Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Forbes list of Top Rap Earners, Kurt Cobain
September 25, 2013
Justin Timberlake hit Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday night to play a medley of hits old and new for an outdoor performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! He opened with the new songs "Take Back the Night" and "TKO," and later offered "Cry Me a River," "Rock Your Body," "Mirrors" and "SexyBack." However, only two cuts appeared on the TV broadcast: "Take Back the Night" and "TKO." Kimmel and Timberlake also conducted an interview where they discussed JT's new album, surviving a boy band, playing live in front of Paul McCartney, and his forthcoming film, Runner, Runner. Meanwhile, JT also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on the very same night in the form of a real live Twitter conversation. It was part of their recent #TimberlakeTuesday comedy bits.
On Tuesday night at a Manhattan event launching Madonna's short film, secretprojectrevolution, Madge performed a cover of Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars." Her emotional version of the song was accompanied only by a piano, and featured some dancing from her 13-year-old son, Rocco. secretprojectrevolution is Madonna's collaboration with director Steven Klein and centers on the artist being thrown in jail for perceived obscenity. It is available for free download via BitTorrent. "This film, aside from my children, is to me the most important thing I've ever done," Madge told the audience, according to Billboard.com. "The idea of being free, and being able to express myself, not only as an artist but as a human being, is extremely important and I do not take my freedom for granted. And it seems to me, when I travel around the world, that people are either not free and are fighting for it, or are free and taking it for granted. And both of those situations make me extremely agitated."
Financial magazine Forbes has unleashed its annual list of rap music's biggest earners, and Diddy is on top of the heap this year with $50 million in income. Jay Z placed second for the fiscal year with a total of $43 million, and coming in third is Dr. Dre, who finished with $40 million over the last 12 months. Rounding out the top 10 is Nicki Minaj ($29 million), Birdman ($21 million), Kanye West ($20 million), Lil Wayne ($16 million), Wiz Khalifa ($14 million), Ludacris ($12 million), and Pitbull ($11 million).
The childhood home of Kurt Cobain in Aberdeen, WA is on the market for $500,000. The house comes with some Cobain artifacts, such as holes he put in the walls as well as the band names (Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin) he scrawled on them. Cobain's mattress is also reportedly in an upstairs crawl space, according to Spin. The house is a short walk from a riverfront park honoring the late rocker, and the Cobain family is open to turning the place into a museum.