Mariah Carey is the latest star to be added to the millions of hit lists. She has broken the record for most consecutive weeks at the top spot, as well as earning a record $1.5 million for her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Mariah was named one of the Most Popular Stars on Oprah. But is Mariah really as popular as she is making people believe? Or, is there another star out there who could easily eclipse her? We will explore the questions and consider whether or not Mariah is actually as popular as her fans make her out to be.
The Facts – Mariah is definitely a celebrity but not by any means the biggest or the best in the industry. There are several superstars with bigger paychecks than Mariah, but the real question is; are they as successful as she is now? It would be unfair to compare her with those who came before her or with stars who have earned more over their careers, but it is safe to say that she is not the record producer you would necessarily consider the best or biggest in the industry. She certainly is not a star whose net worth is approaching that of the next biggest superstar today. For that matter, no woman currently is a superstar in the eyes of industry insiders, although there are some who would argue differently.
So how big is she really? By our estimates, she is not even in the same category as the next two women listed above. She is on the smaller end of the overall record producer chart, but she is not by any means insignificant. Her current sales rank her at number three for the same number of albums sold in just the past year. In fact, in terms of overall album sales, she places fourth behind the above-mentioned two.
However, while she has not achieved the superstar status that the other superstars have achieved in recent memory, she is in a class of her own. What does this mean to you? Well, it means that you should take all of the praise that you hear about her and read between the lines carefully. For instance, the writer of a book said that she is one of the most popular singers of all time and that she probably will be one of the most popular singers of all time, in the next decade. Now, this does not necessarily mean that she will be the next Madonna, but it does mean that the praise is coming from someone who is a credible authority, who has a proven track record of success.
What is her net worth, then? Well, according to some experts, she is not worth one billion dollars. Others, however, have much lower estimations on her earnings potential. Still, the million dollars she earned with One World Music is nothing compared to what people like Beyonce Knowles, Celine Dion, and Oprah Winfrey have earned over the years. If she continues to rake in the same money for albums, and continues to attract the same kind of audience that she has been for the past fifteen years or so, then it is safe to say that she will continue to have hit after hit, and will reach even higher numbers as time goes by.
If the rumors are true, then the question of how much she is worth is simply beside the point. The real question is, what is her net worth, to you and me? The million dollars that she earned with One World Music is nothing compared to the billions of dollars that other people earn throughout their entire careers. Are you prepared to find out what it takes to be a successful music artist in today’s marketplace? It is not all about making the big bucks, although that certainly is part of it.
As with anything else, it all starts with your name. If you are known for being an extremely charismatic performer, then you will always be able to command a larger paycheck. On the other hand, if you only have a few hits under your belt, then your net worth will probably be more limited. That being said, there are plenty of talented individuals out there who don’t have a major label background and yet manage to put out amazing music.
In order for you to determine your own net worth, you need to ask yourself what it is that you bring to the table as an artist. Is your talent something that other people look at and like? Are you known for bringing fresh ideas and helping people make their lives better? These are the types of questions that you must answer for yourself if you want to make sure that you are being fair in your assessments of your personal worth.