Jay-Z gifts Beyonce a $3 million private island to celebrate their anniversary

beyonce-jayz-600x363 islandFollowing in the step of celebrities who have traded buying holiday homes for their own private islands like Julia Roberts, Sir Richard Branson and Johnny Depp. Since singer Beyonce has returned to her rightful place in the spotlight it has been difficult for them to spend some normal family time. Jay-Z really must want some undisturbed peace as he puts down £2 million to buy his wife Beyonce their own private island in North Abaco, Bahamas.

As a mark of the their fifth wedding anniversary, this private haven is like a gift by the 43 year old star for Beyonce and their 15 month old daughter Blue Ivy so they can have a peaceful getaway far from the hovering paparazzi and public’s eye. “A private island means they’ll be able to have quality time with minimum staff and security”, a source said.

Though a downside to the island is its patchy phone reception and no TV satellite, but it is to see if the couple sees that a boon or curse.

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The Demise of an Icon – Margaret Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts, 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British Conservative Party politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the “Iron Lady”, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.
Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Thatcher was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Finchley in 1959. Edward Heath appointed her Secretary of State for Education and Science in his 1970 government. In 1975 Thatcher defeated Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election to become Leader of the Opposition and became the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom. She became Prime Minister after winning the 1979 general election.
After moving into 10 Downing Street, Thatcher introduced a series of political and economic initiatives to reverse what she perceived to be Britain’s precipitous national decline. Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation (particularly of the financial sector), flexible labour markets, the privatisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. Thatcher’s popularity during her first years in office waned amid recession and high unemployment, until economic recovery and the 1982 Falklands War brought a resurgence of support, resulting in her re-election in 1983.
Thatcher was re-elected for a third term in 1987, but her Community Charge (popularly referred to as “poll tax”) was widely unpopular and her views on the European Community were not shared by others in her Cabinet. She resigned as Prime Minister and party leader in November 1990, after Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to her leadership. Thatcher held a life peerage as Baroness Thatcher, of Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire, which entitled her to sit in the House of Lords.

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Beckingham Palace to go on sale as David and Victoria Beckham move to London

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Well, it seems like celebrity couple, soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, have grown tired of the open air. The Beckhams have recently decided to do away with their beautiful £10 million mansion in Hertfordshire nicknamed Beckingham Palace and move to the cosmopolitan realm of London. The couple will be moving out after living at the mansion for nearly 14 years. In the course of their stay, the Beckhams added a recording studio, helipad and indoor and outdoor swimming pools to the mansion.

Also, David and Victoria are choosey about who will take up residence in the home up ahead. The property, called Rowneybury House, will be sold only to private buyers and not a developer looking to split it all up into luxury apartments. The house and its 22-acre grounds was bought from a property developer, Richard Maher, in 1999 for £2.5 million and was later topped with a snooker room, a gym and floodlit tennis courts too!

David, 37, and Victoria, 38, now plan to buy a home in Kensington or Mayfair and will soon move into the city with their sons Brooklyn and Romeo.

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LeBron James, Savannah Brinson send ‘save the date’ cards for Sept. ’13 Calif. wedding.

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caricatureWith this epic run that he’s on — his Miami Heat rolling to 16 straight wins, thanks to his Wednesday night game-winner; his shooting 64 percent for a full month; his continual reminders that when he’s doing his thing, everybody else is playing for second place; the way he’s making it hard for us to even talk about how good he is at times — it’s natural to wonder exactly is freeing up LeBron James to play as well as he has been.
[Related: LeBron’s layup lifts Heat to 16th straight win]
As it turns out, there’s an easy answer: He finally got finished with the “save the dates” for his upcoming wedding to longtime sweetheart Savannah Brinson. Ask any guy who’s ever gotten married — that’s a huge weight off your shoulders.
TMZ, as it always does, has the story:
We’ve obtained a copy of King James’ “Save The Date” … which instructs his friends to block out Friday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 15, for the NBA star’s destination wedding to fiancee Savannah Brinson in exotic San Diego, Calif.
The “Save the Date” even came with a fun caricature of Bron, Savannah and their 2 children … each dressed in their finest wedding outfits. Cute.
Check out the mailer after the jump.
James and Brinson have been together since their high school days back in Akron, Ohio. The couple has two children together — LeBron Jr., 8, and Bryce, 5. (You might know the boys from a pair of recent James tweets — the Heat star recently shared a link to Junior’s hoops “highlight reel,” and also posted a photo of his boys rocking haircuts that would make Kid-N-Play proud.)
They’ve been engaged for a little over a year; James popped the question on New Year’s Eve 2011, with the Heat off to a 4-0 start to what would wind up being a championship season. (He did so with a ring that reportedly cost $300,000, which means he got off a little light on the whole “three months salary” thing.) It was, as these things often tend to be, a surprise, albeit with a few more high-profile key players than most of our proposal stories tend to feature, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press:
With a number of teammates and close friends looking on, James pulled off a bit of a sneak attack. He and Brinson had discussed marriage in the past, but amid the din of ringing in 2012, she didn’t expect the two-time NBA MVP to get on bended knee at that moment.
“It was beautiful,” Heat teammate Chris Bosh said. “I told him, ‘Good luck.’ It was nice. It was real nice.” […]
[Also: Rudy Gay embraces challenge with star-hungry Raptors]
Heat teammate Dwyane Wade was in charge of holding the ring until the big moment.
“It’s very nice,” Wade said. “Very nice. They have good taste.”
It’s nice when things are nice.
Less nice, in TMZ’s view — the fact that the nuptials will take place on Yom Kippur, which could pose a problem for the couple’s Jewish friends and desired guests. This is a fair point, but also underlines a fundamental truth about wedding planning: You’ll never be able to accommodate everybody, so you just have to try to be as mindful as you can and hope for the best.
Here’s hoping the weather’s nice, LeBron; if you need any suggestions on where to register for gifts, maybe hit up Jay Cutler. I hear he’s got some ideas.

