Who Will Take The Throne?

Who Will Take The Throne? 4 Artists Who Have Potential To Checkmate Beyoncé

When it comes to entertainment, we all know Beyoncé Knowles-Carter does it best. We can sit here and deny her talents and bicker whether she’s “iconic” or original, but one thing this Grammy Award-winner knows how to do is entertain. She has definitely been one of the most consistent artists of our generation, putting out quality work.

After years and years of pregnancy rumors, King Bey finally confirmed she was pregnant during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Prior to her announcement at the awards show, the 29-year-old songstress was no stranger to having suspected buns in her oven. During her three-year marriage to rapper and mogul Jay-Z, Beyoncé has battled these rumors, what seems like, everyday. With Beyoncé on the brink of a motherhood hiatus and dabbling in other business (The Parkwood Group), here are four artists who could potentially take B’s throne.

Kelly Rowland
With her promotions kicked in heavy gear after her latest album Here I Am dropped, it seems like people are really taking a liking to Miss Kelly. She’s been rocking in the same Beyoncé camp since Destiny's Child days, so she has the opportunity to tap some of the same resources and connections. Kelly Rowland always manages to give good fashion and personality, which is something our Queen B could perfect. If Kelly Rowland can get with the right people, she can actually become the bigger star we all hope for.

Adele
Let’s face the facts: Adele owns the charts and radio waves. She has crossed over The Pond to the United States, garnering a lot of fans and support. With the Grammys coming up soon, I can assure you she will own those too. Without even the gaudy glitter and sequin leotards, Adele manages to capture our hearts. Like Beyoncé, Adele can have you running around the house trying to figure out ways to murder your ex or looking for the nearest razor blade. She is definitely the anti-thesis to Beyoncé, offering soul stirring work but in a different light, often very dark and morbid.

Rihanna
If we’re honest, Rihanna is on top of her game and has been for a while. Even without the vocal strength, she still seems to manage to rack in several number one hits (hi, Michael Jackson). Not to mention that her fans, the #RihannaNavy, go extremely hard for her. With her Roc Nation money, promotions are never-ending and she’s able to change her look every year when she releases a new album. Like Beyoncé, Rihanna over-saturates the market and with the missing Queen, she can definitely go harder!

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj, Harajuku Barbie, Nicki The Ninja, Roman Zolanski or whoever she claims to be today has become a household name. With her illustrious, over-the-top fashions and quirky rap flow, Minaj is definitely playing in the big leagues now. Even Lil Kim can’t get enough of her, with constant disses sparsely coming out every other month. Minaj looks good on paper, cashing in on hot singles, collaborations and number one hits. She really is a true meaning of an artist because she does it all. If Nicki Minaj can believe that she is all those people and more, somehow we have to believe in her. This could definitely be her moment!

As Beyoncé enters her final months of pregnancy, these artists and others aspiring really don’t have much time. I’m sure once the baby drops, she’ll be announcing a world tour, and by then, ladies and gentlemen, it’ll be too late. Keep watching the throne.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

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As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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