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    Madonna was the top earner on Forbes' recent Celebrity 100 list, raking in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Not bad for a living person. Her late buddy Michael Jackson easily topped her, earning $160 million over the past year by our estimate. It's the third time in the past five years that the top-earning celebrity in the world has come from the graveyard.

    Much of that money comes from two Cirque du Soleil shows. Immortal, a touring show, has grossed over $300 million since opening last year. One, which opened at the Mandalay Bay in May, is routinely sold out. Both shows feature the usual Cirque du Soleil acrobatics but One comes with a bonus: a hologram-like illusion of Jackson performs "Man in the Mirror" at the end of the show. (For more on Jackson's new show read Zack O'Malley Greenburg's story here.)

    The King of Pop also still earns from his music and his half of the Sony/ATV catalog, which includes hits by The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift among others.

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  • Photo: Mardiana SaniNow and again a really cool band that is sort of undefinable hits the music consciousness at large, getting fans all worked up with its unique vibe. Melbourne-based group Hiatus Kaiyote fall into this category, with a sound termed "future soul" that has won praise from artists ranging from ?uestlove to Q Tip (who even guests on one of the songs on their debut album).

    If you're intrigued to meet these soul-sters, we at Yahoo Music are happy to offer the premiere of their video for "Live in Revolt," which will give you a nice long taste of the band's flavor. Enjoy!


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    Hiatus Kaiyote are currently finishing up an American tour and you may still be able to catch them live at select dates through November. Keep up with their schedule here.

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  • Halloween is the most metal holiday of them all, so who better to compile your Fright Night soundtrack than heavy metal's elite? Check out these so-good-they're-scary music recommendations from Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, and members of Queensryche, Halestorm, Voivod, Testament, Stone Sour, Gwar and more!

    Ted Nugent

    Lita Ford

    Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale

    Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein

    Gwar's Oderus Urungus

    Queensryche guitarist Parker Lundgren

    Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick

    DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara

    Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci

    Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand

    Johnny Kelly, ex-drummer of Type O Negative, current drummer
    for Danzig and A Pale Horse Named Death

    Voivod drummer and lyricist Michel Langevin

    Watain frontman Erik Danielssen

    Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano

    Anthrax drummer and songwriter Charlie Benante

    Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf

    Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs

    Mastodon drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor

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  • Photo: Michael BezjianIt was out of necessity that Don Was became a producer. As he explains it, it all evolved out of a dispute with the record label that his band, Was (Not Was), was signed to at the time.

    "We got into a situation where the record company felt we should change the lead singers in our band, we refused and they put us on suspension, which I kind of felt was like baseball. It's 30 days and you get on with it, but it doesn't work that way," he recalls. "It meant we're not putting out your record until you change lead singers, which we never did, so it ran on for about three years.

    "So unable to tour with our own band or make our own records, there was nowhere to turn but to start producing and I loved it from the start."

    While that incident may have effectively put Was (Not Was), best known for the 1988 hit "Walk the Dinosaur," on ice, it indirectly launched Was into a career as one of the most successful producers of the last 25 years.

    Over the years, he's produced albums by Bonnie Raitt,

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  • Photo: AF/Star Max/FilmMagicBy Laura Ferreiro

    Kanye West's highly anticipated "Yeezus" tour had only just begun when it suddenly came to a grinding halt. After giving an elaborate performance in Seattle on Saturday night that featured a set designed to look like a giant mountain, a controversial cameo by a Jesus look-alike, intricate headpieces, and a small army of dancers, West abruptly postponed his second tour date, scheduled to take place Sunday night at Vancouver's Rogers Arena.

    The 11th-hour cancellation came just hours before the gig, with the venue announcing via Twitter that West's concert had been rescheduled.

