Topping a chart is something Taylor Swift might be rather familiar with by now but she’s just topped a list of a different kind – Vanity Fair magazine’s ‘Powers That Be’ one.
Her placing at the top of the list comes off the back of her pulling her entire music catalogue from Spotify as well as challenging Apple to pay its artists during the trial period for its new music service, something which they soon after agreed to do.
The information beside her position on the list reads:
“Swift isn’t merely the world’s favourite popstar, putting up sales numbers that are nearly unfathomable in the post-Napster age – she is also using her platform to make giant companies conform to her will. After pulling her catalogue off Spotify last year, Swift wrote an open letter to Apple asking it to pay artists during the free-trial period of its new music service. She posted the note on Tumblr on a Sunday and the company complied within hours.”
Last years’ holders of the top spot, 21st Century Fox and News Corp family Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch are now third.
Joining them in the top ten are names including basketball star LeBron James who boosted tourism to Cleveland exponentially by joining the Cavaliers, film director JJ Abrams and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
Also on the list in 12th place are Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, while Beyonce and Jay-Z hold the 21st spot. As to why the rapper and his business-woman wife are considerably higher up, Vanity Fair write:
“The West-Kardashian coupling represents a strong argument in favor of corporate synergy. West gives Kardashian artistic legitimacy, and the reality star and spokesperson offers her acclaimed yet famously difficult rapper husband something bordering on broad appeal.”