Taylor Swift was the second highest earning country musician on Forbes list of highest paid country stars, coming in second to Toby Keith. The country-pop starlet pulled in $64 million over the past year, just one mil under Toby's $65 mil. According to Forbes, Swift's earnings came mostly from her world tour, and endorsements with brands like Diet Coke and Keds.
Ja Rule has released the music video for "Superstar," a cut from his 2012 album Pain Is Love 2. In the vid, Ja walks around the Vegas strip, while showing off his bling. It looks like the release of the visual is just the first in a series of projects for Rule, who hit Twitter to promise "new music coming soon."
Thompson Square have released "I Can't Outrun You," the latest single from their album Just Feels Good. Speaking with Radio.com, Keifer Thompson says the song is about the inescapable memory of an old flame: "Everyone's been in that situation, where you've been with somebody for whatever length of time, and it goes south and you try to move away, move across town."
Iron Maiden fans have started an online petition to bring back the graphic artist behind the band's popular Eddie the Head character. The monster was created by artist Derek Riggs, and now fans are clamoring for the return of both the artist and Eddie.
Steven van Zandt, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is putting a record together for 60s hitmaker Darlene Love, and he's enlisted several of his famous pals to help. He name dropped some to Rolling Stone: "I'm writing. Elvis Costello's writing. I've talked to Bruce about a song," he began.
Jimmy Page has unveiled a selection of new merchandise on his official website. The merch includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos and mugs all bearing the artwork from his most recent release Lucifer Rising.
Lionel Richie will be named Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards at the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference & Awards at the Edison Ballroom in NYC on November 20. "Though he has received countless awards for his albums and songs, Lionel Richie has never been honored specifically for his contributions to live music, so we are thrilled."
Tim McGraw has revealed the cover art and track list for his forthcoming release Sundown Heaven Town. The album cover features a photo of McGraw in his classic black western hat and v-neck t-shirt and has the name "McGraw" in white block lettering with the album's title in orange.
Neil Young has put his support behind the Rainbow Connection Kickstarter page, an initiative to put the brakes on illegal logging. The organizers hope to retrofit old cellphones with solar cells, hang them in trees and use the signals to catch loggers before they can cut down the trees. The tech is a step up from satellite surveillance, which produces results at a slower pace.
Muse fronter Matt Bellamy says the band will have a new album ready for release by next summer. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bellamy explained that he hopes to strip back the band's heavily produced sound and go darker.
Jasmine has released "That's Me Right There," the lead single from her upcoming EP. The cut features a verse from Kendrick Lamar, and features on the follow up to the follow up ot her 2011 mixtape S(he) Be(lie)ve(d). "It was amazing working with him," Jasmine told Teen Vogue of hooking up with the Compton MC.
Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj have dropped their new collaboration "Bang Bang." "I fell in love with her, the tone of her voice and everything," said Nicki of Jessie, with Jessie adding, "I'm a huge fan of hers." The track features production from Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Ilya.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett added a solo to "Salt in the Wound," a track cut by his former band Exodus. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Hammett said getting back in the groove with his old pals felt just fine indeed: "It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out," says Hammett.
Fences have released "Arrows" the lead single, featuring a spot from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The cut comes from band's upcoming debut Lesser Oceans, due October 14. "Fences is a good friend," Macklemore told Billboard. "He's fu---d up in the same way that I'm f----d up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I've always admired his talent."
Paul McCartney will release two Wings records - Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound - as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection on September 22. The LPs will come in a two disc standard edition and three disc deluxe edition, complete with extra material, a book featuring unpublished photographs and new interviews with McCartney.