Former Playboy Bunny, Hugh Hefner girlfriend and TV realty star Holly Madison has insured her breasts for $1 million with Lloyd’s of London.
Madison told People magazine, “I’ve heard about people getting body parts insured and I thought, ‘Why not?’ because if anything happened to my boobs, I’d be out for a few months and I’d probably be out a million dollars. I thought I’d cover my assets.”
Madison is not the first celebrity to take out a large insurance policies on a body part.
David Lee Roth insured himself against his own sperm. Celine Dion reportedly insured her voice. Controversial American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert insured his crotch for a million. And Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Jamie Lee Cutis, Heidi Klum and Mary Hart all have insured their legs for a million.
But no one come close to David Beckham. The soccer star and husband of former Spice Girl “Posh,” Victoria Beckham, has his kickers insured for $70 million.
Nancy And Ann Wilson Of Heart, Snooki Added To “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops” Line-Up. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” is going to have even more Heart. The special, which sees female-fronted acts performing for the troops, has added Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart to the line-up, plus appearances by Brandy and Snooki. Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart are set to perform with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who will perform at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. They’ll join previously announced performers Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Sugarland, and Nicki Minaj. Paramore, fronted by “Airplanes” singer Hayley Williams, will head to an undisclosed military base in the Middle East to visit with the Marines, soldiers, airmen, and more. Comedian Jeffrey Ross has been added to the line-up as well, while Brandy, supermodel Marisa Miller, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from “Jersey Shore” will present. For the first time, VH1 has partnered with the USO to bring the iconic event, which has boasted performances from Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and Celine Dion in the past, and the girls to the troops and their families. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops,” hosted by Kathy Griffin, will premiere Sunday, December 5th at 9pm ET/PT on VH1.
Lady Gaga Fragrance On The Way. What do little monsters smell like? We’ll find out soon enough. Lady Gaga will join pop titans like Britney Spears and Beyoncé currently enjoying the sweet smell of success with the release of her very own fragrance. Lady Gaga will team up with global beauty brand Coty Inc. for her first outing in the celebrity perfume business. Coty also helped launch fragrances for Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, and Kylie Minogue, among others. The scent will be developed by the masterminds at Coty along with Gaga, as Creative Director, and the rest of her Haus of Gaga team. The currently untitled fragrance will unveil more details closer to its release date. It’s currently expected to hit stores in the spring of 2012. “The marketing behind Lady Gaga’s fragrance will be unprecedented and groundbreaking,” said Steve Mormoris, Sr. VP of Global Marketing for Coty Beauty. “We are working toward distilling the brilliance of Lady Gaga into a fragrance that delivers a breathtaking olfactory experience and a timeless, enduring packaging design that is part of Lady Gaga’s overall artistic sensibility.”We don’t know what olfactory means, but we can’t wait to see what the bottle looks like! In the meantime, Gaga continues her “Monster Ball” world tour through 2011 and is set to release her new album, tentatively titled “Born This Way,” next year as well.
Celine Dion has given birth to twin boys. The ‘My Heart Will Go On’ singer is believed to have delivered the two babies via Caesarean section on Saturday (23.10.10) at St Mary’s Medical Centre, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at 11.11am and 11.12am. The fraternal twins ‘ which means they are non-identical siblings ‘ weighed in at 5lbs 4oz and 5lbs 10oz. Although they are both healthy, the babies will spend the next few days in incubators because they were born premature. The due date had been in November. A representative for the 42-year-old pop star ‘ who also has a nine-year-old son Rene-Charles with her husband Rene Angelil – said: ‘Celine, Rene and their son Rene-Charles are thrilled . Celine is resting now and they plan to discuss what to name the boys when she wakes up ‘Rene-Charles has been to the hospital to visit his brothers and is just so excited they are here.’ The twins were conceived via in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) just as Celine and 68-year-old Rene’s first child Rene-Charles was. The Canadian singer previously revealed she underwent six gruelling courses of IVF to get pregnant again and admitted the process was ‘mentally exhausting’. She said: “I feel like I’ve been pregnant for over a year. I never gave up. But I can tell you that it was physically and mentally exhausting.”
Katy Perry, Paramore To Salute The Troops On “VH1 Divas” Special. This year’s “VH1 Divas” is going military style. Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, and Paramore have all signed on for “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.”
