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Rihanna Beats Beyonce, Others To Become World’s Richest Female Musician


Rihanna Beats Beyonce, Others To Become World’s Richest Female Musician

Although Rihanna hasn’t released an album in more than three years – it’s clear the work she’s putting into her other business ventures is paying off.

The singer is the richest female musician in the world according to Forbes’ annual rich list.

RiRi has an estimated fortune of $600m (£471m) with the bulk of that coming from her Fenty beauty range.

She’s overtaken Madonna and Beyonce, who previously topped the list.

Rihanna’s last studio album Anti came out in 2016. However, the 31-year-old has been putting her efforts into her beauty, lingerie and clothing ranges.

Rihanna – real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty – launched Fenty Beauty in September 2017 and it’s estimated it racked up sales of $100m (£78m) in its first few weeks. Forbes estimates that the company generated $570m (£448m) last year.

Experts say Rihanna’s invested her money wisely.

“Globally the entire beauty industry is worth $480bn (£377bn) – in 2018 the UK market was valued at $17bn (£13bn),” says Hannah Symons, global beauty manager at Euromonitor International.

Hannah’s job is to track the growth of the beauty industry – looking for trends.

“Rihanna’s success clearly doesn’t come off the back of the music although that’s how she initially gained fame.

“It’s all about her relevance and how she resonates with customers online. She’s very connected to her fans through social media and she’s always updating them on the newest products and things like launch dates,” Hannah adds.

As well as her beauty range, Rihanna also has a lingerie line and recently made history by becoming the first woman to have a clothing range with French company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Hannah thinks part of Rihanna’s success is she’s appealing to a very wide audience.

“A lot of the people buying her products are not people who were buying her music. Rihanna has been around for 15 years but the people buying her products are aged 16-19, so wouldn’t have been around when she started making music.

“And it’s not just because she caters for darker skin tones either, she also caters for people at the paler end of the spectrum. And it’s this inclusive element that makes her stand out. Hannah says she’s also been wise partnering with a high street retailer, making her products more accessible.

Rihanna leads the rich female musician list with £472m, followed by Madonna – £448m, Celine Dion – £350m and Beyonce – £314m.




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Stonebwoy Jabs Media Over Hotel Brouhaha





Stonebwoy has taken a swipe at a section of Ghana’s media over reports that he was kicked out of a hotel in Kenya, where he performed at this year’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Festival in Nairobi on Saturday.

According to the celebrated reggae dancehall artiste, the media is only interested in seeing artistes like him fail.

He is, therefore, considering taking a legal action against the media platforms that reported his alleged hotel brouhaha, something he described as “false.”

This week’s reports from Kenya indicated that this year’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Festival didn’t live to up its billing.

The concert, which had some top African artistes such as Nigeria’s Yemi Alade, Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz and Ghana’s dancehall artiste Stonebwoy on the bill, was held on Saturday at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

However, things didn’t go as planned, and music fans reportedly left the event grounds in sheer disappointment.

Stonebwoy allegedly got kicked out of his hotel room after the event over non-payment of bills by the organisers.

Kenyan celebrity blogger Xtian Dela‒ who made the Stonebwoy allegation on Twitter‒ also refused to disclose the name of the particular hotel in question, but only added that Nigeria’s Yemi Alade also “got locked up in her hotel room of because of bills.”

The reports were subsequently picked up by Ghana’s media platforms.

“Sometimes I wonder why so much WICKEDNESS in our Country.. FALSE reportage Gives Us So Much JOY!! like I see these Things and I’m pushed to regret Representing For this same Flag. When All they want is TO SEE US FAIL.. anyway the LAW works and we might resort to it,” he tweeted.




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Minister Honours Winner Of Talented Kids





The winner of Talented Kids 2019, Nakeeat Dramani, on Tuesday met the Minister of Water & Sanitation, Cecilia Dapaah, to be honoured for her great ideas and concerns for the environment.

During her participation in the competition, the winner was an advocate of the environment and sanitation practices as her key message, which finally helped her emerge as the ultimate winner of the competition.

Madam Dapaah said she was thrilled when she saw Ms. Dramani’s performance and what captured her most was one of her poems on sanitation and the environment.

In view of that, she decided to invite Ms. Dramani to congratulate and honour her for having a big agenda since Ghana is currently being faced with sanitation problems.

