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."
James Shigeta, the actor best known for his role in the classic 1960's musical film "The Flower Drum Song," has died at the age of 85. Shigeta had been in declining health since suffering a stroke two years ago and passed away in a Beverly Hills assisted living facility, according to the LA Times. Shigeta was a pioneer for leading Asian men in Hollywood and helped pave the way.
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.
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") has landed a guest spot on two upcoming episodes of the FOX series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Kyra plays Madeline Wuntch, deputy chief and long time rival of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher). Exec producer Dan Goor told TVGuide.com that the character is "a person with whom Holt has a tremendous amount of history and all of it bad."
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.
Mark Valley ("Fringe," "Human Target") has been cast in a recurring role on CBS' "CSI." The actor stars as a former detective who now works as a private investigator. He teams with Finlay (Elisabeth Shue) after his partner goes missing. "While their relationship may be a bit prickly, the attraction between them is undeniable," says a presser for the announcement.
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.
Paramount Pictures deleted a poster for its upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, promoting its September 11 release date in Australia. The pic featured the four reptilian heroes plunging toward the viewer from a burning skyscraper. Twitter users were quick to point out the poster's tastelessness. One noted: "WHO thought that poster would be a good idea considering date??"
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.
John Rhys-Davies ("Lord of the Rings") is the latest actor to join the cast of the upcoming "Once Upon a Time" re-imagining of "Frozen" on ABC. Rhys-Davies will voice Pabbie the King. "We're thrilled to welcome John Rhys-Davies to the #OnceUponATime family as the voice of everyone's favorite rock troll -- Pabbie! #ThisFall!" wrote exec producer Adam Horowitz on Twitter.
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.