Oscars Real Winners And Losers

Another Oscar ceremony has come and gone. Expectations were met (Daniel Day-Lewis winning Best Actor) and there were some surprises (Ang Lee beating Steven Speilberg for Best Director). Following along on Twitter, there were plenty of complaints about the host, the length of the ceremony and some of the presenters. We got a song about boobs, Jennifer Lawrence taking a tumble and lots of long-haired blond men winning in some of the more obscure categories.
Here’s a look at the real winners and losers from tonight’s award show.

Life of Pi

Pi didn’t really need any help from the Oscars. The film didn’t make too much of an impression at the U.S. box office but it earned $583 million at the global box office making it the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Tonight the Fox film walked away with four Oscars including one for Ang Lee for Best Director. Most people were expecting Steven Spielberg to win in that category. The awards will likely give the film a boost on home video (it’s down to just 550 theaters nationwide) as people rent it to see what the fuss was all about.

Daniel Day-Lewis

The actor was a shoo-in to win Best Actor for Lincoln but he is now the bona fide greatest actor of his generation. This is Day-Lewis’ third win for Best Actor. He won in 1989 for My Left Foot and in 2007 for There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis is picky about what roles he takes, only doing a movie every two to three years. If he wanted to, Day-Lewis could start demanding a large salary for his work since he basically guarantees Oscar recognition. But the films he usually chooses to appear in have limited budgets. He’s clearly an actor who truly works for the love of his art. Tonight he joked that he was supposed to play Margaret Thatcher but he has actually become the Meryl Streep of actors.

Jennifer Lawrence

Life Day-Lewis, Lawrence was the favorite to win in her category and her win wan’t a huge surprise. But between winning an Oscar and starring in the hottest new teen franchise (The Hunger Games), Lawrence is now officially the hottest actress in Hollywood. She can carry an action film and win an Oscar. She’s already getting a reported $10 million for the next Hunger Games movie but don’t be surprised if that number escalates for future films. Everyone in Hollywood is going to want to cast her (if they don’t already) and she’ll have plenty of leverage to basically ask for whatever she wants.

Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein is usually the king of the Oscars. Last year he dominated with The Artist and the year before that The King’s Speech, also from The Weinstein Company, won four Oscars including for Best Picture and Best Actor. Weinstein looked like he was at risk of possibly getting shut out tonight since his two big movies in the running, Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained, weren’t expected to win very much. But he ended up with three big awards. Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings. Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise winner in the Best Supporting Actor category for Django Unchained and Quentin Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay for Django. Sure, he neglected to that Weinstein in his speech but the movie mogul’s presence could be felt anyway.

Seth MacFarlane

I thought MacFarlane did a pretty good job but Twitter sentiment seemed to be mostly against him and he didn’t seem to win a lot of friends in the room. Ben Affleck even gave a jab when he came up on stage to announce a category, though it was unclear if he was being snide because of a Gigli joke or a joke about Lincoln getting shot. It’s a tough gig though. I can’t remember the last time a host killed at the Academy Awards. I’d be surprised to see MacFarlane invited back for a return performance.

Renee Zellweger

Zellweger’s career has hit a serious rough patch lately. With all of the attention (mysteriously) paid to the movie Chicago at this year’s Oscars, the ceremony would have been a great place for her to reintroduce herself to Hollywood. Instead, she appear emaciated and confused. She wasn’t able to read the winners of two envelopes that she looked at and was saved by Queen Latifah reading the winner over her shoulder. Zellweger won an Ocar in 2003 for Cold Mountain but in the five years after that her box office earnings fell $378 million from what she had earned the five years before she won.

[Forbes.com]

NEWS/ Marc Jacobs Reveals Fabulous Diet Coke Can

Always wanted a Marc Jacobs piece, but couldn’t
afford one of his designer duds?
Then you’re in luck, because the fashion icon has
just debuted an affordable new line—of Diet Coke
cans
, that is.
That’s right, just a week after showing off his abs in
a sexy ad for the soft drink giant, the designer—and
newly appointed Diet Coke 2013 creative director—
has unveiled three limited-edition cans.

