Erykah Badu is a highly acclaimed recording artist and actress. The list of the awards she has won is lrngthy and the list of nominations is even longer. She has appeared in numerous TV shows and many films as well. She has often been called the “First lady of Neo-Soul”.
So what is Erykah Badu net worth in 2018? What are Erykah Badu ‘s salary/earnings? Read on…
Erica “Erykah” Abi Wright, aka Erykah Badu, is an American recording artist, activist, DJ, and actress. Her career started thanks to a 19-song demo titled Country Cousins which Kedar Massenburg picked up. He later went on to sign her at Universal Records.
Her first album Baduizm was released in 1997 which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard charts and number 1 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It was later certified a triple platinum by the RIAA, gold by the British Phonographic Industry and the Canadian Recording Industry Association. The single from the album “On & On” was her ticket to her first Grammy nomination and win. She also released her first live performance album titled Live which was released in 1997.
After a brief hiatus, she released her 2nd studio album Mama’s Gun in 2000 which was again certified platinum. She later won her 4th Grammy award for her collaboration with Common for the song “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)”. Her third studio album was then released on 2003 titled Worldwide Underground. The album was somewhat experimental which was initially met with criticism. However, the album still charted really well and has received positive reviews overall.
In 2008, her 4th studio album New Amerykah Part One was released under Universal Motown Records. The album was an overall success with it topping the charts upon its release. She later released her 5th album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) which received a similar response with critics and fans giving positive responses.
In March 2010, she was under fire for her stunt at the assassination site of the late President John F. Kennedy where she was shooting for her music video for “Window Seat”. In the video, she is seen stripping naked and eventually falling to the ground at the sound of a fake gunshot. This created a lot of controversy as she was misunderstood as dishonouring the memory of JFK as well as indecent exposure in front of minors. She later explained that it was all taken out of context and that she wasn’t aware of the amount of minors in the area until it was too late.
A few years later, she released a free mixtape in July 2018. She also released another mixtape in November 2018 titled But You Caint Use My Phone. This was her first ever independent release and it was met with positive responses overall.
Erykah Badu’s 23 year long recording and acting career has been extremely rewarding for her. The numerous roles she has played on TV and in films and the long list of awards she has accumulated have made her unbelievably famous and rich. In all, we estimate Erykah Badu net worth in 2018 at $20 million.