Forbes has recently released its annual ranking of the music industry’s highest-paid women, and Katy Perry appears to have topped the list with her total earnings of $83 million. Taylor Swift is just behind her with $80 million, who is followed by other household names, including Beyoncé, Pink, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. The eighth entry was a surprise to everyone; a Russian-German singer, Helene Fischer, who surpassed Celine Dion and Britney Spears grossing $32 million.

Yes, you heard it right! This German pop sensation has outearned industry’s several influential artists. Here are some facts you need to know about her as she has already marked her strong presence in the music world.

Where is She from?

Helene performing on a stage. She is holding a mic close to her mouth

Helene was born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia to physical education teacher, Peter and engineer, Marina Fischer on August 5, 1984. Her paternal grandparents, who were Black Sea Germans, were forced to settle in Siberia. Her family relocated to Wöllstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany when she was three and a half years old.

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Mom Knows Best!

Helene Fischer performing in a stage wearing a yellow dress

Passionate about singing and acting from a young age, she went to Frankfurt Stage & Musical School for three years and performed in several stage musicals. It was during her time at the stage and music school, when her mother secretly copied a demo CD with 6 of her songs and sent it to different recording studios.

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Pop Standards Compared to Celine Dion

Celine Dion smiling

Helene shares similarities to Canadian pop diva, Celine Dion. They have covered a number of the same diva pop standards, including Jennifer Rush’s The Power of Love. Dion’s hit singles, My Heart Will Go On and Fly, are amongst the famous songs beautifully covered by Helene. However, unlike Dion’s, her songs are rooted in a folk-disco tradition that was famous during the 60s and 70s in Germany. Her chart-topping single, Atemlos durch die Nacht (Breathless in the night), epitomizes the schlager-pop hybrid style of music, for which she is famous.

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Schlager Dream Couple

Helene and Florian smiling at each other

She made her stage debut in May 2005 in a TV programme, performing a duet with singer Florian Silbereisen. They quickly hit it off following the performance. Helene and Florian have been together for over a decade and are referred to as a “Schlager dream couple” in Germany.

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Awards and Accolades

Helene Fischer posing with her Echo Awards

The Schlager queen has released 8 studio albums, 5 live albums, 2 compilation albums and 29 singles. All of her albums have achieved multiple gold and platinum certification. Her fanbase extends around the globe, more broadly in countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Norway, Finland, the UK and the US. She has won numerous awards and accolades, including 17 Echo Awards, 7 Goldene Henne Awards, 4 Krone der Volksmusik prize, 3 Bambi Awards and a World Music Award.


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