And his creations, inspired by female empowerment
in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, are just as fabulous as his
clothing collections. Take the ’90s-inspired can,
which features his signature swallow print and a
glam model in a punch-colored cocktail dress.
Darling bow ties decorate his ’80s design, which
includes a model is a sharp tux with the decade’s
trademark strong shoulder silhouette, while the
final can in the series stars gal in a trendy mixed-
print outfit that combines classic stripes with a
playful houndstooth pattern.
Even if Diet Coke isn’t your thing, we think it’s fair
to say you’ll find these cans are refreshing, thanks
to Jacobs’ designs. The first set of designer divas is
slated to hit shelves in Europe next month.
Which Marc Jacobs Diet Coke can is your fave? Tell us in the comments!

[eonline.com]

Pope Benedict Steps Down: Full Text Of His Resignation Letter

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For the first time in almost 600 years a sitting Pope has resigned, leaving the leadership of the Catholic Church, one of the world’s richest and most powerful organizations–religious or secular–in transition.

Citing his failing health, Pope Benedict XVI, announced to Cardinals that he was no longer able to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and would step down on Feb. 28.

Benedict, a German, was, at 78, the oldest Pope ever installed as the leader of Catholic Church. Now 85, and in frail health, Benedict said in a statement this morning that to lead the church, “strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

(full text below).

Few positions on Earth are as powerful and influential as leadership of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict ranked 5th this year on our annual list of the World’s Most Powerful people trailing only US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

At the National Catholic Register, Thomas Reece explains that while the move is certainly legal (though rare–only 10 Popes have ever resigned in the history of the Church) “Most modern popes have felt that resignation is unacceptable,” writes Reece. “As Paul VI said, paternity cannot be resigned. In addition, Paul feared setting a precedent that would encourage factions in the church to pressure future popes to resign for reasons other than health.”

Here’s the full text of Pope’s statement, as presented on the Vatican web site:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

BENEDICTUS PP XVI


[forbes.com]

