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15 Musicians Who Run Business Empires

From hot sauce to million-dollar headphones, these artists have redefined the art of the side hustle

Billy Corgan, Wrestling, Resistance

Members of Resistance Pro wrestling at Albert Falcon's Warehouse Gym and Boxing Club in Highland Park, Illinois on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Resistance Pro wrestling consists of co-founders Gabriel and Jacques Baron, Creative Consutant Billy Corgan(of the Smashing Pumpkins) and features wrestlers such as and Bradley Jay (aka Lonseome Jay Bradley) and John Yurnet (aka "Mr. 450") who performed some practice moves in the ring.

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Jay Z once famously rapped, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man." In truth he's both — as are these other musicians who have expanded their horizons beyond album sales, live shows and merch. Jay, Justin Timberlake and Sean Combs are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirits, and musicians like the Offspring's Dexter Holland, Marky Ramone and Maynard James Keenan have turned their culinary passions into successful side businesses. From clothing lines and energy drinks to restaurant chains and hot sauces, here are 15 business-savvy artists who aren't sitting around waiting for the royalty check to come.

Billy Corgan, Wrestling, Resistance

Members of Resistance Pro wrestling at Albert Falcon's Warehouse Gym and Boxing Club in Highland Park, Illinois on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Resistance Pro wrestling consists of co-founders Gabriel and Jacques Baron, Creative Consutant Billy Corgan(of the Smashing Pumpkins) and features wrestlers such as and Bradley Jay (aka Lonseome Jay Bradley) and John Yurnet (aka "Mr. 450") who performed some practice moves in the ring.

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Billy Corgan

In 2011, Billy Corgan created the Resistance Pro wrestling league and installed himself as a bald, Zero shirt-wearing Vince McMahon. Corgan has always made his love of wrestling known, even in his music; in 2008, the Smashing Pumpkins recorded a track called "G.L.O.W." that was Corgan's tribute to the Glorious Ladies of Wrestling. Amazingly, Corgan's wrestling league is so well received in his native Chicago that the Illinois State Crime Commission recently gave him an award for Resistance Pro's community outreach. For Corgan, the next step toward turning Resistance Pro into the WWE is securing a TV deal, which he has: AMC announced earlier this year that they were picking up eight hour-long episodes of what was billed as Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project.

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