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Beyonce, richest woman in music, announces boxed-set
Beyonce on Tuesday announced an expanded boxed-set of her multimillion-selling self-titled album as a new study ranked her as the past year's top-earning woman in music. After rumors that she would drop another surprise album, the singer said that a platinum edition of "Beyonce," with two CDs and two DVDs, would feature two new songs, four new remixes with star collaborators and a concert video. The edition -- which goes on sale on November 24 ahead of the holiday shopping season -- also includes the full album "Beyonce," which she released unexpectedly in December 2013 on iTunes with no prior publicity. The announcement will temper speculation that Beyonce is planning another surprise album of entirely new material.
Beyonce highest paid woman in music in 2014 with $115 million: Forbes
Beyonce is the highest paid woman in music in 2014, with estimated earnings of $115 million, more than double what she pulled in last year, Forbes magazine said on Tuesday. The huge sum, most of which was from her world tour, propelled Beyonce, 33, from fourth place last year and put her firmly ahead of pop star Taylor Swift, 24, with $64 million, who jumped up one spot from last year to No. 2. "Beyonce played 95 shows during our scoring period, bringing in an average of $2.4 million per city," said Forbes, citing data from the Pollstar trade magazine. The R&B singer's self-titled album released last December and endorsement deals pushed her earnings up further assuring her the top spot.
With big album on sale, Taylor Swift pulls music from Spotify
Singer Taylor Swift, whose new album is likely to have the biggest opening week of sales in a dozen years, on Monday pulled her entire catalog from online music streaming service Spotify. Singers and bands, including Beyonce and Coldplay, in the past have delayed releasing albums to Spotify to give retailers an exclusive window to sell their albums, but Swift has taken the unusual action of pulling all of her music from the service. Swift and her record label, Big Machine, requested last week that the singer's music be taken down, Spotify spokesman Graham James said.