Grammy Winners 2013: The Full List

The 55th annual Grammys are over, and unlike last
year, a wide range of artists is heading home with
hardware.
Adele stole the show in 2012, winning all six
awards for which she was nominated. In 2013, Dan
Auerbach and the Black Keys were the biggest
winners, taking home four trophies. Skrillex
claimed three, as did Gotye, Jay-Z and Kayne West.
Mumford & Sons won just two Grammys, but scored
the biggest one of the night: Best Album for Babel.
The group’s latest effort was also a major
commercial success, moving 1.4 million copies in
2012, which made it the No. 4 best-selling album of
the year.
“We had no idea about winning,” said lead singer
Marcus Mumford to a group of reporters assembled
at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “So we didn’t
write anything down.”
Plenty of top artists took home only one or two
awards, spread across 81 categories. Among them:
Fun., Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney and a host of
others.
So, without further ado, here’s the full list of
Grammy winners for 2013 (to see all the nominees,
check out Grammy.com):
1. RECORD OF THE YEAR
Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer &
Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden,
mastering engineer
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic
2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Babel
Mumford & Sons
Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri
Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering
engineer
Label: Glassnote
3. SONG OF THE YEAR
We Are Young
Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate
Ruess, songwriters (Fun.Featuring Janelle Monáe)
Track from: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music, FBR
Music, Bearvon Music/Rough Art/Shira Lee Lawrence
Rick Music/Way Above Music/Sony ATV Songs
4. BEST NEW ARTIST
Fun.
5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
Set Fire To The Rain [Live]
Adele
Track from: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Label: XL/Columbia
6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Track from: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic
7. BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Impressions
Chris Botti
Label: Columbia
8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Stronger
Kelly Clarkson
Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings LLC
9. BEST DANCE RECORDING
Bangarang
Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer
Track from: Bangarang
Label: OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic
10. BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM
Bangarang
Skrillex
Label: OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic
11. BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Kisses On The Bottom
Paul McCartney
Label: Hear Music
12. BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
Lonely Boy
The Black Keys
Track from: El Camino
Label: Nonesuch
13. BEST HARD ROCK/METAL PERFORMANCE
Love Bites (So Do I)
Halestorm
Track from: The Strange Case Of…
Label: Atlantic
14. BEST ROCK SONG
Lonely Boy
Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney,
songwriters (The Black Keys)
Track from: El Camino
Label: Nonesuch; Publisher: McMoore McLesst
Publishing
15. BEST ROCK ALBUM
El Camino
The Black Keys
Label: Nonesuch
16. BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Making Mirrors
Gotye
Label: Universal Republic
17. BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
Climax
Usher
Track from: Looking 4 Myself
Label: RCA Records
18. BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
Love On Top
Beyoncé
Track from: 4
Label: Columbia Records
19. BEST R&B SONG
Adorn
Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
Label: RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art
Dealer Chic
20. BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
Label: Def Jam
21. BEST R&B ALBUM
Black Radio
Robert Glasper Experiment
Label: Blue Note
22. BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
N****s In Paris
Jay-Z & Kanye West
Track from: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
23. BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
No Church In The Wild
Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-
Dream
Track from: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
24. BEST RAP SONG
N****s In Paris
Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye
West, songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter)
(Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Track from: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records; Publishers: Hit-Boy
Music/Very Good Beats, Hip Hop Since 1978, Dean’s
List Productions, Unichappell Music
25. BEST RAP ALBUM
Take Care
Drake
Label: Cash Money Records
26. BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
Blown Away
Carrie Underwood
Track from: Blown Away
Label: 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville
27. BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Pontoon
Little Big Town
Label: Capitol Records Nashville
28. BEST COUNTRY SONG
Blown Away
Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie
Underwood)
Track from: Blown Away
Label: 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville;
Publishers: Global Dog Music/Lunalight Music, Big
Loud Songs/Angel River Songs
29. BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Uncaged
Zac Brown Band
Label: Southern Ground/Atlantic
30. BEST NEW AGE ALBUM
Echoes Of Love
Omar Akram
Label: Real Music
31. BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO
Hot House
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
Track from: Hot House
Label: Concord Jazz
32. BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding
Label: Heads Up International
33. BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Unity Band
Pat Metheny Unity Band
Label: Nonesuch
34. BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)
Arturo Sandoval
Label: Concord Jazz
35. BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM
¡Ritmo!
The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band
Label: Clare Fischer Productions/Clavo Records
36. BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN
MUSIC PERFORMANCE
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Matt Redman
Track from: 10,000 Reasons
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records
37. BEST GOSPEL SONG
Go Get It
Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell,
songwriters (Mary Mary)
Label: Columbia; Publishers: EMI April Music, It’s
Tea Tyme, That’s Plum Song, Wet Ink Red Music
38. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG
(TIE)
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt
Redman)
Track from: 10,000 Reasons
Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers:
Thankyou Music/sixsteps Music/
worshiptogether.com Songs/Said And Done Music/
Shout! Publishing
Your Presence Is Heaven
Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters
(Israel & New Breed)
Track from: Jesus At The Center Live
Label: Integrity Music; Publishers: Integrity’s Praise!
Music/Sound of the New Breed, Regenerate Music
39. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
Gravity
Lecrae
Label: Reach Records
40. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC
ALBUM
Eye On It
TobyMac
Label: ForeFront Records
Come To The Well
Casting Crowns
Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records
41. BEST LATIN POP ALBUM
MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition
Juanes
Label: Universal Music Latino
42. BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE
ALBUM
Imaginaries
Quetzal
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
43. BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM
(INCLUDING TEJANO)
Pecados Y Milagros
Lila Downs
Label: Sony Music
44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM
Retro
Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña
Label: Pink Chaos Productions
45. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
Slipstream
Bonnie Raitt
Label: Redwing Records
46. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
Nobody Knows You
Steep Canyon Rangers
47. BEST BLUES ALBUM
Locked Down
Dr. John
Label: Nonesuch
48. BEST FOLK ALBUM
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
Label: Sony Classical
49. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM
The Band Courtbouillon
Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy
Label: Valcour Records
50. BEST REGGAE ALBUM
Rebirth
Jimmy Cliff
Label: UMe/Sunpower
51. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
The Living Room Sessions Part 1
Ravi Shankar
Label: East Meets West Music
52. BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM
Can You Canoe?
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Label: Okee Dokee Music LLC
53. BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM
Society’s Child: My Autobiography
Janis Ian
Label: Audible, Inc.
54. BEST COMEDY ALBUM
Blow Your Pants Off
Jimmy Fallon
Label: Warner Bros. Records/LoudMouth
Entertainment
55. BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM
Once: A New Musical
Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists;
Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers (Glen
Hansard & Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists)
(Original Broadway Cast With Steve Kazee, Cristin
Milioti & Others)
Label: Masterworks
56. BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL
MEDIA
Midnight In Paris
(Various Artists)
Label: Madison Gate Records, Inc.
57. BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
Label: Null/Madison Gate
58. BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games)
T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy
Williams, songwriters
(Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars)
Label: Big Machine Records/Universal Republic;
Publishers: Sony ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift
Music, Sensibility Songs, Absurd Music, Shiny Happy
Music, Baffle Music, Henry Burnett Music
59. BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION
Mozart Goes Dancing
Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
Track from: Hot House
Label: Concord Jazz
60. BEST INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENT
How About You
Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)
Track from: Centennial – Newly Discovered Works
Of Gil Evans
Label: ArtistShare
61. BEST INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENT
ACCOMPANYING VOCALIST(S)
City Of Roses
Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers
(Esperanza Spalding)
Track from: Radio Music Society
Label: Heads Up International
62. BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
Biophilia
Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art
directors (Björk)
Label: One Little Indian / Nonesuch
63. BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION
PACKAGE
Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial
Collection
Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie)
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
64. BEST ALBUM NOTES
Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)
Label: Concord
65. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM
The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)
Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis
Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett,
mastering engineer (The Beach Boys)
Label: Capitol Records
66. BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering
engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer &
Chris Thile)
Label: Sony Classical
67. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Dan Auerbach
68. BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL
Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
Skrillex, remixer (Nero)
Joseph Ray, Skrillex & Daniel Stephens, remixers
Label: Cherry Tree/Interscope
69. BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM
Modern Cool
Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper,
surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman,
surround producer (Patricia Barber)
Label: Premonition Records
70. BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL
Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen
Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers; Mark
Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy &
Kansas City Chorale)
Label: Chandos
71. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL
Blanton Alspaugh
72. BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast
Machine
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco
Symphony)
Label: SFS Media
73. BEST OPERA RECORDING
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter
König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah
Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
74. BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen
Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden,
Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill &
Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)
Label: Chandos
75. BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE
PERFORMANCE
Meanwhile
Eighth Blackbird
Label: Cedille Records
76. BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO
Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola
Kim Kashkashian
Label: ECM New Series
77. BEST CLASSICAL VOCAL SOLO
Poèmes
Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa;
Orchestre National De France & Orchestre
Philharmonique De Radio France)
Label: Decca Records
78. BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM
Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita;
The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis
Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko &
Andrzej Sasin, producers
Label: Naxos
79. BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To
Imaginary Puppet Plays
Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird)
Track from: Meanwhile
Label: Cedille Records
80. BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
We Found Love
Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
Melina Matsoukas, video director; Juliette Larthe,
Ben Sullivan, Candice Ouaknine & Inga Veronique
video producers
Label: Def Jam
81. BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Big Easy Express
Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic
Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show
Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike
Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers
Label: S2BN Films

