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All posts in November 2012

Dr. Dre is the Worlds Highest Paid Musician according to Forbes

Hip-hop superproducer Dr. Dre leads the pack this year with $110 million, thanks largely to his Beats headphone line. He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the beginning of our scoring period; he and his partners later bought back half of what they sold.

“The brands are so aligned, Dre and Beats, it’s just who he is,” says Kevin Liles, former president of Def Jam Recordings, who now manages acts ranging from Young Jeezy to Trey Songz. “If you look at the biggest earners, the guys have been doing it for 20 years!”

Dr. Dre leads a slew of pop stars, rock icons, rap moguls and country crooners, many of whom bank the bulk of their bucks outside the recording studio. Though some artists—Jay-Z and Diddy, for example—owe their success partly to business ventures like Dre’s, most of this year’s top 25 are on the list because of touring.

“The concert business had another solid year as both artists and concert promoters used more caution in trying to achieve their touring objectives,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert data purveyor Pollstar. “The good seats for major artists continue to be priced at a premium.”

This year’s list has a distinctly international flavor. Among the top five, only Dr. Dre hails from the United States. Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters ranks second with $88 million, nearly all of it coming from his The Wall Live tour. According to Pollstar, he grossed $158 million on 63 shows in the first six months of 2012. Fellow Brit Elton John claims the third spot with $80 million, culled from over 100 shows in our scoring period.

Ireland’s U2 ranks fourth, pulling in $78 million on the tail end of the group’s record-breaking 360 tour—which grossed $736 million over three years. British boy band Take That rounds out the top five with $69 million, thanks to a wildly-popular reunion tour. The group grossed $61 million for eight dates at London’s Wembley Stadium alone, the biggest single-stadium stand recorded to that point, cashing in on dozens of additional dates around Europe as well.

“The enormous level of business Take That did in the U.K. and Europe was truly mind-boggling,” says Bongiovanni. “That’s especially true when you consider that in the U.S. they would only be a theater-level act.”

Our estimates are based on total earnings from May 2011 to May 2012—the amount of money an act makes from record sales, touring, endorsements, merchandise sales and other ventures before subtracting management fees, legal costs and taxes (which can gobble up the bulk of a big payday). The totals were compiled with the help of data from Pollstar, RIAA and others, as well as interviews with industry insiders including concert promoters, lawyers, managers, agents and, in some cases, the musicians themselves.

Other highlights on the list include Toby Keith, who tied Bieber for tenth with $55 million. With his Ford sponsorship now on its second decade and his I Love This Bar And Grill restaurant chain booming, Keith was the top earner among all country artists—unless you count crossover star Taylor Swift, who earned $57 million, same as Paul McCartney. Coldplay and Adele continue the British trend, claiming the 21st and 22nd slots with $37 million and $35 million, respectively. Eight of the top 25 acts hail from England or Ireland.

That success extends to Anglophiles as well: Jay-Z and Beyoncé, both close friends of Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, combined to earn $78 million. The former Destiny’s Child diva is one of just eight ladies on the list, but Beyoncé’s song “Run The World (Girls)” still rings true—despite welcoming baby Blue Ivy earlier this year, she still out-earned her husband by $2 million.

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Yasiin Bey – I Don’t Like (Freestyle by the artist formerly known as Mos Def)

The talented, lyrical, and genius, Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, returns today with his take on the wildly popular track “I Don’t Like”. The mighty Mos decided to take the beat for a ride and give his knowledgeable and deep wordplay over top of the infectious banger, and he doesn’t disappoint as usual.

Mr. Bey starts the track by saluting the up and coming Chicago artists such as Sasha Go Hard, Young Chop, and many more before he begins his lyrical tirade. Yasiin hits the track and delivers some incredibly dope bars as he tells us about the things he doesn’t like, and does so in a much different style than we are used to, either way he kills it. Check out the track after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Hot 97 Program Director Ebro Says Rosenberg Ended Nicki Minaj’s Career [Video]

Hot 97’s Ebro kicks the realness and says Rosenberg ended Nicki Minaj’s career. Nicki Minaj’s “Re-Up” moved around 35,000 copies in it’s first week.

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50 Cent Reveals Reason For Friction Between Him & Floyd Mayweather Jr.(Video)

Million of people have been wondering what exactly happened that caused the rift between 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Everyone saw the Twitter war of words between the two and 50’s announcement that there was no longer a Money Team or TMT Promotions, which was supposed to be a joint venture between Floyd and 50.

50 instead has moved on to form the boxing promotion company SMS Promotions that has its own stable of fighters.

50 sat down with Big Boy’s Neighborhood recently and doesn’t pull any punches while breaking down the source of the problems between him and Floyd.

