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Adele Earns $50 Million Without New Tours or Albums

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Pop, R&B / Soul,

AdeleAdele earned $50 million in 2013 without touring or releasing any music.

The Skyfall singer's Melted Stone company revealed a turnover of $50 million for the past financial year, which was filed this week with Companies House. According to reports in The Sun newspaper, Adele took home $19.8 million, which included a $8 million pay package and a $11.8 million dividend.

Her huge income was earned despite not releasing any albums or singles, and she didn't go on the road to play a run of live shows. However, the success of her album 21 has boosted her bank balance, despite being released three years ago.

Although Adele has been quiet musically for a while, she has been raising her 16-month-old son Angelo, with work now starting on her highly-anticipated third album.


Amanda Palmer Spends $1.2 Million Made from New Album

Amanda Palmer's 'Theatre is Evil'Amanda Palmer has spent all of the $1.2 million she raised to make her new album. The "Coin Operated Boy" singer got the astronomical amount by going directly to fans to fund her solo album, Theatre Is Evil, and although all the money has gone, it's all been spent wisely on her career.

"It's all gone. People look at it and they see a giant pile of money, but we're running a business. It doesn't make you rich, it just means that your volume of business has increased. The production of the CD, vinyl and art book, including shipping costs, was $300,000 alone. All the money [went] directly back on the product, the stage show, and the videos. I'd much rather live that way than make a compromised product."

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Oprah Winfrey Is Highest Paid Female Hollywood Celeb

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Music, Television, Features,

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey has been named Hollywood's highest-paid female star.

The TV star earned an estimated $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012 thanks to her now-defunct Oprah Winfrey Show, OWN TV network, satellite radio station, production company Harpo and O magazine, figures compiled by Forbes magazine for their Richest Women in Entertainment list show.

Oprah's fortune is a staggering $107 million more than the second-placed star on the list, newest X Factor judge Britney Spears, who generated $58 million in the time period, $1 million more than Taylor Swift, who was named in third place.

Rihanna and Ellen DeGeneres tied for fourth place, with each bringing in $53 million, with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez tying just below them with earnings of $52 million.

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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion launches tomorrow, July 25 for $19.99

Mountain Lion July 25

Earlier today we guessed that Apple would be launching Mountain Lion tomorrow, and it turns out that we were correct. During it's earnings call today, the company announced that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will hit the Mac App Store tomorrow, July 25th. Users will be able to purchase the OS X update for $19.99. Be sure to check out our getting ready for Mountain Lion guide, as well as our Mountain Lion Mac compatability list to be sure your computer can run the new OS.

Taylor Swift Named Music’s Top Earner of 2011

Taylor Swift at this year's GrammysTaylor Swift was the world's highest earning music star on 2011, making $35.7 million.

The "Mine" hitmaker grossed $88 million in the US - which amounted to a personal fortune of $29.8 million - from her Speak Now Tour as well as touring across Asia and Europe, selling over 1.8 million albums and a further 7.8 single track downloads, and gaining income from song writing royalties.

Irish rockers U2 follow closely behind the 22-year-old beauty on the 2012 Billboard Money Makers List, with a fortune of $32.1 million, mainly drawn from their huge 360 Degrees shows, the highest-earning tour of 2011. The "Sweetest Thing" band grossed more than $293 million from 44 concerts throughout the three-year tour, which was watched by nearly three million people, and saw them beat a record set by The Rolling Stones for highest grossing tour ever, taking $763 million in total.

Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and hip-hop star Lil Wayne also made up the top five.

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MySpace is for sale

myspace sale

During an earnings call, News Corp. COO Chase Carey indicated that "now is the right time" to place MySpace "under a new owner". The news is not a big surprise, as things have been going downhill for the social network. Its owner, News Corp., has attempted to revive the property last Autumn with a site redesign, and while the site is still popular with some niche crowds, there's no question that Facebook took its place long ago. Still, Carey stays positive on the outlook of MySpace, saying “the new MySpace has been very well received by the market and we have some very encouraging metrics, but the plan to allow MySpace to reach its full potential may be best achieved under a new owner.” Of course, it's still unknown whether anyone would be interested in buying it.

Kim Kardashian: Reality TV’s Biggest Earner

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Gossip,

Kardashian Sisters

has been named reality television’s highest earner.

The 30-year-old socialite -- who appears alongside her family in hit show Keeping Up with the Kardashians as well as starring with sister Kourtney in Kourtney & Kim Take New York -- topped the list compiled by The Daily Beast after earning $6 million in 2010.

Former Hills star Lauren Conrad came second, taking home $5 million, while Kim's sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, also made the list after each earning $2.5 million each.

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Quote of the Day: Will Ferrell on Earning More Than He’s Worth

Will Ferrell in Land of the Lost

"Isn't that the whole point? I mean, aren't we all striving to be overpaid?"

-Land of the Lost's Will Ferrell on being named Forbes' "Most Overpaid Actor of 2010." (It's the second year in a row he's earned the title.)

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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Anne Hathaway: Best Actress for Hollywood’s Dollar

Anne HathawayIt looks like Saturday Night Live was smart to book Anne Hathaway for her second visit. According to Forbes, the actress is worth her money and more.

Anne, who has starred in large grossers including Alice in Wonderland and Get Smart, is estimated to bring in $64 in profit for every buck spent on her. That’s the highest amount for any female based on the magazine’s set of factors.

Hathaway’s relatively small paycheck helped her score this achievement.

Curious Case of Benjamin Button star came in a distant second. The Oscar winner only returns $27 per dollar.

Tying for third are Jennifer Aniston and . The romantic comedy staple and the Academy Awards fixture both pull in about $21 for each dollar.

Sex and the City’s is the next ranked star with $17 per dollar.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z: Hollywood’s Biggest Money Makers

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Hip-Hop & Rap, R&B / Soul,

Beyonce and Jay-Z

and Jay-Z have topped a poll of Hollywood’s highest-earning couples compiled by Forbes.com, with combined earnings of $122 million between June 2008 and June 2009.

The singer and her hip-hop mogul husband amassed the massive sum through their music, movies, fragrances and endorsement deals with brands including Budweiser and American Express.

Their earnings were almost double that of runners-up and Calista Flockhart, whose $69 million was largely based on Harrison’s $65 million Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull paycheck. (That amount still put them $14 million above third-placed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.)

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