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Rihanna Proves You Don't Have To Sell Your Soul To Succeed In Business By Becoming The Richest Female Musician In The World

Rihanna: proof that some rich people are OK. Maybe.

Forbes has revealed that Rihanna is officially the richest female musician in the world, with a fortune of $600 million, or over $850 million in dollarydoos.

That makes her richer than Madonna, Celine Dion, and, yes, Beyoncé. I definitely assumed Beyoncé was one of the richest people on the planet, but I think that’s just because she has the loudest fans.

While RiRi’s the richest female musician, she didn’t earn all that money from her music, as catchy as it is. If you’ve been paying any attention at all in the past few years, you’ve probably heard of Fenty Beauty, her beauty brand that has taken Sephora, and also the world, by storm.

Celebrated not just for the quality of the products (they’re amazing) but also the diverse range of shades available, and the diverse models used in their promotional material, Fenty reportedly earned $100 million in the first few weeks following its launch.

Since then, Rihanna has also launched her own brand of lingerie, and was again celebrated for using diverse bodies to promote the line, both on and off the runway.

Most recently, it was announced that Rihanna will be launching her own fashion brand, Fenty Maison, which will be part of the LVMH family alongside Fenty Beauty.

Throughout all of this, Rihanna has continued to come across as incredibly down-to-earth and authentic on social media, thanks to her being so open about her political views, and her love of weed, but also because of the way she’s unafraid to clap back at critics, and the way she interacts and engages with fans.

Whether that appearance of authenticity is indeed authentic doesn’t matter so much as whether people believe it, and people absolutely do.

Googling ‘Rihanna’ and ‘relatable’ pulls up countless results with videos and articles about how Rihanna is ‘relatable AF’ as a result of everything from her being open about weight fluctuation to her giving her younger self advice to sleep more.

Plus, she’s been known to slide into fans’ DMs with advice, and made headlines in 2016 for helping a fan come out to his family.

Writing for Vice, Lauren O’Neill chalked a lot of the love for Rihanna up to the fact that she seems unchanged by fame, to the point that much of her inner circle consists of childhood friends.

Whatever the reason, Rihanna’s relatability and kindness are refreshing in an age where everyone’s social media personas are carefully crafted and every new week sees another celebrity getting outed as a terrible person.

If anyone has to be rich (and under capitalism, that is an inevitability), I’m OK with it being Rihanna.

Rihanna Just Became The Latest Musician To Demand That Trump Stop Using Her Songs At Rallies

She also accurately described his rallies as 'tragic'.

Rihanna has become the latest celebrity to ask Trump to stop using her songs at his events, after a journalist tweeted about the atmosphere at a Trump rally in Tennessee.

Philip Rucker’s tweet reads:

It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics. Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.”

To which Ri responded:

Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!”

Rihanna has been a vocal supporter of Floridian gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in the weeks leading up to tomorrow’s mid-term elections, and had just made a post encouraging her Floridian followers to vote for him when she tweeted about Trump using her music.

Gillum is currently the mayor of Tallahassee, and is the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida. If elected, he would be Florida’s first black governor, which is something Rihanna highlighted in her Instagram post.

In encouraging her followers to support Gillum, Rihanna wrote:

“If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground.”

It’s pretty clear that she’d never be thrilled with Trump using her music to amp up his supporters.

She isn’t the first musician to ask Trump to stop using their music; musicians have been making similar requests for years now. Vulture has published a comprehensive history of musicians rejecting Trump, and the list includes:

  1. Neil Young
  2. REM
  3. Twisted Sister
  4. Adele
  5. Elton John
  6. The Rolling Stones
  7. Queen
  8. George Harrison
  9. Pavarotti
  10. Steven Tyler
  11. Prince
  12. Pharrell Williams
  13. Guns N’ Roses

… and Ri makes 14.

Just last week, Pharrell had his lawyer issue a cease-and-desist ordering Trump to stop playing his song ‘Happy’ at rallies, and criticised him for playing it immediately following the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

And on the same day as Rihanna’s request, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose tweeted:

Just so ya know… GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events.”

This came after Trump played ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ at a rally in West Virginia last week.

According to Rose, the Trump campaign relies on loopholes in each venues’ performance license to be able to use the songs they do.

Pretty soon there won’t be any music left for Trump to use besides the music of KISS or Ted Nugent. Not even Kanye appears to be onboard the Trump Train anymore.

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