Kanye West No Longer A Billionaire

Shakira sparks outrage… Takeoff was killed by a stray bullet… Matthew Perry credits David Schwimmer… Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour… and Kanye West no longer a billionaire

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Shakira made a lot of parents angry and reportedly a few kids cry when she and her two boys cut in line at the Tower of Terror in Barcelona. An eyewitness — who also happens to be a local reporter — said people had been waiting in line for 90 minutes when Shakira and her kids suddenly appeared with a security guard and they all just went in. She said when people started yelling at Shakira, “What kind of example are you setting for our children?? Who do you think you are??” Shakira didn’t even flinch. She just kept on moving!

Houston police held a press conference yesterday, asking for any information leading to the person who shot and killed Takeoff outside a bowling alley early yesterday. Sgt. Michael Arrington confirmed a disagreement led to the shooting that killed Takeoff and injured another young man and woman. Their injuries were non-life-threatening and they took themselves to the hospital for treatment. Sgt. Arrington said that when gunfire broke out, a lot of people fled the scene and they may have information that could lead to the shooter. He’s asking them to come forward. He also said, “We know the media has received a lot of phone calls, text messages, tweets, vines, videos. We need all of y’all to send those to us so we can solve this case.” And Police Chief Troy Finner said he believes the suspect — or suspects — were among about 40 guests at the private party Takeoff and Quavo had attended at the bowling alley Monday night. He said, “I know a lot of great people in our hip-hop community and I respect them…I’m calling up on everybody, all hip hop artists, in Houston and around the nation. We’ve got to police ourselves. We all need to stand together and make sure that nobody tears down that industry.”

Matthew Perry’s memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing was released yesterday. Matthew is telling it ALL, including how he and his fellow “Friends” came to earn so much money. Matthew said he was paid $22,500 for the “Friends” pilot, which eventually increased to over a million bucks per episode. And Matthew said it was David Schwimmer who helped them get to that dollar amount because he didn’t ask for more money for himself. Matthew wrote, “It was a decision that proved to be extremely lucrative down the line. David had certainly been in a position to go for the most money, and he didn’t. I would like to think that I would have made the same move, but as a greedy twenty-five-year-old, I’m not sure I would have. But his decision served to make us take care of each other through what turned out to be a myriad of stressful network negotiations, and it gave us a tremendous amount of power. By season eight, we were making a million dollars per episode; by season ten we were making even more. We were making $1,100,040 an episode, and we were asking to do fewer episodes. Morons, all of us. We had David’s goodness, and his astute business sense, to thank for what we had been offered.”

“The Eras Tour” will be Taylor Swift’s first in five years, and she’ll be celebrating all 10 of the studio albums she’s released since 2006. She’s has several different acts that will open for her on the 27 shows of the US leg of her tour. Paramore opens for Taylor’s first show in Glendale, AZ. Beabadoobee takes over as the opening act through the end of April. Phoebe Bridgers opens all of Taylor’s shows for the month of May, followed by Girl in Red in June. Muna splits July with Haim. And then Gayle, Gracie Abrams, and Owenn will be sprinkled along the tour, as well.

Kanye’s anti-semitic rants have led several companies to sever ties with him, resulting in over $1.5B in losses to his net worth. Kanye reportedly is now worth around $400M. Some of his fans feel that Kanye deserves to be a billionaire again, so several of them have started GoFundMe campaigns to help him out. While many have been taken down, there are a few still up there. Meantime, Kanye posted posted a screenshot of a private message he sent to Def Jam Records founder Russel Simmons, in which Ye said, “I gotta get the Jewish business people to make the contracts fair or die trying.” Instagram has now locked him out for 30 days.


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