Last Lap: Jay-Z And Beyonce Raked In $40 Million Last Year, Are Named The Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

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BILLS, BILLS, BILLS NO MORE: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE HAVE TAKEN THE THRONE
Forbes has anointed Jay and Bey the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple this year, having earned a cool $40 million between them in music sales alone. [Idolator]

THE OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE “THE GREATEST AFTER-PARTY IN THE WORLD”
Medals have been awarded and heroes have been made, but the end is nearing and now the rumors start spinning: the music director for the the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony says Sunday’s event will include 20 British artists performing 30 pieces of music, “like spinning plates and they’re all on fire.” Among in those 20 acts? Almost definitely Muse, Kate Bush if we’re lucky, and probably not Ed Sheeran but definitely not Pink Floyd. And please, please, puh-lease someone make sure the Spice Girls are there. [NME]

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS RELEASE TWO NEW B-SIDES
The Peppers have dug from the vaults two tracks from the recording sessions of their latest album, I’m With You, “Strange Man” and “Long Progression.” And better yet, there are 16 more to come. B-Sides or otherwise — new music from a good band? We’ll take it! [Spin]

AND THE WALRUS SAYS THE MONKEES ARE BACK!
The surviving members of the Monkees will head out on tour for the first time in 15 years, and for the first time without frontman Davy Jones, who passed away last February at the age of 66. Goodbye, goodbye… [RS]