Michael Jackson is one of the most famous musical artists in history who had a net worth of $600 million at the time of his death in 2009. Michael Jackson’s last single, a song he wrote with Paul Anka in 1983 called This is It, was released the recently, reminding us that in show biz, the show must go on. Anka had to fight for his cut of the profits from the song; after contentious negotiations, the Jackson estate finally gave up 50% of the publishing rights. The song itself is honestly mediocre, but this is not your average posthumous release: This is It is the title track for an album and documentary that are scheduled for release in late October. The scuffle over this tune is just another day at the office for the lawyers representing the Jackson estate. Between Michael’s personal catalog of platinum records and his ownership of some of the Beatles’ most famous songs, the Jackson estate has multitudes of copyrights to protect. But just how much is this all worth? We are glad you asked.
During his lifetime Jacko made about $500 million from his own music, concerts, videos and endorsements. His 50% ownership in Sony/ATV is worth $1 billion. You might think he was worth $1.5 billion. Not so fast. Jackson spent about $30 million per year on his lifestyle and racked up massive unpaid bills with his lawyers, and publicists. A few highlights:
• $15 million to purchase the Neverland Ranch plus $5 million in annual maintenance costs
• $20 million to settle a child molestation lawsuit.
• $65 million on a variety of video projects, including the 35-minute film “Ghosts” that he co-wrote with Stephen King
• $12 million divorce settlement with baby momma Debbie Rowe.
• $5 million in annual interest payments on his debts.
• Tens of millions spent on Bentleys, antiques, art, clothes, chimpanzees, diamond-encrusted gloves and other trinkets.
So you can kiss the $500 million good bye. We now have to subtract the King of Pop’s outstanding debts, which are estimated to be in the range of $400 million. All in, CNW believes the Jackson estate is looking at a $600 million net worth.
The pop star was notoriously naïve when it came to his finances and he had an overinflated sense of his new worth. Towards the end of his life, he entered a tailspin of financial transactions with banks, hedge funds and other shady characters in an attempt to maintain his lifestyle while staging a professional and financial comeback. What is left is a series of private deals, partnerships and debts that will keep the lawyers billing hours for years.
Madonna, whose birth name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, is an influential and best-selling recording artist whose album sales have exceeded 200 million copies worldwide and who has a net worth of $650 million. Born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958, she moved to Rochester Hills, Michigan with her family and spent her youth in that small city. Madonna moved to New York in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. While there, she began a career as a professional singer and recorded her first hit album, Like a Virgin, in 1984.
She had a second hit album, True Blue, in 1986. These two hit albums catapulted her to superstardom and, around the same time, Madonna landed her first acting role in the movie, Desperately Seeking Susan. Madonna has frequently operated “on the edges,” pushing sex in her recordings and in a coffee table book she wrote that was actually called Sex. The Recording Industry Association of America has ranked Madonna as the Best-Selling Female Rock Artists of the 20th century. She is also the Number Two best-selling female artist in the U.S. with 64 million certified albums sold. Guinness World Records has labeled her the most successful female artist of all time.
Janet Jackson is an American singer with a net worth of $150 million. Born in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of the nine Jackson children, Janet moved with her family to a mansion in Encino, California at the age of four. She performed with the Jackson Five on an occasional basis, and began her solo career at the age of sixteen, with her debut album Janet Jackson. In 1991, Jackson began to distance herself from her family’s music empire, signing a contract valued at between $32 – $50 million with Virgin Records and thereby taking on the title of the highest-paid female artist in contemporary music. Her first album with Virgin, janet., debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and included five number-one singles, including the Grammy-winning single “That’s the Way Love Goes.”
Her next two albums, The Velvet Rope and All For You, also debuted at the top of the charts and sold a combined total of sixteen million copies worldwide; she remains an important pop artist with a long legacy. In 2004, Jackson became the most-searched news story in Internet history (as reported by the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records) when, during the Super Bowl halftime show, Justin Timberlake tore her shirt open, exposing one breast; Jackson called the moment an accident and refused to apologize to CBS. Jackson has also appeared in several films—she got her start in 1993′s Poetic Justice and returned to the big screen in The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and Why Did I Get Married?, all three of which opened first at the box office. Forbes Magazine ranked Jackson the seventh-richest woman in the entertainment business.
Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. The best-selling female artist in the history of the Billboard charts, she has a net worth of $500 million. Carey was raised on Long Island and worked a variety of part-time jobs to supplement her singing career before meeting Columbia Records producer Tommy Mottola, who signed her to the label and whom she married in 1993. Carey’s debut album, Mariah Carey, reached number one on the Billboard charts and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She continued to release successful albums on Columbia, including Music Box, which spent 128 weeks on the charts, and Daydream, which included several number-one singles and was the most successful album on American radio in 1996.
In 1997, Carey split from Mottola and from Columbia and experienced a string of personal troubles, including fallings-out with several labels and the unanimous panning of her semi-autobiographical film Glitter. In 2005, Carey released The Emancipation of Mimi, which returned her to critical prominence and became the best-selling album of the year; in 2008, her album E=MC2 had the best-selling first week of her career and made her the artist with the second most number-one singles in the history of pop music, above Elvis Presley and second to the Beatles. Carey married actor/comedian/musician Nick Cannon in 2008, and continues to release albums.
