Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff Make Forbes‘ 20 Richest Under 25; Plus Britney Spears, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Usher & More, In For The Record

Britney Spears tops Yahoo's most-searched list; Jay-Z joins Kanye onstage in England; Usher's wife addresses the haters.

A lot of 25-year-olds still aren’t sure what to do with their lives, but the superstars on Forbes‘ 20 Richest Stars Under 25 are already set for retirement. A quartet of athletes tops the list, with hoops heavyweight LeBron James landing at #1, followed by NFL rookie Reggie Bush, tennis star Maria Sharapova and golf prodigy Michelle Wie. A few other notable appearances: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen come in at #5 with $17 million each; “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe is at #6 with $15 million; Hilary Duff is at #7 with $12 million; Avril Lavigne is at #8 with $12 million; Carrie Underwood is at #11 with $7 million; Miley Cyrus (a.k.a. Hannah Montana) is at #17 with $3.5 million; and Lindsay Lohan is at #18 with $3.5 million as well. …

Speaking of year-end lists, the never-ending dramas of Britney Spears landed the pop star at the top of the 10 most-searched items on Yahoo in 2007 once again. According to a Reuters report, Spears has topped the list every year for the past seven — except in 2004, when Paris Hilton beat her out. Hilton was at a lowly #5 before bumping up to #3 this year thanks to her brief jail sentence this summer for a traffic violation, while Lindsay Lohan‘s driving habits boosted her from #10 up to #6. The #2 spot was held down once again by World Wrestling Entertainment, with much of the interest centered on the murder-suicide of Chris Benoit. Beyoncé moved up two spots to #5, Fergie crashed the top 10 at #9, and Jessica Alba squeaked in at #10. The list was rounded out by Japanese manga series “Naruto” (#4), online game RuneScape (#7) and fantasy football (#8). Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson, Pamela Anderson, Shakira, Chris Brown and “American Idol” all fell out of the top 10. …

Kanye West got a little help from a friend on Sunday night during his show in Manchester, England, according to the Liverpool Echo. Midway through the show, Jay-Z strolled onstage to perform “Encore” with West as the crowd went wild. … Usher‘s wife, Tameka Foster — and the mother of his newborn baby, Usher Raymond V — has taken a lot of heat from bloggers and overly possessive fans since she first started dating the R&B superstar. In a new interview with Essence, the stylist opens up about the haters. “Unfortunately many people live for negativity and are brainwashed by the misinformation of bloggers, rumors, haters and speculators,” she tells the mag. “They don’t want to believe the truth because the negative stories have more appeal to them. Friends tell me about some of it and we’ll laugh, but honestly, I don’t pay attention to the gossip on the day-to-day.” …

Veteran Bay Area rapper Spice 1 is in stable condition after being shot Monday, according to his manager, Six. “He was only shot once,” Six told MTV News. “I’m not sure where the reports are coming from that he was shot multiple times. He was in critical condition, but now doctors are watching him. They’re trying to remove a bullet, but they aren’t giving out too many details. They said he should be good, but they’re being precautions because the bullet was so close to his heart.” BallerStatus.com originally reported the shooting, in which the Hayward, California, native was shot after he fell asleep in his car outside his home. When the rapper awoke, an armed stranger attacked him. It is unclear whether it was a robbery or a premeditated threat to the rapper’s life. He’s being treated at the Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, California. …

Chalk this one up to one giant Missundaztood-ing? According to TMZ.com, artist Scratch (real name: Kyle Jones) has filed a civil suit against Pink, claiming he was featured on “Respect,” a track on her 2001 Missundaztood CD, but was never paid. The performance was also featured on Pink’s “Live in Europe” DVD. He’s seeking $717, 600 in back pay and damages. … When Snoop Dogg appeared with his daughter Cori on Tuesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the 8-year-old was quick to say that her dad wasn’t that strict. But Snoop does lay down the law in one area. “You say I’m not strict,” the rapper said. “Tell Ellen how old you have to be before you can have a boyfriend.” Cori’s answer? “Seventy-seven.” …

MySpace is launching a new program called “Transmissions” that will allow musicians to perform their songs live in a studio, then screen and sell the videos of the performances immediately on the site, at a price of their own choosing. The New York Times reports that James Blunt will be the first artist to participate in the initiative, introducing five songs, including his new single, on the site today. … According to TMZ.com, Dennis Quaid and wife Kimberly Buffington have sued Baxter Healthcare, makers of the drug Heparin, claiming that a near-fatal overdose of the anticoagulant given to their newborn sons was the result of improper labeling. They claim that the look and packaging of the 10 IU/mL is too similar to the 10,000 IU/mL vial of the same drug. Three children in Indiana have reportedly died from similar mistakes. As of Tuesday (December 4), no suit has been brought against the hospital, Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai. …

