Forbes released their annual “Best Paid Celebrities Under 30” list and, if there’s still time, you might want to pick up a microphone or a tennis racket. Lady Gaga tops the list, which is entirely made up of singers and sports pros.
Gaga earned an estimated $90 million last year, thanks to her sold-out “Monster Ball” tour. 17-year-old Justin Bieber follows in 2nd, having earned $53 million thanks to his tour, album sales, and even big-screen venture “Never Say Never.”
Don’t feel sorry for LeBron James. While he didn’t win the championship ring, his salary and endorsement deals earned the 26-year-old a cool $48 million last year, bringing him in at #3.
Tennis pro Roger Federer earned an estimated $47 million, making him #4. Fellow tennis player Rafael Nadal comes in at #10, earning $31 million.
Also on the list are Taylor Swift ($45 million), Katy Perry, ($44 million), and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (#38 million).
Forbes “Best Paid Celebrities Under 30” Top 10:
10. Rafael Nadal, 25, $31 million
9. Lionel Messi, 23, $32 million
8. Beyoncé Knowles, 29, $35 million
7. Cristiano Ronaldo, 26, $38 million
6. Katy Perry, 26, $44 million
5. Taylor Swift, 21, $45 million
4. Roger Federer, 29, $47 million
3. LeBron James, 26. $48 million
2. Justin Bieber, 17, $53 million
1. Lady Gaga, 25, $90 million
The teen singing sensation ‘ who is currently on his ‘My World Tour’ ‘ has revealed, despite having to travel the globe, he has still found the time to lay down tracks for his next record and is “excited” about giving fans the opportunity to hear his new music this summer.
Writing on his twitter page, he said: “been writing alot of songs on the road. excited to just get this music out later this year and record this summer. (sic)”
As well as writing new songs, the 17-year-old ‘Baby’ hitmaker ‘ who had a guest role on crime show ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ earlier this year ‘ admitted he has caught the acting bug and “definitely” wants another role in front of the camera.
He recently explained: “I definitely want to do more acting, and further my career in that area, that’s something I would love to do.”
However, although he wants to branch out in his career, Justin is still concentrating on his music and hopes to secure some new collaborations in the future.
He said: “I would love to perform with Stevie Wonder or Beyonce Knowles.”
The ‘Elevation’ group are headlining the festival this year for the first time ever – after having to pull out of its 40th anniversary in 2010 – and bassist Adam Clayton says they will be “sneaking in” some of the huge pyrotechnics from their 360 Degree world tour for the stage show.
He said: “It’s very un-Glastonbury to have a big production, but we will be sneaking a few things in through the back gate which will hopefully make the experience a little more like Glastonbury on steroids.
“We’re stretching the levels of what can be done. We hope to create a mind blowing experience that reacts well with all the other substances involved.”
The rocker also hinted the group’s set for the British festival will include hits from their celebrated 1991 album ‘Achtung Baby’ album, in honour of its 20th anniversary.
He added: “We want to go back to our 90s work that plays into a certain kind of psychedelia and do something tailored around that, from the Zoo TV to PopMart. This is the 20th anniversary of ‘Achtung Baby’ so there’s a nice connection there and we thought we should mark that.”
U2 headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 24. The festival,which runs until June 26, will also see headline sets from Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles.
Glastonbury festival has announced its full festival line up, confirming U2, Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles as this year’s headliners.
The festival confirmed the line-ups for 15 stages which will run over the three main days it takes place, June 24 to 26, in Somerset, Southern England.
U2 are headlining the main Pyramid stage after pulling out last year after lead singer Bono hurt his back. Coldplay will headline for the first time since 2005, while Beyonce will be playing at the festival for the first time.
The ‘Single Ladies’ hitmaker has previously said she is looking forward to her performance, saying: “I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.
‘This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform.”
It has also been rumoured today she will be joined onstage by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, his wife Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Jay-Z.
Also appearing on the Pyramid stage over the weekend are Morrissey, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Wu Tang Clan, Two Door Cinema Club, Paolo Nutini, Tinie Tempah and Plan B among many other acts.
The Other Stage ‘ the second largest’ will be headlined by Primal Scream, Chemical Brothers and Queens of the Stone Age, and will also see appearances from Mumford and Sons, White Lies, Kaiser Chiefs and Eels.
Other stages include the rap, hip hop and soul of the West Holts stage, which has performances by Cee Lo Green, Kool and The Gang, Chase and Status and Jimmy Cliff.
The alternative John Peel stage will have DJ Shadow, Glasvegas and The Streets performing, while other stages include The Park, Acoustic, East Dance and Oxlyers In West.
