Beyonce’s self-titled album may be on its way to becoming the top selling female album of 2013 but there’s one place which refuses to carry Queen B’s latest album: TARGET.
Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski tells Billboard: “At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections.” [E! Online]
It’s not a Good Thing at domestic goddess Martha Stewart’s empire as the company she founded will cut about 100 jobs, equivalent to a quarter of its workforce. According to USA Today, the company, which publishes Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, has been hit by a sharp decline in print ads with revenue for the third quarter fell 22% to $33.8 million. [USA Today]
OWN TV founder and CEO Oprah Winfrey talks about turning 60 in the latest issue of her magazine, O.
On turning 60:
“I’m alive. Healthy. Strong. I’m turning 60. And – please don’t take offense – I no longer have to be concerned about what anyone thinks of me! I’m turning 60, and I’ve earned the right to be just as I am. I’m more secure in being myself than I’ve ever been.”
On her biggest achievments:
“Never shutting my heart down. Even in my darkest moments – through sexual abuse, a pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals – I remained faithful, hopeful, and open to seeing the best in people, regardless of whether they were showing me their worst.”
“I stayed open to believing that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward.”
I wonder, was she referring to now-profitable Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as “the climb”? [Gossip Center]
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston both land on Forbes 10 Most Overpaid Actors of 2013. According to The Huffington Post, the magazine look at the last three movies each actor or actress starred in over the last three years up until June 1, 2013. The average return on investment was calculated with pay, movie budgets and expenses data. Witherspoon $3.90 for every $1 paid while Aniston delivers $10.60 for every $1 paid. [The Huffington Post]
With the Oprah Winfrey Network often described as a “struggle” by Western media, Oprah Winfrey has proven that she’s the comeback queen.
Not only has she turned her two-year-old network around but she now tops Forbes Celebrity 100 Most Powerful Celebrity list for the fifth time, after being a runner-up for the past two years.
“There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and power. There are only three people who have been on every single one of our lists since 1999. It is Oprah, Howard Stern and Steven Spielberg.
“She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix. She is taking this cable network and turning it around just through the sheer force of her will, her connections and her ability,” writes Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com.
Oprah is no longer the most highly paid celebrity with earnings of only (ONLY!!) $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013, but her presence on the press, on television and in social media propelled her to the No. 1 spot.
Don’t expect to see Adele, Britney Spears and Brad Pitt’s name on this year’s Celebrity 100 List by Forbes.
Here’s what the magazine’s staff writer Dorothy Pomerantz had to say about the above mentioned celebrities who didn’t make the cut for this year’s list, which is based on earnings and fame between June 2012 and June 2013:
“The singer still sells plenty of music but without a big global tour, it was hard for her to make our list this year.”
“With no tour this year, Spears’ earnings fell dramatically. Her one-season stint on The X Factor wasn’t enough to land Spears back on our Celebrity 100 list.”
“Pitt earned an estimated $17 million, less than the actors who made our list. His fame quotient wasn’t strong enough for him to overcome his relatively low earnings.”
Will my fave celebrity Oprah Winfrey make the cut this year? Or is Oprah Winfrey Network bringing her fortune and fame down?
Forbes Celebrity 100 List will be revealed on Wednesday.
O-oh! Another change at O, The Oprah Magazine.
The New York Oberver reported that O’s Editor in chief of four years has stepped down to concentrate on her new book, making way for deputy editor Lucy Kaylin to step in as EiC of the magazine founded by Oprah Winfrey, in collaboration with Hearst Magazines.
OPRAH said: “I am grateful to Susan Casey, whose creativity, energy and talent has taken the magazine to another level, and I am looking forward to O‘s ‘next chapter’ with Lucy Kaylin at the helm. She understands the mission of the magazine and certainly gets why it matters to our readers. After working with her for four years, I am thrilled she will be editor-in-chief. Lucy is smart, innovative, and a dream to collaborate with.”
Hopefully Lucy will bring some positive change to the feel-good magazine, considering that the EiC post has been passed to many woman ever since long-time EiC Amy Gross stepped down. Furthermore, the magazine circulation and advertising has dropped drastically after the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Will Lucy take charge and bring growth to the magazine. Only time will tell.