How much is Sting worth?
|Net Worth:||$400 Million
|Date of Birth:||October 2, 1951|
Who Is Sting
Being one of the few entertainers that is known across the world by just one name, Sting is an English musician and actor who fronted the band The Police before going solo in the 1980s. Not only was the artist the lead singer, but he was also the bassist of the band, and they became best known for fusing genres together. They released huge hits that contained elements of rock, Jazz, reggae, and world music. Outside of music, the musician has become known for his activism, fighting out against some controversial topics. Some of Sting’s most famous songs include “Every Breath You Take”, “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”, and “Roxanne”.
As of 2020, Sting has a net worth of $400 million dollars.
How Did Sting Get So Rich?
Being one of the world’s best selling music artists, it isn’t hard to believe that the musician has accrued hundreds of millions of dollars from just his music, and that’s with him giving away millions to charities. And when it comes to their singles, the band has sold over 100 million units, making them one of the best selling bands of all time. “Every Breath You Take” is their most popular song and surprisingly their only single to top the Billboard hot 100, and it has sold millions of copies.
The most financial success Sting ever saw wasn’t actually his own song, but P Diddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You”, which sampled “Every Breath You Take”. As The Police song is 100% credited to Sting, even though he only wrote the lyrics and not the music, and as Diddy supposedly forgot to ask Sting for permission to sample the track, Sting takes 100% of the royalties for that song. This is completely unheard of in the music industry, as bands who are sampled usually only take 20%. Interestingly enough, Sting has nothing to do with the part of the song that is sampled, as the guitar riff was created by Andy Summer.
Why Is He So Famous?
Sting, born Gordon Matthew Thomas Summer, formed The Police in 1977, and in their eight years together they released five albums, four of which reached number one on the UK albums chart, and since their release dates, every one of them has gone platinum, selling more than a million copies each.
Even though his newly released music isn’t half as popular as his music with The Police or even his solo music in the 80s and 90s, Sting continues to see a ton of success from lending his songs to other musicians for sampling purposes. The Black Eyed Peas famously sampled “Englishman In New York” for their song “Union” off the platinum selling album, Monkey Business. Sting also continues to see as much success as he did 30 years ago as his statistics on Spotify show that his most famous songs are just as popular as ever. Sting has over seven million monthly listeners on the streaming platform, and The Police have almost double that with 13 million. “Every Breath You Take” has over 750 million plays, and many of the other hits have well over 200 million.
The musician is known for his closet full of awards, as he has won an insane amount of Grammy Awards, 17 to be exact. He has also won several Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and he has even been nominated for four Academy Awards. Sting has written and performed original songs for several movies, including the animated movie, Emperor’s New Groove, the war drama, Cold Mountain, and most recently the documentary, Jim: The James Foley Story. Sting has been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even a CBE from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace itself.
Outside of the music industry, Sting gained loads of exposure for featuring in one of the most popular TV show of all time, Friends. In the show, Sting plays himself, and the character of Phoebe finds out where he lives and becomes somewhat of a stalker. The Episode, which is called “The One With Monica’s Boots”, was one of the most viewed episodes of the season with over 23 million households tuning in.
What Makes Sting So Successful?
Though The Police were labelled as a post punk band, it was in the loosest sense, as they pulled from other genres, becoming the envelope pushing group they are known as today. The most primary component of The Police that set them apart from other bands of that time was their ability to fuse together North African music, ska, reggae, and even classical music. Because of this, they became the leading band of the new wave genre in the UK in the early 80s.
In his years as a solo artist, Sting made the clever decision to offset his songs unaccompanied by anybody else by writing songs featuring guest appearances, and he decided to become a guest feature himself for many other artists. His collaborations ended up becoming his most successful post-The Police songs. Some of his most popular collaborations include “Money For Nothing” with Dire Straits, “Rise & Fall” with Craig David, and “All For Love” with Rod Stewart.
Sting is one of the greatest living songwriters, and it isn’t just because of his sales numbers. Sting is often ranked among the greatest musicians of all time for his unique and distinct singing voice, his bass abilities, and being an all round energetic front man of a great rock band. He was ranked one of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time by Paste and one of the greatest “musical stars” of the 20th century by VH1.
Sting helped The Police rise through the ranks in the new wave era in the 80s, and thanks to his unique guitar licks and a good ear for fascinating world music, the band are one of the most iconic groups in history. His solo music, along with the band’s music, is so timeless and is passed down from generation to generation, and that is represented by the insane Spotify stats. Completely owed to his musical craft, Sting has an unbelievable net worth of $400 million. The musician is currently working on a new album, and most recently, he appeared in Netflix’s Have A Good Trip: Adventures In Psychedelics