Top 10 Richest Female Singers 2016

So let’s take a look at the top ten richest female singers, and find out where they made their money.

#3 – Mariah Carey Net Worth 2016 – $520 Million
#2 – Celine Dion Net Worth 2016 – $630 Million
#1 – Madonna Net Worth 2016 – $1 Billion

Singer, actress, songwriter and entrepreneur Madonna has done it all. And it has paid dividends. Her true net worth is a whopping $1 Billion, this makes her not only the richest female singer in the world, but the richest of all singers, regardless of gender. She is known for her reinvention on the stage and a genre spanning back catalog of music. Beginning in the 1980’s and remaining popular to this day. Her business ventures outside of music include a wide variety of branded merchandise, clothes, books, makeup, fragrances, you name it she sells it. She owns a chain of fitness stores, Hard Candy Fitness, founded an entertainment company, Maverick, and has made appearances in film and television. Madonna has leveraged a successful singing career into a multimedia empire that spans the globe.

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Madonna’s Blond Ambition dancers: New film ‘Strike a Pose’ reveals what happened to them

It’s 25 years since seven male dancers were picked out by Madonna for her Blond Ambition tour. They became gay role models and celebrities in their own right but inevitably the bubble burst, as a new film reveals.

It’s just over 25 years now since Madonna placed an ad anonymously to recruit “FIERCE male dancers who know the meaning of TROOP STYLE, BEAT BOY and VOGUE…wimps and Wanna-Be’s need not apply.”

The seven dancers she chose from open auditions in LA and New York accompanied Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition world tour, celebrated in the Truth Or Dare (aka In Bed with Madonna) documentary. They were all in their early twenties. Six were gay. They became celebrities in their own right as they travelled the world with the biggest pop star of the era. The dancers were wildly flamboyant. Most were classically trained.

“They are still very intriguing characters, all of them,” says Reijer Zwaan, whose new documentary about them, Strike a Pose (co-directed with Ester Gould) screens at the Berlin festival next week. Five of the dancers will be in Berlin for the world premiere. “To this day, they are great, inspiring and bold characters. These guys, when they were 20, were having the time of their lives. They were travelling the world. They were well known. They were performing in front of 50,000 people.” The dancers and the singers became a very close-knit group. Madonna talked about “feeling like a mother” toward them.

As a kid growing up in the Netherlands in the early 1990s, Zwaan, now a respected current affairs journalist with Dutch public TV, had been obsessed by Madonna and the dancers. He first saw Truth Or Dare when he was 11 years old.

“At the time, I was just fascinated by the tour, by the concert footage but also by the backstage material – the larger-than-life reality that they were all in. I saw it (the film) many times afterwards for the simple reason that my stepmother had bought the VHS.” What, Zwaan wondered, had happened to all the dancers in the intervening years? He decided to find out.

Thanks to social media, the dancers weren’t hard to track down. The trick was to convince them all to appear in the film. Zwaan and his co-director, Gould, wrote them all “a beautiful letter”, asking them to appear in the film.

Some responded immediately and agreed to appear in the film. Others were more cautious. “It’s not the same story for each dancer but in general, they were interested in what we were talking about… they were flattered and wary at the same time,” Gould suggests.

It was clear to the dancers that this wasn’t just a gossipy, nostalgic film with Madonna at the centre. The real intention was to explore just how these dancers reinvented their lives once their time in the limelight was over. The dancers are acknowledged to have had a considerable influence on gay culture. Truth Or Dare was considered groundbreaking – a mainstream film that turned into a huge box office hit and featured a scene of two gay men kissing.

As one fan puts it, “I remember watching this movie in middle school. It was before the internet. I rented it from the video store. It was the first time I saw gay people talking uncensored, being themselves, with this amazing woman.”

Twenty-five years on, the dancers are still stopped in the street. “People will say to them, ‘Thanks to you, I dared to come out to my family,’” says co-director Gould. “Every week, they get a letter or message from somebody thanking them. They know they have had an impact. At the same time, they have had to move on.”

Strike a Pose includes scenes in which the dancers read some of their fan letters. These message are often very poignant. “You guys were and still are my heroes. You gave me hope when there was none,” reads one typical message. “

The dancers may have been role models and a source of inspiration to fans but they have experienced chequered lives. They were all from very different backgrounds. One of them, Gabriel Trupin (whose mother appears in the film), died of an Aids-related illness in 1995.

