Nov 25, 2017 Last Updated 7:59 AM, Nov 24, 2017
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Beyonce's hit album “Lemonade” and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, edging out Adele and Taylor Swift.

The R&B singer earned some $105-million (R1.47-billion) from record sales and from her “Formation”   concert tour, according to Forbes.

She also has her Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests.

Adele, whose “25” album broke first-week US sales records in 2015 and who completed her first major tour since 2011, made second place with an estimated $69-million, despite having no major endorsements for other products.

Swift, who topped last year's list with $170-million in estimated earnings, raked in $44-million this time, despite having finished her "1989" world tour. The singer's earnings are expected to rise significantly in the next 12 months courtesy of her new album, “Reputation”  - the best-selling album of 2017 - and a tour.

Canadian superstar Celine Dion took the fourth spot on the Forbes list, earning some $42-million after taking a break from her Las Vegas residency following the death of her husband in January 2016.

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income for the 12 months from June 2016 to 2017, based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.

The full list can be seen at Forbes.com.

Music artists of various genres were at the weekend awarded for the entertainment they’ve served their fans this year.

The awards which took place in Lilongwe were full glitz, glamour and of course music.

Here is the full list of the winners:

  1. Producer of the year - BFB
  2. Video Director of the Year - SUKEZ
  3. Artist of the Year - Fredokiss
  4. Album of the year - Jusus My Boss (Gwamba)
  5. Best Song of the Year - Apse Mtima (Macelba)
  6. Music video of the Year - Gwetsa - Nathan Tunez & Hazel 
  7. Best Rap/Hip Hop Artist - Fredokiss
  8. Best SADC Act - Cassper Nyovest
  9. Best Female Act - Sangie.
  10. Best RnB Artist - Kell Kay
  11. Best New Artist - Waxy K
  12. Best Gospel Artist - Gwamba.
  13. Best Band - Mizu Band.
  14. Best Reggae/Dancehall Act - Malinga Mafia. #Malinga2deMafia
  15. Best Collaboration - Mr. Yesu : Kell Kay x Gwamba.
  16. Best Duo/Group - Bossaro Music Group
  17. Best Live Act - Fredokiss

 

 

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA), held in London on Sunday evening, honoured the 19-year-old Canadian singer Shawn Mendes with both the Best Artist and Best Song prizes.

In a first for the EMAs -- created in 1994 -- categories were stripped of gender in a bid to "break barriers".

Here is the list of the winners of the 24th edition of MTV EMA:

Best artist: Shawn Mendes

Best song: "There's Nothing Holdin’ Me Back" by Shawn Mendes

Best video: "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar

Best pop artist: Camila Cabello

Best electronic artist: David Guetta

Best rock artist: Coldplay

Best hip hop artist: Eminem

Best alternative artist: 30 Seconds To Mars

Best live artist: Ed Sheeran

Best new artist: Dua Lipa

Best look: Zayn Malik

Biggest fans: Shawn Mendes

Best push artist: Hailee Steinfeld

Best world stage: The Chainsmokers

Global Icon: U2.

Rap superstar Kanye West is back nearly a year after suffering a breakdown, making a brief musical appearance in which he appears to keep his feud with Taylor Swift alive.

West, a once omnipresent celebrity with a prolific media presence and high-profile marriage to Kim Kardashian, abruptly ended a tour and was hospitalized in November 2016 after unusual rants on stage.

Making his most visible appearance this year, West contributed a verse on a song released Tuesday by Cyhi The Prynce, an Atlanta rapper whom West earlier signed to his label imprint.

The song, "Dat Side," expounds on the perils of fame and hits back at critics, with West speaking of being African-American in his affluent Los Angeles neighborhood.

"Neighbors said they think I gave the neighborhood a black eye," the 40-year-old father of two raps.

He also appears to reference his ongoing rift with Swift. In his 2016 song "Famous," West boasts that the pop star may have sex with him as he takes credit for her celebrity, a reference to how he disrupted her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift voiced anger at the lyric and hit back in "Look What You Made Me Do," a vindictive track released in August.

West on the latest track references the name of the controversial song as he raps: "The people claim to know you... get famous on you / Then they go and blame it on you / You just good, they can't ignore you."

West's last major public appearance following his hospitalization came in December when he unexpectedly showed up at Trump Tower in New York to meet then president-elect Donald Trump, whose aides said he was mulling an official role for the rapper.

Beyonce's Spanish-language remix of "Mi Gente" for hurricane relief opened on Wednesday on top of the US Latin song chart, finally dethroning the global mega-hit "Despacito."

"Mi Gente," which Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin created from the African dance rhythms of French DJ Willy William, had lingered for 11 weeks at number two on the Billboard Latin song chart underneath the colossus of "Despacito."

"Mi Gente" finally reached the top spot for the week through October 5 in the track's new version starring Beyonce, who sings partially in Spanish in her first music since giving birth to twins in June.

Beyonce said that all proceeds of the remix of "Mi Gente," which means "My People," would support victims of the trio of powerful hurricanes that have ravaged the Caribbean and southern United States.

"Despacito" -- led by Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi with rapper Daddy Yankee, and later with a contribution by Justin Bieber -- spent 35 weeks on top of the chart.

It was the second longest reign ever, trailing Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando" which topped the chart for 41 weeks.

"Despacito" earlier also made history by tying the record for most weeks at number one of the mainstream Hot 100 chart of all songs in the United States, ruling for 16 weeks.

"Mi Gente" jumped to number three on the Hot 100 with Beyonce, but breakout rap star Cardi B held firm at number one with "Bodak Yellow."

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