For a full list of artists performing at the event, visit glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
After being in the pop music game for 13 years, Christina Aguilera is set to perform the National Anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl for the first time in Texas on Feb 6th. While the five-time Grammy-winner and “Burlesque” star will perform the anthem for the first time, she’s no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. She performed as part of the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2000, alongside Enrique Iglesias and Phil Collins. The Black Eyed Peas will perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Aguilera follows country superstar Carrie Underwood who performed the National Anthem at the 2010 Super Bowl event last year. “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson performed it the year before. Other stars who’ve performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the annual event include Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Billy Joel, and Neil Diamond.
Justin Bieber still gets ‘turned down’ by girls. The 16-year-old singer insists that despite his worldwide fame and popularity, he is just as vulnerable to rejection as other people but insists he ‘can’t remember’ who spurned his advances. Asked if he had ever been turned down by a girl, he said: ‘Yeah…I don’t remember her name.” However, the ‘U Smile’ singer is “kind of” used to the attention from the crowds of screaming fans who would jump at the chance to romance him. He said on UK TV show ‘Daybreak’: ‘t’s so early, they are out there screaming. “It’s definitely a dream come true, you know being able to travel the world, before this I had never even been on an airplane, it’s incredible. “I love seeing my fans and I love performing. Being able to sing for my fans is amazing.” Answering questions tweeted into the show by fans, the ‘Baby’ hitmaker also said that he “loved” British girls and revealed if he had to be handcuffed to any woman for 24 hours he would choose Beyonce Knowles. While Justin has previously been rejected by a mystery woman, he has a fan in Selena Gomez. The 18-year-old singer said: “I love him. He’s one of my best friends. I would do anything for that kid.”
Jennifer Lopez Named The New Global Ambassador For L’Oreal Paris. Jennifer Lopez has been named the new global brand ambassador of L’Oreal Paris. She is expected to grace the campaigns for the cosmetic giant’s upcoming makeup and haircare products. According to Karen T. Fondu, President of L’Oreal Paris USA, Lopez “is a modern role model for women and truly embodies the spirit of the L’Oreal Paris philosophy, ‘Because You’re Worth It.’” Lopez also said, “Having used L’Oreal Paris products most of my life, I’m excited to work with a brand that consistently offers a wide range of superior products that are attainable for women everywhere.” “I’ve always loved their sophisticated ad campaigns and am thrilled to represent a brand that embraces a woman’s worth.” Lopez, who will be seen next as a judge on the Fox talent show “American Idol,” joins a long list of ambassadors for the company that include Milla Jovovich, Rachel Weisz, Beyonce Knowles, Diane Kruger, Evangeline Lilly, Andie MacDowell, Eva Longoria, and Freida Pinto, as well as actors Patrick Dempsey and Gerard Butler.
Tom Ford Ends Six-Year Break From The Womenswear World. Tom Ford took a six-year break from womenswear, but he’s announced his return. After showing his new womenswear collection in New York during fashion week in September, he said he will reveal the entire collection to the public. The spring 2011 collection was shown to several fashion editors and journalists in an intimate hotel. Ford managed to convince several of his high profile muses – Beyoncé Knowles, Lauren Hutton, Liya Kebede, Rinko Kikuchi, Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Julianne Moore, amongst others – to model his new designs. The collection reportedly reminded several of the 100 editors and journalists of Ford’s best collections for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. “There’s a continuity from what I was doing at YSL at the end; that’s the customer,” Ford told Vogue. “It’s about individuality. Real clothes, real women. For a fashionable woman aged 25 to 75. That’s why I literally put many of my own muses in the show. I hear them say, ‘God, I can’t find that anywhere!’” Photos from the spring 2011 collection on his famous models can be seen on the Internet, which is something Ford doesn’t necessarily agree with. “I do not understand everyone’s need to see everything online the day after a show,” he said. “I don’t think it ultimately serves the customer, which is the whole point of my business—not to serve journalists or the fashion system.” In addition to the collection’s coverage in Vogue magazine, Ford will also guest edit and appear on the cover of French Vogue’s holiday issue in December.
2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World list. Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles have been named in the top ten of the 2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World list. The pop stars ‘ who collaborated on the single ‘Telephone’ ‘ came seventh and ninth respectively joining a host of political leaders including US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the poll. American First Lady Michelle Obama ‘ the wife of US President Bracak Obama – took the number one spot. According to Forbes, this year’s index was based more on creative influence and entrepreneurship leading to the inclusion of Beyonce and Gaga. Moira Forbes, vice-president and publisher of ForbesWoman, insists the people featured in the top 100 had affected billions of people. She said: ‘The women on our list, through their respective realms of power and influence, are shaping many of the agenda setting conversations of our day. They have built companies and brands, sometimes by non-traditional means, and they have broken through gender barriers in areas of commerce, politics, sports and media and cultural zeitgeist, and thereby affecting the lives of millions, sometimes billions of people.’
Other entertainers on the list include talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, who came third and tenth respectively.
