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Tuesday, 11 January, 2000, 06:10 GMT
Charlotte joins top 10 earners

Charlotte Church Charlotte earned 6m last year

The angelic voice of teenage singing star Charlotte Church has seen her soar into the top 10 of rock and pop's biggest UK earners, according to new figures.

Early estimates show the Welsh prodigy made about 6m before tax in 1999, joining Robbie Williams and Norman Cook - alias DJ Fatboy Slim - as new entries in a list published by Heat magazine.

The Rolling Stones retain their position as the biggest earners in the music world, taking about 35m, according to early indications.

She's one of our greatest exports
Heat editor Mark Frith
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.

Church, 13, is at number 10 in the list after scoring chart successes with her first two albums - "Voice of an Angel" and the self-titled follow-up.

However, most of the cash goes into the bank and she collects about 50 a month pocket money.

Since becoming a star on both sides of the Atlantic she has met the Prime Minister and US President Bill Clinton.

She is above top selling acts like Boyzone and Steps in the earnings league.


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.

"She's one of our greatest exports. In two or three years time we will find a lot of established stars will be eclipsed by young British stars whose success will transcend all national borders.

"People like Robbie Williams, the Spice Girls and Fatboy Slim make music that many people thought was a bit parochial but they are now taking on the world."

The top 10 (with the previous position in brackets):

  • 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.

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