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Beyonce is most powerful entertainer on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list

Beyonce has been named the most powerful entertainer of the year in Vanity Fair’s 2016 New Establishment list.
The annual poll ranks the power and influence of “Silicon Valley hotshots, Hollywood moguls, Wall Street titans, and cultural icons”, and the singing superstar is the highest-placed celebrity at number 10, just ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook at 11.
Vanity Fair experts note the impact Beyonce’s ground-breaking Lemonade album and short film had on the entertainment industry upon its debut in April (16), claiming it was “all anyone under 30 spoke about for weeks afterward”. They also praise the artist for dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the week following Lemonade’s surprise release, by having 12 songs make the countdown.
Jay Z’s wife is just one of two women to make the New Establishment top 10, which is led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, followed by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg at two and Miranda Kerr’s new fiance, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, at three.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is ranked at 18, with editors remarking of her achievements, “Swift’s 1989 tour, which drew guests ranging from Julia Roberts to Justin Timberlake, raked in $200 million in North America, breaking the Rolling Stones’ previous record.”
Other noteable names to make the 100-strong list include Hamilton creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda at 22, comedienne Amy Schumer at 35, and soul singer Adele at 47.
Celebrating the British star’s huge success, experts pinpoint her crowning achievement of the past year as: “Single-handedly reversing the decline of album sales in the music industry with her smash hit, 25, breaking virtually every sales record ever.”

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