5 Lunchtime Links: Katy Perry named highest-paid female musician and more

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Singer Katy Perry performs onstage during Change Begins Within: A David Lynch Foundation Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on November 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation)
Singer Katy Perry performs onstage during Change Begins Within: A David Lynch Foundation Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on November 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation)

Singer Katy Perry performs onstage during Change Begins Within: A David Lynch Foundation Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on November 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation)

1. Katy Perry named highest-earning female musician.

Katy Perry beat out fellow female songstresses like Beyonce and Taylor Swift when she climbed up a pile of money to take the number one spot on Forbe’s list of top-earning women in music. Perry made $135 million this year from her Prismatic World Tour, a Covergirl contract and other profitable deals. Ranked second was Swift who made $80 million from her “1989” album.

2. Refurbished Lustre Pearl to open today.

Lustre Pearl will reopen its doors — belonging to a 19th-century house that should look familiar — after closing in March 2014 to the disappointment of Rainey Street frequenters. The house is the same structure used by the original location with an added kitchen and much larger bar space. However, don’t make the mistake of heading out to Rainey to check the place out. The refurbished Lustre Pearl has been transported to 114 Linden St. at East Cesar Chavez.

3. Today is the first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The Fun gates of Fun Fun Fun Fest are set to open this afternoon kicking off the tenth year of the festival. Despite numerous cancellations and fill-ins the schedule is set and the taco cannon is loaded. Check out some of this weekend’s artists by listening to our playlist.

4. Donald Trump to appear on “Saturday Night Live” tomorrow.

Despite ongoing protests, NBC has not canceled Donald Trump’s guest hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” scheduled for tomorrow night. Instead they’ve released and then edited out segments of promos in which Trump calls Ben Carson a “complete and total loser.” The GOP presidential candidate hasn’t yet made a live appearance in which he hasn’t made controversial statements. This will be Trump’s second appearance on the show.

5. Texas ranked 13th weirdest state.

We’re not sure how a recent list that ranked Texas as the 13th weirdest state makes the rest of its residents feel, but Austinites rejoice! Compiled by Business Insider, the list used factors like race and ethnicity, health and access to technology and “how far away each state was from the average of each of those metrics” to determine which states weren’t quite like the rest. Coming in as weirdest? Nonstate District of Columbia. Most normal? Indiana, the metrics of which matched nearly all national averages.


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