Kate Middleton’s Royal Baby: Why the Second Picture Could Be Worth a Fortune

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categoryheader_royals2The world is super-excited for the first real glimpse of Kate Middleton’s baby bump, let alone the actual baby that’s scheduled to show up in July.
But when her and Prince William’s child arrives, can you imagine the type of beyond-Brangelina bidding war that will ensue for the first picture of the royal offspring?
Well, that is, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge planned to handle such matters like mere civilians. Which they almost certainly will not. Sniff.
Kate Middleton, not showing quite yet, visits maternity store
“Everyone is going to be racing to get that first picture of William and Kate’s baby. It could be worth millions to outlets around the world,” a longtime royals watcher tells E! News. “It’s the most anticipated baby in years, everyone wants to see that first picture. If any photographer is able to get the first pic, it would be the biggest scoop in the world.”
But, what does the royal family want with such an unseemly to-do?
“The palace will do everything they can to reduce the bounty on that baby’s head,” the expert says. “It is fully expected that William and Kate will walk out of the hospital with the baby in their arms so that the world’s media will all get the same picture at the same time.”

That was good enough for Princess Diana, who introduced William to the world in that fashion more than 30 years ago.
So, if the first official photograph of the little prince or princess is going to go to everybody for the price of a memory stick, the spoils then go to the shutterbug who gets the first unofficial picture.
“There are some overseas outlets that will pay a fortune for it,” says our source, “although in the U.K., it’s unlikely anyone will buy it, as they won’t want to upset the palace.”
Kate Middleton portrait artist fires back at critics
“Unfortunately, the child will always have a price on his or her head,” the expert adds. “Every exclusive set of pictures, as that child grows up, could fetch tens of thousands.”
Same goes for the first picture of the expectant mum’s baby bump—which, we admit, we are eagerly awaiting.
“Everyone wants to see the first glimpse of the bump,” acknowledges the royals watcher. “But Kate’s royal protection officers are doing everything they can to give Kate as much privacy as possible. The likely scenario is that, as soon as Kate starts showing, the palace will organize a public event so Kate can be photographed by everyone. That way they will be able to kill the market and stop photographers following Kate as much.”
How…civilized!

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Treat your Valentine to Giorgio Armani this year

Valentine’s Day is upon us and nothing says ‘I love
you’ better than an act which will make your partner
happy. Some exclusive goodies, courtesy Italian
luxury label Giorgio Armani are bound to make this
V-Day memorable. Treat your lady love to a calf
skin leather patchwork clutch by the brand, which is
part suede and part varnished. The classic shade of
black makes it a winner and bow detailing with a
pop of pink make it a stylish pick. And if your
sweetheart is a gizmo lover, pair this gift with a
candy pink iPad case that is sure to brighten up her
day. This beauty comes with leather lining, framed
closure and logo detailing. For something more
classic, there is an option of a subtle silver clutch
too. Boasting of a laminated effect and rhinestone
embellishments, this will be a hit with the lady who
is a fan of elegance.
And if your sweetheart is a gizmo lover, pair this
gift with a candy pink iPad case that is sure to
brighten up her day. This beauty comes with leather
lining, framed closure and logo detailing.
So look no further than Giorgio Armani to present
your darling a sweet treat. Splurge on the patchwork
clutch worth $2,345 here, iPad holder costing $365
here and silver clutch priced at $ 2,475 here