Singer, former model, and actress Whitney Houston had a net worth of $-20 million at the time of her death. Even though Houston once signed a $100 million contract and sold over 200 million albums in her lifetime, she was in fact nearly $20 million in debt to her record label Sony when she passed away in February 2012.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Houston hails from a family of prominent singers including her mother, gospel Cissy Houston, her cousin Dionne Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin. Houston began singing at an early age in a junior gospel choir, and back-up vocals for various artists including her own mother, Michael Zager Band, and award winning Chaka Khan. Houston’s career as a fashion model picked up and she appeared on such magazines as Seventeen, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. Her self-titled debut album peaked at number one on the US Billboard chart and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. Her impressive discography continues with five subsequent studio albums, all of which have been certified at least platinum by the RIAA, with three of those albums reaching the top five on the US Billboard (Whitney, I’m Your Baby Tonight and I Look To You). From these albums and the two soundtracks Houston contributed extensively to, she has produced eleven number one singles in the USA alone, including You Give Good Love (Whitney Houston, 1985), I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard soundtrack) and So Emotional (Whitney, 1987). Among her awards are six Grammys and twenty-two American Music Awards. Her acting credits include the films The Bodyguard (grossed $410.9 million worldwide) and Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife and guest spots on television shows such as Gimme a Break!, Silver Spoons and Boston Public.
Whitney Houston’s Death and Financial Problems
On February 11th, 2012, Whitney Houston passed away in a hotel room in Beverly Hills California. During her career, Whitney sold over 200 million albums and won two Emmy awards, 6 Grammies, 30 Billboard Music Awards and 22 AMA’s. Her net worth had declined dramatically in the last years of her life. In 2001, she was flat broke when she signed a $100 million recording contract with Sony/Arista. That fact is especially shocking when you consider that at the peak of her career, Whitney was able to earn up to $30 million a year from touring alone.
When an artist signs a $100 million record contract he/she does not receive the money all at once. An artist is paid in stages, and each payment is essentially a loan based on the success of future albums. Whitney only ever earned $40 million of her $100 million contract but unfortunately her records did not sell well. Therefore she ended up actually owing the record label nearly $20 million. Sony/Arista owns the rights to Whitney’s back catalog which has seen skyrocketing sales recently, but Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown will not receive any money until 5 million new albums are sold and the $20 million is paid back.
When Whitney divorced Bobby Brown in 2007 she filed paperwork in Orange County California (where the couple was legally married) stating that she had $4 million in debts/obligations, a life insurance policy worth $300,000, $225,000 in a stock portfolio, and just $40,000 cash. At the time Whitney stated that she owned two properties, a $6.5 million house in New Jersey which had a $3.3 million mortgage and a $1.2 million townhouse in Atlanta which had $1.05 million mortgage. Houston also owned nearly $2 million worth of art and jewelry. In sum, Whitney stated that she had roughly $10 million in assets and just over $4 million in debts giving her a net worth in 2007 of $6 million.
Unfortunately, at the time of her death, Whitney was completly broke and was rumored to be asking her mentor Clive Davis for handouts. Her New Jersey home is now dangerously close to foreclosure and the townhouse in Atlanta has already been repossessed. Clive Davis had reportedly loaned Houston $1.2 million to pay off debts and get clean from drugs after her divorce from Bobby was final. Unfortunately she was never able to make the comeback everyone had hoped for.
Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is an American pop singer-songwriter with a net worth of $150 million. In 2011 alone Gaga earned more than $90 million through album sales, tours, endorsements and more! Gaga began her rise to fame performing in the rock music scene of New York City’s Lower East Side in 2003. Lady Gaga is known for her outrageous fashion choices as much as her performing abilities. Lady Gaga says her fashion influence is Donatella Versace. Lady Gaga’s stage name is a reference to rock band Queen’s song Radio Ga Ga. Lady Gaga’s music and fashion is inspired by glam rock artists such as Queen and David Bowie, and pop singers such as Britney Spears, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. Lady Gaga states fashion inspires her songwriting and performances. Lady Gaga has a dramatic flare to her performance, having been involved in leading roles in numerous high school musicals.
How much money does Lady Gaga have?
Lady Gaga began playing piano at age four, writing her first piano ballad at 13, and at 14 began performing at open mike nights. In August 2003 Lady Gaga attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied music, improving her songwriting skills by composing papers focusing on topics such as religion, social issues, art, and politics. The artist signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her early years at Interscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists. Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities, signed Lady Gaga to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.
Lady Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, was released on August 19, 2008, reaching number one in Austria, Germany, the UK, Canada, and Ireland, and reached the top-ten in numerous countries worldwide; in the United States the album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, topping Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The album produced the hit singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”, and she embarked on her first tour The Fame Ball Tour. Lady Gaga’s second studio album The Fame Monster produced the global chart-topping single “Bad Romance”, leading to The Monster Ball Tour for the album.