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Luis Camacho in make-up (Lisa Guarnieri)

Not long before his death, Trupin, together with two of the other dancers, had launched a lawsuit against Madonna (which was later settled), claiming that the film had invaded their privacy. It highlighted a paradox that Strike a Pose now attempts to unravel. Trupin has been an inspiration for many young, gay kids. He and the other dancers gave the impression on screen and on stage that they didn’t care what the outside world thought about them. They were reckless and very creative. As it turned out, though, they were far more vulnerable than they appeared. Trupin was horrified that the scene of him French-kissing another man had been included in Truth Or Dare.

“That paradox was very interesting to us and something we talked about a lot to the dancers and to Gabriel’s mother,” says Zwaan. “So many people have pointed out to us that that scene (of the gay kiss) helped them to accept themselves and to dare to come out. Then, at the same time, one of the kissers had a whole different feeling about it.” During their time with Madonna, the dancers had been living in “a bubble” and inevitably that bubble burst. There were struggles with alcoholism, illness, professional disappointment, personal rifts.

“They all have dealt with self-doubt, shame and losing their own identity,” says Zwaan.

These proud dancers became defined in the public eye for what they had done with Madonna. “It’s one of the themes of this film – how do you get over this highlight? If you have this highlight when you’re 20 or 21, or for Jose and Luis, I think they were 18 or 19. There comes a point where they think, do I have to do another interview about Madonna? It keeps on following you throughout your life. Of course, they’re trying to move on,” Gould remarks.

No, Madonna hasn’t seen the film yet. The film-makers have “reached out” to the singer, her lawyers and management but haven’t yet had a response. Nonetheless, Zwaan believes she would be fascinated by what they’ve uncovered. “She is touring right now. She is doing the Rebel Heart tour and so she is all over the world and quite busy – and so I can imagine she didn’t even have a chance to respond. But I do believe that she cares about these guys. They were with her at a very important part of her career and they were very close. I do think that once she sees the film, she might be touched by their stories… they were sort of a family.”

Whatever the price they later had to pay, the dancers were Madonna’s foot soldiers when the singer was at the very height of her power and popularity – and their contribution to the success of the Blond Ambition tour was immense. As Gould puts it, “they do realise that they made a mark”.

‘Strike a Pose’ receives its world premiere at the Berlin Festival on 15 February 

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EXCLUSIVE: THE DIRECTORS OF STRIKE A POSE (interview)

Last week we revealed how directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan were preparing to premiere their new documentary, Strike A Pose, at the Berlin Film Festival. Featuring the dancers from Madonna’s iconic Blond Ambition tour and the Truth or Dare documentary aka In Bed With Madonna, they explain what life was like for them at the time and how it changed them forever. Before the film launches we spoke to Ester and Reijer about how they persuaded the dancers to regroup and why now was the right time.

How easy was it persuading the six dancers to be part of Strike A Pose?
Ester Gould: We first sent them a letter explaining our motives and why we felt that these dancers had managed to write history. It wasn’t going to be a ‘tell all’ tale. We were interested in what had happened to these men, not in gossiping about Madonna. I think the dancers liked us and understood the relevance of telling their own stories. Some were reluctant in the beginning, but they all agreed to meet and see who we were in the end. They have often been asked to participate in TV documentaries about Madonna, but what attracted them to this was that it would be about their own lives and experiences.
Reijer Zwaan: Some of the dancers were immediately open to the idea of talking to us about a possible documentary. Others were very reluctant to even meet with us. After 25 years they were somewhat tired of answering questions about Madonna. It helped when we explained that our film would be about them, about their own stories and about the influence that Truth or Dare has had on others. We also made it very clear that we were not looking for gossip. As soon as we met, we felt a true connection with all of them and I think the time was ready for it.

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Where were you when you first saw Truth Or Dare?
Ester: I remember seeing the film in the cinema when I was 16. It made quite an impression. It was daring and liberating.
Reijer: In a cinema in Amsterdam, where I grew up. I was 11 years old and my then-stepmother took my sister and me. Beforehand, I wasn’t that interested at all, but when we left I wanted to see it again right away. That whole world – bold, fun, larger-than-life – intrigued me. Even though I remember feeling slightly intimidated by some of the dancers too (they were all so mean to Oliver), their daring and outgoingness made a huge impact.

