Music in the News – Nov. 26, 2013

Madonna is 2013′ s highest paid musician

Madonna is proving that age is but a trivial number. The 55-year-old superstar has been crowned the highest paid musician of the year. According to Forbes, it was recently announced that Madonna earned $125 million in 2013. The singer-songwriter’s financial success shows just how timeless her classics are, while at the same time indicating her constant evolution as an artist. Lady Gaga earned the second place spot in Forbes’ list, acquiring $45 million below the Queen of Pop. Despite these staggering numbers, neither Gaga nor Madonna are a match for Michael Jackson, who earned $160 last year from beyond the grave.

Potential OutKast reunion at next year’s Coachella festival

It has been close to seven years since hip-hop greats Andre 3000 and Big Boi of OutKast decided to put the group to rest and seek out individual solo careers. After the better part of a decade, rumours are heavily indicating the very real possibility of an OutKast reunion. Billboard magazine reports that sources close to the duo claim that they will perform alongside each other at the next Coachella music festival in California in April 2014.

Pharrell creates the world’s first 24-hour music video

Looks like the producer/singer has been unusually busy, dishing out something never done before. As reported by Rolling Stone, Pharrell Williams released a 24-hour music video for his Despicable Me 2 song “Happy.” This is the very first of its kind. As if that was not enough, Steve Carell, Magic Johnson and Tyler, The Creator join in on the innovative video with surprise cameos. The video is available in full at


Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page pays tribute to Notorious B.I.G.

Rolling Stone reports that the guitarist of one the greatest rock bands apparently has a soft spot for hip hop. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin released a mashup featuring Zeppelin’s famous “Ramble On” with a dash of “Hypnotize,” one of Notorious B.I.G.’s iconic tracks. The end result is “Ramblize,” an insane combination of vintage rock and old-school hip hop. The two blend together well, creating a great tribute to Notorious B.I.G. that also serves as a reminder that Page has a diverse range of musical appreciation.



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