Beyoncé Knowles was named Forbes’ most powerful celebrity on the publication’s annual Celebrity 100 list, which measures celebrities’ power based on money and fame. Beyoncé has certainly had an impressive year, with one huge tour under her belt, another just started, and a massively popular album released in an unconventional format. According to Forbes’ calculations, Bey made $115 million during the measuring period of June 1, 2013 to June 1, 2014.
All that cash comes from Beyoncé’s 95 date The Mrs. Carter Show tour — which saw her making $2.4 million a night — sales of her self-titled fifth album and its platinum single “Drunk in Love,” plus endorsements for H&M and Pepsi, as well as her own fragrances and clothing line House of Dereon.
Bey just started another tour with husband Jay Z — who ranked sixth on Forbes’ list — which only has 20 dates but is significant for being the power couple’s first tour together. The On the Run tour kicked off in Miami on July 25 and will go around the country before wrapping up in Paris in mid-September. The pair announced the tour by posting an epic mock movie trailer featuring a litany of their celebrity friends that nearly broke the Internet when it debuted on YouTube.
Beyoncé’s fifth album received rave reviews from critics and popular success after it was released without warning in December. The record was called a ‘visual album’ since a music video was made for every song before the record came out, something that critics have interpreted as a way to entice her audience to consume the album as an album in a landscape that has almost completely disregarded the album as a format in favor of singles.
“The album is brassy but elegant, it’s post-coital breath smelling faintly of cheap liquor sipped from a crystal flute. It finds Beyoncé shifting gears to pull off her most explicit and sonically experimental music to date, exploring sounds and ideas at the grittier margins of popular music,” said Pitchfork. Rolling Stone gave it 3.5 stars and concluded the review saying, “But only massive hubris could have made a feat like this album possible. And Beyoncé’s hubris makes the world a better, more Beyoncé-like place.”