Nokia, the world’s top cell-phone maker, has announced a deal with Universal, the world’s biggest music group, to offer free 12-month access to music by artists on the Universal roster for people who buy Nokia’s music phones. According to Reuters, the “Comes With Music” offer could be joined by several similar deals with other labels by the time the Universal program kicks off in the middle of 2008. In a switch from similar deals currently being offered, Nokia users would be allowed to keep all the music they download during the 12-month period. … Speaking of Universal, it looks like Colbie Caillat accidentally let the cat out of the bag about the label’s new Web policy. In a recent e-mail to fans, Caillat explained that from now on her MySpace page will only feature 90-second clips of songs instead of full-length ones. “Every artist signed to a Universal label has to comply immediately,” she wrote. According to Wired News, though, the policy actually went into effect a few months ago and requires all Universal labels to limit the length of music posted on third-party sites to 90 seconds, unless the site has a contract with Universal that allows them to stream the full song on-demand. …

You didn’t think System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan was just going to sit around while his band was on hiatus, did you? Dolmayan’s online comic-book store, Torpedo Comics, is running a scavenger-hunt-style contest whose grand prize is a free trip to Las Vegas, complete with a tour of the “gigantic” Torpedo warehouse led by Dolmayan himself. Fans have to find four specific comic books hidden within the “Monolith” section of TorpedoComics.com, with the first three books offering clues that will lead to the fourth, which will have a secret code.

12.03.2007

Kanye West crops up in a new video by fellow Chicago rapper Kid Sister that began making the rounds Monday. The clip for Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails” was made for only $3,000 and directed by Ruben Fleischer (M.I.A., Dizzee Rascal). … Does R. Kelly‘s exhausting “Trapped in the Closet” series still have you thirsting for more? If so, then there’s some good news — a new extras-heavy DVD for the series is dropping December 11. It will feature chapters 1-22 in their entirety; “chapter 12.5,” a recap of the first 11; live performances of chapters 2 and 3; the MTV VMA performance of Chapter 12; Easter eggs; a DVD trivia game; and running commentary from Kelly. …

Akon pleaded not guilty on Monday (December 3) to charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment during a concert held over the summer in Fishkill, New York. The singer entered his plea in a Fishkill courtroom and his attorneys issued a statement, according to The Associated Press. “It was never Akon’s intent to violate the law,” the statement reportedly read. “This unfortunate incident was a spontaneous reaction during a live concert that Akon deeply regrets. We are confident that this matter will ultimately be resolved in a manner that does not in any way interfere with Akon’s successful career.” Akon allegedly threw a 15-year-old fan into the crowd during the show, which took place on June 3 and was caught on fans’ cell-phone cameras. …

The man who took hostages at Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Friday was arraigned on Monday. Leeland Eisenberg, 46, was ordered held with bail set at $500,000 on charges of kidnapping, criminal threatening and false reports of an explosive. He is also being held for a mental-health evaluation over the incident, for which he is accused of claiming to have an explosive device taped to his chest and holding five people hostage at the office. Prosecutors said Eisenberg’s criminal record dates to 1978 and includes charges of burglary and rape. A public defender representing Eisenberg said his client regretted the disruption and was grateful police didn’t shoot him, according to AP. Randy Hawkes said Eisenberg heard voices and last week saw a “movie in his head” that told him he had to “sacrifice himself” to bring attention to the issue of mental health. …

Chamillionaire will appear on “Larry King Live” on Monday night to discuss Don Imus‘ recent return to radio. The program airs on CNN at 9 p.m. ET — Cham’s new disc, Mixtape Messiah 4, drops December 18. … Ashley Tisdale got a nose job on Friday — but not for cosmetic reasons, People reports. “Growing up I always knew I had a deviated septum on the right side of my nose which caused trouble breathing,” the “High School Musical” star told People. “The older I got, the worse it got. I went to get it checked out, and the doctor told me the septum was 80 percent deviated and that I had two small fractures on my nose.” Tisdale reiterated: “I didn’t do this because I believe in plastic surgery. I did this to help my health. I literally almost could not breathe out of the right side of my nose. … I want my fans to know the truth. I’m not someone who is going to act like I had nothing done. … It’s uncomfortable, and I hope this is the only time I ever have to go through something like this.” … Despite Britney Spears‘ myriad problems, she found time to celebrate her 26th birthday with Paris Hilton in Bel Air, California, on Saturday night, according to TMZ.com. …

