Madonna Is The Richest Woman In Music; Plus Britney Spears, Hannah Montana, Oscars, Death Cab For Cutie & More, In For The Record

Spears might have to pay K-Fed's legal fees; tickets for Montana movie selling quick; Academy Awards have a backup plan.

All hail Madonna: the singer is the richest woman in music, according to Forbes.com. Madge reportedly earned a staggering $72 million between June 2006 and June of last year, with her Confessions tour raking in $260 million. Also earning big bucks were Shakira ($38 million), Beyoncé ($27 million), Gwen Stefani ($26 million), Christina Aguilera ($20 million), Mariah Carey ($13 million), Hilary Duff ($12 million), Avril Lavigne ($12 million), Britney Spears ($8 million), Carrie Underwood ($7 million), Nelly Furtado ($7 million), Fergie ($6 million), Jennifer Lopez ($6 million) and Norah Jones ($5.5 million). … Brangelina better have a lifetime supply of Pampers — the couple are expecting more children, according to UsMagazine.com. Angelina Jolie, who already has four children with Brad Pitt, is reportedly pregnant with twins with her mate. …

Kevin Federline‘s lawyer wants Britney Spears to pay up. Mark Vincent Kaplan filed a motion Tuesday asking the court to make Spears foot his client’s attorney bill, according to TMZ. The Web site estimates the fees to be more than $500,000 since the custody battle began in July. A hearing on the request is set for March 10. …

The 3-D flick Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” accounted for roughly 90 percent of ticket sales at Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com as of Wednesday morning (January 30), even though it will only open in 684 digital theaters on Thursday at midnight, Reuters reports. …

The Academy Awards have a backup plan in the event that the ongoing writers’ strike doesn’t resolve itself by then, The Associated Press reports. The February 24 ceremony’s contingency program would include “history and packages of film and concepts that are not normally ones that we would have for the show if we were moving straight ahead,” Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis reportedly said Wednesday. The Academy is in talks with the Writers Guild of America, AP says. … Death Cab for Cutie have slapped a title onto their next album, which is due in May. According to a post on the indie-rockers’ Web site, they’re calling it Narrow Stairs.

What would a year be like without the Snoop Bowl? Snoop Dogg announced on Wednesday that he will stage the event for a sixth time — and he’s going to have to hustle, since he’s planning for it to happen Saturday. The charity game will be held at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Matt Leinart Foundation, a group set up by the Arizona Cardinals quarterback that helps disadvantaged youth. Leinart will be in attendance at the Bowl. … A day later is the Super Bowl, of course, and ESPN is planning to sport an odd musical combo on its “Sunday NFL Countdown” pregame show prior to Sunday’s big game. Acoustic heavy-metal duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform and chat on the show. …

Keep your eye out for unreleased freestyle and video footage from Eminem, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and other hip-hop superstars that will surface on UrSession.com, a new social-networking site that launches Thursday in beta form. The site, hatched by System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, along with King Tech and MTV News’ own Sway, will also feature a music label and an area that allows artists to audition their music. The unreleased hip-hop footage is coming courtesy Sway and Tech’s “Wake Up Show.” … Ruben Studdard just can’t catch a break anymore. The former “Idol” champ, who was dropped by J Records last year after his 2006 LP, The Return, tanked, is suing a concert promoter for breach of contract. TMZ reports that Studdard is seeking $45,000 from Dallas company Peachez Inc. in a suit filed Monday in New York Supreme Court. …

Organizers of the Melbourne leg of Australia’s Big Day Out festival were defending themselves Tuesday against charges that they could have done a better job with security during a set Monday by bombastic reunited rockers Rage Against the Machine. According to the Herald-Sun, dozens of fans in the crowd of 46,000, the biggest ever for a Melbourne Big Day Out show, climbed to precarious spots on top of marquees, speaker stacks and trees, forcing headliners Rage to stop playing for a bit as security pulled them down. Two men were also seriously injured during the set after falling off a marquee — one dislocated his shoulder and the other suffered spinal shock — and one crowd-surfer was pulled over the barrier unconscious, according to the paper. Fans reportedly complained of overcrowding and a floor plan that made the crowd aggressive, though organizers said that considering it was the first year at a new venue, things went smoothly. “This is the first year at a brand-new venue and, generally, everything ran very well,” said spokesperson Miranda Brown. In all, 11 people were transported to the hospital during or after the event and 413 were treated, mostly for minor injuries. …

