Lionel Messi: The World’s Highest-Paid Latino on Forbes’ The Celebrity 100 List

Lionel Messi is kickin’ his way to the top of the earnings charts…

The 33-year-old Argentine soccer star, who plays for FC Barcelona, is the top-earning Latinx celebrity on Forbes’ recently released The Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the world’s highest-paid celebrities of 2020.

Lionel Messi

Messi, who has been awarded both FIFA’s Ballon d’Or and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times, comes in at No. 5 with earning of $104 million.

His current contract with Barcelona is through 2020-21 and pays him more than $80 million annually. He also has a lifelong deal with Adidas, and he launched his own clothing line and opened his first retail outlet, The Messi Store, in September 2019 in Barcelona.

The World Health Organization (WHO) tapped Messi in March 2020 to help lead a worldwide campaign aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nipping on Messi’s heels is another soccer star and his former teammate… Neymar.

The 28-year-old Brazilian soccer player comes in at No. 7 on the list with earning of $95.5 million.

Neymar is currently on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary.

His transfer from Barcelona to PSG stands as the most expensive in the world at $263 million, which the French club paid in full ahead of his signing.

He’s the second most popular athlete on social media with a combined 244 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Nike‘s Jordan Brand signed Neymar as its first soccer ambassador in 2016. In March 2020 its film unit released a movie about his life.

Jennifer Lopez is this year’s highest-paid Latina on the list.

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar comes in at No. 56 on the list with earnings of $47.5 million.

One of the more popular celebrities when it comes to endorsements, J.Lo has deals with Versace, DSW, Quay sunglasses and her own fragrance.

In 2018, she played her final shows at Las Vegas’ Zappos Theater, grossing more than $100 million in two years–the top Vegas residency by a Latin artist. She tacked on another $55 million in 2019 ticket sales for her ensuing world tour, which included stops in Egypt, Israel and Russia.

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his first appearance on The Celebrity 100.

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican actor/rapper/lyricist/composer and Broadway star, the creator of the hit musical Hamilton, comes in at No. 62 with earning of $45.5 million.

Disney acquired worldwide rights to the film version of Hamilton in February 2020 for $75 million. And he helped create a $1 million emergency relief fund to benefit artists impacted by COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.

Other Latinx celebrities making the list include Howie Dorough (as a member of Backstreet Boys); Sofia Vergara, the world’s highest-paid actress; Robert Trujillo (as a member of Metallica); tennis star Rafael Nadal; and Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez.

Forbes’ list ranks “front of the camera” stars around the globe using pretax earnings from June 2019 through May 2020 before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Figures are based on information from Nielsen Music/MRC Data, Pollstar, IMDB, NPD BookScan and ComScore as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.

In total, the 100 celebrities racked in a total of $6.1 billion in pretax earnings, which took a $200 million dip from last year after the pandemic halted — or rather redirected — lots of business models.

Here’s a look at the Latino/a celebrities who made the list this year:

No. 5 Lionel Messi, 33, Argentina, Soccer, $104 million

No. 7 Neymar, 28, Brazil, Soccer, $95.5 million
No. 56 Jennifer Lopez, 51, USA (Puerto Rican), Entertainment, $47.5 million

No. 62 Lin-Manuel Miranda, 40, USA (Puerto Rican), Entertainment, $45.5 million
No. 64 Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys), 47, USA (Half-Puerto Rican), Music, $45 million
No. 71 Sofia Vergara, 48, Colombia, Entertainment, $43 million

No. 78 Robert Trujillo (Metallica), 55, USA (Half-Mexican)Music, $40.5 million
No. 80 Rafael Nadal, 34, Spain, Tennis, $40 million
No. 91 Canelo Alvarez, 30, Mexico, Boxing, $37 million

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Justina Machado to Compete on ABC’s Upcoming Season of “Dancing With The Stars”

Justina Machado’s ready to paso doble her way into your hearts…

The 47-year-old Puerto Rican actress, who currently stars on PopTV’s One Day at a Time, will compete on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars this season.

Justina Machado

Machado will compete against Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, rapper Nelly, Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause and NBA legend Charles Oakley among others for the coveted DTWS mirrorball trophy.

The ABC celebrity ballroom dancing competition series, based on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, will premiere on September 14 with new host Tyra Banks.

