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Presenting this year's wealthiest women in music

Also, Jada Pinkett Smith shares a marriage secret, Angelina Jolie considers a political future and Jon Hamm goes crazy for cats

By Kate Guest and Jamie Khoo | Published: 5 Nov 2014

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Forbes releases list of top 10 highest-earning women in music
Forbes has released its annual list of the top 10 highest-earning women in music and – surprise, surprise – Beyoncé comes out on top, by earning an estimated US$115million (approximately RM385m) in 2014. Way behind (and we mean way – a whole US$51million, in fact) in second place is Taylor Swift, who apparently raked in US$64million (around RM210m). But hey Tay, don’t feel bad – you’re still US$64m ahead of us, and with a new album, 1989, out now you’re about to get even richer. Filling out the top five – and proving that touring is where the big bucks lie – are Pink (US$52m), Rihanna (US$48m) and Katy Perry (US$40m).

Jada Pinkett Smith reveals a marriage secret
Jada Pinkett Smith has shared a secret from her and Will Smith's marriage: Will likes to take pictures of her while she’s asleep. In fact, Jada has only just discovered this, er, hobby, and was quick to share one of the snaps with her Facebook fans. “He has a whole stash [of pics] he revealed to me and I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of myself through his eyes,” she wrote. Okay, as long as it works for you, Jada.

Angelina Jolie is "open" to a political career
Given all the work she's been doing with the United Nations, it might seem a natural progression for Angelina Jolie to become more involved in politics. So it's not too much of a surprise that she told Vanity Fair's December issue "I am open" when asked if she envisaged herself pursuing a life in politics, diplomacy or public service.

“When you work as a humanitarian, you are conscious that politics have to be considered. Because if you really want to make an extreme change, then you have a responsibility,” she said, but also added that she is conscious "of what I do for a living, and that [could] make it less possible."

Angelina, who is currently a Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, also recently joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu, novelist Khaled Hosseini, model Alek Wek and other celebrities to back the UNHCR's global I Belong campaign, which aims to end statelessness.

Jon Hamm really loves cats. Oh yes he does 
It's Hump Wednesday, and you deserve a treat. We know you like Jon Hamm and we know you love cats, so here's a video of the actor wearing a "Live in the meow" sweater (haha) and talking wildly about Internet cats.

Guest starring in Comedy Central's @Midnight comedy panel show, Jon reminded audiences just how much there is to love on the Internet – "There are Grumpy cats and angry gats, cats with top hats, cats with canes..." – before going on to explain why cats need retirement funds (obviously, d'oh). Then he plays a cat game with the three comedians on set. Putting a little bit more of the "mad" in Mad Men? Enjoy, we've made it halfway through the week!


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