What made you want to revisit the Blond Ambition tour now?
Ester: I think I miss those times. People were more free and liberal back then than they are now. To some extent making this film is an homage to my teenage years and the eccentricity and dare that was celebrated in the early nineties. Pop culture feels more conformist and boring now.
Reijer: I love how political and outspoken it all was and that’s what has made it so influential. The research was sparked out of curiosity, ‘What would have happened to these seven special guys who were part of this groundbreaking tour and film?’ When we started looking on the internet, it became clear that we were not the only ones asking that question. The tour and the film have touched so many people’s lives. That’s when we realized that there might be a bigger story to tell.

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Did you reach out to Madonna?
Ester: We did reach out but haven’t heard back from her personally yet. It’s understandable because she’s so busy with her tour but we believe she will see the film soon. We also think she will like it, because the film honours the impact she made. But who knows – we can’t speak on her behalf.
Reijer: Yes, we wrote her a letter about the film and about our intentions in making it. For some reason, I think she still cares about these guys. Obviously, many people pass through her life, but I do think that that particular era of the Blond Ambition Tour and Truth or Dare must have been special for her too. I can imagine she will be touched by the stories of the dancers whom she has known so well and who were there with her.

Voguing is almost as hot as it was in the 80s. Why do you think that is?
Ester: Voguing is a form of dance and art that enhances pride and self-confidence. Why it’s hot now is a question that’s hard to answer, perhaps it’s simply proving itself to be more than a fashionable phase because there’s something very truthful and authentic about it.
Reijer: The arrogance of it, the fierceness, is very attractive and fun. It’s such an expressive form of dance, so stylish too. Somehow it’s about feeling free and on top of the world, or as Jose put it, ‘Everyone deserves feeling like they are having their picture taken at one time or another.’

 

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Summer concert rumors: Beyoncé, Madonna, Britney?

must be mid-February if local promoters are talking summer concerts.

Rumors started spreading last week about the possibility of a Bruce Springsteen concert in late July; now there’s talk of Madonna, Britney Spears and Beyoncé taking over Tel Aviv — separately — over the course of summer 2016.

Springsteen may just be wishful thinking, but Madonna is currently on a world tour and is in talks with several Israeli producers to perform this summer, reported Tourist Israel. Ditto for Britney Spears, who hasn’t yet performed in the land.

Madonna’s last Tel Aviv concert was in 2012, when she launched her world tour from Israel with 30,000 fans in attendance at the Ramat Gan Stadium.

Israel Hayom reported that several Israeli producers are working together to bring superstar Beyoncé, the mega pop star they’ve wanted to host for years.

According to Israel Hayom, the producers are talking about two consecutive concerts in the first week of August, in a production that would cost $7 to $8 million.

One concert that is confirmed for this summer is Mercury Rev, an alternative New York band that is slated to perform at Tel Aviv’s Barby club on July 20.

The band, formed in Buffalo, New York, in the late 1980s, has had some musician switches over the years, but vocalist Jonathan Donahue and guitarist and clarinetist Sean Mackowiak a.k.a. Grasshopper, are still in the band, joined by bassist Carlos Anthony Molina and drummer Jason Miranda.

Mercury Rev has played three times in Israel and, having made ties with other Israeli musicians, had rocker Aviv Geffen open for it in France several years back.

Israeli fans, the band has said, are among the most appreciative and knowledgeable.

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Madonna Plans Tokyo Ginza Appearance

Madonna is currently touring Asia but she has more than just concerts on her itinerary. The superstar is gearing up to make a special appearance at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi Ginza store on Feb. 15 to promote her skincare line, MDNA Skin. A Hong Kong event is scheduled for Feb. 19 at The Ritz-Carlton, although it is still unclear whether or not the singer will attend that installment of the festivities, which coincide with the dates of her “Rebel Hear Tour.”

The Material Girl launched her own skincare line in 2014 through a collaboration with Nagoya, Japan-based niche beauty player MTG and skincare artist Michelle Peck. The initial product line up, which is currently sold only in Japan, featured a Skin Rejuvenator device that employs magnet technology, a clay mask and a serum. The newly expanded range, which MTG is rolling out to other markets, will include a face wash and another serum.

