There's at least one open seat at the "American Idol" judges' table. Yesterday, Steven Tyler announced that he was quitting "Idol" to focus on Aerosmith, "After some long, hard thoughts, I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress "American Idol" - I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass." Fox had this to say, "We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock 'n' roll legend, he would go back to the music. We would love to have him back on the show anytime." There's still no word on the status of the other two judges. Jennifer Lopez admitted that she's thinking about leaving during an interview on the "Today" show yesterday. She seemed genuinely torn over whether or not she wanted to do another season, but she's leaning toward going. "I've loved it so much, but I have to say that there are so many other things that I do that I put on hold for that like films and performing."
"American Idol" is definitely in a state of flux. As far as Randy Jackson is concerned, he could be out as a judge, but return as a mentor. Of course, who would take his place? A source said, "They are in serious talks with Mariah Carey and it's very close to being a done deal. And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role." For what it's worth, Randy is Mariah's manager.
Justin Bieber is being sued for $9 million. A woman who attended one of his concerts is claiming hearing damage. Stacey Wilson Betts took her daughter to see his show in Portland, Oregon 2 years ago. She claims he enticed the crowed into a “frenzy of screams.”
A judge in Philadelphia has sentenced rapper Beanie Sigel to 2 years in prison for failing to pay more than $700,000 in back taxes. He has until September 12 to surrender. Sigel previously pleaded guilty to not filing federal tax returns for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Forbes.com has put out a list of The Highest-Paid Celebrities Under 30. Numbers were crunched between May of last year and this past May. To come up with their estimates, Forbes looked at album and concert sales, movie paydays, profit participation, endorsements and advertising work. Athletes were not included in this list. Also six of the top seven are women. Here's the Top 10:
1.) Taylor Swift, $57 million
2.) Justin Bieber, $55 million
3.) Rihanna, $53 million
4.) Lady Gaga, $52 million
5.) Katy Perry, $45 million
6.) Adele, $35 million
7.) Kristen Stewart, $34.5 million
8.) Lil Wayne, $27 million
9.) Taylor Lautner, $26.5 million
10.) Robert Pattinson, $26.5 million