Madonna is living up to her nickname: the Material Girl tops our annual list of the top-earning musicians by a wide margin. How much did she make, and who was her closest competition?
Lady Gaga and Madonna have a superstar rivalry made in gossip-blog heaven. The former burst onto the scene five years ago with a provocative pop sensibility reminiscent of the latter’s. Last year, Madonna accused Gaga of ripping off one of her songs; this year, the “Born This Way” singer insisted she doesn’t want the Material Girl’s throne.
From an earnings perspective, however, there’s no question over the winner of this battle’s latest round. The honor goes to Madonna, who pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madge’s millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.
Gaga ranks second with $80 million; she grossed over $160 million on her latest tour before succumbing to a hip injury. Had she been able to finish, she would have likely topped $200 million. Her ARTPOP album was released after the end of our scoring period, but should give her a boost on next year’s list. She could easily reach the No. 1 spot with a successful set of concerts, the main driver for most major artists’ earnings. For full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2013/11/19/the-worlds-highest-paid-musicians-2013/
What will this year bring? Go listen to the song Feeling Good on your player…..welcome 2014 with a smile.
Whenever you read a newspaper or magazine are you drawn to the horoscope page? Millions of people are born on the same day- is it really possible to read something unique about yourself? The Barnum Effect is what psychologists describe as the temptation to read personal meanings into a general description. Sixty years later writers still rely on this observable human trait. Horoscopes say the same thing year after year, and people don’t even notice it. They give meaning to otherwise random events in our lives. If you can blame it on Mars or Saturn, one will feel less responsible for them. An example would be able to keep a job or a partner. Some people don’t like that events are random, so horoscopes offer people the comfort of predictability. With that in mind, I have attached work horoscopes for the New Year. Enjoy them and don’t look too much into them. Most importantly….do not rely on them..http://astrology.horoscope.com/horoscope/dailyhoroscope/index-career-horoscope.aspx
A great new side dish…
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I thought I would hit one out of the park and give you all an amazing Macaroni and Cheese recipe. The recipe is such a hit I just had to share. Ever have those friends that find something great and like to keep it a secret…not me. Pasta and cheese casseroles have been included in cookbooks since the early 14th century. It was first found in an old medieval cookbook named Liber de Coquina and described as fresh hand-cut pasta sandwiched between a mixture of melted butter and cheese. Thomas Jefferson had his first encounter with macaroni while in both Paris and northern Italy. He even commissioned the American ambassador to Paris William Short to purchase a machine to make it. Long story short, Thomas didn’t think the machine was suitable enough so he imported a macaroni and cheese machine and served “macaroni pie” at a state dinner. As a result, in the United States July 14th was branded “National Macaroni and Cheese Day”. Getting back to my recipe, I actually didn’t make it up but found it searching on the web. http://www.terrancebrennan.com/pdfs/pastas/Macaroni%20and%20Cheese.pdf. I hope you all enjoy it and you don’t find it is too much work to make. Let me know how it was!!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Enjoy!!!!!!