Sting earns $2,000 a day on “Every Breath You Take” because Puff Daddy never asked permission to use it in “I’ll Be Missing You”

Sting Earns $2,000 a Day Because Puff Daddy Didn’t Say ‘Please’ Back in 1997

It’s safe to say that Sting never has to work again if he doesn’t want to. On top of all his income from touring and his incredibly popular back catalog, a new article reveals that he earns $730,000 a year — $2,000 a day — in royalties from only one song, ‘Every Breath You Take.’

Celebrity Net Worth gets into the fiscal story of the Police’s massive 1983 hit. Its success had already netted Sting enough “mailbox money” over the years, but in 1997 it was appropriated by Puff Daddy for ‘I’ll Be Missing You,’ his tribute to slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. Its melody was used in the chorus, sung by Biggie’s widow, Faith Evans, and Andy Summers’ ominously sinuous guitar part was sampled.

However, Puff Daddy never asked permission from Sting… Continue Reading (18 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Sting earns $2,000 a day on “Every Breath You Take” because Puff Daddy never asked permission to use it in “I’ll Be Missing You””

  1. Scoundrelic

    >$2,000 a day

    Typo?

    >On top of all his income from touring and his incredibly popular back catalog, a new article reveals that he earns $730,000 a year — $2,000 a day — in royalties from only one song, ‘Every Breath You Take.’

    No…wow.

  2. maltzy

    word on the street is Sting calls Puff every day and leaves the message. “Oh can’t you seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, you belong to me………”

  3. therickeffect1

    Sting, the musician, does need that money to pay Sting, the wrestler, for the license to use the trademarked name Sting.

    That’s a true story too

  4. BoomBoomFuckKitty

    I think he performed with Puff Daddy at some MTV or music awards thing.

  5. brock_lee

    Wow, Andy Summers got screwed.

  6. Random_Name_Whoa

    He didn’t even ask permission? It’s basically the same song. How Diddy became a billionaire sampling other people’s songs I’ll never understand.

  7. AlGeee

    Sting also got writing (and performing) credit on Dire Straits’ _I Want My MTV_.

    The high-register sing at the beginning, “ I want my… I want my… I want my MTV” is Sting singing the melody of The Police’s _don’t stand so close to me_.

  8. TheJAMR

    Puff Daddy’s ad libs on Biggies albums almost ruins it for me.
    Did he have to say “yeah, c’mon” between every verse?

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