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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)

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