HOLLYWOOD—Is country music dead? I don’t think so. The genre of American popular music has been around for six generations, from hillbilly, rockabilly to the present alternative country. Country music consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonicas and fiddles. While country music may not be for everyone, country stars are still raking in the money.
Some of the richest country stars are include Toby Keith, who has a net worth of an estimated $500 million. His earnings come from touring, however, he does own a restaurant and stake in the record label that signed Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. Dolly Parton, actress, singer/songwriter who has been around for decades has an estimated worth of $450 milion.
She has been in the business for more than 40 years and has written over 3,000 songs. Shania Twain who rocked the world with songs such as, “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” is one of the richest country singers worth an estimated $350 million. Texas born, chart-topping country music star George Strait has an estimated $300 million. Kenny Rogers, whose career as singer/songwriter, actor, producer and business owner has earned him an estimated net worth of $250 million.
America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift, is infamous for writing songs about her boyfriends-so guys watch out if things don’t work out-she holds nothing back. She has an estimated net worth of $220 million. The ink might not have dried on the deal, but Jay-Z’s new streaming service has signed Miss Swift to his new streaming service site “Tidal.”
Taylor had her differences with Spotify, and what it paid for her music. According to published reports, she pulled her back catalogue saying there was an “inherent value placed on art” when it came to her work. Jay-Z’s company, Project Panther, took over Sweden-based Aspiro for a reported $56 million on March 13. The streaming service has 540,000 subscribers. The firm owned WiMP-which rivals Spotify in certain countries-Tidal streams music in HD.
The move will put Jay-Z in competition with Beats Music, founded by Dr. Dre and bought by Apple in 2014. Tidal currently offers users access to 25 million tracks, in addition to 75,000 music videos and other content including artist interviews, for a monthly standard charge of $9.99 or a high-definition stream for $19.99 a month. Tidal won’t have a free subscription service.
Tidal is co-owned-with investments from a host of wealthy musicians, including Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, Alicia Keys and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and the group says they want to “forever change music in history.” Tidal has been met with fierce criticism online, with some taking to social media to voice their opinions and frustrations.The rapper believes that the goal is to get artists properly paid, however TechCrunch thinks the app is doomed to fail.
One thing is for sure, music is not on the mind of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston bomber. While the defense team has wrapped up its case as of press time. Actor Mark Wahlberg is to co-produce and potentially star in a film about the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon and the city-wide manhunt that followed. “Patriot’s Day,” will be based on the first-and account of Ed Davis, whom Wahlberg may play in the drama.
The Boston Police commissioner played a key role in the hunt for the brothers held responsible for the attack. In the bombing, three people died and more than 260 were injured. A police officer was fatally shot days after the attack, an eight-year-old boy, and Boston University graduate student was killed after two pressure cooker bombs packed with nails, ball bearings and other shrapnel detonated in April 2013.
One of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died during a shootout with police. His younger brother is currently on trial and was captured after the bombing. According to CBS Films, “Patriot’s Day” wil be “an intense thriller, spanning the five-day search up to the infamous siege…. in Watertown” near Boston. Working on a rival project is 20th Century Fox, titled “Boston Strong,” about the deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11. Wahlberg will be seen this year in the sequel to his 2012 comedy “Ted.”
Rose’s Scoop: Hollywood celebrities are gearing up for the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival to be held on April 15-26. Tribeca will honor Frank Sinatra with “On the Town,” screening on April 21, with live performances with from Tony Bennett and many more.