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(Reuters) – U.S. pop singer Beyonce, basketball player LeBron James and record producer and rapper Dr. Dre headed Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful celebrities released on Monday.
With estimated earnings of $115 million over the past 12 months and a string of chart hits, Beyonce, 32, nabbed the top spot on the annual list, pushing entertainment mogul Oprah, 60, from first place last year into fourth, while TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, 56, jumped from No. 10 in 2013 to No. 5.
The top 10 spots included five men and five women.
Forbes credited Beyonce’s massive concert tour for pushing her into the top spot ahead of her husband, rapper Jay Z, who ranked sixth, and singers Rihanna at No. 8 and Katy Perry at No. 9.
“The superstar played 95 shows, bringing in an average of $2.4 million,” said Forbes, referring to figures from Pollstar, which covered the concert industry.
Along with her latest hit album “Beyonce,” which was released late last year, she earned millions from endorsement deals and her clothing line, and last week she kicked off her first world tour with Jay Z.
James, 29, who last week opted out of his NBA contract with the Miami Heat team, jumped from 16th place last year to No. 2. He earned an estimated $72 million thanks to his performance on the basketball court, endorsement deals and the sale of headphone maker Beats Electronics to iPhone-maker Apple Inc for $3 billion. James was a small part-owner of the business.
But the most impressive rise on the list was No. 3′s Dr. Dre, born as Andre Romelle Young. He earned $620 million in 2014, and climbed from the 63rd spot in 2013.
Forbes said the 49-year-old co-founder of Beats with music executive Jimmy Iovine, earned more money in the past 12 months than any other person in the history of its list.
Forbes compiled its 15th annual list by estimating pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2013 to 2014 from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals.
Fame and influence is gauged by how often celebrities appeared in the media and the impact they had on the entertainment industry and culture. Forbes also used StarCount, which looks at 11 social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to determine presence in social media.
While Forbes said the list measured global influence, those on it were mostly American.
Music producer and “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams was a newcomer to this year’s list at No. 38, along with Grammy winner Bruno Mars at No. 13, actors Bradley Copper (48) and best actor Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey who was 52.
Singer Madonna, retired soccer star David Beckham, actresses Kristin Stewart and Charlize Theron, property developer Donald Trump and actors Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler were among the celebrities who dropped off the list this year. (Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Cynthia Osterman)
To celebrate the opening of their new flagship in Hawaii, Versace worked with POW! WOW! to provide a large scale mural on one of the key arteries in Honolulu. Located on the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Keawe Street, curator Jasper Wong brought in world-renowned street artist Tristan Eaton to create his own interpretation of the iconic Medusa. Painted over a period of five days, Tristan Eaton employed his unique aesthetics to create a masterpiece that encompasses elements of classic Versace patterns and a variety of textures and styles. In the gallery above, you can see the progress on the beautiful artwork over the five day creation period and of course the final large scale Medusa by Tristan Eaton.
Nike is taking another step to throw up a roadblock for users determined to take advantage of bots and automated scripts to gain an unfair edge in purchasing sneakers online. Nikestore now has a new page detailing its latest development called Nike Access Codes, which reads like a retaliatory effort intended to thwart bot usage. The whole thing remains a bit vague considering the Access Codes haven’t gone live and Nike hasn’t released an official statement on them yet, but there are a couple key points that can be gleaned from the questions section the page.
These are a couple of the more important points to take away from the whole process. The effort is another hoop to jump through in terms of purchasing sneakers, but it is certainly a valiant effort considering the lengths that Nike is going to to please what is ultimately a pretty small percentage of their consumers.
You'll find the sneakers you've always wanted, and also the pair you didn't know you need. | Courtesy of Bodega
Bodega’s claim to fame is the deceptive exterior made to look like a corner store, but if you open up the Snapple vending machine, you get to the real goods. Limited-edition sneakers from Nike, Vans, and Ewing line the library-like walls, with coordinating baseball caps and T-shirts to boot. Wale shot his video for “Chillin’” here, so it’s got street cred for days. There are also plenty of cult brands in stock, ranging from Nanamica, Engineered Garments, Mark McNairy, and Barbour Beacon Heritage.
If you see something you like at Apartment No. 9, don’t doubt yourself—buy it. | Courtesy of Apartment No. 9
Hidden just past a bridge in Bucktown, Apartment Number 9 is a “destination store” in every sense of the term. A slight hike will reward you with a well-edited selection of goods like 3x1 denim, Margiela sneakers, and hard-to-find gems like washed chinos by CLOSED and handmade boots from N.D.C.
Stock up on Baxter of California, Aesop, and Malin + Goetz at Blind Haberdash’s Blind Barber shop. | Photograph by Alex Maier
This 4,000 square foot Haberdash store in the city’s South Loop is like Disneyland for grown men: in addition to shopping their spot-on edit of clothes, shoes, and fully loaded apothecary, patrons can swing by coffee shop H Lounge with their laptop for an afternoon get-sh*t-done session, or post up in a barber chair for a trim or hot shave.