“As he was actually going in to jail he asked me to help him with Mayweather Promotions,” 50 said. “As I took a look I realized there is no Mayweather Promotions. There’s no LLC, no [Corporate] seal, it’s not incorporated. It’s just a name. You see technically Floyd is a Golden Boy [Promotions] fighter. He fights on every Golden Boy card. They do all the footwork. So, when he says help him with Mayweather Promotions and it’s not there I go ‘OK I know what he means.’ He wants me to put it together for him. I do TMT Promotions, I get it all the way together. Sign the actual fighters. We had acquisitions of [Yuriorkis] Gamboa, I had to negotiate a release, it was $1.2 million. Andre Dirrell, IBF Champion Billy Dib and WBA Champion Celestino Caballero.”

50 goes on to explain that after he signed the fighters trouble soon started.

“I brought [the fighters] over while Floyd was incarcerated. When he comes home there’s the ‘let’s get Floyd back in pocket campaign’ that goes on where it’s $300,000 chains being bought, buying him a new Lamborghini, all these new things. And I’m sitting there going ‘yo, when you gonna give me the money?’ It ain’t no pressure there but when is he gonna say I’m gonna give you the other half. Why I gotta ask you for it? When he finally does bring up the actual situation he acted like he didn’t know anything, like “Ahh I didn’t tell y’all to do that. I didn’t tell you to do that.’ And I’m looking at him him and he looked me in my face saying he didn’t tell me to do that.”

50 says the war of words on Twitter was real, but he decided to put a stop to it.

“That’s not Floyd. Floyd don’t Tweet. That’s not him on instagram. He’s got somebody next to him,” 50 explained. “You see everyone around him is co-dependent. So they’re gonna roll with whatever he says regardless. They tell him what to say. As soon as he gets confused he says, ‘OK Five, call Al [Haymon]. Let’s say this, if you have a person that’s advising you that’s a Harvard graduate. They would advise you to have an accountant, with the kind of money that Floyd actually has. That’s not in place. If you had a person that’s a Harvard graduate you would have maybe business managers at Merrill Lynch or Goldman Sachs. That’s not in place. I don’t mind telling the truth in situations like this. He’s my brother, I love him. My big beef with him right now is [his son] broke his arm and he ain’t call me. This will pass. I didn’t come to you saying I’m going to be a boxing promoter. I’m around it and I do enjoy it before I even met Floyd. It’s entertaining and exciting for me and I know I can do things that’s innovative with the actual sport.”

50 clarified that there is no real beef with Floyd, but he doesn’t want to be backed into a corner.

“It’s not beef…Floyd, he ain’t that man. I’m telling you man if they push me I’ll mess up in front of everybody,” 50 said. “I have that capability to just go there because it’s just the way I’m brought up. I never ran from anything because I didn’t have anybody to go to. Where I’m going? Home to get me? Ain’t nobody there.”

The G-Unit boss admitted that he and Floyd have had physical altercations before.

“I won every time,” he said jokingly, before turning serious. “Twice we got into it. It was more like out of reflex though. He punched me.”

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Chris Brown & Big Sean Cover XXL’s December/January Issue (Breezy tells all)

Silence is no longer golden. The extremely successful and often controversial Chris Brown graces one cover of the December/January issue of XXL for his first major interview in almost two years. Breezy has made his share of non-music related headlines, but he also keeps winning from his work in the booth—hit after hit, hook after hook, he’s hip-hop’s most reliable R&B ally. In the story, written by Chris himself, the multi-platinum selling artist reflects on his growth as an artist, moving past hardships in his life, recent altercations, his love life and plenty more.

Some quotes from Chris Brown:
“In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up.”

“A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing. Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don’t collide as much as you’d think.”

“I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions. Even if the media asks me something, if it’s cool then it’s, ‘What’s up?’ But if it’s anything that’s too negative, I don’t care to respond.”

“One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that’s not true. Love is something I am still learning. It’s just an obstacle that I haven’t yet mastered. I think that’s my biggest hurdle in life.”

“I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love.”

The other new XXL cover features G.O.O.D. Music star Big Sean. The former XXL Freshman speaks to the mag about gearing up for the release of his second album, Hall of Fame: Memoirs of a Detroit Player, due out in early 2013. Already with a history of huge singles, memorable guest spots, and trendsetting tendencies, Sean’s grown with his new project, and wants to continue to make his hometown of Detroit proud.

Some quotes from Big Sean:
“It’s deeper than just comin’ up or making money. We got the potential and opportunities to change the world—and still have fun with it. It’s a responsibility that I feel like I’m willing to take.”

“I took all my experiences from Detroit and incorporated them into who I am today. From partying to inspiration to sharing times about being broke to love to the dope boys, paper chasers. I would see all the players rocking furs and gators. I’ve seen people get killed. I’ve seen people spend crazy money. I’ve seen poor people. I give every aspect of the city in my music. They need somebody to tell that story.”

Also in the new issue, XXL catches up with the A$AP Mob, and spends some time with Future. Mac Miller interviews Andrew McCutchen, there’s a detailed breakdown on former Hot Boy B.G.’s complicated legal history, Kendrick Lamar discuses his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city and it’s XXL rating and for all the last minute shoppers, there’s a whole bunch of gift suggestions.

The December/January issue of XXL hits stands nationwide on December 4.

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