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Rihanna is the world’s wealthiest female musician
It might come as a surprise, but Ms Robyn Rihanna Fenty has been hard at work. According to a recently released list from Forbes, Rihanna has overtaken Madonna, Beyonce and Celine Dion as the richest female musician in the world.
Sure, it’s been some years since we’ve heard new music from Rihanna, but with the rise of Fenty Beauty and now, luxury fashion house Fenty pushing Rihanna’s brand even further, Rihanna’s stock has risen and strengthened. Her cosmetics firm alone has raked in $570 million in revenue in its first 15 months, while Forbes mentions that overall, Fenty is worth more than $3 billion.
Similarly, Jay-Z also has good reason to celebrate, with Forbes confirming Hova has an accumulated fortune of $1 billion. He’s the first hip hop artist to have the billionaire title, with his successes in the music game tying into viable business moves in liquor, real estate, art and even a stake in Uber.
Future has new music here with Save Me
Someone else who has a new album in the mix is ya old mate Future. Indicating a darker album with the release of Save Me, Future first began teasing the album with singles ‘Xanax Damage’ and ‘Government Officials’.
If you’ve seen the artwork on social media too, Save Me is pretty sombre and reflective. Perhaps this is Future’s own personal Blonde moment. Save Me is the first solo release project from Future since THE WIZRD dropped in January and since then, he’s been on projects with the likes of Zaytoven and Juice Wrld.
It’s a pretty swift turn for Future, with fans initially being led to believe his next project would be a sequel to What A Time To Be Alive. This isn’t to say that that project is off the burners though, with threads of rumours surrounding new Future x Drake music floating around online.
Big K.R.I.T announces new album
Big K.R.I.T has some exciting new music on the way. Hot off the back of his EP trilogy last year, K.R.I.T Iz Here is dropping on July 12 – nine years on from his seminal mixtape release, K.R.I.T Waz Here.
The album is the first studio record from Big K.R.I.T since 2017’s 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, which featured guest appearances and collaborations with the likes of T.I., CeeLo Green, Jill Scott and Robert Glasper.
The release of K.R.I.T Iz Here is going to be an independent release from the rapper and, considering how well received his TDT compilation EP series was last year, we’re expecting K.R.I.T to come through with the goods.
Joey Bada$$ the latest to be cast in new Wu-Tang Clan series
This one is pretty cool. There is a new drama series centred on Wu-Tang Clan currently in production and when it’s come to casting, it’s looking to be handled very well. At this point, Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga, will see rappers Dave East and Joey Bada$$ on board to portray Method Man and Inspectah Deck respectively.
Moonlight actor Ashton Sanders will be playing RZA while Siddiq Saunderson will take the role of Ghostface Killah. The series was created by RZA and Alex Tse (Superfly), while GZA, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and the estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard are serving as producers.
Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga will be released on Hulu and is set during the ‘90s. It chronicles the group’s formation and rise to legend status.
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