Beyoncé Shuts Down Beer Inspired By Her With Cease-and-Desist

Naming your product after someone is a sincere form of flattery, but Beyoncé seems to not think so...

By Ryan Velez

Naming your product after someone is a sincere form of flattery, but Beyoncé seems to not think so, after hitting a Brooklyn brewery with a cease and desist over their Beyoncé-inspired pilsner called Bïeryoncé. Pitchfork explains that the idea came to owner Katarina Martinez when she had tickets to a concert but had to miss it.

“As a Hispanic, female run business, I am very inspired by her so I thought I’d pay homage,” Martinez told Pitchfork. “We’re disappointed she didn’t take it as a compliment, but oh well. It was fun while it lasted!”

Part of being a business success is aggressively protecting your interest, even if it seems a bit much in this case. Then again, one wouldn’t expect less from this year’s top female earner in music. Here is some of our previous coverage of Beyoncé’s great year:

“According to Forbes, Beyoncé had several different revenue streams contributing to this number. This includes earning around $105 million from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests."

Adele was second on the list. She earned $69 million, boosted by seven-figure nightly grosses on her first proper tour since 2011. This is impressive, considering that she didn’t have the major endorsements for other products that many of her contemporaries on the list do. Taylor Swift had the third-ranking spot, with $44 million this year. Don’t be surprised if she starts earning more soon, though. With the release of new alum Reputation—already the best-selling album of 2017—which came after the end of this list’s scoring period, look for her earnings total to rise significantly in next year’s accounting. As a result, we may see her and Beyoncé ping-ponging the honor back and forth when the time comes for next year’s list.

The rest of the top 10 reads as follows:

  1. Celine Dion ($42 million)
  1. Jennifer Lopez ($38 million)
  1. Dolly Parton ($37 million)
  1. Rihanna ($36 million)
  1. Britney Spears ($34 million)
  1. Katy Perry ($33 million)
  1. Barbara Streisand ($30 million)

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pretax income for the 12 months from June 2016 to 2017, based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.”

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