Who has made the most money in popular music for the least artistic contribution?
Now, before people jump in with Celine Dion, you have to admit that she really can sing. She may have saccharine tastes, but she can actually sing, and there would be no act without her.
I mean someone who is just along for the ride while making truckloads of money.
As much as I like U2 generally, I have to say that Adam and Larry from U2 are big contenders. If they had quit after a few albums, would they really be missed by the fans? I hear that Larry has been the brakes on some of Bono’s weirder ideas, and that’s valuable, but I think either of them could have been replaced with little disruption.
So, the formula is: money made divded by crucial contributions to the act. The greater the contributions, the smaller the score. Big money and little contribution gets a big score.
Musings for winners: Bill Bruford, AC/DC’s bass player, Nick Mason…
But I like the U2 rhythm section because each member of U2 is said to be worth about 250 million. They’ve been crediting each and every song to all four members since the beginning, even if they only wrote their own part after the melody and lyrics were finished.
I could see why you’d say this, but I would disagee. While it is true he contributed virtually NOTHING to Wham! George Michael WANTED him to be there. His solo album was not well received but it was a result of needed to complete a contractual agreement and he hasn’t actively persued a music career.
So while he didn’t contribute much, if anything, I wouldn’t consider him a hog, as much as someone who was ASKED to come along for the ride and enjoyed it while it lasted
Wasn’t there some clip of her singing without pre recorded music and her being just ridiculously bad? Or was that a fake? I think I saw it on youtube a while ago but people were questioning its veracity.
4 albums (That’s right FOUR), $25k signing bonus, and a few cameos in films with a staring role in one chinese film.
For what now exactly? It may not be a lot of money in total, but I’m betting everyone else nominated at least had SOME artistic contribution to use to hog their money. For Hung, he just went to step 3: PROFIT!