For the first time, VH1 has partnered with the USO to bring the iconic event, which has boasted performances from Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and Celine Dion in the past, and the girls to the troops and their families. Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, and Nicki Minaj will all perform for the troops at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Paramore, fronted by “Airplanes” singer Hayley Williams, will head to an undisclosed military base in the Middle East to visit with the Marines, soldiers, airmen, and more. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” will also be broadcast internationally for the service men and women and their families stationed outside the U.S., courtesy of the Armed Forces Network. “The USO is thrilled to be partnering with VH1 and honored to be a part of delivering such an uplifting event to our nation’s troops,” said Sloan Gibson, USO President. “The holidays are especially tough for our men and women in uniform and their families, and having the opportunity to touch so many troops stationed around the world at a time of year that matters most lets them know that America still cares about their welfare,” Gibson continued. “There is no better time to celebrate our armed forces and support their efforts than now.” “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” will premiere Sunday, December 5th at 9pm ET/PT on VH1
Celine Dion is pregnant again. After undergoing six in-vitro fertilization attempts, the Canadian songstress and her manager-husband Rene Angelil announce that they are expecting twins. Dion had to undergo six attempts at in-vitro fertilization and acupuncture treatments to improve her chances of conceiving. The soon-to-be born twins will be the couple’s second and third child together. They are already parents to Rene-Charles, 9, who was also conceived through in-vitro fertilization.Angelil, who married the “My Heart Will Go On” hitmaker in 1993, told people, “We’re ecstatic. Celine is just hoping for a healthy pregnancy. She was hoping for one baby and the news that we are having two is a double blessing!” The good news comes months after the 42-year-old songstress suffered a failed pregnancy. She told the public in August last year that she was expecting her second child, but announced in November that the embryo transfers were unsuccessful.
Madonna And Ellen DeGeneres Are Related, According To New Report. This time, it looks like it’s no laughing matter for comedian Ellen DeGeneres and pop icon Madonna. The two women – who share similarities in hair color and birth year – are also now related according to Ancestry.com. It turns out that the popular talk show host and “Material Girl” songstress are 11th cousins. The two share a common 10th great-grandfather, Frenchman Martin Aucoin. Previously, it was revealed that Madonna is also related to Canadian singer Celine Dion and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
More than 75 stars — from the legendary Barbra Streisand to rapper Lil Wayne and actor Vince Vaughn — gathered at Hollywood’s Henson Recording Studios on the day before yesterday (Feb. 1) to record the 25th anniversary version of “We Are The World.” Like its predecessor, “We Are The World – 25 For Haiti” features a diverse lineup: this time ranging from Streisand and Celine Dion to actor Jeff Bridges. But it also boasts a major hip-hop contingent (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Akon, Kid Cudi, Drake), young newcomers (Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber) and major-league high technology. “This is like running through hell with gasoline underwear,” said Quincy Jones with a laugh late last night during a five-minute recording break. The video for “We Are the World – 25 For Haiti” will world premiere in 3D during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 12. Academy Award-winning writer/director Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby”) directed the video, an online version will feature green screen, allowing viewers to place themselves in the We Are the World lineup as well. Proceeds from the contemporary recording and the accompanying video will go directly to Haitian relief efforts through the We Are The World Foundation, a newly created not-for-profit organization comprised of board members Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Wyclef Jean, Paul Haggis, AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phillips and Ambassador Louis Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank. Helping to underwrite the project was Visa.
Joining Jones in the media tent (which housed two video screens showing both looped and real-time footage of the recording) was an equally tired but ebullient Lionel Richie, who produced and co-wrote the original song with Michael Jackson. He, Jones and Jean are executive producers of the new song, with newly minted Grammy Award winner/producer RedOne and producer/musical director Ricky Minor (“American Idol”) also onboard. Richie and Jones noted that other artists beyond those on hand last night will be added to the recording. Among those will be Janet Jackson, who will sing brother Michael’s middle part in the original. Asked the reason for going with all new artists for the re-recording, Richie said, “It’s the toughest thing; you want to jump in, but then you must realize you have to pass the torch.” Richie, who sang on the original version as well, passed his torch to newcomer Beiber, who sings Richie’s part in the new song. Asked what Michael Jackson would be doing if he were alive to participate in the re-recording, Richie said, “I know it’s hard to believe, but if Michael were alive, he would be behind the scenes with us doing exactly what we’re doing: supporting everyone. I must say, the enthusiasm I’ve witnessed in there…I’ve never seen anything like it. What made it so interesting this time around is we took longer to record because we now have cell phones and Twitter. Instead of having down time where everyone is sitting around doing nothing, everybody was taking pictures of each other.” The gathered artists also broke into an impromptu version of the Bill Withers classic “Lean on Me,” sparked by Melanie Fiona’s hurting feet. “We were standing for quite a while and my feet started to hurt a bit. So I told Musiq Soulchild that I was going to lean on him. He said this isn’t ‘Lean on Me.’ Then someone else said lean on me and Celine started singing. The rest is what you saw on camera, history.”
