Taylor Swift Named 2012’s Most Charitable Star

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Tis the season for pop star charity work.

DoSomething.org named Taylor Swift its top “celeb gone good” for 2012, citing the singer’s $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame Museum and her Ripple of Hope Award, a charity honor from the Robert F. Kennedy Center that Swift became the youngest person to receive.

DoSomething’s list’s musician-heavy top 10 also included Miley Cyrus (No. 2), Lady Gaga (No. 4), Justin Bieber (No. 5), Pink (No. 7) and Selena Gomez (No. 9).

Missing from the list: Rihanna, who made a $100,000 food bank donation in November for Hurricane Sandy relief and just announced a $1.75 million contribution to a Barbados hospital.

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ becomes first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views

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Viral star PSY has reached a new milestone on YouTube.

The South Korean rapper’s video for “Gangnam Style” has reached 1 billion views, according to YouTube’s own counter. It’s the first time any clip has surpassed that mark on the streaming service owned by Google Inc.
It shows the enduring popularity of the self-deprecating video that features Park Jae-sang’s giddy up-style dance moves. The video has been available on YouTube since July 15, averaging more than 200 million views per month.
Justin Bieber’s video for “Baby” held the previous YouTube record at more than 800 million views.
PSY wasn’t just popular on YouTube, either. Earlier this month Google announced “Gangnam Style” was the second highest trending search of 2012 behind Whitney Houston, who passed away in February.

Kesha Controversy

With Ke$ha’s “Die Young” pulled from a number of radio stations in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the RCA Records the singer had her own criticism for the hit song on Tuesday.

“i understand. I had my very own issue with ‘die young’ for this reason,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening. “I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”

Cassadee Pope: Before She Was ‘The Voice’

“The Voice” has crowned its third-season champion, pop singer Cassadee Pope, and it’s clear from her victory, won after the most votes ever cast for a “Voice” finale, that America wants her to have a long and successful singing career. But as those who’ve followed Pope’s pre-“Voice” career know, the sweet and personable singer has been working hard to make it in the music industry for quite some time now.

The Florida native discovered her love of singing at a young age and cultivated her talent as part of her middle school’s award-winning jazz band. Things didn’t get serious until 2008, when she became lead singer of the newly formed pop punk band Hey Monday. The band was discovered by Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz, and they later signed a joint record deal with Wentz’s label Decaydance and Columbia Records.

Beyonce Reunites With Pepsi For $50 Million Multi-Year Ad Campaign

Beyonce is reteaming with Pepsi for a multi-faceted branding deal that will coincide with her performance during the Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show, of which Pepsi is a presenting sponsor. The news of the Pepsi pact was first reported by The New York Times.

Beyonce, who has been featured in ads for Pepsi since 2002, will appear in a new commercial to debut some time during first-quarter 2013 and appear on limited-edition cans bearing her likeness starting in March. Pepsi, in turn, will sponsor a variety of unspecified creative projects for Beyonce as well as help promote the singer’s upcoming fifth studio album. The multi-year partnership is valued at around $50 million in ad spend and promotional materials over several years. New music could arrive as early as Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, as producer The-Dream told Billboard last weekthat Beyonce will “definitely” have a single ready as part of her performance.

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Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a who’s who of some of rock’s most iconic voices that will perform at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, including  Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, among others.

The timing of the benefit concert could not have been better for the Stones, who are performing at the new Barclays Center on Dec. 8 and are set to rock New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Dec. 13 and 15.

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Dr. Dre ranks as Forbes’ highest-paid musician, at $100 million

You may be singing “Call Me Maybe” or dancing “Gangnam Style” to this year’s music, but it was veteran hip-hop artist Dr. Dre who topped Forbes’ list of the 25 highest-paid musicians in 2012, released on Thursday.

California native Dre, 47, became one of the leading names in hip-hop and rap in the early 1990s and has worked with artists including Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

Along with his extensive back catalog, Dre’s lucrative headphones business, Beats by Dre, helped him gross $100 million in pre-tax earnings according to Forbes.

The list’s top 10 was dominated by veteran musicians, with Pink Floyd’s bassist and singer Roger Waters coming in at No. 2 with earnings of $88 million from his lucrative The Wall Live tour, and British singer Elton John at No. 3 with $80 million. Read more here