Forbes just posted their list of the top-earning women in music. Lady Gaga came in first making $90 million in 2011! Taylor Swift ranked second with $45 million grossed. Also on the list was Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Rihanna. It’s surprising that Rihanna isn’t higher on the list.
Well, if you tuned into the X Factor last week, you may have seen the young starlet being eliminated off of the hit reality TV show. The decision came down to Nicole Sherzinger, who couldn’t decide and sent the vote into a tiebreaker… which resulted in the ousting of Crow. That wasn’t even the rough part… after finding out she was eliminated, Rachel Crow started to BALL on stage… and it was rough. Considering Rachel is only 13 years old… that is a LOT of pressure to put on the little girl, and there has got to be a lot of different emotions to deal with. It kind of brings up the point whether or not 13-years old is too young to be in the celebrity spotlight.
Even though J.R. Martinez won the title of the champion of Dancing with the Stars, Rob Kardashian came in a close second place. With both of the competitors getting 30 out of 30 for their second dance, judge Carrie Anne Inaba said “To get a 10 you have to really blow us away . . . consider me blown.”
J.R. Martinez is the new winner of Dancing With the Stars: Season 13. He had a little help from Karina Smirnoff who celebrated this as her first win of the show as well. J.R. was previously a member of the United States Army as a Humvee driver until April 2003 when his front left tire hit a landmine. He had spent 34 months in a hospital and has undergone 33 surgeries. He has severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body. After his recovery and before Dancing with the Stars, he has pursued motivational speaking as well as acting on ABC’s All My Children.
C. Wright Mills discusses the power of fame in his book ” The Power Elite.” Most of the information he discusses refers to the latter half of the 20th century. Some of his main themes are carried over and evident into the 21st century with our present day celebrities.
C. Wright Mills states:
” There is no doubt that it is enormously more important to one’s prestige to have one’s picture on the cover of a truly big national magazine..”
C. Wright Mills is correct when he states that being on covers of magazines is an important part of the “celebrity job”. In saying this being a celebrity is a competitive sport and getting on those magazine covers are crucial to stay popular and hot. If a celebrity is not featured on magazines they are most likely not a hot ticket item and lower on the fame scale. It is a competition to be the best of the best and that is what fame is all about. This competition is what keeps celebrities and fame alive today. Without that motivation to be better, there would be no reason to try. Most of the time it is healthy competition but then there are cases where things get out of control.
These cases deal with fame whores. Defined by Urban Dictionary a fame whore is an individual who is willing to do anything, regardless of how humiliating or demeaning, to achieve notoriety. Such people will do anything to get people’s attention. ( In which will be publicized on magazine covers.)
Here are a few examples:
The NBA lockout continues and the NBA superstars continue to be bored. Many have turned to playing pick up basketball games, taking part time jobs, or signing contracts overseas. But some are just working out and making random appearances. Follow the stars on Twitter and you will see many tweeting about other sports and news. Or if you are lucky with your timing you may find Kevin Durant looking for a flag football game, and then sign on as your new Quarterback/Wide Receiver.
With the passing of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates is getting pushed onto the back burner. Steve Jobs was a great man and a great CEO but what about Bill? Bill Gates and his wife do a great deal for society with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and he should not be forgotten. “It certainly is time to acknowledge that devoting billions of dollaons of dollars of his own money in an attempt to cure malaria and other diseases that plague the developing world is at least as important as inventing the iPad.”
Many athletes are well known around the world, and are treated as celebrities in the media as they are watched carefully for mistakes. Where these athletes are held as legends rather than just a famous face, is in their hometowns and cities of the teams they played for. LeBron disgraced Cleveland, but Akron, Ohio will never hold it against him. This is why special events that welcome home their athletes are great public spectacles. Friday October 14th featured the welcoming home of Syracuse University Alumni like John Wallace, Jonny Flynn, Wes Johnson, and Andy Rautins for a Midnight Madness exhibition to kick off the 2011-12 season.
“The panic for status has become a professional craving; their very image of self is dependant upon publicity.”
-C Wright Mills
We have seen celebrity after celebrity gain notoriety and attention from everything they do. Lindsay Lohan makes the news and the cover of People for doing cocaine and wrecking her car, as of last October Lohan had been to jail 15 times. Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian gained significant national attention for appearances in sex tapes, and now both produce a line of beauty products for young women with their name on it. Julianne Moore, a celebrity who does behind the scenes humanitarian work, pointed out that it seems women like Angelina Jolie and Madonna who do their work on the front lines, do it for the attention of it all.
“the star system of a society that makes a fetish of competition” (C. Wright Mills)
They became famous for their athletic talent, hardwork, and dedication to the sport, but remain in the spotlight for other reasons as well; they are celebrities.