This season’s other competirors include Monica Aldama, star of Netflix’s Cheer, Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson, The Real’s Jeannie Mai, Catfish’s Nev Schulman, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis, Anne Heche, Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, and The Bachelor’s Kaitlyn Bristowe.

This season’s professional dancers include Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart.

In addition to hosting, Banks will also serve as an executive producer this season. She replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as the show’s host in season 29.

One of the challenges for this season is to ensure that the production adheres to COVID-19 protocols, a trickier move for a dance competition format than many other productions. Details of the health and safety protocols and other format refreshes are expected imminently.

Lionel Messi: The World’s Highest Paid Latino Celebrity

Lionel Messi isn’t just making goals… He’s makin’ some serious bank…

Forbes magazine has released its list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities, with the 32-year-old Argentine professional footballer coming in at No. 5 with $104 million, making his the highest-paid Latino celebrity in the world.

Lionel Messi

Messi has been awarded both FIFA‘s Player of the Year and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times. His 438 goals, including 36 hat tricks for Barcelona, is a club and La Liga record.

Neymarcomes in at No. 7…

The 28-year-old Brazilian professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team, had reported earnings of $95.5 million.

Jennifer Lopez is the highest-paid Latina celebrity on Forbes’ list.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar,one of the more popular celebrities when it comes to endorsements, had earnings of $47.5 million. She has deals with VersaceDSWQuay sunglasses and her own fragrances.

The multi-hyphenate also produced and starred in the 2019 film Hustlers.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has made Forbes’ list for the first time…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star had reported earnings of $45.5 million.

The Hamilton creator and star added to his haul from the Broadway hit in February when Walt Disney paid $75 million for the rights to air the filmed version of his Founding Father musical. 

Other Latino/a celebrities making the list include Howie Dorough (along with his fellow Backstreet Boys), Sofia VergaraRobert Trujillo (along with his fellow Metallica band mates), Rafael Nadal and Canelo Alvarez.

Here’s a look at the Latino/as making this year’s list:

No. 5 Lionel Messi, $104 million
No. 7 Neymar, $95.5 million
No. 56 Jennifer Lopez, $47.5 million 
No. 62 Lin-Manuel Miranda, $45.5 million
No. 64 Backstreet Boys, $45 million
No. 71 Sofia Vergara, $43 million
No. 78 Metallica, $40.5 million
No. 80 Rafael Nadal, $40 million
No. 91 Canelo Alvarez, $37 million

Howie Dorough & the Backstreet Boys to Perform on Fox’s ‘New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey’ Special

Howie Dorough is ready to ring in the New Year with a bangin’ performance…

The 46-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his Backstreet Boys mates will take the stage for Fox’s third annual Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square special.

Backstreet Boys

Dorough and the Backstreet Boys join a lineup that includes LL Cool JDJ Z-Trip, the Chainsmokers, the Lumineers, Florida Georgia LineTygaand The Killers, along with celebrity appearances by Gordon RamsayWill Arnettand Jenna Dewan.

Maria Menounos and NFL ex-player Rob Gronkowskiwill co-host the evening, which will feature a performance by Angel Moralesand his fellow Village Peoplemembers as the group tries to set a world record for the largest YMCAdance.

The evening also will feature a WWE match with Roman Reigns.

The Fox party starts at 8:00 pm live from Manhattan, with a tape-delayed edition for the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Howie Dorough & Backstreet Boys Release Moving Video for Steve Aoki Collab “Let It Be Me”

Howie Doroughis about to make you cry…

The 46-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys have released the official music video for their Steve Aoki collaboration “Let It Be Me,” and you may need a tissue or two.

Backstreet Boys

While there are plenty of forlorn close-ups and boyish dance moves, the heart of the clip is a collection of tear-jerker stories from real humans.

“Let It Be Me” features men and women sharing their stories of love’s triumph over hate and disease. There’s the man whose wife battles cancer, the woman whose parents disown her for being gay, the deaf man who feels he’s less than others, and the trans woman who lives her life in constant fear. There’s a happy ending for all, but their journeys to get there will move you just as far.

It’s touching and true to life. 

Howie Dorough & Backstreet Boys Top Billboard Artist 100 List

It’s a special first for Howie Dorough

The 45-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys members re-enter the Billboard Artist 100 chart dated February 9) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, as the group’s new album DNA launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 234,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.