Prince is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor, with an estimated net worth of $250 million dollars. Prince’s music style has been influenced by rock, R&B, soul, New Wave, electronica, disco, funk, folk, jazz, rap, blues, psychedelia, and hip hop. Prince (real name Prince Rogers Nelson) grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prince released his first album For You on April 17, 1978. Prince’s self-titled album, Prince, in October 1979, catapulting him to fame with two top hits. During a drawn out confrontation with his then recording company, Prince went by an unpronounceable symbol as his name, and also at that time known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. The recording artist reportedly has several hundred unreleased songs in his catalog. Prince founded his own label and recording studios Paisley Park Records and NPG Records, self-producing, writing, and playing most, if not all, of the instruments on his recordings. Prince has won a Golden Globe, seven Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award during his career.
Elton John is a British musician and one of the most successful musical artists of all time, with a net worth of $320 million. John was born Reginald Dwight in Middlesex; he began playing the piano at age three, started formal lessons at age seven, and won a scholarship to London’s Royal Academy of Music at eleven. In 1966, he and his friends formed the band Bluesology, and Dwight took on the name Elton John; at the same time, he began his long-standing collaboration with songwriter Bernie Taupin. John released his first albums, Empty Sky and Elton John, in 1969 and 1970, and saw seven consecutive albums top the charts between 1972 and 1975. John released successful albums throughout the 1980s, and in 1992, he and Taupin signed a $39 million, twelve-year contract with Warner Bros. Records, the largest advance in recording history. In 1994, he composed the music for the Disney animated movie The Lion King, which earned a Grammy Award for Best Song and was certified “diamond” 1999 for selling fifteen million copies. In 1997, in response to the death of Princess Diana of Wales, John recorded “Candle in the Wind 1997,” the best-selling single in recording history and the song for which John won his only Grammy for Best Male Pop Recording. John continues to tour, compose for the stage, and release best-selling albums. He married to German recording engineer Renata Blauel, but came out of the closet and divorced Blauel in 1988. He has been in a relationship with filmmaker David Furnish since 1993, and the two were joined in a civil partnership in 2005.
Born in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946, singer and actress, Cher, most definitely believes in life after love, and has celebrated it with an estimated net worth of $305 million. Also known as Cherilyn Sarkisian, Cher did not particularly enjoy life as an adolescent. She dropped out of high school after struggling with dyslexia, leading to her meeting with recording artist, Sonny Bono. The two hit it off immediately, and eventually got married. Sonny and Cher became a recording duo known as, well, “Sonny and Cher.” Their biggest claim to fame came in 1965 with the classic, “I’ve Got You Babe.” The pair continued to make music into the 1970s, and soon after, Cher put herself out into the world as a solo artist. “Believe” and “Strong Enough,” are just two of her many successful songs.
Cher has also proved herself as a talented actress, and held title roles in films such as “Moonstruck,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” and “Mask.” For “Moonstruck,” Cher received a 1987 Academy Award, and a 1987 Golden Globe. A riveting performer in all areas, Cher has released over 20 studio albums. She is often considered a gay icon, but it is clear that her fan base stretches far beyond one specific group. Cher is a timeless celebrity, and continues to participate actively in philanthropic and entertainment work.
Kylie Minogue was born in Australia and has an estimated net worth of $65 million dollars. A singer-songwriter, actress, designer, producer, author, and businesswoman, Kylie Minogue rose to fame in Australia as a child actor and achieved international success with her hit song, “Locomotion” in 1987. She has since won numerous awards and gone on to sell 60 million records internationally.
Beyonce Knowles is a pop superstar who’s net worth is estimated at $300 million. In the early 90’s, the TV show Star Search was a revolving door of up-and-coming pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. We’ve all seen the footage of little Britney choking on her smile as Ed McMahon announces her defeat. Another of today’s superstars also got her start as a loser on Star Search, this time as a member in the rapping-and-dancing troupe Girl’s Tyme.
Beyonce’s group struggled in the late 1990’s but was eventually signed by Columbia Records in 1997 under its new name, Destiny’s Child. The group has released 7 albums, 5 of which turned platinum, and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Not to be limited by groupthink, Beyonce has released three solo albums, all platinum and is developing a serious acting career with leading roles in Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records and Obsessed (and don’t forget her efforts as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers!). While this successful Texan is known for her contributions to the entertainment industry, her savvy business acumen makes her a brand name to be reckoned with. Beyonce signed her first endorsement deal with Pepsi in 2002 which was quickly followed by deals with L’Oreal, American Express, Samsung, Ford and DirectTV. She has launched a number of fragrances over the years, and recently signed a $20 million three year deal to develop a signature fragrance for Coty. And don’t forget the fashion line, Dereon, that she launched with her mom Tina. Beyonce’s best business deal to date has been her marriage to Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, the hip hop artist, producer, co-owner of the NJ Nets and multi-millionaire entrepreneur.
