Jay-Z and Rihanna are rolling in it; Trump gets trolled by late-night hosts; and the new James Bond movie goes bang for all the wrong reasons - here are the stories that got everyone’s tongues wagging or eyes rolling over the past week

Jay-Z become hip-hop’s first billionaire

Nice work if you can get it. Rapper Jay-Z is officially hip hop's first billionaire, Forbes magazine said on Monday. He founded his empire on entertainment but also reaped earnings from liquor, art and real estate.

Baby, you're a rich man

The rapper, born Shawn Carter and who grew up in one of Brooklyn's most notorious housing projects, "has accumulated a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire - and the first hip-hop artist to do so," the magazine said in a new cover story. Full story here

James Bond movie set rocked by blast as stunt goes awry

The already beleaguered shoot for the new James Bond movie suffered another setback during the week when a stunt went wrong and rocked Pinewood Studios, causing damage to the stage and one minor injury.

This will be Daniel Craig's last outing as 007

During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage. There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.

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Love Island 2019 kicks off and reveals twist

Resistance is futile! The first episode of the fifth series of Love Island kicked off on Monday night and the show's new couples had a shock when they were told two newcomers were about to shake up their budding romances.

It's back. You can run but you can't . . . ah, ya can 

The 10 contestants were paired up for the first time and were getting to know their partners when the show introduced two late arrivals to shake it up a bit. Full story here

Actor Jussie Smollett 'won't return to Empire'

Jussie Smollett, who has been at the centre of controversy after he alleged he was the victim of a hate crime, will not return to the TV series Empire, according to the music drama's co-creator.

Jussie Smollett

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US TV hosts joke Queen was 'trolling' Donald Trump

US late night hosts Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah joked that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was "trolling" President Donald Trump by giving him a book as a gift during his official state visit to the UK.

Trump's visit to London saw him spend the day at Buckingham Palace on Monday where he attended a state banquet.

On Monday evening, Stephen Colbert opened The Late Show by discussing the Queen's present to the president, a first edition of The Second World War by Winston Churchill.

Speaking in his mock Trump voice, Colbert said: "Look, thank you so much, but don't tell me how it ends, all right. I really like that German Charlie Chaplin who invented the high five." Full story here

Work, work, work, work, work... Rihanna is the world’s richest female musician

Nice work if you can get it: Pt II. Pop star Rihanna was named the world's richest female musician by Forbes, but her fortune isn't solely from her music.

Baby, you're a rich woman

The Barbadian singer and entrepreneur has amassed an estimated fortune of about $600 million through her music and Fenty Beauty makeup business, which she runs in tandem with her singing career. Full story here

Dylan Moran writing new show for BBC

Irish comedian Dylan Moran told The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 that he is working on a new series for the Beeb.

The Black Books co-creator and star was a guest on the programme on Wednesday, when talk turned to future projects.

Dylan Moran

"I'm writing another show," he said. "I'm writing a little thing for the Beeb. It's just small, and it's just quietly in the pipes."

"And what does small mean?" asked the host.

"It means it's a small format," Moran replied. "It's just, like, 15 minutes long. There's five episodes, so it's a micro thing." Full story here

Madonna says Weinstein 'crossed lines and boundaries'

Madonna has said that disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein "crossed lines and boundaries" when they worked together in the 1990s.


The pop icon is the latest star to accuse Weinstein of unwanted sexual advances. Madonna and Weinstein worked together on her tour documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare in 1991, which was distributed by Weinstein's former company Miramax. Full story here

Oasis feud shocked director of new Liam documentary

The director of a new film about Liam Gallagher’s solo career has said he was shocked when he witnessed the bitterness and seriousness of the feud between Liam and his older brother Noel.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Liam Gallagher - As It Was director Gavin FitzGerald said, "I was shocked to find out that Noel and Liam haven’t seen each other, haven’t even bumped into each other, since 2009 when they had a fight backstage in Paris and were swinging guitars at each other and didn’t come out to play for fans.

"The feud is real and it’s sad to see because at the end of the day they’re brothers and they go to great lengths not to see each other." Full story here

New Orleans music great Dr John dies

The New Orleans singer and pianist Dr John - best known for his songs Such a Night and Right Place, Wrong Time - died at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack.

The death of the six-time Grammy winner, whose real name was Malcolm John Rebennack, was announced on his official Twitter account.  

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