Also making their way to the media room to share their experiences were: Jordin Sparks: “I was standing next to Rob Thomas and Lil Wayne in front of me. Then Brandy, Tyrese and Natalie Cole. Everybody is having a good time, so excited to be a part of something bigger than us. I’ve always loved Michael’s love for the world. I love the song; they’ve changed it up a little bit. It has a little more — I hate this word — but swag, I guess. But it’s going to be awesome.” Natalie Cole: “It’s a bubbly, energetic mood in there. I was standing by Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson; we were all getting numbers and autographs. But we were also in a thoughtful mood in there because of the images of Haiti on the video screens behind us in the studio. It was also very emotional because a Haitian film crew — who had just got out in time — spoke to us as well.” Celine Dion: “People are very touched to be here. Wehave to enjoy ourselves; we’re talking about music and about someone who was living through music. Michael’s fashion was to help change the world through his lyrics. Through our music, voices and talent, all of us together…you can’t just say this is terrible. Tonight we have this opportunity to make a difference.” Josh Groban: “I got Kenny Rogers’ original harmony with Paul Simon and I was happy for that. But I don’t know yet who the harmony will be with; it’s to be determined. Then they had me do a riff at the end with some bravado…that was the token classical note of the song (laughs). It’s inspired chaos. We’re all there for the same reason and it’s great to see so many legendary artists sweating it out; doing it until it’s over. Everybody left their ego at the door. To be smack dab in the middle of a sandwich between Weezy and Barbra Streisand was personally a creative experience I don’t think I’ll have the pleasure of having again. It just goes to show the mix and match of people who are here to help. I can only hope this version has the impact of the original.” Lil Wayne: “I’ve never been involved in anything like this. But coming out I feel blessed and feel like I’ve done something today. And that’s always a good day. When I got here, I was like what am I doing, will I be rapping or what? Then they told me I was doing Bob Dylan’s part and I was like, you guys are real good comedians. But I approached it the best way I knew how. Did I do a better job than Bob Dylan? Hell, no. But after I did his part, it hit me that this was something way more important than I could ever imagine. Before I go, I just want to say I think it’s amazing what’s been done for Haiti but I also think it’s amazing what hasn’t been done for New Orleans. Thank you.”
Jackson kids accept award at Grammys. Michael Jackson’s eldest two children accepted a lifetime achievement award on behalf of their late father at last night’s Grammys (31.01.10). Prince Michael, 12, and 11-year-old Paris received a standing ovation as they took to the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center – where their dad’s public memorial was held last July – to collect the honour and then paid an emotional tribute to him.
Prince said: “We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father, Michael Jackson.
“First of all, we’d like to thank God for watching over us for these past seven months, and our grandma and grandpa for their love and support. We would also like the fans. Our father loved you so much because you were always there for him.
“Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he has helped many charities and donated to all of them. Through all his songs, his message was simple – love.”
A musical tribute was also paid to the legendary ‘Thriller’ singer, in which stars – including Celine Dion, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson – sang one of his biggest hits ‘Earth Song’, accompanied by a 3-D mini-film which was created by Jackson as part of his planned ‘This Is It’ tour.
The big winner on the night was Beyonce Knowles, who scooped six honours – a record for a female artist – including Song of the Year for ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘Halo’.
When accepting that trophy, Beyonce – who is married to rapper Jay-Z – told the star-studded audience: “This has been such an amazing night for me and I’d like to thank the Grammys.
“I’d like to thank my family including my husband, I love you.”