Louis Vuitton Winter Resort store opens up in Switzerland

Don’t you just love it when you hear about luxury
stores opening up across the globe? This just means
that luxury is now around the corner for quite a few
people. Working towards this endeavor of making
luxury accessible to more luxury lovers across the
globe is Louis Vuitton who has opened yet another
store, this time in Switzerland. This is the second
store of the famed luxury house in Switzerland,
following the opening of its first store in the famous
Swiss ski resort in 2004. The new Louis Vuitton
Winter Resort store has opened up on the renowned
Promenade, Gstaad.
The store depicts the architectural traditions and
designs of Louis Vuitton and yet beautifully blends
with the pristine Alpine region. Evoking a sense of
sophistication, luxury and all things nice, it invites
the shopper to experience luxury at its best.
Promising to be a successful venture, this new store
will surely not fail to attract the luxury lovers.
Louis Vuitton recently opened its first pop store in
Paris and also saw the reopening of its store in
Hong Kong’s iconic Pacific mall.

A peek inside Christian Louboutin’s home and studio

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christian-louboutin-the-selby-15-600x399Christian Louboutin is known for his red soles which promise to step up the oomph factor in the wearer’s stride. The iconic designer’s red-lacquered shoes make onlookers go green with envy and is certainly on every fashionista’s I-want-one-of-these list. We have seen the French shoe designer lend his creative touch to not only shoes and handbags but also rev up beauty products, cocktail-bars, X’mas tree and other stuff. Now its time to take a look inside the designer’s studio and home in Paris and get a glimpse of the man’s lifestyle, work place and collection! Todd Selby, renowned fashion photographer and illustrator, has opened up Christian Louboutin’s world to us.

World’s tallest building, Sky City will rise to 838 meters in just 210 days in China

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sky-city-2-thumb-550x385Sky-high buildings are rising tall to compete for the crown of world’s tallest building. We’ve seen Burj Khalifa stand out as the tallest building in the world as of yet. But it will soon be toppled off from this tall honor as many competing structures are in the making to shine as the tallest building soon. The latest entrant is the Sky City which is all set to rise high in China as the world’s tallest skyscraper. Another record this structure intends to set is the time frame in which it plans to be built. Earlier it was estimated to be build in 90 days only. However that has been pushed further to 210 days which if achieved will be a record too. As the current tallest tower, Burj Khalifa took about five years to complete which is almost 9 times more. Sky City will not only rise 10 meters higher than the Burj Khalifa but will also be the least expensive tallest building as it is estimated to cost $628 million which is less than half of Burj Khalifa’s $1.5 billion price tag.

Lance Armstrong and Oprah: Destroying What Was Left of His Reputation

Oprah Interviews Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong admitted a lot of wrongdoing during his 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey tonight, but he did almost nothing to win back the sympathy of the world. In fact, he said things that are bound to offend people deeply.

She began with yes and no questions about different kinds of doping he had done as he won seven Tour de France bicycle races, and in answering them he quickly admitted to a broad range of illegal and unethical drug use. How could he have so “brazenly and defiantly” lied about what he had done, Oprah then asked. “This story was so perfect for so long,” he coolly said, “. . . behind that picture and behind that story there’s momentum. . . . It just gets going, and I lost myself in that. . . and I was used to controlling everything in my life.” It was as if to say he was a victim of circumstance, and as the interview went on he portrayed himself as someone who had had no choice but to cheat, because everyone else did, and, that done, he had no choice but to lie and cover up and furiously attack his accusers.

Oprah asked about reports that he had forced his teammates to do drugs too. Absolutely not, he responded. He insisted that what they did was entirely up to them. “The culture was what it was,” he said, and “It was a competitive time. We were all grown men. We all made our choices.”

Why did he attack and even sue people who told the truth about what he had done? “Because it’s the second time in my life when I can’t control the outcome.” In other words, he felt he had been trapped by his drug use, just as he had been trapped by cancer.

It was all very easy, he admitted. He never even had any doubt he’d win the Tour de France: “The winning was almost phoned in.” And, most amazingly, he doesn’t believe he really cheated anyway. He said cheating is when you do something to gain an unfair advantage; he “didn’t do it to gain an advantage on a foe. I saw it as a level playing field.” Every serious contender in the Tour de France used drugs; Armstrong was, in effect, just playing by the unofficial rules.

Perhaps his ugliest moment came in discussing Betsy Andreu, whose husband, Frankie, was part of his team. She had testified that she had heard Armstrong admit to doctors in 1996 that he had used performance enhancing drugs. He had attacked her viciously, and tonight when she came up, he chuckled and said, “I did call her crazy. . . . I called her crazy, I called her a bitch, but I never called her fat.” That line left him smiling.

