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Who Made More In 2013: Diddy, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj or Dr. Dre?

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Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list for 2013 is out, and ranking in at No. 1 is none other than rapper/producer/business mogul Diddy. Between his Bad Boy record label, Sean Jean clothing line, Blue Fame Agency, and deal with Diageo’s Circoc vodka, Diddy earned about $50 million this past year.

That number will surely rise once he makes his cable  television debut with Revolt TV this fall thanks to Time Warner and Comcast.

A mere-7 million difference puts Jay-Z in the No. 2 spot. Hov earned $43 million this year. His new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, went platinum a month before its July release when Samsung spent $5 million to buy $1 million copies of it to give to its users for free. That, combined with his Roc Nation label, Armand de Brignac champagne deal and many other business ventures keep the money flowin’.

Closing out the top five was Dr. Dre at No. 3 , earning $40 million; Nicki Minaj, the only female on the list, at No. 4 with $29 million; and Birdman at No. 5 with $21 million.

The Cash Kings list tracks pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. Touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements, and other ventures are all calculated as well.

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Reports: Chante Moore Accused Of Financing New Album With Stolen Money

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Looks like Chante Moore has got some explaining to do!

The “Chante’s Got A Man” singer is being looped in a messy fraud and racketeering case that essentially led to two men claiming they were defrauded out of $3.6 million.

According to reports, the former “R&B Divas: LA” star knowingly accepted money that was fraudulently obtained by a criminal enterprise and using it to produce her latest album and artificially inflate her sales.

The two men are have filed a lawsuit and claim the defendants used some of their money to buy Moore plane tickets for her musical tour, lavish her with gifts, fund the production of and marketing campaign for her seventh album, “The Rise of the Phoenix,” and even to “pay off her significant personal debt.”

They also claim their money was used to open a hair bar in Georgia, and buy a house.

The plaintiffs say Moore knew the money was obtained illegally and the investments made into her career “were designed in whole or in part to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, and the control of the proceeds” of the alleged illegal activity.

It gets even messier though. The two men also claim the money was used to “artificially enhance” her album sales through iTunes purchases. Since they believe their money was used to “directly used to finance the launching of Moore’s latest resurgence effort with her new album, including all advertising and marketing efforts put forth therewith,” they believe they are entitled to any profits from the record.

If you’re wondering what Moore has to say about the situation, she is denying the allegations and wants the case thrown out.

Back in July we caught up with Moore who gushed about her new album and not feeling pressure to stay relevant in the changing music climate.

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