Forbes Names Jay-Z First Hip-Hop Billionaire

Forbes announced that Jay-Z has become the first hip-hop artist to rack up a billion-dollar fortune, thanks to lucrative investments in real estate, art, liquor and businesses.

Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) was a drug dealer in his hometown of Brooklyn before creating his own label in 1996, Roc-A-Fella Records, from which he released his debut album “Reasonable Doubt.” Since then, the rapper-turned-mogul has earned 14 No. 1 albums, 22 Grammy awards and over $500 million in pre-tax earnings, according to Forbes.

Outside of music, he launched Armand de Brignac (which Jay-Z owns 100% of) in his 2006 video “Show Me What You Got” — the champagne company is estimated to now be worth $310 million. His cognac D’Ussé, a joint venture with Bacardi, is worth $100 million. Jay-Z has $220 million in cash and investments, including a stake in Uber worth an estimated $70 million, which he originally purchased for $2 million. 

His streaming service Tidal – which was launched in 2015 –  is estimated by Forbes to be worth $100 million.  Additionally he has accumulated $75 million from his entertainment company, Roc Nation, and his own music catalog is estimated to be worth $75 million alone.

In 2018, Jay-Z tied for fifth place on Forbes’ list of wealthiest stars with Kylie Jenner. 

Superstar Jay-Z becomes first billionaire rapper


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Alice Cooper Announces Additional 2019 U.S. Tour Dates

Alice Cooper has announced additional concert dates this Fall.  In anticipation of the release of his album, Rise, which arrives on June 21, the new solo tour dates are an extension of Cooper’s Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back show he’s bringing to the U.S. this summer as a co-headlining tour with Halestorm.

The majority of the dates on the 14-night tour take place in the Southeast, beginning with a Nov. 3 show at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Ft. Myers, Fla., and ending on Nov. 29 at the Mystic Lake Casino Showroom in Prior Lake, Minn.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 7 at 10AM local time. You can view the full list of tour dates below; more locations are expected to be announced soon. Check the tour section of Cooper’s website for full details.

Alice Cooper Announces November 2019 US Tour Dates


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David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” To Be Re-Released For 50th Anniversary

The 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s 1969 single, “Space Oddity” will be honored with a new release of the legendary song. The package will present a special double 7″ single of “Space Oddity” featuring brand new mixes by Tony Visconti. The single itself has been cut from the original analog single master tape, while the jacket housing the 2019 mixes by Tony Visconti is a new design featuring an alternative Ray Stevenson shot from the “Save Rave ’69” concert to that on the poster. You can take a look at it: here.

The new release of Space Oddity is due out July 12.

David Bowie’s Space Oddity Getting 50th Anniversary Release


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Kim Kardashian West Visits California Prison To Meet Inmate On Death Row

Kim Kardashian West met with a death-row inmate at San Quentin Prison last week, which is causing some major backlash against the reality TV star.  Kardashian started a four-year apprenticeship at a San Francisco-based law firm last summer.

Kardashian met with inmate Kevin Cooper, who has been accused and convicted of murdering Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and 11-year-old neighbor Chris Hughes. Kardashian later tweeted out a photo of him, describing their meeting:

“I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin’s death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted.”

She added: I am hopeful that Kevin will be exonerated since DNA testing has now been ordered on Kevin’s case and I remain grateful to Governor Newsom for ending capital punishment in California.”

Kardashian West played a role in the release of 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who had been jailed in an Alabama prison on non-violent drug charges, even meeting with President Donald Trump, who eventually granted Johnson clemency. 

Kim Kardashian West visits San Quentin’s death row and meets convicted murderer she believes was framed


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Lindsay Lohan Confirms She’s In The Studio Creating New Music

Lindsay Lohan confirmed she is back in studio making new music. The 32-year-old Lohan took to Instagram to share a snapshot of herself in a sound booth at a studio. Lohan captioned the pic with a simple headphones emoji.

Over the weekend, she shared another snapshot, apparently from the same studio, that seemed to show her singing into a mic. She again captioned this pic solely with an emoji, including some music notes and a microphone.

Lohan finally confirmed speculation she created on her Twitter page, responding to a report that she was currently recording new songs. “Hard At Work,” Lohan wrote, sharing the report. 