The couple is intensely private but we do know that Beyonce does like to spend a little money on herself. She wears a $5 million, 18 carat diamond engagement ring and is known for her love of high fashion, including a taste for wearing PETA-unfriendly furs. Recently, she and the hubby spent $1200 on lunch at NYC’s Nello restaurant. How do you spend $1200 for two? Make sure there’s an unfinished bottle of Dom Perignon on the table and a healthy portion of white truffles on your lobster salad. The pair shares a couple Manhattan apartments, an estate in Scarsdale, New York and a place in Miami. Rumor has it that they are looking for a place to buy in England. Don’t expect to see them in first class on your way to the back of the place – these two fly private and are shuttled around town in a fleet of luxury cars. Miz B has come a long way from the pastel hues of Star Search. But don’t worry, Mrs. Carter, we’ll always remember your humble beginnings. After all, sometimes you have to lose in order to become a Survivor.
Britney Spears is an American pop singer, actress, and entertainer with an estimated net worth of $200 million dollars. Spears became a major figure in mainstream pop music and pop culture in her first decade within the music industry, credited with reviving teen pop during the late 1990s. Britney Spears has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Billboard ranked her the 8th Artist of the 2000Ð10 decade. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States.
Spears began her performance career as a child, acting in roles on stage productions and in television shows. Spears auditioned for a revival of The Mickey Mouse Club, but was rejected for being too young to join the series. Spears became a client of a New York City talent agent and was eventually cast in The Mickey Mouse Club in December 1992.
Spears first studio album Baby One More Time (1999) was a major hit, debuting at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album two-times platinum after a month. The single Baby One More Time sold 500,000 copies in its first day, debuting at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and becoming the fastest-selling single ever by a female artist. Spears subsequent albums produced a number of well known hits: Oops!… I Did It Again (May 2000) and the same named single of the album title; Britney (2001) featured the hit I’m a Slave 4 U”; In the Zone (2003) featured the single Me Against the Music; Blackout (2007) the single hit Piece of Me; and Circus (2008) showcased the hit single Womanizer. Spears reached beyond music, playing the starring role in the film Crossroads in 2002, and starring in the reality series Britney & Kevin: Chaotic with then husband Kevin Federline in 2005. Spears has made a number of appearances on TV shows, and designed a limited edition clothing line for Candie’s.
Christina Aguilera is an American musician with four albums and five Grammys to her name. With a net worth of $90 million, Aguilera is known for her vocal power and her provocative personal style, and was one of the most popular pop artists of the 2000s. Aguilera was raised in New York and Pennsylvania, and got her professional start at the age of thirteen on the Disney Channel’s The New Mickey Mouse Club. In 1998, she was selected to perform the feature song “Reflection” for the animated film Mulan; in the same week, she signed with RCA Records.
Her first album, Christina Aguilera, was released in 1999 and topped the American and Canadian Billboard charts, eventually selling over 17 million copies worldwide and earning Aguilera a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In her follow-up studio albums, Stripped (2002) and Back to Basics (2006), Aguilera expressed a desire for increased control over her music and intentionally fostered a more adult image. With the singles “Dirrty” and “Beautiful,” Stripped was one of the steadiest-selling albums of 2003, selling 4.2 million copies; Back to Basics debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and eventually topped the charts in fourteen countries worldwide. In 2005, Aguilera married music marketing executive Jordan Bratman, she gave birth to son Max Liron Bratman in 2008, and received a reported $1.5 for exclusive rights to his baby pictures by People magazine. Her fourth studio album, Bionic, is due in April 2010.
Pop and R&B singer Justin Bieber has a net worth of $105 million. Born to a single mother in Ontario, Canada, Bieber began singing and playing music at an early age, being self-taught in piano, drums, trumpet and guitar. At age thirteen, Beiber started to post covers of artists such as Usher, Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake on video sharing website YouTube, mostly for the benefit of family members too distant to attend local performances. Bieber’s gained the attention of noted marketing executive Scooter Braun, who gave Beiber his break with an audition for Usher, who in turn had Bieber audition for Island Records with whom he signed. Bieber released a two part debut album, My World and My World 2.0. In less than two months after its initial release, My World reached the one million sold copies mark (U.S.A.) and was subsequently certified platinum by the RIAA. My World was the first debut album to have four singles (One Time, One Less Lonely Girl, Love Me, and Favorite Girl) on the Top 40 prior to the album’s release.
My World 2.0 debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with a total of 698,000 copies sold in the first three weeks of its release. Baby, a single featuring rapper Ludacris from My World 2.0, became Bieber’s top charting single to date. Additionally, Bieber has made many notable appearances, including television talk show The View, Saturday Night Live and the White House for Christmas in Washington.
Born in Barbados as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna has a net-worth of $60 million dollars. Rihanna used singing as a way to cope with the turmoil of a rocky family life. On the advice of her then record producer, Rihanna moved to the United States at age sixteen to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter. After her demo was heard by former rapper Sean Carter, aka Jay-Z, and then CEO of Def Jam Records, Rihanna was invited to audition for him and immediately signed.
Music of the Sun, Rihanna’s debut album, skyrocketed in the top ten of the Billboard 200, soon joined by her second album, A Girl Like Me, which charted in the top five, and again by her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, which reached the number two spot and earned nine Grammy nominations. Rihanna’s success includes a staggering number of awards, including but not limited to, three Grammys, three American music awards, and three Billboard music awards. Her side projects include acting, beauty and fashion endorsement for companies such as CoverGirl, Gucci, and Clinique, and numerable charity projects, including establishing her organization, The Believe Foundation, which benefits terminally ill children around the globe.