Backstreet Boys

BSB blasts past its prior No. 54 Artist 100 high, with the major caveat being that the chart launched in July 2014, well after the act’s late-’90s and early 2000s domination on multiple surveys.

The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Backstreet Boys concurrently earn their third entry on the Adult Pop Songsradio airplay chart from DNA, as “No Place” bows at No. 37. It follows “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which became their first top 10 on the tally, reaching No. 9, in September, and “Chances” (No. 19, January).

Howie Dorough & The Backstreet Boys to Perform New Single “Chances” on NBC’s “The Voice”

Howie Dorough is ready to make his voice heard…

The 45-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys members will appear on Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice, according to  Billboard.

Backstreet Boys

The group will perform their new single “Chances” from their upcoming album DNA, available January 25, 2019, via RCA Records.

The best-selling boy band in history will kick off their DNA World Tour starting May 11. The DNA World Tour will be the biggest world tour in 18 years for the group, which has been making music for 25 years.

On Monday’s episode, the top 24 artists currently competing on The Voice performed in front of coaches Kelly ClarksonJennifer HudsonAdam Levine and Blake Shelton for a chance at winning a spot in the top 13.

Tuesday’s episode will show eliminations, as the top 24 is whittled down to 13. The two artists with the most votes from each team will be revealed and will advance to the top 13. Each coach will then select one of their remaining artists to move on, and finally, for the first time ever, the final two Comeback artists will perform for a chance to re-enter the competition as part of the top 13. The winner will be able to choose which team they would like to join.

Monday and Tuesday’s episodes air at 8:00 pm ET on NBC.

Howie Dorough & the Backstreet Boys Win First-Ever CMT Music Awards Trophy

It’s a twangy first for Howie Dorough

The 44-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys have earned their first-ever CMT Music Award.

Backstreet Boys

The boybanders won the award for CMT Performance of the Year for their performance ofEverybodyalongside Florida Georgia Line at the CMT Crossroads: Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line special.

The CMT Music Awards were broadcast live from Nashville.

Here’s a look at the night’s big winners:

Video of the Year
Blake Shelton – “I’ll Name The Dogs”

Male Video of the Year
Blake Shelton – “I’ll Name The Dogs”

Female Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris – “The Champion”

Duo Video of the Year
Dan + Shay – “Tequila”

Group Video of the Year
Little Big Town – “When Someone Stops Loving You”

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Carly Pearce – “Every Little Thing”

Collaborative Video of the Year
Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina – “What Ifs”

CMT Performance of the Year
From CMT Crossroads:Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line – “Everybody”

 

Howie Dorough & His Backstreet Boys to Perform at This Year’s CMT Music Awards

Howie Dorough is goin’ country…

The 44-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys group mates  are set to perform at next month’s CMT Music Awards, country music’s fan-voted awards show.

Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys join the lineup along with their “God, Your Mama, and Me” collaborators Florida Georgia Line, as well as country stars Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Dan + Shay and show’s hosts Little Big Town.

There’s no word yet on what song Dorough and the Boys will perform.

Previously announced performers include Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Kelsea Ballerini.

Clarkson will be delivering a performance of her remake of the rock classic “American Woman,” which is the theme of the new Paramount Network series of the same name.

The CMT Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 pm ET.

Meanwhile, Backstreet Boys’ new single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” debuted at No. 32 on Billboards Pop Songs airplay chart. It marks their first hit on the chart since 2007’s “Inconsolable.”

Howie Dorough & His Backstreet Boys Mates to Release New Single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Howie Dorough’s back, alright, with new music…

The 44-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys group mates are set to release a new single this week.

Backstreet Boys

Following a three-day social media countdown, the Backstreet Boys have announced plans to release “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”  on Thursday as a follow-up to their 2013 album In a World Like This.

On Friday, BSB took to Twitter to post a silhouette photo of their likenesses, accompanied by the caption “Ready…” Over the following days, they took to the platform with behind-the-scenes footage using the captions “Set…” and “Don’t Go…”

Finally, on Monday, the band gave fans what they’d been waiting for by sharing the cover art for their upcoming single.

Backstreet Boys

While the Backstreet Boys look super serious in the photo, the accompanying caption showed off their dad-like sense of humor by alluding to their 1997 hit single “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). “Excuse the dad joke but…we’re back,” they tweeted with a winky face emoji.