Singer Fergie is not on this latest project, and the group is explaining why. Fergie is "focusing on being a mom," Will.i.am told Billboard. "That's a hard job, and that's what she really wants to do and we're here for her, and she knows how to contact us for a retreat or a breakaway," he told the publication. "It's really the way Fergie designed it, so we're respecting her design. We love Fergie, and we don't want anything but awesomeness for her." Fergie shares a 6-year-old son, Axl Jack, with ex-husband, actor Josh Duhamel. She joined the group, which in addition to Will.i.am included Apl.de.Ap and Taboo, in 2002 and sang on some of its biggest hits, including "Where Is The Love," "Let's Get It Started," "I Gotta Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow."
Taylor Swift has broken her own record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour by a female artist. The Look What You Made Me Do singer has been trekking across the U.S. and other nations since May (18) on her epic Reputation Stadium Tour. Her U.S. gigs alone have now made an incredible $191.1 million (£148 million), according to Billboard.com, meaning that with 11 American dates still to play she has surpassed the gross earnings of the previous record holder, her 1989 World Tour - which made $181.5 million (£140.5 million) in 2015. During the tour, she has averaged earnings of more than $7 million (£5.4 million) per show - with all 27 of her completed dates sold out. The pop princess is having a brief break from the road after performing at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida last Saturday (19Aug18). After the gig, she praised hometown girl Camila Cabello - who has supported her alongside British singer-songwriter Charli XCX throughout the tour. "MIAMI I LOVE YOU!! You were so loud and FUN," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "Shout out to Camila for killing it in her hometown and being just the greatest most precious magical human possible." The concerts will pick up again this coming Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee - the city where a teenage Taylor made her name as a country music star. In addition to her U.S. gigs, Taylor has also performed in the U.K., Ireland and Canada, with the latter concerts having grossed $11.1 million (£8.5 million). Figures for her British and Irish dates are yet to come in, and unlike in the U.S., not all of these shows sold out. She will conclude the tour in Australia, New Zealand and Japan - meaning the worldwide takings from the Reputation Stadium Tour should easily surpass the $250 million (£193 million) her 1989 live dates made globally - and may come close to beating the $408 million (£316 million) Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour made in 2008 and 2009, the most earned globally by a female artist.
Comedian Pete Davidson was left red-faced at Kid Cudi's recent birthday dinner after offering to pay for the pricey meal without realizing Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Timothee Chalamet would also be attending. The Saturday Night Live funnyman reveals he had made plans to take rapper/actor Cudi out for dinner at top sushi restaurant Nobu in Los Angeles back in January (19), but he didn't expect the low-key night to turn into an all-star affair - and that he would be left to cover the bill. In a new Vanity Fair video interview, Pete was asked by his The Dirt co-star and friend Machine Gun Kelly why he hadn't been invited to the get-together, because the two pals had been hanging out shortly before Davidson met up with Cudi. Laughing at the memory, the 25 year old admitted he had no idea how the night would turn out, and Kanye was the last person he expected to join the pair. "Kanye kept ordering the whole entire time," Pete recalled of the dinner, during which they ate a "bunch of rich people stuff that I don't know the name of". "I didn't know he was coming," he continued, "and I had already put my card down to pay, 'cause I thought it was just me and Cudi, and then Chalamet showed up, and then Kanye showed up, and I was like, 'Oh, f**k.' And then I had to book two more (stand-up) gigs in Ohio (to pay for the expense)!" Kelly then inquired if Kanye is "a dessert guy," to which Pete quipped, "He's a 'order f**king everything 'cause I can and then we all have one bite, maybe, if that, 'cause f**k you' kinda guy." A photo of the odd group was shared online by reality star Kim shortly after the meal, and in an interview with late night host Jimmy Fallon in February (19), Kanye's wife revealed it was only when they arrived that she realized it was a "guys' dinner". "It was just such a fun night," she shared. "Everyone just had such a good time. The vibe was so good and I didn't wanna ruin it so I sat in the corner and just documented it for them. I was playing Word Connect on my phone and letting them have their, like, guy time."
One couple with a $10 million wedding budget went all out for their lavish ceremony with a red carpet, a 10-tier cake, and a musical guest appearance by Lady Gaga. The nuptials of Lolita Osmanova and Gaspar Avdolyan, the Beverly-Hills based offspring of the two wealthiest men in Russia, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles where the Academy Awards take place. The guests were treated to a performance by Lady Gaga, who was reportedly paid more than $2 million for the evening. Anyone looking to outdo the couple’s extravagant day will need to be resourceful. According to Russian newspapers, a more expensive wedding would have to be held in space.