Parade magazine has come out with their annual What People Earn issue and Taylor Swift earned a spot near the top of the list, earning $57 million in 2012. That actually makes her the third highest paid woman in entertainment behind Oprah and Britney Spears. Another country star who had an impressive year, thanks in part to his gig as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, is Blake Shelton. According to Parade, he made an estimated $20 million in 2012, earning $75,000 per episode for his TV gig, in addition to concert ticket and music sales and endorsements.
In other Tay-tay news....Taylor Swift will kick off her Red Tour on Wednesday with a two-night stand in Omaha, Nebraska, but she got to town early and paid a surprise visit to a special little girl. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Taylor made a special visit to Omaha’s Children’s Hospital & Medical Center to visit 10-year-old Lauren Hacker, who is a cancer patient at the hospital. Taylor learned about Lauren, through a YouTube video the fifth graders parents made using Taylor’s song, “You Belong With Me” changing the lyrics to tell the story of her battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. According to a blog posted by the family, Taylor spent about an hour with Lauren and left her with a bag full of autographed items, including notebooks, photographs and guitar picks.
Lee Brice Is Learning On Tour:
Lee Brice is currently opening shows for Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on their Locked and Reloaded Tour, and besides the fact that he says both of them are two of his favorite live performers, plus “they’re just real people too, and that just makes it so cool, to be out with a bunch of real folks,” he’s using the opportunity as a great learning experience. Lee tells The Oklahoman getting to open for them, “You kind of get to take in how a real show really goes down, not like an old bar or a club. I really get to see where their experience comes in and take notes… It kind of teaches you to be patient on those big stages and soak the moment in. I love watching them. It’s entertaining. It’s just a great show to see. And then I love to take from that and really learn from it. It’d be silly not to.”
Lee’s current single, “I Drive Your Truck,” is racing up the charts. It’s already in the top ten and he says, “It’s a big thing for us. I think it’s gonna be the biggest song of my career, and I’m really excited about it.” In the meantime, Lee is already deep into working on his next album. He says, “I’ve spent so many, many countless, countless hundreds of hours thinking about it, writing, putting songs together and figuring out an album to make it a full album and then dwindling down songs ‘cause I’ve already got too many.” But he’s not in a rush. “I’m a little more patient in the recording process. … I mean, just really taking the time to not just settle with a part that’s kind of cool, like really think about it and dig in and have an open mind to change anything and try anything. And it’s really making a difference, I think.” Lee expects to release the album in about a year.
It Feels like Christmas for Jason Aldean:
For anyone who saw Jason Aldean on his My Kinda Party Tour he promises a bigger, better and totally new experience with his Night Train Tour. Jason says, “You obviously don’t want to go out and feel like you’re putting on the same show every year,” and fortunately his success has afforded him the opportunity to have a bigger bag of tricks and toys to pull from. “I’ve kind of reached a point in my career now where all these things that were on our wish list a couple years ago we couldn’t really afford to take out at the time, now we’re in a situation where we can just take out whatever we want, pretty much, within reason, and have our show look the way that I’ve wanted it to for a long time,” says Jason. “So I think when people come to the show they’re gonna see a show from us that they’ve never seen before from production to video to the stage to everything. I mean, it’s just a completely different thing. Plus obviously with having a new album come out at the end of last year we’ve got a lot of new songs in the show that we weren’t playing last year.” Jason admits it’s not just the fans who are benefitting from all his new production elements. He says, “It’s kind of been a shot in the arm for me too. I’m like a kid at Christmas. I’ve got all kinds of new stuff to play with and it’s fun. It gets me excited to get on stage every night and play.”
No matter how much you and your husband or wife fight . . . you'd THINK you could put it on hold while you're in the middle of committing a felony.
Last week, 26-year-old Jared Rick and his wife, 25-year-old Ashley Rick, of Wamac, Illinois shoplifted more than $2,000 worth of stuff from a Walmart. And they would've gotten away with it, too.
Only when they got out to the parking lot with all their stolen stuff, they started arguing. LOUDLY. They were so loud they drew people's attention . . . and someone called the cops.
When the cops got there, they noticed all the stuff in the Ricks' car and got suspicious. They had Walmart check its surveillance tapes . . . which showed the Ricks shoplifting.
Both of them were hit with two counts of felony retail theft. They actually had their one- and three-year-old CHILDREN with them the entire time. Those kids have been turned over to a relative.