JULY 11, 2019

“Forbes” released its annual Celebrity 100 list of the highest-paid entertainers, and TAYLOR SWIFT is on top, after pulling down $185 million over the past year.

  1. Taylor Swift, $185 million
  2. “Self-made billionaire” Kylie Jenner, $170 million
  3. Kanye West, $150 million
  4. Soccer star Lionel Messi, $127 million
  5. Ed Sheeran, $110 million
  6. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, $109 million
  7. Soccer star Neymar, $105 million
  8. The Eagles, $100 million
  9. Dr. Phil McGraw, $95 million
  10. Boxer Canelo Alvarez, $94 million

CELINE DION came in LAST, with a mere $37.5 million.

 

WHOOPI GOLDBERG says her doctors told her she had a 30% chance of DYING earlier this year, when she came down with pneumonia in both lungs and sepsis. She said, “I’m lucky to be alive.”

 

Barbara Streisand flew her prized poodles 10,000 miles so they could watch her perform at London’s Hyde Park. Miss Scarlet, Miss Violet and Fanny were backstage waiting in a custom-made dog buggy and a dedicated VIP escort.  A backstage source said, “There was no expense spared for her three beloved pets in the backstage area.  They had free roam of her dressing room and a dedicated member of staff to push them in the buggy or walk them round at their free will.”

 

DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER is holding another memorial service for his wife BETH CHAPMAN this weekend. And it’s being organized by Tootie from “The Facts of Life”!  She’s a member of their church.

 

The “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions returns in November – obviously, JAMES HOLZHAUER is in it. So is EMMA BOETTCHER, the woman who finally beat him.

 

METALLICA is releasing a children’s book called “The ABCs of Metallica”. A portion of the proceeds will benefit All Within My Hands, the band’s charity foundation, which fights hunger and supports workforce education.

Remember back in April when COLE SWINDELL and his wrestler girlfriend BARBIE BLANK showed up together at the ACMs? And we found out they’d had been dating for a while. Fans recently noticed that they were no longer following each other on Instagram. Cole’s been on Luke Bryan’s Sunset Repeat Tour all summer, and she’s been all over the world working on her modeling career.

 

I swear every famous person has a story about someone who told them they’d never make it. Here’s LUKE COMBS: It happened when he first moved to Nashville. He’d already released a couple of EPs on his own, and they were selling enough to pay the rent. But he needed was a record deal to keep the momentum going. “I finally got a meeting with a big publisher in town.  I had ‘Hurricane’, ‘When It Rains It Pours’, ‘She Got the Best of Me’ and ‘One Number Away’ on my phone.  I played this guy all of it, and he says, ‘I’ve got two things to tell you.  “‘First, you need to write better songs.  And, you’re never gonna be an artist.  No one is going to pay money to see you.'” Luke accepted it as “constructive criticism” thinking he needed to start writing better songs.  Meanwhile, the EPs kept selling, and word kept spreading, and then “Hurricane” blew up, and the rest is history.  All of a sudden everybody wanted a piece of him.  “Everything changed, except for me and the music.”

 

Matt Lauer‘s wife Annette has filed for divorce almost 2 years after their split. They share 3 children – 2 sons and a daughter. PEOPLE confirmed in December 2017 that Lauer and his wife had removed their rings, though a source said Lauer was “fighting to save the marriage.”

 

JOSH GRACIN and his wife Katie are expecting their first child together early next year. They already know that it’s a boy, and they’ve named him Luka.  This will be Josh’s fifth child.  He has four kids from a previous relationship.  Josh is 38, and Katie is 28.

 

LUKE BRYAN’s next Crash My Playa has sold out. And it’s not even happening until next January.

 

Yesterday was CARRIE UNDERWOOD and Mike Fisher’s ninth wedding anniversary. They celebrated by going horseback riding, and then she posted some photos.  She captioned it, “Spent my morning with my cowboy and our horses.”

 

 

 

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