Lil Kim is a New York-born rap artist and actress with an estimated net worth of $18 million dollars. Lil Kim rose to fame as part of the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. in the mid 90’s, and then went solo. Her debut album, Hard Core, was certified double platinum, and her subsequent two solo releases also went platinum. Her fourth studio album was released in 2009, and her fifth is set for release in 2011.
Katy Perry (real name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) is an an American singer-songwriter and musician with an estimated net worth of $55 million dollars. In 2011 Katy Perry earned nearly $44 million from album sales, merchandise, touring and endorsements! Perry was brought up in a strict Christian home, listening only to Christian music. Perry’s first record was an unsuccessful self-titled gospel album released in 2001. Perry released her first internet single “Ur So Gay” in 2007, but did not rise to fame until her second single “I Kissed a Girl” topped international charts in 2008.
Perry’s first album, One of the Boys, followed later in 2008. Both of Perry’s singles “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold” received multi-platinum certifications. Perry’s second album, Teenage Dream, was released in the United States and Canada on August 24, 2010, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. Perry is known for her style of fashion, wearing unconventional outfits that feature bold colors and vintage fashion. In December 2011, after a 14 month marriage to British comedian Russell Brand, the couple is now divorcing. With no prenup, it means Katy Perry could end up giving Russell Brand a $22 million divorce settlement.
Adele was born in England and has an estimated net worth of $12 million dollars. A singer-songwriter known for her blues and jazz-influenced style, Adele burst onto the music scene at the age of 19, and has gone on to win numerous Grammy and Brit Awards. Both of her albums have achieved Gold or Platinum status in multiple countries and she has had six Top 20 hits.
Nicki Minaj (real name Onika Tanya Maraj) is a Trinidadian-American rapper and R&B singer-songwriter with an estimated net worth of $14 million dollars. Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Minaj’s mother moved her to Queens New York when she was five. Minaj is known for collaborating with other recording artists and providing guest raps on popular singles. Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper, Lil Wayne, and signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment.
Minaj released Playtime Is Over, then released her first mixtape in 2007. A number of mixtapes were released after this, including Sucka Free in 2008. Minaj won the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards in 2008. In 2009 Minaj appeared in XXL magazine and released her third mixtape. Minaj released another mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty, in 2009. Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday, was released on the Young Money Entertainment label in 2010.
Born Destiny Hope Cyrus to country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus has a net worth of $120 million dollars. Miley enrolled in the Armstrong Acting School of Toronto when she was nine and was soon cast in small roles, varying from television shows like Doc to the 2003 Tim Burton movie Big Fish. After her mother followed the advice of Miley’s godmother Dolly Parton to sign with Morey
Management Group. Miley soon auditioned and won the lead for a new Disney show that centered on an average girl who had a secret identity as a pop star.
The show, Hannah Montana, was an instant sensation and propelled Miley’s career not just as an actress but as a singer songwriter. The Hannah Montana soundtrack skyrocketed to number one on the Billboard 200 in 2006, only to be surpassed in opening sales by a double-disc release the following year, which included another Hannah Montana soundtrack and Miley’s original namesake CD. With over three million copies sold in the US, the RIAA has certified this album platinum three times. Breakout, Miley’s follow-up album, debuted at number one in the US. Miley has also kept up with acting, lending her voice to Disney productions such as the movie Bolt and the television show The Emperor’s New School, as well as starring in Hannah Montana: The Movie and The Last Song, to be released later this year. MIley’s awards include nine Teen Choice Awards, a Gracie Allen Award, and four Kids Choice Awards.
Selena Gomez is an actress, singer and songwriter with a net worth of $4 million. Selena Gomez has accumulated her net worth through her singing/songwriting career as well as her role on Wizards of Waverly Place and performances in film, television appearances and opening her own company, July Moon Productions. She was born in Grand Praire, Texas.
Demi Lovato is an actress, singer/songwriter and musician with the net worth of $3 million. Demi Lovato has earned her net worth as the star of the Disney television series, Sonny with a Chance, as well as her roles in the films Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2, Princess Protection Program and Jonas Brothers: 3D Concert. She has also appeared on other television series and sitcoms. From 2002 to 2003 she appeared on the Barney and Friends show, and later moved on to star in episodes of Prison Break, Split Ends, As the Bell Rings, Just Jordan, Studio DC Almost Live, Sonny With a Chance and Grey’s Anatomy. Lovato has also earned her net worth through her talent as a singer and songwriter. After hearing her sing at an audition for Disney, she was given a record deal with Hollywood Records. Her debut album “Don’t Forget” was ranked number 2 on the billboard 200. Most of the album was co-written and co-produced by the Jonas Brothers. She also did the vocals for four of the songs in the Camp Rock movie. Her second album (Here We Go Again) was released in 2009, and her third (Unbroken), in 2011.
