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Rihanna, Elton John, Others Make UK’s Richest Musicians List.

It’s that time of the year again, when we start taking stock of the richest people in the world across various industries.

The latest list to hit the media is the list of the top 20 richest musicians in the UK, as a precursor to the release of the Sunday Times Rich List this coming weekend.

Robert Watts, who compiles the list, says if [Rihanna] stays in the UK she could well rise to the top.

“Rihanna typifies the seismic change we’ve seen in the rich list in recent years,” he said.

“Once dominated by inherited wealth, the bulk of our 1,000 entries are now self-made people with modest and even troubled starts in life who are driven to work exceptionally hard.

Let’s get down to the top five:

  1. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (£800 million)

After topping the list alone in 2019, his fortune has dropped from £820 million to £800 million for the 2020 list, placing him in a tie with Sir Paul McCartney.

  1. Sir Paul McCartney (£800 million)

McCartney’s wealth has grown from £750 million to £800 million from last year, thanks to 29 concerts, his new album Egypt Station, and his first children’s book, Hey Grandude!

It’s like ‘Hey Jude’, but it’s ‘Grandude’…geddit?

  1. Rihanna (£468 million)

Rihanna is new to the list, so there’s no point of comparison from the previous year’s rankings.

The 32-year-old singer, originally from Barbados, qualifies for the list for the first time after her surprise move to London.

  1. Sir Elton John (£360 million)

Sir Elton’s wealth is up £40 million from last year.

  1. Sir Mick Jagger (£285 million)

Sir Mick also saw a £10 million increase in his net worth.

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HBO Max, Quibi Set for Keynotes at Cannes Marché du Film’s ‘Meet the Streamers’

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi will be highlighted at next month’s Cannes Marché du Film Online’s focus on streaming platforms, as the world’s film industry seeks to get a stronger handle on the possible role of streaming platforms in future movie financing and distribution business models.

HBO Max’s keynote is described as its first international presentation following its May 27 launch.

With ad-supported platforms building as an alternative to subscription-based services and only a minority of art films gaining significant theatrical release outside their country of origin , the Marché’s Meet the Streamers conference strand, now totally online, will also feature AVOD service Tubi and arthouse platforms Filmin, from Spain, U.S. service Kino Marquee and Sweden’s Draken Film.


Funmi Iyanda hosts MC Oluomo, 2face Idibia on Public Eye Live

Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya, and music star, 2face Idibia, will on Friday, May 15 join Funmi Iyanda on Public Eye Live on Instagram.

Popularly known as MC Oluomo, Mr. Akinsanya will break down the struggles of the ordinary people, particularly essential workers in the transport sector as Nigeria tries to find solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Songwriter, record producer and social activist, 2face brings the authentic and uncensored honesty he is known for to the programme.

He will give insight into the life of the rich and famous during the coronavirus lockdown, and the effect on the entertainment industry.

Supported by McArthur Foundation, Public Eye is broadcast on Instagram Live every Friday at 8pm.

Past guests on the programme include Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi; spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Frank Mba, and US-based Nigerian family nurse practitioner, Regina Askia.

Odunsi The Engine Drops New EP ‘Everything You Heard Is True’

At the forefront of the new wave of young artists in the Alté (alternative) scene, singer, songwriter and producer, Odunsi (The Engine) has just dropped a surprise EP titled “Everything You Heard Is True (EYHIT)” that you’ll surely have on repeat.

At just age 23, Odunsi has amassed a cult-like following from all corners of the world who have gravitated to his genre-bending musical approach, and in true Odunsi fashion, his seven-track, high-energy “EYHIT” recording is a melting pot of mixed genres infused with various cultures which he categorises as an Afro-fusion sound.

“EYHIT” has standout features with the likes of Maison2500 (“PDA!“, “Wicked, Sexy!“), and the trio of Amaarae, DETO BLACK and Gigi Atlantis who appear on “Body Count“.

“I just want to reach people who probably have new energy right now or people who just want to express themselves and are looking for energy. I feel like that’s what the EP is to me, it’s like an expose,” shares Odunsi.

The tracklist includes:

Luv in a Mosh
Nü Finesse
Airplane Mode
PDA featuring Maison 2500
Wicked Sexy featuring Maison 2500
Body Count featuring Amaa Rae, Beto Black and Gigi Atlantis
Shuga Rush

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Broadway Arts Festival short story prizewinners revealed.

BROADWAY Arts Festival organisers have announced the winners of a new short story prize launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

Almost 200 entries came from around the globe for the competition, which was held in part to offset the cancellation of this year’s festival, carried a main prize of £400 and under 16 prize of £100.

Catherine Sleeman from Horsham was announced as the winner of the main prize for her moving story Tomorrow.

She said: “My story was taken very much from real life: on June 24 2016 my grandfather died having developed motor neurone disease about seven months previously.

Source: Hereford Times

Bakwa Literary Festival Celebrates Writing Of Cameroonian Origin

Bakwa Literary Festival
The newly unveiled Bakwa Literary Festival is set to celebrate the best in Cameroonian writing from May 15-19, 2020.

Bakwa is a Cameroonian publisher of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation, and has published some of the most exciting established and emerging writers. Apart from publishing, Bakwa is also the organisation behind the podcast BakwaCast.

The team at Bakwa has today introduced the Bakwa Literary Festival to celebrate books and authors from Cameroon online via Instagram Live. It will bring people together in these sad, troubling times and provide a much-needed live forum where writers and critics can engage with audiences.

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