In the 1980’s, Celine Dion was a teen star releasing multiple french-language albums. She knew there had to be more – it was then that she learned to speak English. After learning English, she was signed by Epic Records in the United States. She released her debut album in English, Unison, which was able to establish her as a pop artist in the US and other English-speaking countries.
Her music has been influenced by rock, R&B and everything in between. Her recordings, though mainly in French and English – also include Spanish, Italian, German, and a multitude of other languages. Her releases often receive mixed reviews – however, she is still known as one of pop music’s most influential voices. She has also won five Grammy Awards.
Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Britney Spears started her career in entertainment when she was 8(!) years old, when she appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club. Spears was only 17 when she hit #1 on the U.S. pop music charts with her debut album, Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!… I Did It Again (2000). The young southern belle would soon become the driving force behind the return of teen pop, an would later be known as a world renown singer, songwriter and dancer.
Besides co-writing most of her own songs, in 2011 she wrote the song "Whiplash" for Selena Gomez & the Scene, from their third studio album When the Sun Goes Down. As far as her wealth Spears has 33 million certified albums which sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and according to the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) data, she ranks as the 8th top-selling female artist in the United States. She also has lucrative high-profile endorsement deals including Elizabeth Arden and Candies.
Neil Young is another Canadian singer-songwriter on our list. He achieved commercial and critical success both as a solo artist and with his two bands, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
In a career that has spanned for over 40 years and 40 studio albums, in Young fashion, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice!
With a net worth standing at $500 million to date, Gloria Estefan is one of the most successful musicians of all times. Born in Cuba, Estefan and her family immigrated to American during the Cuban Revolution, where she would eventually become a world famous songwriter, singer, actress and entrepreneur. The majority of her fortune comes from selling over 100 Million records across the world. Music critics widely regard her as the most successful crossover Latin music performer in the history of the industry.
In 1974 she became a naturalized United States citizen, and a few years later she started her music career as the lead singer in a band called the Miami Latin Boys. As a solo artist Estefan has won as many as 7 Grammys Awards, a Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fun fact: because of Estefan's prolific language she was once approached by the CIA to be recruited, but declined, after she decided to focus on her music instead.
Justin was discovered in 2008 by a talent manager through his YouTube channel, where he covered songs. Shortly after, he signed to RBMG. It was then that Bieber released his debut EP, My World. The album was certified platinum in the US. Justin became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record rank on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2010, Bieber released his first full-length album, My World 2.0. The album debuted at number one and was certified triple platinum in the US.
Bieber was a part of many successful collaborations, including "Cold Water", "Let Me Love You", "Despacito (Remix)", and "I'm the One". His album and singles sales total an incredible 44.7 million. He has sold 140 million records, which makes him one of the world's best-selling music artists. He also became the second person to gain 100 million followers on Twitter, only after Katy Perry.