Why Celine Dion Earns More Than Taylor Swift And Beyoncé

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Celine Dion remains strong moneywise in the music industry, despite competition from younger artists like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. The Forbes list of the richest self-made women puts Celine at number 37. Beyoncé is number 56, while Taylor Swift is number 60. Celine Dion even beats Barbra Streisand who is currently number 38 in the new Forbes listing which has only been generated twice.

According to Huffington Post Canada, there are a number of factors that account for Celine Dion's hegemony, one of which is the "My Heart Will Go On" singer's Las Vegas residency. The source explains as follows.

"Forbes attributed Dion's wealth to a number of contributors, such as her Las Vegas residency, which has netted her as much as $260 million. She is set to deliver her 1,000th Vegas show by the end of the year. It also cited the cash she has made from tours and the sales of over 220 million records."

However, listings such as Forbes' should not be used as the sole basis for assessing the economic performance of an individual as doing so tends to objectify the person. By relegating a human being to a mere number in the numbers game, the fine nuances of job satisfaction as well as other subtleties can be easy to miss. After all, not everything is about money or income potential.

In fact, even if someone does succeed in creating such a scale, this will not be enough to quantify Celine Dion's artistic worth due to its many intangible aspects. That will be like trying to put a value to all of the singer's singles over the years and attempting to quantify exactly how many lives these music singles might have touched or even saved.

"Vocal Positives: Resonant belts. They can be held for long periods of time, without the slightest wavering in pitch. The sharpness in this register allows for her voice to pierce through the heaviest instrumentation. Celine projects her voice in all registers, and maintains vocal agility throughout each octave. Her lower notes are generally well supported down to D3. The mid-range sometimes carries a rasp with it, but it is soft and makes lyrical lines with ease. The mid-range transitions into the belting register with ease. The head voice carries an operatic ring to it."

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