Producer/rapper Dr. Dre has been crowned the Hip Hop Cash King of 2014. The hitmaker earned a whopping $620 million (£387.5 million) thanks largely to Apple's Beats By Dre buy-out, and that figure is by far the greatest haul for any musician in the past year, according to editors at Forbes.com.
The substantial earnings were more than the 24 other artists on the list combined.
Rap moguls Jay Z and Sean 'Diddy' Combs tied for second place with $60 million (£37.5 million) each, while Drake places fourth with $33 million (£20.6 million).
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the top five at five.
Last night while watching the VMAs, did you feel like it looked kind of empty? Us too. Not only did the arena seem a lot emptier than usual, it seemed like some of the music industry’s biggest stars decided to skip the event altogether. Where in the world did they go instead of the VMAs?
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber
Didn't need to see them there together, obviously. But we sure missed you Sel.
Rihanna and One Direction
^Rihanna's face was all of ours when we realized they all were not showing up.
Bruno, where are you?
He wasn't there. So Miley didn't twerk.
No one else could rock this sea shell bra, so no one dared try.
I guess after having 'NSYNC show up last year, JT would have felt lonely going without them.
Kim was there. Kanye, where were you?
Pink can out-perform 90% of the people who were there last night.
Started from the bottom, and apparently still there, since he wasn't here.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maybe they were thrift store shopping?
And most importantly, where was the The Smith Family?!
They cut to the audience for reactions, and I was devastated to find that without the Smiths, I could not fully comprehend what I was seeing or how I felt about it.
Where do you think these major celebs were hiding? Tweet us your ideas!
Rapper Lil Wayne was honoured with the Songwriter of the Year prize at the Broadcast Music, Inc. R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Friday (22Aug14). Lil Wayne won the trophy at the music industry event which celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.
Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis picked up an award for Song of the Year for their track Can't Hold Us and teen star Zendaya received the Social Star accolade for using social media to showcase her music. Her category was voted by fans via Twitter.com.
Ludacris was honoured with the coveted President's Award in recognition of his achievements in songwriting over the past 16 years of his career. He also performed at the ceremony, which was held at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.
Iggy Azalea is closing in on another U.S. chart record as her Fancy hit lands a 16th week at the top of the Hot Rap Songs countdown.
The Australian star became the first act to score a one-two punch at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 countdown with debuts Fancy and Problem, her collaboration with Ariana Grande, and now she's two weeks away from tying Missy Elliott's 18-week stand at the top of the Hot Rap Songs list.
Azalea was tied at 15 weeks with Drake's Best I Ever Had, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop, and Pitbull and Kesha's Timber, but now she has edged closer to Elliott's record-breaking, chart-topping run with Hot Boyz in 1999.
Veteran actress Patty Duke has become an ordained minister to officiate at weddings of same sex couples. The Miracle Worker star, who is happily married to husband Michael Pearce, enrolled in the Universal Life Church online program last month (May14) and paid the $60 (£37.50) fee to become certified.
In a recent post on Twitter.com, the 67 year old wrote, "As an ordained minister I want to marry all the gay couples in our country."
Duke, who played openly gay actress Meredith Baxter's partner on hit TV series Glee last year (13), has since invited fans hoping to tie the knot to get in touch with her via her website, pattyduke.net.
Duke isn't the only celebrity to become an ordained minister - others include Lady Gaga, Bryan Cranston, Joan Rivers and Dan Aykroyd, while Queen Latifah oversaw marriages between 33 gay, straight and interracial couples as part of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' set at the Grammy Awards in January (14).
Rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have teamed up with producers of Broadway play Mothers And Sons for a special HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Producer Lewis launched his own charity, the 30/30 Project, in April (14), after revealing his mother, Julie, has been HIV positive for 30 years.
After smashing a crowdfunding campaign goal to raise $100,000 (£62,500) to help build a health centre in Africa, the Same Love hitmakers are now working with bosses of the Tony-nominated play to bring in more money for the cause.
Mothers and Sons, which features veteran actress Tyne Daly, centres on a mother who returns to New York City years after her son died from AIDS, to visit his former partner who is now married with a son.
Macklemore and Lewis praise the play in a statement, which reads: "This vital play keeps the message going strong, and we are proud to lend our voices to help this cause."
On 11 June (14), post-show donations will be collected, and all the money received from merchandise sold will go towards 30/30. In addition, Lewis' mother Julie will join the cast for a post-show talk to discuss the work of her son's charity.
The aim of The 30/30 Project is to open at least four health centres in Kenya and Uganda in the coming years in a bid to provide support and treatment to sufferers of the disease over the next three decades.
The centres will be built in partnership with officials at Construction for Change, a non-profit organisation based in the duo's hometown of Seattle, Washington.
Producer Ryan Lewis took to the streets of New York to ask people for their opinions of himself as part of a pre-taped skit for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (02Jun14). Towards the end of segment, Lewis held up a photograph of himself and rap sidekick Macklemore in a bid to help them realise he was the person quizzing them. Macklemore also made a surprise appearance in the skit.
Country singer Luke Bryan has assured fans he is "good" after falling off stage and injuring himself while performing in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday (29May14). The Drunk on You hitmaker took a tumble while he was singing a cover of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Can't Hold Us at the PNC Music Pavilion, just months after he tripped up during a gig in nearby Greensboro in February (14).
Bryan was helped back on stage by security guards and joked to the crowd: "The last time I was in North Carolina I busted my a** on stage! What is it about North Carolina that makes me bust my a**? Please YouTube that s**t (share video footage of the incident online)."
The 37 year old has since taken to his Twitter.com blog to update fans on his condition, writing, "I'm good. Few stitches (sic)."
He is expected to perform at his show in Bristow, Virginia on Friday (30May14) as scheduled.
Bryan is no stranger to taking a tumble on stage - he was also left red-faced after a similar fall mid-show in Panama City Beach, Florida in 2013.
Robin Thicke's massive international hit track Blurred Lines is to go head-to-head with songs by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Passenger and Bastille at Australia's top songwriting awards ceremony. The International Work of the Year prize at the 2014 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards will be fiercely contended by Blurred Lines, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Can't Hold Us, Swedish House Mafia's Don't You Worry Child, Let Her Go by Passenger and Bastille's huge hit Pompeii.
Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy will also be at the front of the pack at the ceremony after landing four nods, including a nomination for the coveted Song Of The Year award for his chart hit Riptide.
The track will go up against The Drones' A Moat You Can Stand In, Is This How You Feel? by The Preatures, Birds of Tokyo's Lanterns, and Resolution by Matt Corby.
The trophies will be presented at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia on 23 June (14).
Rapper Drake and pop-rock band Hedley lead the nominations for Canada's top music video awards. The Started From The Bottom hitmaker and Canadian band Hedley have both been shortlisted in six categories at the MuchMusic Video Awards and will go head-to-head for the coveted Video of the Year prize.
Drake has two nominations in the top category - his promo for Worst Behaviour will go up against his collaboration with The Weeknd, Live For, as well as Anything by Hedley, Everywhere We Go by SonReal and Arcade Fire's Afterlife.
Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Avicii are in the running for the International Video of the Year - Artist, while One Direction, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Maroon 5 are among those up for the Group award.
The awards ceremony, co-hosted by reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner, will be held in Toronto, Canada on 15 June (14).
Imagine Dragons and Lorde are due to perform.