The minister has also appointed her as the sanitation ambassador of the Ministry of Water & Sanitation for the next two years.

She stated that the initiative started by Ms. Dramani is a good one and since she’s a minor, she would have the opportunity to educate her peers and everyone in Ghana to orchestrate a massive change in sanitation practices.

The minister added that she would help repeat the message the contestant was sending across to keep the environment clean and avoid indiscriminate dumping of waste.

“Let us encourage our children and help them know their interest for them to be supportive in society” she said, as she thanked the TV3, organisers, for organising it for the past 10 years and unveiling precious talents.





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Adom FM Music Chart (Week 23): Kwesi Arthur’s ‘Nobody’ gunning for number 1?



The number one song on your favourite music chart this week may be ‘Shuga’ by Stonebwoy featuring Beenie Man.

However, the number two song, ‘Nobody’ by Kwesi Arthur, is threatening ‘Shuga’s position.

There are increasing talks about the song on social media as Kwesi Arthur readies for his solo concert in London in July.

Listeners are always eager to praise Kwesi Arthur and Mr Eazi for the amazing collaboration. Videos of fans enjoying the song in their personal space and the airplay it receives, have increased popularity as more and more people warm up to it.

The song had been on the chart for more than a month but climbed up at a slower pace. However, the growing interest of people in the song is increasing its chances of topping the chart.

At number three is Fameye’s ‘Nothing I Get’.

The growth of ‘Nobody’ has affected ‘No More’ by Kuami Eugene featuring Sarkodie.

Although the song was aiming for the ultimate spot last week at number two, it has fallen to the fourth position. Not bad if you think about it, it is still in the top five and has the opportunity to take the mantle from ‘Shuga’.

Less than a month on the chart and ‘Nsenkyerene Nyankopon’ by Diana Hamilton has joined the top five, a difficult feat for many. However many people seem to be enjoying the Gospel singer’s latest a lot, so its current position may not exactly be a surprise.

At number six is ‘Don’t Be Late’ by Kofi Mole.

‘Kpo Keke’ by Stonebwoy featuring Medikal, Darkovibes, Kelvyn Boy and Kwesi Arthur has dropped to number seven this week.

‘Jama’ by DJ Mic Smith featuring Patoranking and Shaker has taken another drop. The song is at number eight.

‘Omo Ada’ by Medikal takes over the ninth position. Although it has dropped after topping the chart six times in a row ‘Omo Ada’ still manages to get people on their feet anytime it plays, assuring it of its spot in the top ten.

At number ten is ‘Bad Energy’ by Guru featuring Kwesi Swat.

Also affected by ‘Nobody’ growth is ‘W’asue Me’ by Obaapa Christy. After staying at number 10 for three weeks, the song is holding the 11th position.

‘Eno Be My Matter by Okyeame Kwame featuring Kuami Eugene is again maintaining its number 12 position from last week.

For its second week on the chart, ‘Dzigbordi’ by Lord Paper has moved up from 19 to number 13.

Another song moving up the chart is Dope Nation by ‘Zanku’. The song is at number 14.

At number 15 is ‘Steve Wonder’ by Wendy Shay featuring Shatta Wale.

At number 16 ‘Pilolo’ by Guilty Beatz, Mr Eazi and Kwesi Arthur, three positions down from its previous position.

Making its debut on the chart at number 17 is Dondo by Kwaw Kese featuring Skonti. The song was released in May but has only begun catching the attention of Ghanaians.

‘Sugar Daddy’ by KiDi featuring Mr Eazi is holding the number 18 position. The song which appears on his new album ‘Sugar’ is debuting on the chart almost two weeks after the album dropped.

‘Asew’ meaning in-law by Bisa Kdei is at number 19.

‘My Matter’ by Praye another debut this week is at number 20.

Goodbye to Samini’s ‘Rainbow’, ‘Mr. Badman’ by KiDi and ‘Holiday’ by Dafie Opanka.

With fresh releases every week the taste of people in music keep shifting from one to another. Let us see if the change in preference will move some of your favourites off the chart or make them stay for longer.

Join Andy Dosty this and every Saturday at 12:30 pm, on the Adom Chart Show on Adom FM, to find out if ‘Daavi Neba’ will still hold unto number one or be dragged down.


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