Ludacris is $100,000 richer just by one performance. The Grammy Award-winning rapper pulled in the exorbitant amount after performing at a millionaire’s very exclusive Christmas party. A rep for the rich entrepreneur Jason Hope told our source that the 33-year-old hip-hop star was paid nearly $100,000 for a 45-minute set at Hope’s place in Arizona. And Ludacris wasn’t the only celebrity there. Reality TV stars Snooki, Stephanie Pratt, Lo Bosworth; actors Bruce Jenner, Aaron Paul and Dean Cain; husband and wife Bill and Giuliana Rancic; and “Keeping Up with the Kardashian” dad Bruce Jenner were also there. Ludacris was only the one paid in 6 digits. According to our source, Snooki got to be the next highest paid celebrity of the night, coming in at far second with $17,500. Lo and Stephanie got $12,500 each, Aaron had $16,000, Bruce took $15,000, the Rancic couple also got $15,000 total, and Dean was paid $5,000. Hope dropped nearly half a million dollars for the extravagant Christmas party.
Jordin Sparks didn’t get any traction until she received a boost from Chris Brown via their duet “No Air,” the one moment on her 2007 eponymous debut that felt unquestionably modern, so it makes perfect sense that her second album,Battlefield, ditches almost all lingering American Idol pageantry for stylized pop and R&B pitched halfway between Rihanna (whose “S.O.S.” is essentially rewritten here, with Shannon’s “Let the Music Play” substituted for “Tainted Love”) and Leona Lewis. Continue reading →
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