Forbes released their list of hip-hop’s 20 biggest money-makers, and, not surprisingly, that list is filled with names you know. What you might not know is how these men — these well-dressed, media-savvy, fully diversified men — made their money. The key, it seems, is to have many different business interests. Like music. And clothing. And lining your bed with thousand-dollar bills.
Take No. 1, for instance: Jay-Z. Not only is he a performer and president of Def Jam records, he also owns the 40/40 Club franchise, has a stake in the New Jersey Nets, and earns cash from endorsement deals with Budweiser, Hewlett Packard and General Motors. That’s to say nothing of his girlfriend, Beyonce, who’s not doing too shabby herself. Jay-Z alone banked $34 million last year. That’s pretty amazing.
What’s not-so-amazing is Forbes‘ use of the word “hip-hopreneurs,” which has to be the ugliest phrase we’ve heard since “vlog.” (Is there nothing decenct about modern diction? Sigh.) To read the full description of hip-hop’s richest, click here. To see the rest of the list, take a peek after the jump.
Last night Britney Spears was spotted out on the town with cheeseball magician Criss Angel. The pair ended up partying at some hotel and then spent the night together in Angel’s room. The worst part is that Brit’s bodyguard was spotted running out to a 7-11 to buy condoms. Ugh. Criss couldn’t just pull them out of a hat or something? This is the fourth hot Hollywood starlet Criss Angel has been linked to (see above for reference), and while his “illusions” aren’t mind-blowing, his macking skills sure are. Maybe while he’s at it he can work some magic on the current state of Britney’s career, too. [X17, Us Weekly. Images: Getty]
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If Gwen Stefani has her way, she’ll become a baby-making machine. The MILF elaborates in the September issue of InStyle:
“Obviously I’m in a race to have another [baby], but I don’t want to do it while on tour. But I can’t wait to get pregnant again. It’s so fun and consuming and romantic.“
A “race?” “Fun?” “Consuming?” “Romantic?!?” Who says those things except for the exceptionally hormonal? Is Gwen packing child? Do her plump lips count as baby bumps? [People]
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Nicole Stays Healthy for Baby
The starlet showed off her baby belly as she hit up the gym in NYC, where she worked out and drank lots of water. Baby does a body good, we guess! [Star]
Jessica Biel Shows Skin on Screen
In her new movie, which co-stars Forrest Whitaker, Jess plays a stripper trying to raise money for her terminally ill son. Oscar buzz makes nudity totally fine. [Us Weekly]
Lindsay Spotted Tanning in Utah
The first post-car chase pic of the troubled starlet has finally surfaced, showing Lindsay doing – what else – leaving rehab, this time to go tanning. What – you didn’t know orange skin cures addiction?? [TMZ]
Evan Rachel Wood was once so normal, so “regular ol’ boring blond actress,” before she ventured into the darkness and started dating a man twice her age. Wood spoke out recently to GQ about her love affair with Marilyn Manson, and she sounds just like every other rebellious nineteen year old who’s crazy in love – just that she’s doing it with an creepy rocker dude in tight pants, lipstick and weird contact lenses.
On making the music video for Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” which features the couple knocking boots – or pretending really well: “We made it for each other. I just wanted to show that it?s okay to have different, weird ideas about romance. At the end of the video, we?re kissing and it?s raining blood?and for me, that was one of the most romantic moments of my entire life.”
On the choices she’s making in her life: “I?m really just being me and growing up. And I?m sorry if I have blond hair and blue eyes and my boyfriend looks like a vampire. What do you want me to do about it?” [Us Weekly. Image: Getty]
Errrr…We don’t want you to do anything. Sorry to bug you, Miss Sassy Pants. We’re just gonna go wander outside now and wait for it to start raining blood.
Evan Rachel Wood Hates Her Parents, Part 2
Evan Rachel Wood Hates Her Parents
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Vanessa Hudgens is the adorable and stunningly beautiful star at the center of Disney’s massively popular made for TV movie, High School Musical. If you been living under a rock, in a hole, or on another planet and have yet to experience Vanessa as the shy math nerd turned school play star Gabriella, not to worry. High School Musical 2 debuts this Friday night and is sure to make her pretty face a permanent fixture on the walls and in the hearts of teens (okay, and adults) across the country.
Vanessa overload is only just beginning – the nineteen-year old’s first album dropped last fall and she’s just recently been made the latest face of Neutrogena. It seems only fitting that we crown this natural beauty with killer talent our Hottie of the Week.
See Vanessa’s beauty up close by clicking these pics:
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UK’s Now magazine is reporting that Jesse Metcalfe is set to make beautiful music by reinventing himself as a singer. He does, after all know how to handle a guitar. The rag quotes Jesse as saying:
“People are going to be shocked by my first album. It’s going to reveal my unseen mature side and I’ve even co-written some of the songs…I think I could be the next James Blunt.“
The “unseen mature side” bit proves that this is either fabricated (who says that about himself?!?) or that Jesse’s subscribing to his own hype (a douche says that about himself, that’s who). The “next James Blunt” thing adds to the douchieness — he knows he’s the next Clay Aiken, he’s just too shy to say it. [Now]
Jesse Metcalfe Leaves Rehab
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Whose boobs are nicer? Jesse Metcalfe?s or his date?s?