Everyone knows that the music industry has been struggling . . . and that's VERY apparent in a list of the top-selling albums of the year so far.
Just five albums sold more than 500,000 copies over the first six months of 2014, and only one of them, the "Frozen" soundtrack, sold over a million. Here are the Top 10 Selling Albums in 2014, and the number of copies sold:
1. The "Frozen" soundtrack, 2.7 million copies
2. The surprise, self-titled album Beyoncé released in December, 702,000 copies
3. "The Outsiders", Eric Church, 642,000 copies
4. "Pure Heroine", Lorde, 641,000 copies
5. "Ghost Stories", Coldplay, 589,000 copies
6. The "Now 49" compilation, 482,000 copies
7. "Crash My Party", Luke Bryan, 455,000 copies
8. "Prism", Katy Perry, 453,000 copies
9. The "Now 50" compilation, 452,000 copies
10. "Girl", Pharrell Williams, 452,000 copies
There are actually a lot of things that might surprise you about the Fourth of July, including these seven from AllProudAmericans.com.
1. When did we declare independence from Great Britain? July 4th, 1776? WRONG. It was July 2nd. In fact, John Adams expected July 2nd to be our national independence day.
2. When was the Declaration of Independence SIGNED? July 4th, 1776, right? WRONG. It was signed by 56 different people over a six-month period. And most of them signed on August 2nd, 1776. It was formally ADOPTED by the Continental Congress on July 4th.
3. The first public reading of the Declaration was on July 8th, 1776 in Philadelphia. They rang the Liberty Bell to summon people to Independence Hall for the reading.
4. John McKean was the last person to sign the Declaration, in January of 1777.
5. The word "patriotism" comes from the Latin word "patria," meaning "fatherland." So if you're a patriotic American, you're saying the United States is your FATHERLAND.
6. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary of the first Independence Day . . . July 4th, 1826.
7. Congress didn't make the Fourth a federal holiday until 1941.
BEYONCÉ tops this year's Forbes Celebrity 100 list . . . a ranking of the 100 most powerful celebrities.
She's raked in $115 million over the past year, thanks to her music, product endorsements and her own clothing and fragrance lines.
She made an average of $2.4 million per show on her 95-date solo tour, and new she's back out on the road with her husband JAY Z. She also snuck an album onto iTunes without even telling anybody, and sales STILL went through the roof.
Jay only managed to finish SIXTH on the list, making a mere $60 million over the past year. LEBRON JAMES is second, with earnings of $72 million.
DR. DRE finished third, even though he earned $620 million this year. A ton of that came from the sale of his Beats empire to Apple for $3 billion.
Ranking on the Celebrity 100 isn't all about money, obviously. They also factor in how much media coverage people are getting and their influence on social media like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Here's the Top 20, and what they've earned over the past 12 months . . .
1. Beyoncé, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million. She was #1 last year.
5. Ellen DeGeneres, $70 million
6. Jay Z, $60 million
7. Floyd Mayweather, $105 million
8. Rihanna, $48 million
9. Katy Perry, $40 million
10. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million
11. Steven Spielberg, $100 million
12. Jennifer Lawrence, $34 million
13. Bon Jovi, $82 million
14. Bruno Mars, $60 million
15. Kobe Bryant, $62 million
16. Roger Federer, $55 million
17. Miley Cyrus, $36 million
18. Taylor Swift, $64 million
19. Lady Gaga, $33 million
20. Kanye West, $30 million