First of all, I just loved it because it was a new posthumous track from George Michael but when I listened again a few times, I notice the beautiful opening orchestra, the trademark slickness of the production and the clever GM penned lyrics ... and it encouraged me to continue listening to several more GM tracks, with me further clocking up more George Michael hits on Youtube.
At this festive time of year, it seems appropriate to recall that George Michael and Andrew Ridgley donated all of their traditional royalties for Last Christmas when together in the band called Wham.
Goodness knows how much that Wham track has been able to donate to charity over the last 35 years because The Performing Right Society, (PRS), does not reveal the answer in the interest of protecting its members’ privacy but research carried out for Channel 5 in 2016 attempted to find the answer and concluded the top earning songs EVERY YEAR are as follows:
“Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade £1m (in royalties per year)
“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl £400,000
“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey £400,000
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby £328,000
“Last Christmas” by Wham! £300,000
“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney £260,000
“Stop the Cavalry” by Jona Lewie £120,000
“2000 Miles” by The Pretenders £102,000
“Mistletoe and Wine” by Cliff Richard £100,000
“Stay Another Day” by East 17 £97,000
We might deduce that, even without the 458 MILLION plays on Youtube, (which must be a mind blowing earnings figure in its own right), Last Christmas must have amassed £10.5 million in old fashioned, traditional, royalty fees alone.
George Michael was renowned for being very generous over his lifetime, donating to big and small causes, (and helping out complete strangers on a whim), so the man deserves a great deal of respect for donating such huge sums while, all the while, somehow, managing to maintain a good old down to earth demeanour in the process.
Good on you, George. :)
I have to shake my head in wonder at Noddy Holder also. I mean; isn't it incredible just how fresh and how entirely natural and normal it is to hear Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody every year?
That song has turned out to be a massive earner, (and pension fund), for the indomitable Mr Holder.