Lohan is best know for her acting performances, but also had a fairly successful foray into music with her first album, Speak, which was released in 2004 and certified platinum. Her follow-up album, A Little More Personal (Raw), came out in 2005, and was her final album to date.  Lohan’s first new music will be the first since the 2008 single, “Bossy.”

Lindsay Lohan working on new music


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Runaway June Announce Release Of Debut Album, “Blue Roses”

The trio comprised of Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne known as “Runaway June” will release its debut album, Blue Roses, on June 28.

The 10-song album, produced by Dann Huff and Ross Copperman, features Top 25 single, “Buy My Own Drinks.”  Naomi, Hannah and Jennifer co-penned a number of tracks on the new album alongside top songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Josh Kear, Chris DeStefano, Liz Rose, Marcus Hummon and more. In addition, the trio included a cover of Dwight Yokam’s 1993 hit, “Fast as You.”

Runaway June is currently supporting Carrie Underwood on her Cry Pretty Tour 360. You can see the full tracklist for “Blue Roses” in the link below. 

Runaway June announces debut


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2019 AmericanaFest Will Feature Brandy Clark, Tanya Tucker, Bruce Robison And More

Nashville’s 2019 AmericanaFest, which will be held from September 10-15, has revealed more than 100 artists slated to perform during the six-day festival. 

The artists set to perform include Brandy Clark, Tanya Tucker, Corb Lund, Jack Ingram, Lori McKenna, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Quaker City Night Hawks, Shinyribs, Aubrie Sellers and many more.

The 2019 Americana Honors & Awards show, which is the centerpiece of AmericanaFest, will be held September 11 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Additional artists for AmericanaFest will be announced in the coming weeks as this year’s event expects close to 300 performers. Festival wristbands are on sale now at the link here.

Americanafest Confirms Initial 2019 Lineup


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Debbie Harry Of Blondie To Release Her First Memoir

Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry will tell the story of her career as a musician and actress in a new memoir set for release this fall. The memoir — titled “Face It” — is described as “a multilayered memoir from a multifaceted artist.” 

Harry’s career in music began with her stint as a backup singer in a folk band, but she first became a star as the frontwoman for Blondie, a new wave/punk band that she co-founded with guitarist Stein in 1974. The band released its first No. 1 single, “Heart of Glass,” in 1979. They followed that up with a string of hit songs, including “One Way or Another,” “Call Me,” “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture,” which was the first pop song including rap to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Blondie broke up in 1982 but reunited 15 years later. Harry has also worked as an actress, appearing in films such as “Videodrome,” “Hairspray” and “Cop Land.”

“Face It” is scheduled for release on Oct. 1.

Debbie Harry’s memoir Face It set to be published this year


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Yes Celebrate 50th Anniversary Tour With Live Album

Yes are celebrating last year’s 50th anniversary tour with a new live album release. Due August 2, “Yes 50 Live” will present highlights from the milestone trek, which included shows in Europe, North America and Japan. The package contains songs from the band’s past from 10 different studio albums recorded between 1970 and 2011. 

The collection highlights some of the group’s iconic tracks, including “Starship Trooper” from 1971’s “The Yes Album”, “Roundabout” from “Fragile” (1971) and the title track from 1972’s “Close To The Edge.”

Much of the album was recorded in Philadelphia at a show where 10 members of the Yes family were on stage during the encore – including current members Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison, Jay Schellen – alongside former members Tony Kaye, Patrick Moraz, Tom Brislin and Trevor Horn.

Yes Unveil Live Album Capturing 50th Anniversary Tour


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Jon Pardi Shares Title Track From His New Album ‘Heartache Medication’

Jon Pardi has revealed the track list, songwriters and artwork for his upcoming third studio album, Heartache Medication, which will be released on September 27.

Heartache Medication will feature 14 tracks and is co-produced by Jon, Bart Butler and Ryan Gore.  The album features many top songwriters, including Natalie Hemby, Dean Dillon, Rhett Akins and more. Jon also co-wrote seven of the tracks.

In addition, Lauren Alaina’s vocals are featured on “Don’t Blame It On Whiskey,” a tune that was co-penned by Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Michael Heeney and Luke Laird.

Take a look at the tracklist for Heartache Medication and the cover art in the link below. 

Jon Pardi Reveals Cover Art, Track Listing For Brand New Album


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