space. Earth is where it's at. Come back down baby, come back." U-God's new album, Keynote Speaker, dropped July 23. The review from Yeezus is still pending.
GRAMMY winners Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson met with President Barack Obama recently as the White House looks to music and Hollywood stars to help promote the Affordable Care Act to young people. In the coming months, Bon Jovi may be changing their tune to "Good Medicine."
History was made at Seattle's Safeco Field on July 19 when Paul McCartney brought former Nirvana bandmates drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear onstage for a performance of "Cut Me Some Slack" from Grohl's Sound City soundtrack, marking the first time Grohl and Novoselic have performed together in Seattle since frontman Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.
The Toronto International Film Festival is kicking off Sept. 5 and will screen feature films starring GRAMMY winners Adam Levine in Can A Song Save Your Life? — a music industry drama about an undiscovered singer and veteran producer — and André 3000 in the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side.
Virginia resident Getty Andrew Rothenberg has crashed into a legal battle with Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley and could face up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and embezzling approximately $400,000 from the musician. Rothenberg's sentencing is set for Sept. 17. … Someone has flown away with $70,000 worth of A Flock Of Seagulls equipment — including stage clothing, guitars, drums, a keyboard, and hard drives containing songs from frontman Mike Score's planned solo album — and their rented van following their July 21 performance in Bellflower, Calif. Apparently, the perpetrator didn't run too far away, as the van was found July 24 in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., though unfortunately, it was empty.