Oprah Loses No. 1 Spot

The world’s Most Powerful Celebrities

She’s rich. She’s talented. She’s beautiful. And now Angelina Jolie is the most powerful celebrity in the world.

Thanks to the release of several blockbuster movies and an endless sea of media buzz, Jolie has dethroned Oprah Winfrey to top this year’s Celebrity 100 list, Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s ultra famous.

Jolie raked in $27 million in the past 12 months thanks to a movie schedule that included “Kung Fu Panda,” “Wanted” and the not-yet-released spy thriller “Salt.” Even more impressive: The publicity she garnered following the birth of her twins, as well as the consistent headlines she grabs for her philanthropic efforts and her relationship with actor Brad Pitt, who ranks No. 9 on the list.

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Winfrey drops to No. 2 on the list. The media maven has pocketed $275 million in the last year, making her the list’s top earner. Though viewership for her daily chat fest, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” continues to erode, her earnings remain unchanged from a year ago. In addition to Winfrey’s monthly magazine, she has a three-year, $55 million deal with XM Satellite Radio. Early next year, the self-made billionaire will roll out the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications.

In a year filled with humbling bank failures and violent stock market swings, the earning power of the 2009 Celebrity 100 remained remarkably resilient. The cumulative earnings of the 2009 list totaled $4.1 billion, up slightly from last year’s $4 billion haul.

The primary reason celebrities are still making big money: Many stars are locked into long-term performance and endorsement contracts. If the economy does not improve, expect the downturn to catch up to the A-list next year.

The Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, models, chefs, athletes, authors, and musicians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online). The earnings estimates consist of pre-tax income between June 2008 and June 2009. Management, agent, and attorney fees are not deducted.

Rounding out the top five on the list are pop icon Madonna ($110 million), singer Beyonce Knowles ($87 million), and golfer Tiger Woods ($110 million).

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The Material Girl banked the majority of her millions on the road. Her “Hard Candy” tour rounded out 2008 as the year’s top-grossing international tour, raking in $280 million across 17 countries.

Knowles’ haul came from album sales, tour performances, films, a fashion collection, and a lengthy list of endorsement deals.

Woods’ pile of cash came mostly from endorsements, appearance fees, and a lucrative gig designing golf courses. He spent most of the year sidelined with a knee injury.

Among the newcomers on this year’s list: “Twilight” scribe Stephanie Meyer (No. 26) and country crooner Taylor Swift (No. 69). Meyer, who sold 29 million books and created a vampire frenzy, earned $50 million during the year-long period. Swift was the top-selling U.S. artist of 2008, banking $18 million off of a tour, album sales and endorsement deals.

Barack Obama joins the list as the first sitting head of state to land on the Celebrity 100. The President’s historic election last year helped him sell millions of books. He debuts on this year’s list at No. 49, with book earnings of $2.5 million for the 12-month period.

To make room for the new entries to the list, 37 bold-faced stars fell off. Among them: J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp. Rowling lacked a new “Harry Potter” book, while Depp failed to release or collect on an installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Edited by Matthew Miller, Dorothy Pomerantz, and Lacey Rose

Eminem Stays Atop Billboard 200; Grizzly Bear, Manson Debut Top 10

June 03, 2009
Keith Caulfield, L.A.

After last week’s blowout week on the Billboard 200 — where there were seven debuts in the top 10 — this week’s tally is slightly tamer. While there are still three new albums that arrive in the top 10, the Hot Shot Debut is Marilyn Manson’s “The High End Of Low” at No. 4 with 49,000. While it gives the band its sixth top 10 set, it arrives with the lowest opening week sum of any of its albums since the live effort “The Last Tour On Earth” began with 26,000 in 1999. The group’s last studio release, 2007’s “Eat Me, Drink Me,” entered the list at No. 8 with 88,000.

Eminem’s “Relapse” holds on to the No. 1 slot with ease, shifting 211,000 in its second week, down 65.3% from its whopping bow last week with 608,000. With 819,000 sold, “Relapse” has already become the fifth best-seller of the year. Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” leads the pack with 1,173,000. So far, only two albums have shifted a million in 2009, “Fearless” and the “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack (1,004,000). At this point last year, believe it or not, only one album had surpassed a million — Jack Johnson’s “Sleep Through the Static.”

Back in the top 10 this week, Wisin and Yandel’s “La Revolucion” debuts at No. 7 with 36,000. That marks the highest charting set on the Billboard 200 for the duo and their second-best opening sales week. The act’s last set, “Wisin Vs. Yandel: Los Extraterrestres,” entered at No. 14 with 53,000. Despite the lower sales frame for the new album it still opens at No. 7, making it the highest charting Spanish-language album since Mana’s “Amar Es Combatir” debuted and peaked at No. 4 in September 2006 off an 87,000 opening sales week.

Indie rock band Grizzly Bear is having its best week ever as its third full-length studio set, “Veckatimest,” arrives at No. 8 with 33,000. That’s the first album to chart on the Billboard 200 for the Massachusetts band and it also gives the quartet its best sales week. 40% of its sales came from downloads while another 24% were shifted at independent and small chain stores.

Just outside the top 10 this week, country duo Montgomery Gentry sees its “For Our Heroes” album bow at No. 11 with 26,000. The set, a quasi-greatest hits package, was sold exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the album will go to the Wounded Warrior Project charity.

Finally, here’s a recap of the top 10 this week. Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” holds at No. 2 with 76,000 (down 54%) while the “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack climbs three slots to No. 3 with 52,000 (down 10%). Lady GaGa’s “The Fame” skips up three positions to No. 5 with 45,000 (up less than 1%) while Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits II” falls three rungs to No. 6 with 43,000 (down 51%). Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” flies up two slots to No. 9 with 33,000 (up 3%) and Rascal Flatts’ “Unstoppable” rises from No. 12 to No. 10 with 27,000 (up 3%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 31) totaled 5.75 million units, down 12.4% compared to the sum last week (6.57 million) and down 20.4% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (7.23 million). Year to date album sales stand at 148.7 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year (172.8 million).