She may be a singing idol but with a net worth of $24 million Kelly Clarkson should also be a financial idol! Born in Fort Worth, TX in 1982, Kelly is the original American Idol, having won the first ever season of the reality television juggernaut in 2002. After participating in musicals in high schools and working with classical voice trainers, Clarkson turned down college scholarships in favor of pursuing a music career. On September 4, 2002, Clarkson beat out Justin Guarini and was crowned the first ever American Idol.
Clarkson’s post idol career has been an uphill climb with continued success with album sales and critical acclaim. Clarkson has had eleven singles on the Top Twenty hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her single, “My Life Would Suck Without You”, broke the Billboard record for the largest leap to the #1 position in chart history (#97 to #1), in its first week of release. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Clarkson is ranked number 187 on the top 200 album sellers.
Clarkson is currently the only American Idol contestant to have reached number one in the UK. She has sold over 10.2 million albums in the United States, and over 20 million albums worldwide, making her the highest-selling American Idol alum overall. Clarkson has won multiple Grammys for her albums and has headlined solo tours around the world.
Carrie Underwood is an American country music super star with a net worth of $45 million. Carrie shot to fame after winning season four of American Idol. After Idol, Underwood has gone on to release three multi-platinum albums including the album Some Hearts which went platinum 7 times over. Carrie is the second highest selling American Idol alum with worldwide sales of 14 million. She is second only to Kelly Clarkson who has sold 23 million albums globally.
Carrie has won many awards including 5 Grammys. At the 2010 Grammys she performed along with Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion and Smokey Robinson as part of the 3D tribute to the late Michael Jackson.
Recording artist and actor Justin Timberlake has a net worth estimated at $70 million. Born and raised in Tennessee, Timberlake was a contestant on the television talent show Star Search in 1991 and was subsequently cast in the sixth season of the revived Mickey Mouse Club. After its cancellation a year later, Timberlake and fellow mouseketeer JC Chasez were recruited as the lead singers for a boy band that would come to be known as ‘N Sync.
Though they only released three studio albums, all three have been certified multi-platinum by the RIAA and have produced such hits as Bye Bye Bye and It’s Gonna Be Me, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. No Strings Attached was named the album of the 2000s by Billboard. After ‘N Sync broke up in 2002, Justin released his debut album, Justified, which garnered two Grammy Awards. His second album, FutureSex/LoveSounds topped the Billboard 200 upon his debut and went on to sell 9 million copies worldwide and win the 2007 American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Album. Timberlake’s acting credentials include a supporting role in Black Snake Moan, Southland Tales, and Shrek the Third. Timberlake has collaborated with many other recording artists, including Madonna, Duran Duran and 50 Cent. Timberlake has also expanded to the world of business with 901 tequila, William Rast clothing line, and a string of co-owned restaurants.
Lil Wayne is an American rapper with a net worth of $95 million. Whether you call him Lil Wayne, Mr. Carter or Weezy F. Baby, the New Orleans born rapper has reached stardom in ways other musician’s only aspire to Growing up in the 17th ward of New Orleans, Wayne started his career at only 15-years-old with Cash Money Records rap group Hot Boys and soon debuted his solo album The Block is Hot, which went double platinum and reached #3 on the Billboard charts.
Despite seemingly continuous controversy Wayne’s success hasn’t faltered. His fourth and fifth studio albums Tha Carter and Tha Carter II featured a more thorough sense of self, evident in his lyrical style. In 2005 he became the president of Cash Money Records and founded Young Money Entertainment, an imprint of Cash Money.
Following the drop of his sixth studio album Tha Carter III in 2008 he was nominated for eight Grammy’s, the most for any artist that year taking home four awards. Wayne dropped his first Rock album titled Rebirth this month and was named #2 on MTV’s list of hottest MC’s in the game behind Brooklyn bred rapper Jay-Z. Wayne’s documentary, Tha Carter, was featured at the Sundance film festival in 2009.
Jay-Z is a rapper, songwriter and businessman, with a net worth of $475 million. Jay-Z has earned his net worth through his career in the music industry, beginning as co-founder (with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs) of Roc-A-Fella records, where he began his recording career. In 1996, released his first album, Reasonable Doubt, with Priority Records. It ranked 248 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of all Time. After that, he signed with Def Jam and released his next album, “In My Lifetime, Volume 1.” This album had much to do with Jay-Z’s life in his earlier years. It won platinum status. A year later, he released “Volume 2, Hard Knock Life,” which has sold over five million copies and is five times platinum. With continued success, Jay-Z’s net worth is expected to reach $1 billion or more within his lifetime.
His success as a solo artist is well known, but he has also performed with other recording artists, such as, The Edge, Mariah Carey, U2’s Bono Rihanna, and more. Jay-Z also has produced a musical titled, “Fela,” along with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, in celebration of Nigerian political activist, Fela Kuti. Jay-Z is known for his rythym and ryhme technique to him that perfect flow in his performances. He is also known for his ability to create lyrics in his head. Along with his musical career, Jay-Z has also appeared in films, such as, Back Stage, State Property, Streets is Watching, Paper Soldiers and Fade to Black. Fade to Black is a documentary about Jay-Z’s career. There are many other performers in the cast of Fade to Black. Performers such as, Bleek, Beyonce, Funkmaster Flex, and many more talented artists.
