13. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter & Beyonce Knowles
Roc Nation; House of Dereon
The Power of Love…
Want to talk power? Less than a week after her birth, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, made history as the youngest person to appear on a Billboard chart when Jay-Z’s “Glory,” which features their newborn’s cooing (Blue is credited as B.I.C.), hit Hot R&B-Hip Hop Songs. The song marked Jay’s 107th entry on Billboard’s charts, adding just one more record to the power couple’s already record-breaking career. Separately the stats are staggering: Jay-Z holds the record for most No. 1 albums by a solo artist in Billboard history-12-and has sold more than 28 million albums in his 15-year solo career, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (A number that climbs to 33 million if you count his collaborations with Kanye West, R. Kelly and Linkin Park.)
Beyonce, who started out in Destiny’s Child before going solo in 2003, has cumulative sales of more than 29 million, according to SoundScan (17 million with Destiny’s Child; 12 million solo). She has sent all four of her solo albums to the top of the Billboard 200, and scored nine No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Beyonce is also a successful actress, with roles in “Austin Powers: Goldmember,” “Pink Panther” and Academy Award winner “Dreamgirls,” and an in-demand face for branding. Recent multimillion-dollar deals include L’Oreal, Coty and Target. And clothing line House of Dereon has an international presence.