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Sam Fender’s career took off with the success of his hit song ‘Play God’ back in 2017.
Since then, it has been a never ending stream of hearty rock anthems and riffs built to bounce through festival tents form the Geordie singer.
Fender’s next career milestone comes about today, around 8pm, when he’ll walk onto the Pyramid Stage greeted by over 200,000 at Glastonbury Festival.
His appointment at Worthy Farm has been pushed back a few times. He cancelled due to health reasons in 2019 and the festival was scrapped the following two years because of Covid.
Due to this adversity, his inauguration into the best music festival in the world will indeed be momentous.
Fender is early on into his already critically acclaimed career, but how much does he earn?
According to Popular Bio, Sam Fender has an estimated net worth of $74 Million in 2022.
However, net worth is not always an accurate representation of the individual’s personal earnings, it is a total value of them and all of their assets minus what they owe.
Sam Fender’s earnings can best be calculated from sales of his two albums, money earned from touring, and any profit gained from streaming.
His first breakthrough release music was the independent distribution of ‘Play God’ in 2017. The following year saw consistent releases of loved-by-radio singles like ‘Friday Fighting’ and ‘Start Again’, before he was placed on the BBC’s Sound of 2018 playlist.
In September 2019, he released his debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ which shot to the number one spot on the UK charts and sold 41,000 copies in its first week.
He then completed the year with one tour of North America and another one throughout the UK spanning twenty dates.
Touring was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but Fender made headlines by giving the world’s first socially distanced gigs in Gosforth Park in Newcastle.
Here, he played three unreleased songs, commencing the era for his second studio album ‘Seventeen Going Under’, which saw immense success surpassing that of his first.
Released in October 2021, ‘Seventeen Going Under’ put up shop at the top of the UK charts and sold 44,000 in its first week, 79% of which were physical sales, outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined.
Physical sales, understandably, create more profit for the artist, as they will receive a definitive 10% of the sale revenue. Calculating albums success from streaming is slightly trickier, as different streaming platforms have different loyalty values for the artists.
According to Headphonesty, an artist will need to have a song listened to 100,000 times on Apple Music for them to earn $1000 from it, compared to Spotify where it’ll need to be listened to 303,030 times.
With just over 98 Million listens to the song Seventeen Going Under on Spotify, Fender will have made roughly $324,570 from just that song.
Given the popularity of his discography as a whole it isn't hard to guess how much larger his revenue stream from just streaming will be.
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