Top Earning Woman in Music: GAGA

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.

What makes someone famous?

There are many different types of Celebrities.

In the book ” The Power Elite”, C. Wright Mills discusses celebrities alongside their reason for fame.

“Rather then being celebrated because they occupy positions of prestige, they occupy positions of prestige because they are celebrated.” – C. Wright Mills

Celebrities become famous by:

  • association
  • talent
  • social class and lifestyle.

and every celebrity has their own rise of fame.

Paris Hilton for example is famous by association and lifestyle. She is the heiress of  the founder of the Hilton Hotel chain. Referencing back to C. Wright Mills, she would be celebrated because she occupies a position of prestige.In other words she is distinguished as a celebrity because she was born under the Hilton name.



Taylor Swift on the other hand is famous for her talent. She is a celebrity that occupies a position of prestige and is celebrated for it. People enjoy her talents which makes her famous. She chooses to be famous because of her popularity.



Two different celebrities both well known but famous for different  reasons.



Tweet, tweet.

One hundred and forty characters: that’s all you have to leave an impression on your followers, to talk about your life, to start a movement, or to completely ruin your career.  Twitter: it’s the social media website that is taking over the social media industry and it’s creating unique opportunities for celebrities.

How did we communicate with celebrities before twitter?  It’s almost hard to think back that far.  We communicated to celebrities through fan mail, tabloid magazines, entertainment shows, etc.  All of that communication was push media, we were pushing ourselves at the celebrities that we loved and hated.  Now, with twitter we are able to have an actually dialogue.

Take a look at Shaquille O’Neal, every day he provides wisdom to all of his followers, he shares lessons and quotes.  His followers retweet him and then people who would not have thought to follow Shaq are now more drawn to his profile.

Demi Lovato uses her twitter page to communicate about her past struggles this past year.  She uses twitter to clear rumors, and to put a person behind her celebrity status.

Taylor Swift is always uploading pictures on her twitter; pictures of her dressing room, backstage, on tour, shopping, doing her everyday activities and the best part is, her fans get to see it all.

Follow some of your favorite celebrities and see what goes on behind the glamour, tabloids, and rumors.

Halloween Irony

Everyone knows that Halloween is the one day a year when everyone can get away with dressing up as anyone they want to be.  Halloween is commercialized toward kids for the most part with the age old tradition of trick or treating. For young adult generations the holiday is represented with promiscuous costumes and partying.

On Oct. 31st a nude photo had been uploaded to the internet featuring Taylor Swift. Reports crazed the internet this morning including an article from The Hollywood Reporter. As of right now Swift is claiming that the picture is not of her and she is intending for legal action to the participating parties.

It’s ironic that a sexy photo scandal of one of the most innocent celebrities hits the internet on the exact same day as Halloween; the day where everything is all about being outrageous, extreme and exaggerated.

Is this picture true, or a prank to make a good reputation turn bad?