Chart phenomenon Adele is reportedly set to sign the biggest recording contract ever by a UK artist. Worth £90m to her, the deal would see the ’25’ singer leave XL, her record label of 10 years, for Sony. However, the amount of cash changing hands is a drop in the ocean compared to some of these transactions. Check out the 20 biggest recording contracts of all time below.
Not actually being alive is no barrier to bagging these kinds of deals, as Michael Jackson proved in 2010 when “he” signed a £164m contract with Sony Music. Obviously it was his estate that inked the deal that gives Sony access to a presumably still lucrative back catalogue and any future releases, whatever they may be.
“I am rich beyond my wildest dreams,” claimed Robbie Williams when he announced his £80m contract with EMI in 2002. It was a deal for four albums and Williams came up with the goods, eventually. The final album, 2009’s ‘Reality Killed The Video Star’, was withheld in protest at Guy Hands’ handling of EMI’s assets.