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Tuesday, 11 January, 2000, 06:21 GMT
Jackpot for teenage star

Charlotte Church and George Michael Charlotte Church and George Michael

Welsh singing prodigy Charlotte Church may be only 13 years old but she is one of the highest earners in UK rock and pop.

Figures out on Tuesday show the teenager made about 6m before tax in 1999, making her a new entry in the Top Ten earners chart compiled by Heat magazine.

Top Ten earners
1 (1) The Rolling Stones - 35m
2 (3) Sir Elton John - 25m
3 (4) The Beatles - 15m
4 (6) Pink Floyd - 10m
5 (10) George Michael - 10m
6 (2) Spice Girls - 9m
7 (-) Fatboy Slim - 8m
8 (-) Robbie Williams - 7.5m
9 (9) Bee Gees - 6.5m
10 (-) Charlotte Church - 6m

Church is at number 10 - joining such rock legends as The Rolling Stones and the Beatles - after chart successes with her first two albums, Voice of an Angel and her eponymous follow-up.

But she takes just 50 a month with the rest of her millions going straight into the bank.

The Rolling Stones remain the richest UK rock stars, raking in some 35m last year, according to early indications.

Robbie Williams and Norman Cook - alias Fatboy Slim - have also made it into the Top Ten.

Rock accountant Cliff Dane compiled the figures for Heat based on pre-tax revenue from sales, merchandise, touring and sponsorship, as full accounts for 1999 have yet to be filed.

Robbie Williams picked up about 7.5m despite not releasing a new LP last year.

However, his first two albums continued to sell well, he toured and struck lucrative deals like a Pepsi promotion and his show at Slane Castle, Dublin, broadcast on Sky Box Office.

Norman Cook, at number seven, became a household name during the year and scored his first number one single, while his You've Come A Long Way, Baby album was a major hit in the UK and US.

Robbie Williams Robbie Williams earned about 7.5m
George Michael jumped from 10th position to number five during the year, helped by the success of his greatest hits album, Ladies and Gentlemen.

The biggest individual success in the list is Sir Elton John, who is at number two with about 25m - 10m behind the Stones, but he does not have to split the cash five ways.

Heat editor Mark Frith said: "Charlotte Church has done remarkably well. This is someone who wasn't really known much more than a year ago but who now in America is causing 100,000 records to fly out of shops each week."

The Stones saw their coffers swell due to a string of sold out dates around the world, while Pink Floyd managed to make it to number four without releasing an album since 1995.

The Beatles - who split in 1970 - are at number three thanks to strong demand for all their records and broadcasting rights, but they did release a revamped version of Yellow Submarine in 1999.

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