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Jay-Z is also a very successful entrepreneur with investments in clothing and record companies, as well as, being the co-owner of the 40/40 Clubs, in New York City, Atlantic City, and Chicago. He is the co-director of Budweiser Select and part owner of NBA’s New Jersey Jets. Jay-Z has also been involved with helping to make people aware of the global water shortage. He has contributed $1 million to help with the victims of Hurricane Katrina, through the American Red Cross.
Jay-Z, along with fellow minority owner Bruce Ratner and majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov, have announced the official move of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, with the team being renamed the Brooklyn Nets.
What is Kanye West’s net worth? Kanye West is an American producer, rapper, fashion designer and actor with a net worth of $90 million. West was born in Atlanta but raised by his mother first in Chicago and then Oak Lawn Illinois. He dropped out of college to pursue his career in the music industry, starting out initially as a producer for Roc-A-Fella records, but finally persuaded label head Jay-Z to sign him on as a rapper.
West spent four years honing and perfecting what would become his debut album, The College Dropout, which came in at number two on the Billboard 200 and is still Kanye West’s best-selling album in the U.S.A. to date. Subsequent albums, Late Registration, Graduation and 808s & Heartbreak were also chart-toppers that received critical as well as commercial success. His production credits include an impressive role call of talent including: Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. West is also a seasoned businessman with a chain of Fatburger restaurants designated for the Chicago area, Air Yeezy, a line of athletic shoes for Nike, and another shoe line with Louis Vuitton. His philanthropy ventures include his own Kayne West Foundation, which benefits education for African American and Latino children, in addition to contributing time, talent and money to Hurricane Katrina relief, World Water Day, and Live Earth, among other organizations. To date, Kanye West has won forty-six awards, among them fourteen Grammys, seven BET awards, and two American Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani is a songwriter and fashion designer, as well as singer, with the net worth of $80 million. Gwen Stefani has earned her net worth her singing with the band, No Doubt, and other bands, as well as, her writing of the songs, Don’t Speak, Sunday Morning, Hey You and many more. She has also collaborated and contributed vocals to other groups and bands, performing many sounds such as Reggae, New Wave, and pop. In 2004, Gwen Stefani’s solo career began to skyrocket, with her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which had other artists and producers collaborated on. The album hit number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200. Her album became popular in Australia, the U.K., and Canada, as well as the United States. Her first single from the album was also a hit, as was the second and third. Her third single, Hollaback Girl, was a number one hit in both the United States and Australia. Her musical career was definitely on its way. But in 2011, Gwen Stefani decided to end her solo career and rejoin the band, No Doubt.
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Gwen Stefani is also known for her fashion designing, and began her own clothing line called L.A.M.B. The clothing is a combination of Japanese, Guatemalan, and Jamaican designs. Many well known celebrities are consumers of Stefani’s L.A.M.B. clothing line and has also developed a new line, called Harajuku Lovers line, which is a variety of items, from cameras, to underclothing, as well as a line of fashion dolls from her Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Line. Gwen Stefani is doing quite well for herself in the fashion world, as well as the musical one. With the Harajuku Girls in mind, she has created a line of fragrances, which she calls, Love, Lil Angel, G (for Gwen), Music and Baby. Even with the popularity of her fashion designs, products and her musical abilities, Gwen Stefani doesn’t limit herself. She has also had acting roles in films such as, Zoolander and the Aviator, as well as voice acting in an episode of the television series, King of the Hill, in which she played Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl. She also appeared as the Snowed Out Singer in an episode of the television series, Gossip Girl. Gwen Stephani is the winner of several awards for both her fashion designing and her music career. She has also won the NME Award for the Sexiest Female, and the VH1 Vogue Fashion Award for Rock Style.
Gwen Stefani was born in Anaheim, California, where she also spent her childhood. She has two brothers, Tod and Eric, and one sister, Jill. Her brother Eric also performed in the band No Doubt, as the keyboardist. She attended Loara High School, where she sang in public (on stage) for the first time. After graduating from Loara, she attended Fullerton College, and then California State University in Fullerton. Gwen Stefani is married to Gavin Rossdale, a guitarist and lead singer for the rock band, Bush. They had their first child in 2006, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, and in 2008 their second child was born, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale.
Singer-songwriter and actress Taylor Swift has a net worth of $80 million. In 2011 alone Taylor Swift made more than $45 million from album sales, touring, merchandise and endorsements. Born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift and her family relocated outside Nashville, Tennessee when Swift showed keen interest in pursuing a career in country-pop music. A year after signing with Big Machine Records, Swift released her first single, Tim McGraw, preceding her first self-titled studio album release. Taylor Swift reached the number five position on the US Billboard 200, but obtained the number one spot on the US Country Music chart. The album produced two number one hit singles (Our Song, Should’ve Said No) and to date Taylor Swift has been certified platinum four times by the RIAA. Swift’s second album, Fearless, peaked at number one on the US Billboard, US Country, New Zealand and Canadian music charts. It has been certified platinum in four countries, six times in the USA alone, and also produced two number one singles (Love Story, You Belong with Me). She has performed with music artists such as John Mayer, Justin Bieber and Faith Hill. Among Swift’s many accolades are six American Music Awards, four Grammy Awards, and five CMT Music Awards. Swift has made several television and film appearances, both as herself (Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC) and in fictionalized roles (Valentines Day, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Hannah Montana: the Movie). Additionally, Swift has appeared in many popular publications including Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stones and she is the current image of L.E.I. Jeans. In 2010 alone, Forbes estimates that Swift earned $45 million.
