Taylor Swift is losing around $6 million (£3.8 million) a year by pulling her music from streaming service Spotify, according to the website's boss.
The Love Story singer made headlines earlier this month (Nov14) when she became the first major artist to remove an entire back catalogue from the online portal. The news sparked outrage among fans, who started a petition in a bid to bring Swift back to the site, but the star insisted she earned relatively little money from Spotify and does not want to give away her music "for free".
Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek has now revealed Swift was expected to earn around $6 million (£3.8 million) a year from streaming her records on the site.
In a post on his blog, Ek writes, "Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it. We started Spotify because we love music and piracy was killing it. So all the talk swirling around lately about how Spotify is making money on the backs of artists upsets me big time... Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars... for distribution to songwriters and recording artists... That's two billion dollars' worth of listening that would have happened with zero or little compensation to artists and songwriters through piracy or practically equivalent services if there was no Spotify - we're working day and night to recover money for artists and the music business that piracy was stealing away... "At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalogue) are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that's only growing - we expect that number to double again in a year..."
Ek goes on to insist Swift is losing out because leaving Spotify means fans will be more likely to seek out other ways to listen to her music using free sites such as YouTube.com.
He adds, "Even though Taylor can pull her music off Spotify (where we licence and pay for every song we've ever played), her songs are all over services and sites like YouTube and Soundcloud, where people can listen all they want for free. To say nothing of the fans who will just turn back to pirate services like Grooveshark. And sure enough, if you looked at the top spot on The Pirate Bay last week, there was (Swift's new album) 1989..."
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has blasted a British newspaper reporter for suggesting he's gay. The pop star took to Twitter.com on Monday (10Nov14) to lash out at The Telegraph's Jenn Selby for including his name in a suggestive article about openly gay Apple boss Tim Cook.
The headline read: "Louis Tomlinson supports gay Apple CEO Tim Cook - days after Harry Styles‘ comments on gender and sexuality", and featured a photo of the singer wearing a T-shirt featuring the Apple logo.
Angry Tomlinson tweeted, "@JennSelby The fact that you work for such a 'credible' paper and you would talk such rubbish is laughable. I am in fact straight... F**king ridiculous I even have to tweet that s**t!"
Actor Christoph Waltz is eager to make his debut in a movie musical, but blames Johnny Depp for constantly taking the roles he aspires to play. The Oscar winner is known for his more dramatic roles over the years, but he revealed he has a strong desire to use his singing skills on the big screen during an interview with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres on her U.S. talk show on Monday (10Nov14).
Waltz confessed, "I'd love to do a musical and I've done it in the past... I am an unconditional admirer of Stephen Sondheim's and Sweeney Todd is one of my all time aspirations - and then Johnny Depp did it. He was good."
Waltz also referenced Depp's upcoming role as The Wolf in the movie adaptation of stage musical Into The Woods, which hits cinemas in December (14).
He added, "I'm sure he'll (Depp) be great in that one too."
Actress Rose Mcgowan has apologized to gay rights groups after taking aim at homosexuals in a recent interview with author Brett Easton Ellis.
The Grindhouse star upset gay leaders by calling homosexual men "misogynists" as part of an ill-advised rant.
She said, "Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so. I have an indictment of the gay community right now, I'm actually really upset with them. You wanna talk about the fact that I have heard nobody in the gay community, no gay males, standing up for women on any level? "I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a (Gay Pride) float wearing an orange Speedo (swimming trunks) and take molly (drug MDMA)."
After receiving backlash from the gay community, McGowan took to Twitter.com to apologize for her remarks, explaining, "I was p**sed off when I said that, obvs (obviously) a gross over generalization, for which I apologize. But my point stands. Could I have articulated my frustration in a better fashion? Undoubtedly. For that I apologize."
She adds, "Where does it say that because of a man's sexual preference, I don't get to point out a group's character defects? It's a human rights issue. Misogyny endangers me as a human. It also endangers the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community."
Grateful Dead stars Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have disbanded their jam group Furthur. The split news has fuelled rumours suggesting the two veteran rockers are planning a Dead reunion to mark the band's 50th anniversary next year (15).
The break-up has been confirmed on Furthur's website in a post that reads: "To our loyal Furthur fans and members of the Furthur community at furthur.net, we'd like to thank you for a terrific ride. We'll be closing up shop at furthur.net, and heading onward.
"Thanks for making the Furthur community a great place to hang out, and for coming out to the shows. We'll all be keeping very busy over the foreseeable future, and it's time to let Furthur take a bow. We enjoyed the ride more than we can possibly express."
Weir and Lesh formed Furthur in 2009.
Chris Brown has slammed singers Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton for suggesting his girlfriend Karrueche Tran should leave him.
Bailon and Braxton commented on the on/off relationship between the troubled R&B star and his model girlfriend during a panel discussion on their U.S. daytime talk show The Real on Monday (03Nov14). They were discussing "inter-friend-tions", in which you tell a friend the person they're dating is "no good" for them, when Brown was brought up.
Braxton said, "We have got to pull an inter-friend-tion with my girl Karrueche. I don't know about this back and forth she got going on with my man, Chris Brown." Her co-host Bailon agreed, suggesting Tran stays with the star because "some of her friends also reap the benefits of her dating Chris Brown."
However, Brown did not take the comments lightly, taking to Instagram.com later that day to fire back at both Bailon and Braxton. He posted a photo of Bailon, who previously dated Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob, and wrote in the caption, "Bring that a** here boy' Adrienne Bailon.... You ole trout mouth a** b**ch (sic). "U (you) tried it. Won't u the same b**ch that was f**king wit (sic) married men? U also was keeping up with the Kardashians! U can't talk about relationship goals when u don't even have life goals. Ain't you a Cheetah Girl? Last time u was important n**gas was riding spinners and wearing 6x talk Ts (t-shirts). You the same b**ch having threesomes like the rest of these hoes."