However, she was beaten to the coveted Album of the Year by country singer Taylor Swift, who has honoured for her LP ‘Fearless’, as well as winning a further three awards.
The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z and Kings of Leon – whose hit ‘Use Somebody’ was named Record of the Year – all picked up three trophies each, while Lady Gaga and Eminem won two.
Michael Jackson’s children could perform at the Grammy Awards. Katherine Jackson – who is now the legal guardian of Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, seven – is reportedly in talks with organisers about whether the kids could sing one of their father’s songs at the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre on Sunday night (31.01.10).
A source said: “Michael first unveiled his legendary moonwalk at the Grammys, so it’s only right they all go out with a tribute.”
The tribute, which is set to include the premiere of the ‘Earth Song’ mini-movie, will feature performances from stars including Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion and Smokey Robinson.
Singer Keri Hilson – who is up for two awards, Best New Artist and Best Rap/Song – can’t wait for the ceremony and the Michael Jackson tribute, but has no idea what to wear.
She said: ‘I guess my aim would be to stand out. I want it to be kind of the humble approach of being at the Grammys for the first time, first album. So I want that, something great but not something like, ‘I’m here. I’ve arrived.’ ‘
All she had to do was stay in one place instead of touring like other top acts. Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews Band come in close behind in combined album sales and concert revenue for the decade. What’s the formula for success in the rapidly shifting music business? Roll the dice, then stay put.
That combination put Celine Dion atop the ultimate edition of Calendar’s annual Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking that combines artists’ album sales revenue with their take at the box office. Dion earned the title of Ultimate Top 10 champ for the decade that recently ended, thanks in large part to the money she piled up from her five-year engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where audiences are used to paying big bucks for big stars. Her gamble to perform in one place for an extended period paid off big for the Canadian pop diva. The Ultimate Top 10 isn’t meant to be the final word on artists’ finances. With merchandising, product endorsements, song placements in movies and TV shows, ring tones, website subscriptions and myriad other income sources, musicians today have seemingly limitless ways to bring in money. But by combining two of the biggest revenue sources, the Ultimate Top 10 is a good indicator of which artists fans are spending the most money on. The overall decade results suggest there’s still considerable long-term value in allowing artists time to build extensive catalogs and encouraging them to support those recordings by touring regularly.
The Ultimate Top 10 of the Decade:
1. Celine Dion, $747.9 million. Dion pulled in $522.2 million in concert-ticket sales for the decade. Adding $225.7 million worth of album sales during those same 10 years, she trumped all comers.
2. Kenny Chesney, $742 million. Close behind Dion was this road warrior, who toured hard and promoted records the old-fashioned way year in and year out. His total includes $455.6 million in concert ticket sales and $286.4 million in album revenue.
3. Dave Matthews Band, $737.4 million. Matthews’ decade concert total of $529.1 million put him first on the list of top North American live music attractions of the decade, as calculated by the concert-tracking publication Pollstar. The band posted $208.3 million in album sales.
4. The Beatles, $627.3 million. Although the quartet disbanded 30 years before the decade began, the Beatles still managed to generate $392.3 million from sales of 30.2 million albums (using an average of $13 per album). We folded in the individual box office figures racked up by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney ($221.4 million) and Ringo Starr ($13.6 million), given that their concert audiences consist in large part of Beatles fans. The Fab Four also logged the single bestselling album of the decade, the “1″ hits collection, with 11.5 million copies. And counting.
5. U2, $609.7 million. The Irish rock quartet brought in $391 million at the box office and $218.7 million in album sales.
6. Toby Keith, $591.9 million. The second of three country acts in the Top 10, the Oklahoma singer and songwriter logged $273.8 million on the concert trail, $318.1 million from album sales.
7. Bruce Springsteen, $588.3 million. On the road, both with the E Street Band and his various non-E Street tours, the Boss brought in $444.3 million. His album take: $144 million.
8. The Rolling Stones, $569.6 million. The Stones also benefited heavily from touring, earning $426.9 million at the box office in addition to $142.7 million in album sales.
9. Tim McGraw, $550.7 million. Strictly as a solo act, the country singer-songwriter ranks No. 14 on the list. But he toured several times with his wife, Faith Hill, during the decade. California being a community property state, we are awarding him half the revenue those outings generated. So his total includes $322 million in album sales, $133.7 million from his own tours and $95 million for his half of the McGraw-Hill shows.
