Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys and Dizzee Rascal paid £1 for performing at Olympic Opening Ceremony

The artists were paid a minimal fee to appear in Danny Boyle's extravaganza on Friday night

Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal and Frank Turner were paid just £1 for performing at the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The “top talent” appearing in Boyle’s four-hour extravaganza all agreed to play for free, but had to be paid a token fee so that they could sign a contract with London 2012 organisers, the Evening Standard reports.

Emeli Sande, who sang a version of the hymn Abide with Me, said: “I got paid £1 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!”


Earlier today, it was revealed that Arctic Monkeys‘ cover of The Beatles‘ ‘Come Together’ is racing up the singles chart. The track – which featured as part of Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday – has climbed to Number 14 in the iTunes download chart. Scroll down to watch it.

‘Caliban’s Dream’ – the Underworld-penned track sung by Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble is currently at Number Five.

Other tracks to appear on the night include Frank Turner’s ‘I Still Believe’, which is at Number 32 and Emile Sande’s version of ‘Abide With Me’ at Number 26. Arctic Monkeys’ debut single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ is back in the charts at Number 78.

The compilation of all the music featured in the Opening Ceremony, named ‘Isles Of Wonder’, is Number One in the iTunes store album chart in Britain, France, Belgium and Spain, and is Number Five in the US.

It went on sale digitally shortly after the show came to an end in the early hours of Saturday, with more than 10,000 copies being sold immediately afterwards. After being on sale for 24 hours the album reached Number Five on the Official Charts Company’s list of top-selling compilation albums of 2012.