Stock Watch: Down. Madonna has sold 300 million worldwide and will forever be synonymous with pop diva-dom. But her place in today’s pantheon of divas is tricky. She inspired virtually everyone on this list (cough, “Born This Way,” cough), but hasn’t done much in the past few years to keep their dirty claws off her crown. Instead, Madge has devoted her time to opening Hard Candy gyms, managing her Material Girl clothing line and trotting her 24-year-old boyfriend in front of the paparazzi.
Latest Album: 2008’s “Hard Candy”
Extracurricular Activities: In addition to the pursuits listed above, Madonna directed her second film, “W.E.,” which was picked up for distribution earlier this month by the Weinstein Company. Unfortunately, reviewers who’ve screened the movie thus far have hardly been able to contain their bile. On the up side, her manager recently confirmed that Madonna will be returning to the recording studio in July to being work on her 12th full-length album. She may yet reclaim the No. 1 diva spot. —Jeff Royer
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