Led Zeppelin and Metallica on the same bill? Call it too good to be true, but that’s what an e-mail published in industry commentator Bob Lefsetz’s newsletter is reporting, Billboard.com reports. Speculation over potential Zep reunion gigs has been rampant amid the reunited band’s planned December 10 show at London’s O2 arena, including suggestions that it would be touring next year with the Cult.Kid Rock has plotted his biggest concert outing yet, for next year. His Rock and Roll Revival Tour — which will also host Run-DMC‘s Reverend Run among other friends — starts January 25 in Evansville, Indiana. From there, Rock will hit Milwaukee, his Detroit hometown, St. Louis, Nashville, Atlanta and other cities before winding down the arena trek March 22 in Toledo, Ohio. … The Postal Service‘s Jimmy Tamborello, the One AM Radio and others have contributed remixes to an untitled six-song EP the Silversun Pickups will debut December 11 on iTunes. The effort features new versions of the band’s “Lazy Eye” and “Little Lovers So Polite.” … Just in case you needed another reason to go to Oslo, Norway, for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Kylie Minogue has been added to the bill. She will share the stage with Alicia Keys, KT Tunstall and others at the December 11 event, at which Al Gore and other Nobel Prize-winning laureates on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will be honored. …

Evel Knievel just passed away Friday, but already some people are trying to horn in on the late stuntman’s estate, AP reports. Shelly Saltman — a public-relations agent who was attacked in 1977 by Knievel after the stuntman became enraged about a book Saltman had written about him — won $12.75 million in damages after filing suit decades ago. But the sum has still gone uncollected, and Saltman estimates it would now amount to more than $100 million. Knievel’s son Kelly wouldn’t comment on the dispute or discuss the size of his father’s estate, AP reports. … Natalie Maines certainly isn’t shying away from taking a stand — the outspoken Dixie Chick is coming to the aid of three men who have been convicted of murder and whose cases were portrayed in HBO’s “Paradise Lost” documentaries. In a lengthy, detailed post on the group’s Web site, she says, “I believe that three men have spent the past 13 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit,” and goes on to explain their case’s background. Maines says that, after watching one of the films, her “heart sank” when she discovered online that the men are still in prison. …

Brad Pitt is trying to Make It Right in New Orleans — the actor said in an interview on the “Today” show on Monday morning that he’s planning for at least 150 eco-friendly houses to be built in the Lower Ninth Ward by the end of summer 2008. Pitt has pledged $5 million for the project and is campaigning for more donations. “Basically, $150,000 will get a family back in their home,” he said. … Jimmy Kimmel is no Carson Daly. While Daly recently crossed the writers’ strike picket lines and resumed production on his NBC late-night show, Kimmel’s program is not only still observing the protest — the host has quietly been paying entry-level production assistants, receptionists and other low-paid members of his staff, according to TMZ.com. …

Classic rock will rule the day again at the Super Bowl on February 3, when Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take the stage for the halftime show at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The band is the latest in a line of old-school acts that have performed during the game over the past few years, including Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2. … Once you’ve paid more than $3,300 for a bat-adorned coat once owned by Ozzy Osbourne, do you wear the thing out to a party? That’s just one of the items that drew big bucks during a weekend auction of items from Sharon and Ozzy’s closet, which raised more than $800,000 for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation, according to Reuters. Among the other items sold were a pair of skull-adorned sneakers ($2,625), a pair of Ozzy’s wire-rimmed sunglasses ($5,250), the beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower seen in the family’s kitchen on “The Osbournes” show ($10,000), Ozzy’s floral Mary Rose Young tea cup ($1,625) and the family’s custom pool table ($11,250). Bloomberg reported that the devil’s head plaque that hung on the family’s front door, expected to fetch $1,200, sold for $8,750, but a 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur that was expected to go for more than $160,000 got no bids, nor did a 1950 Oldsmobile Futuramic 88 Club Coupe once owned by romance author Danielle Steel that was thought to be worth $40,000-$50,000.

[This story was originally published at 12:09 pm E.T. on 12.04.2007]