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News of dismisal performance of Bono’s RED campaign haven’t stopped Vanity Fair inviting the U2 front man to be the guest edior of the July issue. His editorial mission to try and ‘rebrand’ Africa. On the basis of these facts Bono could do with focusing more on the substance of his mission and less on style, logos and marketing.
* In the year since it was founded, his Red campaign (licensed to Gap, Motorola, Apple etc)
has raised $18 million – but companies have spent $100 million to market it.
* Bono doesn’t invest his own money in Red.
* Apple sells a Special Edition U2 iPod. Its profits are not donated to Red.
* U2 made $389m from the recent Vertigo tour. Its revenue was then funnelled through
companies mostly registered in Ireland and structured to minimize taxes.
* U2 moved its music publishing company to the Netherlands from Ireland in June 2006, six
months before Ireland ended a tax exemption on musicians’ royalty income.
* Richard Murphy, adviser to lobbying group the Tax Justice Network, says “This is somebody who’s exceptionally rich taking the opportunity to shift his tax burden to somebody else, but
then asking governments around the world to spend that tax take in the way that he would like.”
Jennifer Hudson was out in Chicago yesterday showing off her Oscar while fellow Dreamgirls Beyonce was at Beanie Segal’ birthday bash at the 40/40 Club in NY looking a little rough
Johnny Depp’s little daughter, 7 year old Lily-Rose is seriously ill in hospital in England.
A hospital source says,
“Lily is a very sick little girl and Johnny has hardly left her side. It is heartbreaking for him to see her in this state. “She really is very poorly but he is a devoted dad and is spending as much time as he can with her.”
Johnny and partner Vanessa Paradis who have been together for 9 years have been keeping a round the clock vigil at their daughter’s beside.
“He has not asked for any special favours but just wants the best for his child, like any parent. It is such a difficult time for him but he is hanging in there for the sake of his daughter and the whole family is just praying that she gets better and is taking each day as it comes.
“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for all of them and he’s been worrying himself silly. He wouldn’t wish this on anyone and has been finding it hard keeping it together.”
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star has often talked of his love for his family, Vanessa and Johnny also have a son John Jack (4)
“I just want to watch my kids grow up and make sure they’re healthy and happy,
“They are the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I have never in my life thought it was possible to feel such profound, deep love.
“Being a dad has given me great strength, great perspective, great calm. I’m a homebody. More than anything, I love being with my family.”
The Devil Wears Prada’s Emily Blunt looking fantastic in the current issue of Vanity Fair.