Madonna recently attended her ex-husband Sean Penn’s fundraiser for Haiti.

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M. speech on 2nd Taipei show

She delivered a hear-felt speech on the victims of southern Taiwan earthquake this morning and how she was a bit scared staying in her presidential suite on 17th floor at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Taipei, but were glad that her teams and fans were fine celebrating REBELHEART!

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Madonna In Taiwan-China Row After Wearing Flag

The singer’s decision to drape a flag around her shoulders divided fans as relations between the state and China deteriorate.

Madonna has become embroiled in a war of words over Taiwanese identity after draping herself in the island’s flag during a concert in Taipei.

Taiwanese newspapers published photos of the Queen of Pop with the flag around her shoulders as she sang an encore.

The move was greeted enthusiastically by many on Taiwanese internet forums, who saw it as a boost to their quest to protect the island’s sovereignty in the face of increased influence from Beijing.

“Madonna supports Taiwan with her acts. Taiwan loves Madonna too,” read one message on the Apple Daily newspaper’s website.

But posts on China’s Twitter-equivalent Weibo responded angrily.

“Is Taiwan a country? I am laughing to death… you are just a region,” said one.

“Madonna draped the flag and you think you are going to be recognised by the UN? So funny,” said another, referring to Taiwan’s lack of international status.

Taiwan has been self-ruling since splitting from China in 1949 following a civil war, but Beijing still views it as part of its territory awaiting reunification.

As Beijing’s influence has grown globally, Taiwan has lost many allies, losing its place at the UN to Beijing and is now only recognised by 22 countries.

China supporters also voiced their anger on Madonna’s Instagram account, responding to a picture which showed her face superimposed on a blue sun motif similar to the white sun on Taiwan’s flag, attracting 2,000 messages.

“Shut up, people of Taiwan province of China,” one message read.

“Madonna was just creating a talking point and some Taiwanese people thought she was speaking up for Taiwan independence? So funny,” said another.

The Asian leg of the Rebel Heart Tour includes dates in Hong Kong and Macau, but not mainland China.

There was no immediate comment from local promoters or Madonna’s representatives following Thursday’s concert.

Last year, US singer-songwriter Katy Perry caused a stir in both Taiwan and China when she appeared on stage in Taipei draped in a Taiwan flag, while donning a gold dress adorned with sunflowers – a symbol of anti-China student protests in Taiwan in 2014.

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Order the brand new Madonna studio albums Japanese re-issues at FAME in Amsterdam, but read conditions!

FAME in Amsterdam offers a chance for fans to order the brand new Japanese re-issue cd’s through their store. The brand new re-issues feature Madonna’s first album, Like a Virgin, True Blue, You Can Dance, Like a Prayer & The Immaculate Collection. They are all issued as they were as the original Japanese LP’s making them true collectibles.

FAME (now located in the Media Markt near the Central Sation in Amsterdam) can order them for you, however they cannot guarantee delivery as these are limited editions. Estimated delivery time is 4-6 weeks and the price per CD is EUR 30.

If you decide to order them through FAME, they ask you to do so in the store with a down payment as they cannot return these to the supplier when you decide not to pick them up after ordering.

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Classic Madonna Song Backs Part of Pepsi’s Super Bowl Ad


Super Bowl 50 and its golden anniversary theme has apparently put some advertisers in a nostalgic mood. Ads released already include references to Marilyn Monroe and “The Jeffersons,” while classic tracks from Van Halen and David Bowie provide the soundtracks for other spots.

Now you can add Pepsi to the list of marketers going retro. The cola brand, which is again sponsoring this year’s halftime show, will lead into the show with an ad that begins with “Do You Love Me,” by the Contours. Then comes a Madonna 1980s classic, “Express Yourself.” Contemporary pop star Janelle Monáe walks through each time period in the spot before ending the ad with her remake of the old “Joy of Pepsi” jingle, which Pepsi recently resurrected.

The ad, which was released today, is meant to play off the theme of this year’s halftime show, which the NFL told Pepsi would be a “past, present and future celebration of music,” said Chad Stubbs, VP of marketing for the Pepsi trademark. So far, artists slated to perform in the show are Coldplay and Beyonce, according to published reports, and that list seems likely to grow. Billboard has speculated that Bruno Mars might show up.

