Taylor Swift captures top spot on Billboard’s 2014 Money Makers list
Billboard has announced their annual Money Makers list and this year Taylor Swift took it to the bank with a $39 million outing. No surprise there with the meteoric success of her newest studio album, “Red,” and the fact that she earned an estimated $30M for six months worth of touring. Check out who took the other top spots.
10. Fleetwood Mac – The classic rock band pulled in an estimated $19 million with the release of their first new content in over ten years and a tour which earned the group a whopping $17M over just 34 shows.
9. Pink – With an album (“The Truth About Love”) which helped the singer earn over 8M digital downloads and an international tour that raked in more than $15M in the US leg alone, Pink is sitting pretty in 2014 with a $20 million price tag.
8. Luke Bryan – $22 million is certainly nothing to sneeze at! With more than 2.7M album sales, 7.6M digital downloads, a tour that brought in over $15M, and winning the 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year award, Bryan had a banner year.
7. Maroon 5 — Last year’s impressive comeback by the L.A.-based alternative band with multiple sold-out live performances was impressive enough. Earning $22 million, having four singles make it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and selling more than 7M digital downloads makes it pretty damn amazing.
6. Beyonce – Yeah, like anyone didn’t think she would make the list. With the release of a surprise self-titled album which has sold more than 1.3M copies since December and a lengthy world tour that alone has earned the singer an estimated $19M, it’s no shock that Queen Bey is in the top ten. A strong outing at $24 million.
Three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton rocked a sold-out crowd in Bahrain on Saturday (March 8) with the Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in attendance. Now rave reviews and angry voices alike are following in the wake.
The performance itself was the “show of a lifetime” according to the Bahrain online entertainment magazine Albawaba Entertainment. “I can’t remember the last time I have seen so many people so happy in one place,” stated the author (unknown) of an article published March 9. “It really made you understand why he’s known as a guitar legend.”
No complaints seem to have been aired about the performance itself, but there is plenty of frustration over seating and ticket issues. The venue chosen for the highly anticipated concert was the 2,000-seat Arad Fort. Tickets sold out in only two hours, leaving many upset over the poor choice of venue for such a lauded artist as Clapton.
Local media reports that many Bahrain citizens decided to travel to Dubai instead in order to attend Clapton’s performance at the 15,000-capacity Media City Amphitheatre on March 6. Such dedication shows the influence that Western music holds in the region, even in the face of unrest and disdain for Western ideals. This is a perfect example of how music draws people together, regardless of culture or belief.
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What if you could workout and sing karaoke at the same time?! Crazy, right? Well, yes, but it is a real thing. Karaoke spinning classes are popping up all around the country and people are loving it!
Do you find it difficult getting motivated enough to go to the gym? Having trouble finding an exercise routine that actually makes you want to get up and go? Many of us face the same situation; we want to get in shape but find the monotony of jogging, biking, or lifting weights… well, monotonous. These karaoke spinning classes could be just what the doctor ordered.
According to class instructors and participants alike, the singing adds an element to the workout that not only keeps you entertained, but increases your cardio level at the same time. Almost any fitness expert you talk to will tell you that the key to getting and staying in shape is finding an activity you love to do. After all, if you don’t like it you’re not going to do it. If you’re a karaoke fan or even just a music fan (and I’m guessing you are given the nature of the blog you’re reading) this could be the perfect fit for you.
Now, while it would certainly be a riot to join one of these classes and make a fool of yourself along with 20 or so other people, if you’re a bit more of an introvert this is something you could even do at home. An exercise bike can be a relatively inexpensive investment compared to gym memberships and class fees. All you need is a stationary bike and your smartphone or tablet with the free Sing-N-Share app and, voilà! Instant karaoke spinning class in the privacy of your own home!
Motivated yet? No more excuses, guys. Get peddling, get singing, and get active!
