Like her Anti track says, all Rihanna does is work, work, work, work, work, work. And, it's really paid off. In taking that honor, Rihanna managed to surpass an artist who has been working over twice as long as her: Madonna. For Rihanna, though, her number one spot is less due to her music career and more to her blossoming fashion design career. Namely, Rihanna's upcoming luxury line with LVMH helped her secure her spot, which impressively hasn't even launched yet, even though Rihanna has been spotted out and about wearing pieces from her debut collection. Rihanna's financial reign wasn't revealed as part of a top-paid musician list. Which is to say, it's wild that the richest female in music wasn't the top-paid female in music last year and, accordingly, you should maybe take Forbes ' calculations with a grain of salt.
The singer can attribute most of her fortune to her makeup and fashion brands.
Since her debut in , Madonna 's contributions to music, film, fashion, dance, and popular culture alongside with her attitude has influenced many other artists in the world. Madonna's influence on artists is praised by most authors and historians, because when she emerged in the 80's, almost all the top artists in the world were men and bands, but after her, almost all would be female singers, with many critics saying that she still with the same status and unrivaled by any of her colleagues. Although Madonna took inspiration from other singers and people, music journalists from Billboard to MTV have commented that "she didn't follow anybody's formula" and "influenced herself".
In fact, Rihanna has more hits than she has years on the planet. She earned her 30th smash a few days after her 29th birthday. For tips, records, snapshots and stories on Los Angeles music culture, follow Randall Roberts on Twitter and Instagram: liledit. Email: randall. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music and pens the weekly California Sounds column for the Los Angeles Times. Gone but never forgotten, Selena gets a dazzling tribute at the Premios Juventud.
But Rihanna's ambitious pining for a Madonna-level success required laser focus and unconventional risk taking. Here's how Rihanna finessed her way into such a supremely influential role in today's music scene and pop culture. And with the infectious success of her No. It's an album that critics struggled to grasp at first, NPR calling it a "cultural resistance.