Ms. Monáe, who has previously appeared in global Pepsi ads, recorded a 10-second introduction to the spot that will air right before the ad begins. She will appear in a portion of the Levi’s Stadium known as the Pepsi Fan Deck. (She is not in the actual halftime show, Pepsi confirmed.) The 10 seconds became available to Pepsi because it is the period in which the TV feed is switched from CBS to the NFL, which oversees the halftime production, Pepsi executives said.

That 10 seconds carries a media value of $1.5 million to Pepsi, estimated Justin Toman, Pepsi’s director of sports marketing. “On the Super Bowl broadcast every second really does count,” he said. Ad Age’s Datacenterestimates that one second of ad time in Super Bowl 50 is costing advertisers $160,000, compared to just $1,333 in 1967.

Pepsi is in the final year of a four-year halftime sponsorship contract. Asked if the brand will return as the sponsor next year, Mr. Toman said, “we would love to if the cards play out that way.”

In previous years, Pepsi has produced 30-second lead-in ads that were localized to the Super Bowl site. Last year’s spot, for instance, was called “Halftime Touches Down,” and showed the stadium landing like a spaceship from the Arizona sky. This year’s ad, which is by The Marketing Arm, was created to have more lasting value.

“Those other ads were truly made just for a one time airing the night of the Super Bowl,” Mr. Stubbs said. But this year’s spot can be used the rest of the year, he added.

The Contours song was chosen because it was popular during the period when the Super Bowl began 50 years ago, Mr. Stubbs said. Madonna’s association with Pepsi includes a 1989 commercial that was pulled due to controversy over her “Like a Prayer” video. While “Express Yourself” was never in a Pepsi ad, “it was within that album and era that we had worked with Madonna before,” Mr. Stubbs said.

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Pop icon Madonna rocks Taipei, shows ROC flag on stage (update)

Pop icon Madonna rocks Taipei, shows ROC flag on stage (update)

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) “Queen of Pop” Madonna on Thursday rocked fans in Taipei at a lavish concert in which the diva reeled out hits such as “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl,” before ending the night on a high note draped in Taiwan’s national flag.

The concert, Madonna’s first ever concert in Taiwan, opened with dancers appearing on the stage carrying large gold pikes as Madonna descended onto the stage in a large metal cage. The singer wore a black and red Samurai-inspired outfit and sang “Iconic” to rapturous applause.

“Taipei, are you with me?” the American singer-songwriter greeted her electrified fans at the Taipei Arena.

“Hello Taiwan, are you ready?” Madonna again greeted her thousands of fans when performing “Burning Up” with an electric guitar.

She also said “Hello. Thank you,” and yelled “I love you” in Mandarin to the roaring crowd.

The pop diva, known for her catchy tunes and creative and daring shows, also performed songs including “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Holy Water,” “Body Shop” and “Living For Love.”

She also sang “Take a Bow” for her Taiwan fans, the first time she performed the song on the “Rebel Heart” concert tour.

At the end of the concert, Madonna draped herself in the Republic of China (Taiwan) flag while performing the encore song “Holiday.” At every stop on the tour, she performs “Holiday” with the national flag of the country she is in.

The 140-minute show, the first of two by the singer in Taiwan, did not begin until 10:15 p.m. Thursday. That set a new record at the Taipei Arena, as no concert has ever begun later than 10:15 p.m. at the venue.

Organizers of the concert are expected to pay a large sum of money for overtime – estimated at around NT$3.5 million (US$ 105,901) or above.

Madonna’s second concert will be held Saturday, also at the Taipei Arena.

Forty-two year-old office worker Sam Lin (林聖賢), who has been a fan of Madonna for three decades, said the singer has had a great impact on him.

“Madonna is true to herself and is not afraid to show herself,” said Lin, who wore a bright pink dress and top modeled after a costume Madonna wore during her first concert tour in the 1980s.

August Chen (陳嘉銘), a 43-year-old Indonesian Chinese who has lived in Taiwan for 18 years, was clad in a red bullfighter costume to echo the matador theme of Madonna’s concerts on this tour.

It was his fourth time attending a Madonna concert, Chen told CNA prior to the concert.

(By Sabine Cheng and Christie Chen)
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