It’s pretty much common knowledge, that when a musical artist or band writes a song, no matter where or when it’s played afterwards. They’ll still get paid each and every time (as long as they still own the rights to the song). Especially if it’s a Christmas song.
We’d all love a job like that wouldn’t we, where we could just get paid again for something we did a while ago, and not necessarily have to turn up to work each and every day now… one can dream.
Coming up to Christmas, you’ve probably heard the classic tracks on loop over and over again on the television, in shops, at work, on the radio… it’s fair to say that those songs are classics for a reason. Newer festive treats haven’t ever really measured up or made the cut.
But did you know how much those blindingly brilliant artists get paid for those classics that appear in Christmas albums each year, or on the TV adverts? It’s quite a shocker.
Merry Xmas Everybody, by Slade, £500,000
Fairytale of New York, by The Pogues, £400,000
All I Want For Christmas Is You, by Mariah Carey, £376,000
White Christmas, by Bing Crosby, £328,000
Last Christmas, by Wham, £300,000
Wonderful Christmastime, by Paul McCartney, £260,000
Mistletoe And Wine, by Cliff Richard, £100,000
Stop The Cavalry, by Jona Lewie, £120,000
2000 Miles, by The Pretenders, £102,000
You might not necessarily know these artists or groups by name, but guaranteed once their track is played you’ll have that “Oh yeah!” light bulb moment.
While Jona Lewie (Jona who? You might even ask) is at the bottom of that rather rich list, it’s safe to say that song pretty much made him.
He told the Daily Mail, “I spent the 1980s and 1990s trying to get over my success with that song.
“It sold about three or four million copies, so I never had to get a proper job! I’ve kept busy, though.”
Imagine that! You’ve become so successful, and everyone loves that ONE fab sing-a-long you’ve created. So much so, you never really have to bother again for the rest of your life because, hey, when the cash is rolling in why not just sit back and enjoy life.
So if you haven’t started already, maybe it’s time to crack on with creating a Christmas hit!