Tuesday, July 31, 2012

McCartney paid a pound for Olympics opening ceremony...Which left all the more money for the shady foreign contracts

Paul McCartney and other star performers at the Olympic Games opening ceremony were paid just one pound for their efforts, London 2012 confirmed Monday.

Beatles star McCartney -- who closed the showpiece event -- signed a contract for the one pound ($1.60, 1.30 euros) token amount, alongside Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal, Underworld and Emeli Sande.

"The top talent basically gave their services for free," a London 2012 spokeswoman told AFP.

"But in order to have a formal contract for their services you have to show an amount, so that was set at a pound which enables them to have a contractual arrangement."

Sande, 25, who sang the hymn "Abide With Me" at Friday's event, said she was waiting for her fee to hit her bank account.

"I got paid a pound for my work. It's there in print and I know because I signed the contract myself. Mind you, I haven't received anything yet!," she was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard newspaper. Read More