    Some thought that the announcement was a mistake — or that the venue's account had been hacked by hoasters — but Rogers Arena then posted this announcement on its website verifying the information:

    "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rogers Arena has been advised that the October 20th Kanye West show with Kendrick Lamar at Rogers Arena will be postponed. The concert has been rescheduled for October

    Read More »from Kanye West Postpone His Second ‘Yeezus’ Tour Date?
  • Rihanna (Instagram)File this under "not surprising."

    Rihanna — who isn't known for being overly considerate of others (including her own fans) — pushed the boundaries again. This time, however, authorities pushed back.

    The pop princess was asked to leave Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque complex on Friday when she attempted to pose for an unauthorized photo shoot at the place of worship.

    Read More »from Rihanna Kicked Out of Abu Dhabi Mosque, Doesn’t Seem to Care
  • Lady Gaga in New York last month. (FilmMagic)

    Lady Gaga is doing what she wants — so you'd best look out!

    The 27-year-old's latest single, "Do What U Want" featuring R. Kelly, was released at midnight, so in the hours leading up to the big drop, she got a few things off her chest while also promoting the song.

    In a series of tweets posted late Sunday night, the songstress took on some recent criticism against her, posting the charge first, then her own response to each one:

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  • Mary J. Blige will hit the World Series. (Jessica Foster/MLB)Major League Baseball better get ready for a world-class performance!

    Yahoo Music can exclusively reveal that Mary J. Blige has been tapped to sing the national anthem at Game 1 of the 2013 World Series on October 23, when the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals take the field at Fenway Park.

    Naturally, the nine-time Grammy Award winner is thrilled to step up to the plate and sing.

    "It is an honor to have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem," Blige, 42, dished. "I've conducted countless performances across the globe throughout my illustrious career, but performing the anthem at Yankees Stadium during the 2009 World Series was beyond a thrill, and so I'm looking forward to again being a part of baseball's great history."

    While she's clearly a fan of America's favorite pastime, the "Black Nativity" actress has also been busy working on a hobby of her own: her new holiday album, "A Mary Christmas," which she released October 15.

    Baseball fans are surely in for a treat since

    Read More »from Exclusive: Mary J. Blige to Sing the National Anthem at the 2013 World Series Opener
  • If you're one of those types who start unpacking the Christmas decorations before Halloween even hits -- don't be shy about it! -- there's no better way to enhance the seasonal mood than listening to some great holiday music. And, one of the best groups around for this purpose is 10-member all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser, who are known for their beautiful (and hip) Christmas collections, and now have a new EP coming out October 29 featuring a whole stocking's worth of A-list special musical guests.

    Intrigued? Well, Santa's come early. Yahoo Music is excited to offer the first listen of the group's take with the legendary, late Otis Redding, "Merry Christmas Baby."

    Straight No Chaser's new Under The Influence: Holiday Version also features collaborations with Cee Lo Green, Colbie Caillat, and Sir Paul McCartney! You can pre-order the set at the group's official site. Season's greetings!

    Read More »from Hear it First: Otis Redding ‘Joins’ A Cappella Group Straight No Chaser on New Duet
  • Photo: Miikka SkaffariBy Jon Wiederhorn

    With Halloween rapidly approaching, Halestorm vocalist Lzzy Hale is looking forward to the release of "Mz. Hyde," the fifth single from the band's 2012 album The Strange Case Of… At the same time, Halestorm are celebrating the release of their new covers EP, ReAniMate 2.0, which includes a wide range of songs -- from AC/DC’s "Shoot to Thrill" to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."

    Since Halestorm are in the middle of a European tour and will be between Stockholm, Sweden and Amsterdam, Holland this Halloween, Hale probably won't be going trick or treating on October 31, but she very well might crack a bottle of wine with her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, and recall some of the more colorful Halloweens from their youth.

    "My mother used to sew our costumes," Hale told Yahoo Music. "Before Arejay was old enough to say anything, she would make me a costume and then he would end up being the accessory. One year my mother made me a Little Mermaid costume and he was the little lobster,

    Read More »from Halestorm Ready To Roll Out ‘Mz. Hyde’ as Halloween Season Single

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