2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World top 10:
1. Michelle Obama, US First Lady
2. Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive Kraft Foods
3. Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
4. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
5. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
6. Indra Nooyi, chief executive, Pepsi
7. Lady Gaga, singer
8. Gail Kelly, chief executive, Westpac
9. Beyonce Knowles, singer and fashion designer
10. Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host
Joe McElderry once almost wet himself at a Beyonce Knowles gig. The 19-year-old singer was once so excited to see his idol in the flesh he refused to go to the toilet and spent almost the entire show desperate to relieve himself because he didn’t want to miss any of her songs. He told our source: ‘ went to see her. And I was desperate for the toilet and I would not leave in case I missed a tiny bit. My cousin was like, ‘Just go to the toilet,’ I just kept saying, ‘No! I’m not going!’ ‘ Joe ‘ who shot to fame after winning UK TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ last year – would love to work with the ‘Single Ladies’ singer in the future, if the opportunity ever arises, because he thinks she is so incredible. He said: ‘Beyonce is the top one. She’s amazing. She acts the songs. And she has got the right balance between it all and she just connects with the cameras. She outdoes her dancers. Her dancers are flagging and she is still going! That takes a lot.’ As well as Beyonce, Joe has a huge list of people he wants to collaborate with, including his former ‘X Factor’ mentor Cheryl Cole. He added: ‘ think it might be interesting if I could a duet with someone who wasn’t the same kind of style as me. Someone like Ne-Yo. Create a quirky sound! Or Rihanna. ‘Cheryl ‘ she is an amazing performer and singer and she’s fantastic so I’d be honoured to work with her! But it depends, I suppose. You never know what’s going to happen.’
Taylor Swift admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic. Taylor Swift finds love ‘confusing’. The 20-year-old country star – who has dated Taylor Lautner and was famously dumped by Joe Jonas on the phone ‘ struggles to cope with the complexities of dating and relationships and tries to make sense of her romantic life by writing songs inspired by her romantic liaisons. She said: ‘Naturally, I want to write songs about love and relationships because I find it find it all very confusing. When I meet someone new I live somewhere between hope and fear. Hope that this time it could be different, and fear that it will turn out like it has before.’ While Taylor admits writing songs about her heartbreak is therapeutic, she feels ‘vulnerable’ when she listens back to the lyrics. She told our source: ”ve written all the songs on it about things that have happened over the last two years, and a lot has happened over the last two years. It’s been very eventful, a lot of adventures and misadventures. I have a lot fun doing this and getting to write songs about what happens in my life, but putting it all out there in your music ‘ all the details ‘ you’re taking a chance with that because you are very vulnerable.’ Taylor also revealed she now hopes to put the Kanye West controversy completely behind her. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), the rapper interrupted Taylor in the middle of her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video prize to tell the audience Beyonce Knowles should have won, resulting in an avalanche of criticism. Taylor ‘ who, along with Kanye, performed at the 2010 VMAs in September – said: ‘For me, I felt like performing VMAs was the best way to go out there and sing how I was actually feeling, being there really helped put all that behind me.’
Beyonce, Britney Lead Best-Paid Celebs Under 30 Pack. Beyonce and Britney are the best paid celebrities who are under 30 years old by Forbes. The music heavyweights lead the impressive pack with $87 million and $64 million earned respectively. The Forbes list tallied earnings from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010. Collectively, all 12 superstars, with an average age of 24, pulled in $573.5 million. Beyonce came out on top, but that’s not surprising as she has present on every list since she has gone solo from Destiny’s Child. Her $87 million included gross from her world tour, endorsement deals with Nintendo and L’Oreal, and her expanding fashion line Dereon fashion. Britney is at second place. The once very troubled pop princess has come a long way since being saved by her father on a conservatorship deal. She rakes in $64 million in the past year, thanks to her sold-out tour and her Candies and Elizabeth Arden fragrances deals. The youngest in the list is none other than Miley Cyrus. Although at 17, this Disney princess can’t wait to shed out her wholesome image, it was her “Hannah Montana” past that has helped her career get a head start. Nick Jonas, also 17, is at 11th with his brothers Joe and Kevin. Together, they form the lucrative tween heartthrobs The Jonas Brothers, and averaged $35.5 million. LeBron James and Roger Federer tie at sixth place with $43 million.
Forbes’ 12 Best Paid Celebs Under 30:
1.Beyonce Knowles, 28 – $87 million
2.Britney Spears, 28 – $64 million
3.Lady Gaga, 24 – $62 million
4.Miley Cyrus, 17 – $48 million
5.Taylor Swift, 20 – $45 million
6.LeBron James, 25 – $43 million (tie)
7.Roger Federer, 29 – $43 million (tie)
8.Eli Manning, 29 – $40 million
9.Terrell Suggs, 27 – $38 million
10.Cristiano Ronaldo, 25 – $36 million
11.The Jonas Brothers (Nick, 17; Joe, 20; Kevin, 22) – $35.5 million
12.Philip Rivers, 28 – $32 million