Slade's "Merry Christmas Everyone" PS1m (in royalties per year) PS400,000 for The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," PS400,000. Slade's record sold more copies than The Pogues' song in its first week on sale.
Nowadays, musicians often donate their earnings to charity or give them to friends. But not all songs are donated away; some artists keep them for future use.
Did you know that New York royalties are used to help homeless people in New York City? The money from this song has built six housing complexes in Brooklyn. It's said that this song has done more for homelessness prevention than any other single source of income.
Also, New York royalties go to support organizations like the National Symphony Orchestra, which is based in Washington D.C. People in New York pay for the music heard in restaurants, stores, and other public places across the country. Because there are so many people in New York, even a small amount of money adds up.
Finally, New York royalties fund projects such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The museum received a grant every time someone bought a copy of Slade's album. This allowed MoMA to expand its collection of modern art.
The song, which apparently took only 15 minutes to create, earns Walter and Mariah an estimated $600,000 in royalties every year, for a total of $60 million to date. "White Christmas" catches the spirit of the season like no other song. It's joyous, hopeful, and free of cynicism.
Walter Scharf was born on November 24th, 1923 in New York City. He got his start as a jazz musician playing with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk before moving on to work with singers including Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, and Natalie Cole. In 1954, he released his first solo album titled simply Walter. This started a decade-long career producing popular songs that would go on to sell millions of copies. He has been married twice and has one son together with his first wife. They split up in 1969 after seven years of marriage.
In 1974, Walter Scharf teamed up with singer-songwriter Carole King for what would become her biggest hit. The pair had met while King was working at Columbia Records and Scharf was recording artists such as Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick. They wrote "White Christmas" in just fifteen minutes during a lunch break; it was then recorded within a day of being written. The song went on to win two Oscars and launch King's successful holiday album series.
"Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues is Britain's favorite Christmas song, and it can be heard on a near-loop in the run-up to Christmas in the UK. However, despite its title, few people in the United States are aware of it. A Guardian poll in 2007 found that only 2% of Americans knew the song was about New York City.
The story tells of an Irish immigrant who comes to New York with his young son and dreams of making it big there. But he loses his job and they have to start over again. It's a sad but true tale for many immigrants' children growing up in the United States. The protagonist ends up working as a janitor so he can send money home to his wife and child.
New York was a source of inspiration for other musicians too, such as Prince (who named one of his albums after the city) and Bob Dylan. "Fairytale of New York" has also been covered by many artists including The Beatles, David Bowie, and U2.
In conclusion, Americans don't know the Fairytale of New York because it isn't popular here. But that doesn't stop people from singing along to its catchy tune at the top of their lungs during Christmastime in the UK.