Why was Sir Paul McCartney only paid $1.57 for his Olympic opening ceremony performance?

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According to the London Evening Standard, artists who performed at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London last Friday were paid the token amount of just £1 (approximately $1.57). That includes everyone from breakout Grime artist Dizzee Rascal to the Arctic Monkeys, Mike Oldfield, and of course Sir Paul McCartney. The fee is used to ensure contracts signed by the artists are binding and is not a measure of their performance. So what else could you get for £1 in the UK? Nothing says Great Britain like fish and chips, but how about the next best thing? A jar of Fish and Chips flavored sandwich spread with a cool 21 pence left over to go towards a bottle of mouth rinse after. Or perhaps three maps of the London Underground designed by artist Tracey Emin? But clearly the most useful item would be a biography of Isambard Kingdom Brunel so we can all agree Kenneth Branagh was not in fact portraying Abraham Lincoln at the opening ceremony.

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