He said, with a spark of more somber emotion, that he wished he could go back to last year, when the United States Anti-Doping Agency finally charged him with using illicit drugs. He said he wished that instead of his customary vehement denials, he had said, “Give me three days, let me call some people, let me call my family, mother, sponsors, foundation” and tell them he was going to confess everything.

But that was not in his nature. Lance Armstrong was and is a born fighter through and through. Life was and apparently still is about playing to win. He thinks the same fierce spirit that helped him defeat cancer helped him win seven Tours de France. How, in fact, could that not be true? And he is fighting now. He admitted guilt tonight, but even when he said “I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people,” he was combative. He followed that with a startling assertion that “I am happier today than I was then, for a whole host of reasons.”

Oprah, amazed, said, even now, as you confess so much wrongdoing, you are happier than through your years on top of the world? He answered, “I said I’m happier today, not yesterday.”

Lance Armstrong is out doing battle. That’s who he is. But his battling is unlikely to win back the love of millions that he once enjoyed. He has done too much damage to too many, and he shows too little real compunction for that.

Tomorrow, however, Oprah will ask him about his family, his children, his parents. Perhaps that may reveal a different side of him.

Amid Tax Scandal, Italy’s Bad Boys Of Fashion Dolce And Gabbana Become Billionaires

As Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana ready
their latest collections for this spring’s slew of
international catwalk shows, their lawyers will be
working behind the scenes to ensure two of Italy’s
most successful designers won’t be spending the
next few Fashion Weeks behind bars.
In December, the design duo went on trial for
alleged tax evasion after more than four years of
investigations, hearings, and finally an acquittal
that was then overturned by Italy’s Supreme Court.
On three separate days this January and February, a
Milan judge will hear from Italian tax officials and
other witnesses who’ll claim the two evaded over
$500 million in taxes on well over $1 billion in
royalties when they sold their Dolce & Gabbana and
D&G brands to their own Luxembourg-based
holding company in 2004. If convicted, they could
face five years in jail and a hefty fine.
Dolce, 54, and Gabbana, 50, have denied any
wrongdoing. “Our conscience is clear,” Gabbana
told Women’s Wear Daily when their acquittal was
overturned in 2011. “The decision is in God’s
hands…We pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s not in our
thoughts on a daily basis.”
“Tomorrow is another day,” said Dolce, adding:
“We never did this for money…please write it
down.”
They may not have had money on their minds when
they went into business together 28 years ago, but
ever since, the bad boys of Italian fashion have
amassed a fortune that has propelled them into the
billionaires’ club.
In 2011, Dolce & Gabbana’s parent company
reported revenues of just under $1.5 billion. Using
our own calculations and price-to-revenue ratios for
similar public companies, Forbes estimates that the
one-time romantic partners, who own 50% of the
private company apiece, are worth well over $1
billion each.
The designers — fixtures on the party and yacht
circuits — made their fortune selling their decadent,
sexy lifestyle to the masses, who snapped up the
Dolce & Gabbana aesthetic not just in clothing but
in perfume, purses and accessories.
The two made the decision to shutter lower-priced
diffusion brand D&G (think $80 slogan t-shirts) in
2011 to focus on their bread and butter, Dolce &
Gabbana. This allowed the duo to debut their first
couture collection in September 2012, to a
rapturous reception from the fashion press (Vogue
deemed the gowns “stunning”, and they don’t
mince their words).
They claim to have no interest in taking the
company public — at least, not for the foreseeable
future. Nor will they sell out to one of the all-
powerful fashion conglomerates like LVMH. In an
interview with the Financial Times last year, Dolce
explained that they “don’t want the money.”
Dolce and Gabbana will likely debut on Forbes’ next
World’s Billionaires List in March. They’ll join
American designer Tory Burch, the most recent
inductee to the 10-figure fashion club, just behind
Diesel founder Renzo Rosso who made his fortune
with designer denim and made it into the
billionaires’ club in December.
A spokesman for Dolce & Gabbana had no
comment on this story.

Actress Jessica Alba Leverages Fame For Entrepreneurial Success

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0514_jessica-alba-pose_400x559-214x300In January, actress Jessica Alba was once again on the press circuit, meeting with magazines and daytime shows to talk about her work. But this time she wasn’t publicizing a movie premiere—she was promoting the launch of her new startup, The Honest Company.

Alba, 31, became an entrepreneur out of necessity. Pregnant with her first child in 2008, the actress read the book Healthy Child Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan and realized how difficult it would be for an average mom to keep her house toxin free. She teamed up with Gavigan and serial entrepreneur Brian Lee (LegalZoom and ShoeDazzle) and used her own money to start The Honest Company, a website that offers monthly deliveries of nontoxic diapers and cleaning products to new moms.

“My inspiration was really just being a mom and trying to look for the safest and healthiest products for my baby,” says Alba, mother of two daughters, a 3-year-old and a newborn, in an interview with Forbes.