Study after study has proven that music affects the brain positively or negatively depending on the circumstances. It can trigger memories, both good and bad, but the key phrase here is “trigger memories” as the wife of an Alzheimer’s patient in Wisconsin is finding out.
Bill Paese is an 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient at the Rocky Knoll Health Care Center in Plymouth, Wis. For most of his life Bill sang in a barber shop quartet. According to his wife, Jean, an iPod playlist of barber shop music allows her to see glimpses of the man she married 53 years ago.
“He’s in there,” Jean told ABC News‘ Byron Pitts, “and sometimes we get to see him.”
Jean and Bill Paese/courtesy ABC News
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are afflicted with the disease. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
While researchers are careful to point out that listening to music is by no means a cure, it is believed that familiar music can activate enough areas of the brain to create connections and retrieve memories once thought lost.
In 2010, Dan Cohen, a social worker in New York, created the Music & Memory program in order for people to donate iPods for use by Alzheimer’s patients. To date the organization has collected approximately 10,000 iPods. The goal is 1 million. You can find information on how to donate here.
When you think about Los Angeles, what images usually come to mind? Movie stars? Liberal politics? Rap music? If you were to take a poll my guess would be that country music wouldn’t exactly top the list. “Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” a new photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography may take strides in changing that.
Running from May 31 through September 28, the new exhibit will feature photographs of the most iconic country music performers of all time taken by various photographers, pro and amateur alike.
Also featured will be more contemporary artists such as Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, along with displays of country music albums, posters, instruments, and stage costumes provided by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There will also be screenings of a full-length documentary exploring the evolution of country music over the last 80 years.
L.A. may not be the hub of country music, but from May 31 to September 28, it will definitely be a mecca. For those who live seemingly a world away, fear not! The exhibit is expected to tour the country following its stint in Los Angeles.
It happens! You try your best to be “the cool dad,” only to find that the Universe may have a sense of humor, but your wife (and the fire department)… not so much. NBC’s TODAY host Willie Geist found this out the hard way over the weekend as his attempts to turn his kid’s karaoke party into a special effect spectacular went up in smoke!
According to Geist, his kids love to come together and have fun singing One Direction karaoke. In an effort to surprise his kids and make things a little crazy, Geist decided to bring home a fog machine. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men.
“I brought it home and my wife Christina’s like ‘What,’” he recalled Monday morning on TODAY. His response? ”Trust me, it’s going to be great.” Oh, Willie. Willie, Willie, Willie.
After turning on the fog machine (and a strobe light for extra effect), the house began to fill with fog as planned. The problem: apparently smoke detectors can’t tell the difference between fog and smoke. To make matters worse, in his attempt to turn off the blaring fire alarm Willie accidently hit the carbon monoxide detector. All of this while receiving “the look” from his wife.
After the fire department and a state trooper had been officially invited to the party, Willie felt that he had learned a lesson. “We’re not going to have anymore fog machines,” he stated. Probably for the best there, Will. Though, in my opinion, you should have asked the firemen and the cop to belt out a tune or two for their efforts.
Though music isn’t the primary artform honored at the Academy Awards, it is the perfect compliment to theatrical performance. Without the simplistic, yet spine-tingling theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween, Michael Myers would have been almost laughable walking around in a white-washed Captain Kirk mask. Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic is just as memorable as the movie itself. On a night filled with great moments and performances, the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony thrust music into the spotlight… where it belongs. Check out some our our favorite performances below.
U2‘s stirring rendition of “Ordinary Love” wasn’t just simply the performance of a song from a movie soundtrack (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), it was a fitting tribute to a man who completely embodied the spirit of peace and forgiveness.
Karen O and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig changed things up a bit. No glitz. No glamour. Just a beautifully simplistic performance of “The Moon Song,” the main theme from the Spike Jonze film Her.
In yet another tribute moment, Pink dawned a ruby-red gown and gave an emotional performance of Judy Garland‘s beloved classic, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
What were some of your favorite moments, music or otherwise? Let us know in the comments below.