Mötley Crüe have written 10 songs for their forthcoming LP, according to bassist Nikki Sixx. “I’m very proud of the songs,” he said in a post on his Web site. “I think we’re onto some of the better songs we’ve had in years. Time will tell, of course.” Some of the songs slated to appear on the record include “A Scar on Hollywood Blvd” and “The Saints of Los Angeles.” Sixx said the record will be named The Dirt — calling to mind the band’s autobiography, “The Dirt – Mötley Crüe: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” — and the lyrics will follow the story in the book. “It’s challenging and exciting to have to write the songs into time capsules spreading over years,” Sixx said in his post. “I’ve written a lot of songs with [guitarist] Mick Mars … and the chemistry in the studio as we’re writing is unbelievable.” … Pink is not alone: Like the pop singer, Chrissie Hynde is joining People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ protest over horse-drawn carriages in New York. The Pretenders frontwoman, who was married years ago while sitting in a horse-drawn carriage in Manhattan, will lead a PETA protest and talk with tourists on Thursday. She’s also backing a recently introduced bill that would ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC. …

30 Seconds to Mars premiered their new short film, “A Beautiful Lie,” Wednesday on MySpace. The band claims the video for the title track from its 2005 platinum album marks the first time a music clip has been shot 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Greenland. “Shooting in Greenland was a dream come true and one of the most exciting adventures we’ve ever had as a band,” singer Jared Leto said in a statement. “Although incredibly challenging and at times it seemed just out of our reach, once we finally arrived, the beauty and magnificence of the terrain, the wonderful culture of the people, and the amazing journey itself were all inspiring beyond belief. Almost everyone has heard of global warming by now but for the people of Greenland it is a real and tangible problem of today, not an issue of tomorrow. This journey changed our lives.” The band and the video’s director worked with the National Resource Defense Council to find ways to offset the environmental impact of filming, including minimizing fuel consumption and buying certificates supporting renewable-energy generation that offset the environmental effects of burning coal, gas and other fossil fuels across North America. …

Papa Roach are down a drummer following the departure of Dave Buckner, frontman Jacoby Shaddix confirmed in a post on the band’s MySpace page. “It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do,” he wrote of the split. “He’s taking this time to get his life together. We are still friends and still talk on a regular basis. The road is a hard place to live, and if you are falling apart, it will destroy you. He will be missed.” There’s no word yet on whether the band has found or is searching for Buckner’s replacement. … Chevelle and Finger Eleven — who opened for Evanescence last year — will hit the road together again starting February 19 in Flint, Michigan. Dates run through April 2 in Denver. … Face to Face will reunite for some upcoming live shows after breaking up in 2003. There are no immediate plans for a full scale tour, but the punk outfit will play select festival dates in the U.S., including Bamboozle Left, which is set for April 5 in Irvine, California. …

John Oates‘ mustache — yeah, the one you might’ve seen on your parents’ old Hall & Oates records — is so famous that it’s getting its own cartoon, according to Glenwood Springs, Colorado’s Post Independent. “My mustache has superpowers,” Oates, who has since shaved off the ‘stache, told the paper. The ‘toon is reportedly in development. … While dating your tourmate would be pretty convenient, Miley Cyrus insists that she and Jonas Brothers heartthrob Nick Jonas are not an item. “We’re just really good buds,” the singer told USA Today. The “Hannah Montana” starlet was on the road with the band of brothers for the Best of Both Worlds Tour from October till December, before the Jonases were replaced by Aly & AJ. … It’s still unclear who, exactly, is in the re-formed New Kids on the Block, but after 14 years apart, the reunited boy band has a new song on its Web site. Portions of a new, untitled track have been posted on the NKOTB site over a montage of images highlighting their career. The piano ballad features the lines, “I know it’s hard to see me go/ To see me standin’ so close to the door/ And I know it’s hard when I’m far away/ But I promise you when I get back, I’ll stay.” The clip ends with the words, “Are You Ready?” flashing on the screen.

