How Much Are Musicians Making From Our Favourite Christmas Hit?
Only one good Christmas song can set an artist up for life as we reveal how much stars like Mariah Carey, Slade, Wizzard, Wham, The Pogues, East 17 and Cliff Richard make every year. Have a Christmas hit and you’re set for life.
Mariah Carey continues to reign as the queen of Crimbo, with her ubiquitous single earning huge amounts every year. She also makes lucrative extras by performing the song over the festive season. Last year she was paid $300,000 for a single appearance in New York.
Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas’ (1994)
huge success across the world, with one figure quoting the song’s royalties at $50million. In 2015 the Daily Mail estimated she was making £376,000 from it per year.
Homegrown stars like Slade, The Pogues, Jonah Lewie may no longer be such chart regulars, but once a year they rake in the royalties.
Suddenly the storyline of About A Boy doesn’t seem so far-fetched after all,
look at this numbers below.
(last year’s figure in brackets)
Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade: £165,000 (£500,000)
Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues: £665,000 (£400,000)
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey: £610,000 (£376,000)
Last Christmas by Wham! £390,000 (£300,000)
Mistletoe and Wine by Cliff Richard: £75,000 (£100,000)
2000 Miles by The Pretenders: £168,000 (£102,000)
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard: £180,000
Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ Stevens: £196,000
Stay Another Day by East 17: £97,000
The grandaddy of all Christmas songs remains White Christmas by Bing Crosby. The prennial favourite is estimated to make over £300,000 every year. Not bad going for a track first released in 1942.
Christmas Song Royalty Calculator
Slade – ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ (1973)
the single, which has sold over 1.2 million copies and is, according to the Performing Right Society, the most heard song in the world, earns Slade (including the much-forgotten songwriter Jim Lea, who wrote ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’’s chorus) £512,000 a year.
Jona Lewie – ‘Stop The Cavalry’ (1980)
Lewie’s hit makes him just over £120,000 a year, which the 69-year-old rakes in all for himself, since he wrote the lyrics, melody and backing instrumentation.”‘Stop The Cavalry’ constitutes 50 per cent of my real income
Wham! – ‘Last Christmas’ (1984)
Following the sad passing of George Michael on Christmas Day 2016, sales of Wham!‘s ‘Last Christmas’ on the Official Charts Company’s (OCC) previous estimate of 1.78 million copies sold as fans honour the late pop legend.
In previous years, the estimated total royalties for the song came in at £300,000 per year (via The Mail).
The Pogues’ cheery tune, Fairy Tale of New York, i scurrently topping the pile with a whopping £665,000 so far.