Actress and R&B singer Brandy Norwood has a net worth of $60 million. Born Brandy Norwood in Mississippi but raised in southern California, Brandy’s family also includes singer/actor brother Ray J and award-winning rapper cousin, Snoop Dogg. Through her father’s connections as a gospel singer and choir director, Brandy initially began her recording career singing backup vocals for Immature and singing in a choir. At the age of fourteen Brandy was signed with Atlantic Recording Company. Her first single, I Wanna Be Down, reached the number one position on the Billboard R&B chart. Brandy’s recording career includes five studio albums, Brandy (1994, six million sales worldwide), Never Say Never (1998, 14 million sales worldwide), Full Moon (2002, 1 million sales worldwide), Afrodisiac (2004) and Human (2008), twenty-two singles including two number one hits, The Boy is Mine and Have You Ever? She has contributed her vocals to many soundtracks including Waiting to Exhale, Set It Off and Batman Forever. Among her music awards are seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy Award and an American Music Award. As an actress, Brandy had a supporting role on the short lived sitcom Thea before being given a starring role on her own sitcom Moesha, which ran for six seasons and earned Brandy a NAACP Image Award. Other roles include the title role in the Emmy-award winning televised movie Cinderella, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Double Platinum, and guest appearances on American Dreams and House.
Drake (real name Aubrey Drake Graham) is a Canadian recording artist/rapper and actor with an estimated net worth of $25 million dollars. Drake signed signed a recording contract with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake began his music career in February 2006, releasing his first mixtape Room for Improvement via his website and official MySpace page. In 2008, Lil Wayne received some of Drake’s music from Rap-A-Lot founder, Jas Prince. Lil Wayne called Drake, inviting him to fly to Houston and tour with him. Drake has worked with several hip-hop artists including Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Young Jeezy. Drake was nominated for numerous awards including Grammys, and was selected to perform at the 2010 Grammy award ceremony. Drake won two Juno Awards for Rap Recording of the Year as well as Best New Artist in 2010.
LMFAO is a California-based electro hop group with an estimated net worth of $4 million dollars. Made up of Redfoo (Stefan Kendall Gordy) and SkyBlu (Skyler Gordy), LMFAO formed in 2006. The duo released their first album in 2009 and have guest performed with multiple artists, and their music has been included in various compilations.
Singer/pop star/madwoman Kesha, with a net worth of approximately $8.5 million, is one of the most talked-about entertainers working today. She started building that net worth at age 18, when she was first signed to a record contract by Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Entertainment. A career in music probably wasn’t the biggest surprise in Kesha’s life, since her mother is professional songwriter Pebe Sebert. In 2009, her breakthrough came in the form of an appearance on “Right Round,” the hit single from rapper Flo Rida track. Later that year, her debut single “Tik Tok” began her career as a pop star in earnest.
Her first album, Animal, debuted at number one in the United States and also in Canada and Greece. With a wide range of stated musical influences including everyone from Dolly Parton to The Beastie Boys to Iggy Pop, her versatile (though grating to some) musical style might have real longevity, leading to more hit singles, albums, and concerts. Her second as-yet-untitled studio album is said to emulate 70s rock music from artists like Pop, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC. Kesha also draws inspiration from the world of film, with imagery in her music videos and concerts being strongly reminiscent of movies like A Clockwork Orange.
Eminem, born Marshall Mathers III, is a multi platinum selling American rapper with a net worth estimated at $120 million. Eminem spent his youth moving around Missouri with his single mom before settling in Warren, Michigan where he became interested in hip-hop after obtaining Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys. Between participating in freestyle rap battles and creating his own amateur performances throughout his teen years, Marshall gained recognition and respect from the local hip-hop scene. After dropping out of high school at age seventeen, Marshall joined Bassmint Productions, which was later renamed Soul Intent. He recorded music with Mashin’ Duck Records and FBT Productions, all while holding down a minimum wage job as a cook and dishwasher. Under Web Entertainment, Eminem released his debut album, Infinite, in 1996.
Infinite was followed by the 1997 release of The Slim Shady EP, which earned Eminem the attention of Dr. Dre, who executive-produced the major-label release of The Slim Shady LP. The album was an instant commercial and critical success, earning Eminem a Grammy for best rap album. 2000 and 2002 saw the releases of The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, respectfully, both successes, with The Marshall Mathers LP on record as the fastest selling hip-hop album in history. Eminem has achieved twelve #1 singles worldwide, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, eight number one albums on Billboard Top 200, and was named Artist of the Decade by Billboard Magazine in December 2009.
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