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After Kanye West made claims that estranged wife Kim Kardashian would not let him into their daughter Chicago's birthday party, the rapper reportedly crashed it and then threw a party of his own for the four-year-old.

"Yo, I’m so happy right now," the Yeezy designer, 44, said in an Instagram video on Saturday, per Hollywood Unlocked. "I just came from Chi’s party and I just gotta shout out to Travis Scott for sending me the address and the time and making sure that I was able to spend that birthday memory with my daughter to be there with the rest of the family." He also thanked Kylie Jenner.  

While Ye expressed his happiness for spending time with his youngest daughter on her special day, an insider who was close to the former couple told Page Six, “He was always having his own party for Chicago. He had it at 4 p.m. at his office downtown [in Los Angeles] that he planned, so it’s so frustrating he crashed Kim’s party and created this narrative that he wasn’t invited.” 

The birthday debacle wasn't the only drama for the Donda rapper this weekend. The day before, on Friday, he and fellow rapper Game's new collaboration leaked and in it Ye makes reference to his divorce from Kim and her new beau Pete Davidson

"We havin' the best divorce ever / If we go to court, we'll go to court together / Matter of fact, pick up your sis, we'll go to Kourt's together" he raps on the track. Elsewhere he adds, "God saved me from the crash, just so I can beat Pete Davidson's a**." 

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Ever since Madonna announced that she was making a movie of her life, there's been speculation as to who would play her.  Now she may be hinting that she's found her star.

The Queen of Pop posted a photo of herself and model/actress Julia Fox embracing on a couch and captioned it, "Went to dinner with Julia to talk about my movie and some other folks showed up."

Among the "other folks" in the slideshow: Fox's boyfriend Kanye West, boxer Floyd Mayweather and football player Antonio Brown.  According to the New York Post, the celebs were all together Wednesday night at L.A. hotspot Delilah’s.

Later that evening -- actually, early the next morning, around 3 a.m. -- West allegedly punched a man who asked for his autograph outside the members-only club Soho Warehouse; he's now being investigated for misdemeanor battery.

Fox is best known for her appearance in the 2019 movie Uncut Gems.

Madonna is producing, co-writing and directing the biopic, which has been in the works for quite a while now.  She wrote in October that the script was "almost finished."

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When it comes to ranking the top 10 highest-earning musicians of the past year, only one woman managed to make the cut -- Taylor Swift.

Rolling Stone reports that Taylor is the 10th highest-paid music performer of 2021 after amassing a fortune worth $80 million in the past year.  She, along with the rest of the top 10, raked in a combined net worth of $2.3 billion dollars last year.  The outlet reports COVID-19 did little to dampen the musicians' pay because that amounts to more than double what they made before the pandemic.

Interestingly enough, all but three who made the top 10 were those who sold their music catalogues last year -- the exceptions were Kanye WestJay Z and, obviously, Taylor.  The "Shake It Off" singer is currently re-recording her old hits in an effort to reclaim her masters after mega producer Scooter Braun acquired and sold them a few years ago.  The outlet credits her re-released Red (Taylor's Version) and Fearless (Taylor's Version) for propelling her into the top 10 because the records are, respectively, the second and fourth best-selling albums of 2021.

In addition, Taylor struck up some lucrative partnerships with Peloton and Starbucks in 2021 that further padded her bank account.

Here are the 10 artists who made the most money in 2021

1. Bruce Springsteen ($590 million)

2. Jay-Z ($470 million)

3. Paul Simon ($260 million)

4. Kanye West ($250 million)

5. Ryan Tedder ($200 million)

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($145 million)

7. Lindsey Buckingham ($100 million)

8. Mötley Crüe ($95 million)

9. Blake Shelton ($83 million)

10. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

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Coachella 2022 has found new headliners in Billie Eilish and Kanye West, sources tell Variety, with Swedish House Mafia in the mix to be the third. 

The news comes after the annual music festival, originally set for April 2020, was postponed four times due to the pandemic. It was first bumped to October 2020, then to April 2021, October 2021 and, most recently, April 2022.

Coachella's original headliners were supposed to be Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine. However, Ocean moved his appearance to 2023 and after November's Astroworld tragedy, Scott was dropped from the lineup.

Currently, Coachella is set to take place in Indio, Calif. over the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022. Tickets are already sold out.

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How very meta: Lil Nas X has scored his third number-one hit with a song that's all about how he isn't a "one-hit wonder."

After 12 weeks on the chart, "Industry Baby," featuring Jack Harlow, has finally reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard, what did the trick was the fact that there were two new versions of the song went on sale earlier this month, and all three versions were discounted to 69 cents.

"Industry Baby" follows "Old Town Road" and "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" on the list of LNX's chart-toppers.  Both "Industry Baby" and "Montero" are from the rapper's debut album, Montero.

As Billboard notes, "Industry Baby" is Jack Harlow's first number one, after he got as high as number two last year with "Whats Poppin."  In addition, the song is the fifth number one for Kanye West, who co-wrote and co-produced it.  Kanye's last number-one single on the Hot 100 was "Stronger" back in 2007.

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran's "Shivers" reaches the top 10: It's his ninth top 10 overall and follows "Bad Habits" to become the British star's second top 10 from his upcoming album = (Equals).

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Kanye West's long-awaited new album Donda finally dropped over the weekend, but Ariana Grande wants you to know that's not her vocals you're hearing on it.

Some Ariana fans thought that the female voice you hear on the album's title track was the "thank u next" superstar, but it's actually a singer named Stalone. On Ariana's Instagram Story, she re-posted Stalone's Instagram photo of herself recording the vocals, and captioned it, "You sound beautiful @thestalone."

Meanwhile, Stalone tweeted the full credits of the song and wrote, "I love Ari and so grateful that my vocals would even be compared to hers."

West has been complaining that his record company released Donda -- which also features The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Roddy Ricch and more -- without his permission.

 

 

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