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I read how the Jonas Brothers' stylist brings their clothes to them. Do the stylists purchase the clothes, or are they loaned by designers, stores? Are the clothes returned? How is a stylist paid, by the hour? How is price determined?
—Mitchell

By my count, that's a quadruple-dip in the ol' Answer B!tch Salsa Bowl of Truth, you greedy little gnome. Here's what I can tell you: Stylists rarely buy the clothes their clients will wear. They either borrow them or take them as gifts with the blessing of the designer. Many big stores have "studio services" departments that offer clothing just for TV and movie appearances. As for the stylists themselves, they're usually paid a day rate.

Do celebrities have mortgages, or do they pay for houses with several million in cash?
—Dupe, Belgium

Neither are unheard of in the A-list world, but mortgages are common.


Hey Answer Bitch, I was wondering: Is Abigail Benson considered an A-lister?
—Allie

You mean Ashley Benson? Or Abigail Breslin? In either case, no.

I'm going to school for a degree in communications and interested in becoming a publicist. What are some of their day-to-day responsibilities? What are the perks and average salary? What are the negatives? Advice, please!
—Mechelle, Simi Valley, Calif.

Responsibilities include not returning reporter calls; berating reporters for giving up and calling someone else; accompanying clients to live appearances, major photos shoots and press junkets; booking clients for talk shows and other types of interviews; dictating the questions that may or may not be asked; and planning large portions of clients' weddings. Yes, really. And all for about $4,000 a month. As for negatives, it can be tough to track down enough human blood to sustain you for three meals per day, and it can take some time to get used to the burning sensation you'll feel whenever you step out into the sun. But you're scrappy. You'll get used to it.

Why are so many singers getting mad whenever a politician or presidential candidate uses one of their songs without their permission? Can they really prevent someone from using their song?
—Tabitha, New Mexico

Depends on the situation. But let's use the Heart song "Barracuda" as an example. The song was played after Sarah Palin introduced herself to the world at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers, which collects royalties on behalf of musicians, allows venues—like the XCel Center—to pay one lump fee granting blanket authority to play scads of songs. Pay the fee, sing or play the songs. It's that simple. According to media reports, the XCel Energy Center pays that annual fee, and "Barracuda" is one of the songs that fall under that blanket.

Also, the McCain campaign has said it has obtained its own license to play Barracuda, so Heart—prepare for an awkward anatomical pun!—doesn't seem to have a leg to stand on. I'll keep you posted if that status changes.

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