10. Britney Spears, $494.3 million. Despite a rocky decade personally and professionally, Spears pulled in $195.7 million at the box office and sold $298.6 million worth of albums for the 10-year period.
The decade’s top album seller was Eminem, the Detroit rapper who posted $419 million from sales of 32.2 million albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But because he toured sporadically, he was only able to add $40.8 million to his Ultimate Top 10 total, which places him at No. 14; he is the sole hip-hop artist to land in the Top 20.
Looking at 2009 alone, the 14th annual Ultimate Top 10 title goes to U2. During the year, the band posted $137.3 million ($123 million box office, $14.3 million albums), a bit better than last year’s winner, Madonna, who finished on top with $120.1 million. Springsteen follows U2 with $102 million ($94.5 million box office, $7.5 million in albums).
The year’s biggest album seller finished at No. 3 overall: In the wake of his death, Michael Jackson posted total album sales of just under $100 million, without any revenue from the series of comeback concerts he was scheduled to give in London. (Those dates wouldn’t have counted toward the Ultimate Top 10 since Pollstar data come from North American concert tour figures.)
Spears ended the year at No. 4, with $82.5 million in concert ticket sales and $7 million in album revenue. The joint Elton John/Billy Joel tour tallied $88 million at the box office, with no corresponding revenue from albums that finished among the year’s top 200 sellers from the duo, placing the piano men at No. 5. John generated an additional $14.2 million during the year from solo performances.
The remainder of the 2009 Ultimate Top 10 shakes out as follows: No. 6: AC/DC with $83.8 million ($77.9 million in concert tickets, $5.9 million in album sales); No. 7: Taylor Swift with $83.2 million ($25.5 million at the box office, $57.7 million in album sales); No. 8: Chesney at $81 million ($71.1 million in concert, $9.9 million in album sales); No. 9: the Jonas Brothers with $77.9 million ($69.8 million in concert revenue, $8.1 million in album sales), and No. 10: the Dave Matthews Band with $69.8 million ($56.9 million in concert tickets, $12.9 million in album sales).
Bryan Adams relishes the unconventional. Not because the veteran pop-rocker has all of a sudden taken up hardcore metal or hip-hop. In fact, his most recent CD, 11, is classic Bryan Adams. He had a hand in writing every song. But the Canadian musician best known for his string of ’80s and ’90s hits such as “Run to You,” “Heaven,” “Summer of ’69,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” rolls with his own rhythm when it comes to recording, touring and even publicity photos. Take 11, for instance. The CD is quintessential Adams, full of crunchy rock tunes brimming with pop hooks. It was recorded on the road, as was 2004′s Room Service. “Sitting in hotel rooms all day long is a bit dull,” Adams says by phone from a tour stop in Kalamazoo, Mich. “I can’t stand it. I love making music. I love singing. I love being in front of an audience. But that’s two hours. Then there’s the other 22 hours. That’s why I started to record on tour.” Touring for Adams isn’t your usual months-long trek aimed at promoting a new release. Again the 49-year-old breaks from tradition. “I just go out for a week every month,” he says. “I’ve been doing that for 10 years. It works for me.” He’s currently performing solo acoustic shows in U.S. theaters. Adams will be at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday night. When asked about his concert repertoire, since it’s just him unplugged, Adams is matter-of-fact. He’ll play “a few songs from the new album, more obscure songs from my past, and a mix of other things,” he says. “It’s still a rocking show. I’m doing all kinds of different songs. Some rock, some don’t.” Yet even more so than the material, Adams is excited about the venues. “I have enjoyed this tour so much. I’m getting to see America on a whole different level.” As if recording and touring isn’t enough, Adams is an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview magazines, to name a few. He’s published three photo books, and has shot musical peers such as Mick Jagger, Céline Dion, Pink, Herb Alpert, Lenny Kravitz, Annie Lennox and Amy Winehouse. Oh, he has one other subject – himself. Adams takes his own publicity pictures. “I did Annie Lennox’s new album cover,” he says. “While I was setting up, I was shooting myself to see what the pictures looked like. And I use those photos as publicity shots. If I can make myself look good, I can make anybody look good.”