Because eco-friendly products are often neutral or brown, Alba was also adamant that they offer beautiful design at an accessible price point: “I’m not a beige girl. I like colorful things.” A monthly supply of eco-friendly diapers in patterns like plaid, floral and skull-and-crossbones costs $79.99, which she insists is affordable for most parents.

In March, the company closed a $27 million Series A investment led by General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners. Alba, who owns a significant stake, says she prefers building a business to just endorsing a product. “I’m big on data and statistics and hard facts,” says Alba. “This is my passion.”

She is part of a growing trend of celebrities leveraging stardom to get in on early-stage investments or launch their own businesses. Ashton Kutcher made smart investments in Skype, Spotify and Airnub, while Justin Bieber gained stakes in startups like Enflick and Tinychat and his girlfriend Selena Gomez put her money into mobile photo application Postcards on the Run. Meanwhile, Alba follows in the footsteps of leading ladies like Zooey Deschanel, who launched website Hello Giggles, and Bethenny Frankel, creator of SkinnyGirl products.

“It’s exciting and fun,” says Alba. “As tiring as it can be sometimes, it’s really cool to be able to sit here with these products. When we went to the factory where our bottles were being filled, seeing a pallet with The Honest Company hand soap—I know it’s so dorky, but—that was one of the best days of my life.”

Justin Timberlake And Jay-Z: A New Model For A New Music Industry

Early this morning, just seconds after the clock
struck midnight, hordes of Justin Timberlake and
Jay-Z fans all around the world put on a suit and tie.
Though both stars boast their own clothing lines,
last night’s activities weren’t the result of a new
formal sleepwear collaboration. The duo did,
however, debut something else: a new song
literally titled “Suit & Tie.” The track features
production by Timbaland, who crafted the sound
behind Timberlake’s last album and many of Jay-
Z’s greatest hits, and a guest verse by the rapper
advocating “tuxedos for no reason.”
The song itself—Timberlake’s breezy vocals atop a
swirly tickling of piano keys and occasional bursts
of brass and bass—might remind Jay-Z fans of the
rapper’s early collaborations with Pharrell Williams,
around the time he changed men’s fashion by
lyrically eschewing basketball jerseys in favor of
dress shirts.
Throughout “Suit & Tie,” though, Timberlake
repeats a refrain: “Let me show you a few things.”
The track, along with the impending debut of his
new album, The 20/20 Experience, does exactly
that—not just for menswear aficionados, but for the
music industry on the whole.
Timberlake released his last album, FutureSex/
LoveSounds, in 2006. Back then, most consumers
would go to their local bricks-and-mortar music
store to get it on CD. Technologically advanced
listeners might then rip the tracks to their iPods.
YouTube was in its infancy, and Spotify was years
from its U.S. debut. In that world, physical recorded
music was still perhaps the most crucial part of an
artist’s revenue stream.
“That was six or seven years ago,” says Alex
White, cofounder and CEO of music data provider
Next Big Sound. “It doesn’t feel like that long ago,
but everything has changed.”
In 2006, FutureSex/LoveSounds was the No. 5 best-
selling album, moving 2.4 million units. This year,
the No. 5 album was One Direction’s Up All Night,
which sold 1.3 million. Over that period, total U.S.
album sales have fallen from 588 million to 316
million. Many artists have taken a look at those
numbers and realized that forcing out an album
every year just isn’t the best use of their time—
musically or financially—and like his partner in
rhyme on “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake appears to
be one of them.
Timberlake, of course, has plenty of other ways to
earn cash. He rakes in millions for his movie roles,
has a lucrative sideline moonlighting as a featured
artist on other musicians’ tracks, opened a line of
restaurants, and has even branched into the realm
of venture capital with investments in MySpace and
others. So why rush to release new music?
“I don’t want to put anything out that I feel like is
something I don’t love,” Timberlake said in a video
he released last week to tease his album. “You just
don’t get that every day. You have to wait for it.”
The new model for Timberlake and others: spend
the bulk of your time focusing on the myriad
business and artistic ventures available to savvy
musicians, then make one truly terrific album once
every five years or so—and tour it like a madman.
“It’s one thing that just seems to be a golden
thread through any bad times economically is this
ancient model of musician and audience,” says
Peter Spellman, Director of Berklee College of
Music’s Career Development Center and author of
Indie Business Power. “No matter what the
technology… it delivers an experience that you
can’t put into words. We all know what that’s like,
we feel that, and I think people still gravitate to
that.”
And no matter how infrequently an act records new
music, fans can appreciate the live experience
when it comes around. One need look no farther
than Timberlake’s collaborator on “Suit & Tie” for
an example. Jay-Z released an album every year
from 1996-2003 before taking a job as president of
Def Jam and then founding Roc Nation, a joint
venture with Live Nation.
Since abandoning the annual release schedule, Jay-
Z has put out just three solo albums in the past
decade but still manages to sell out arenas around
the world when he does tour. And thanks to his
other business ventures, he’s among music’s top
earners year after year—even when he’s not
releasing new material.
Now it seems Timberlake is following the same
model. The rest of the industry ought to take note.