Brown didn't stop there - he also took aim at Toni Braxton's sister, writing, "U tried it too Tamara Braxton. U take the role of the ugly sister. It's always the people wit (with) no career that talk all the s**t. Dat (that) plastic surgery f**ed yo (your) face up. B**ch look like she always saying 'huh'? Muppet face a**! I don't even need a photo for Tamar, that b**ch is beat (looks ugly) in every photo!"
Brown later deleted the post, but replaced it with a short video in which he says, "Everybody entitled to they opinion (sic); I'm entitled to mine, too. Some days you the bug, some days you the windshield (sic)."
Braxton shot back at Brown's comments by posting a photo of herself alongside Bailon, and a caption that reads, "@chrisbrownofficial @karrueche no one came at either of you but was simply using your relationship as an example of things us ladies go through in a relationship!! I do not know nor do I give a hot damn about your relationship personally... honestly and respectfully I'm very sorry if you both were offended about our girl chat... "However, you will not think it's ok to come at grown women and talk to either myself or @adrienne_bailon as if u have ever has us each in your bed at any point in our lives (sic)! (Maybe your mind is clouded) "Note to self: u are not my man or my daddy so you got me completely f**ed up!... (like your reputation) I'm not 20 nothing years old and I am fine with all 3 #1 TV shows and making my dreams come true with (her album) Love&War and now #letmeknow...which is on iTunes (sic)."
Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne has been taking medication for the past 16 years to battle serious bouts of depression.
Ozzy Osbourne's wife made the revelation during a discussion on her U.S. daytime show The Talk on Monday (03Nov14), hours after it was revealed that actor/comedian Wayne Brady had suffered a "complete breakdown" on his 42nd birthday in June (14) as a result of his secret battle with the illness.
Discussing Brady's confession, Osbourne's co-host Aisha Tyler said, "I'm so proud of him for coming out and saying this because people with depression, if you have the bravery, if you can do it, it's so important to speak up because so many people suffer in silence and they feel alone... "So many people are going through this. We have to destigmatise it and make sure everyone knows it's a disease like anything (else)..."
Tyler's plea for others with similar conditions to speak out prompted Osbourne to address her own low-key struggle, much to the surprise of her fellow presenters.
Interrupting Tyler, she said, "Excuse me, 16 years I've been on medication. "Nobody's ever asked (me about it)... Some days are better than others, and some days you feel like you just want to pull the sheets over your head and just stay in your bed and not do a damn thing, except rot."
British pop star Simon Webbe became so depressed by his bankruptcy filing at the end of last year (13) that he considered suicide. In September last year (13), Webbe became the third member of Blue to declare himself bankrupt after he suffered losses on a number of property investments.
He did not realise the financial blow had affected him so badly until his concert trek with the boyband ended in January (14), and he subsequently became so low that he contemplated suicide.
Webbe tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was sitting at home, curtains closed, drinking a bottle of brandy a day. I didn't leave the house for weeks on end except to buy bread or milk... I hated who I was and started questioning my whole life. I was really depressed. I never attempted suicide but I thought about it. I turned mirrors round so I didn't have to look at myself. I didn't want to be here, didn't want to be a part of anything. I wanted to black out... Before, when I'd had £10 million on paper, I invested everything in properties, 12 in total, and when the crash happened I lost a lot. Now I've got to start all over again."
He recalls a moment in July (14) when he woke up with bruising on his face but could not remember what had happened, and it forced him to tell his bandmates about his depression.
Webbe adds, "I said to the boys, 'I need to talk to you.' I said I didn't want to be here any more. I didn't feel myself. And they were there for me. Lee (Ryan) was saying, 'Something good is going to happen to you - I can feel it.'"
Webbe credits his stint on U.K. reality show Strictly Come Dancing for helping him work through his depression, saying, "Preparing for Strictly and being on it, I have lost four stone and changed my whole life. Now I want to get up in the morning. Learning the dances every week has been like therapy... I've spoken out because the fans have been asking why I haven't been myself on the show... I need them to understand that I am OK but working through some things."
Comedienne Chelsea Handler is boycotting Instagram.com after administrators twice deleted a topless photograph of her.
The This Means War star was lampooning Russian president Vladimir Putin when she was photographed riding a horse topless in a wooded area. Putin was photographed in a similar pose in 2009.
When Handler first posted the image, she attached the caption, "Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin."
Regulators at Instagram cited their nudity guidelines before removed the shot. The enraged star then took to Twitter.com to post a screenshot of the image, writing, "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin."
After posting the shot on Instagram for a second time, the funnywoman grumbled about her rights, stating, "If instagram takes this down again, you're saying Vladimir Putin has more 1st amendment rights than me. Talk to your bosses." Following the deletion of the second post, Handler went on to declare she would exclusively use Twitter as she feels censored on Instagram.
She added a caption to a picture of her two dogs, writing, "You can now find my dogs and my breasts on Twitter only where my followers have the right to choose what they say (sic). Bye bye instablock."
Matthew Mcconaughey was crestfallen after discovering a prestigious child pageant win in his youth was a big family lie. The Oscar-winning actor's mother told him he was crowned Little Mr. Texas in the late 1970s and he delighted in impressing his friends and teachers with the boast.
However, he recently discovered his trophy was a runner-up prize.
McConaughey tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "My mum told me I won Little Mr. Texas when I was eight and over the years I've told everyone else. It was only when I looked closely at the photo of me holding the trophy that I saw it said, 'Little Mr. Texas Runner-Up'. When I asked my mum, she said, 'They must have misprinted it!'"