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The next time you see Missy Elliott, she’s going to be in 3-D. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Disney Studios is creating a stereoscopic 3-D video for Missy that combines the tunes “Ching-a-Ling” and “Shake Your Pom Pom.” The songs will appear on the February 5 soundtrack to the dance sequel “Step Up 2 The Streets” and might resurface on the rapper’s yet-untitled new LP, due in May. The video will premiere on “TRL” on Monday. …

A New York judge denied Foxy Brown‘s request to get out of jail early so she can go to California for an ear examination and for a repair of her electronic ear implant. According to The Associated Press, the Manhattan district attorney’s office reported on Monday that State Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson will not allow Brown, 29, to go to Los Angeles for the treatment, which prosecutors argued she could get just as easily in New York, where she is being held for violating her probation.

Styles P, Ray J and Large Professor have huddled together with AZ to help the hip-hop lyricist with his new album — it’s Undeniable. The disc is due February 19. …

Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken, who has faced questions about his sexuality since entering the spotlight more than four years ago, recently told New York magazine that not only is he sick of answering questions about his preferences, he’s tired of thinking about something that he simply doesn’t have time for. Aiken told the magazine that his social life is “nonexistent, really I’m not a nighttime person.” While he’s in New York performing in the Broadway production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” he does not plan on dating anyone and is not involved with anyone. “Heck, no,” he said, adding that his only companions are “my dogs.” Not only that, but Aiken, 29, claims that he’s never had a romantic relationship, unless you count the girls he took to dances in high school. “I just don’t have an interest in … any of that at all. I have got too much on my plate,” he told the magazine. “I’d rather focus on one thing and do that when I can devote time to it, and right now, I just don’t have any desire.” …

The Arctic Monkeys scored a record seven nominations for this year’s NME Awards, including nods for Best Album, Best Live Band, Best Album Artwork, Best Video, Best Track and Best British Band, for which they’ll be competing against Babyshambles, the Cribs, Klaxons and Muse. The news was more mixed for Amy Winehouse, who is up for Best Solo Artist, but also Worst Dressed and Villain of the Year, where she’ll get stiff competition from U.S. President George Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The awards will be handed out in London on February 28. Radiohead are in the running for Best Album, and the Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, the Killers, Kings of Leon and My Chemical Romance are up for Best International Band. My Chem also picked up a nomination for Worst Band, where they will compete with Fall Out Boy, 30 Seconds to Mars and Panic at the Disco. …

Peter Bjorn and John made a big splash in ’07, but bandmember Peter Morén has actually been hammering away at an album of his own for many years, and it’s finally good to go. The Last Tycoon, the Swede’s first solo outing, is more low-key and acoustic than PB&J’s Writer’s Block release, and is due April 8. The album incorporates vibraphones, strings, synthesizers, a musical saw, drum machines and more. … Andrew McMahon (Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate) is the subject of a new documentary narrated by Tommy Lee. “Dear Jack,” due later this year, revolves around the singer/pianist’s recent battle with leukemia. “Andrew is such a hero, and I jumped at the opportunity to help tell this incredible story,” Lee — who played drums for the first Jack’s Mannequin album, Everything in Transit — said in a statement. Check out the trailer right here. … Almost five years after the release of his major-label debut, Chariot, which featured the hit “I Don’t Want to Be,” Gavin DeGraw will finally release his more rock-leaning self-titled follow-up this spring, according to Billboard. The first single is “In Love With a Girl.” …

You know whose fault all this illegal music-file downloading is? Your Internet service provider, that’s who! At least according to longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness, who laid the blame on ISPs in a fiery speech Monday at the annual MIDEM international music conference in France. According to the Los Angeles Times, McGuinness’ keynote address targeted ISPs as both the primary culprits and potential healers of the worldwide record industry’s ongoing ills. “I think the failure of ISPs to engage in the fight against piracy, to date, has been the single biggest failure in the digital music market,” he said. “They are the gatekeepers with the technical means to make a far greater impact on mass copyright violation than the tens of thousands of lawsuits taken out against individual file-sharers.” McGuinness added that he thinks the prosecution of music fans for illegally downloading music is “counterintuitive,” even if there is an “educational and propaganda” effect to them, then issued a challenge to ISPs to do the right thing, suggesting legislation might be required if they don’t. McGuinness also had harsh words for record companies who don’t treat artists fairly and said U2 have always been one of those bands who “understood that it would be pathetic to be good at the music and bad at the business and [has] always been prepared to invest in their own future. … We were never interested in joining that long, humiliating list of miserable artists who made lousy deals, got exploited and ended up broke and with no control over how their life’s work was used, and no say in how their names and likenesses were bought and sold.”