FARMSVILLE, VA. (THECOUNT) — Oliver Anthony, the singer of the hit single “Rich Men North Of Richmond,” is raking in a combined $40,000 per day since the release dropped on August 11.
Anthony, who reportedly declined to sign an $8 million country music deal, is generating massive sales and streams on music services such as iTunes and Spotify.
According to thepoliticalinsider, the first week alone that “Rich Men North Of Richmond” was out, it garnered 147,000 downloads on iTunes, which pays up to 70 cents per download, meaning that Anthony made roughly $102,000.
Much of the rest of the $40,000 that is coming in for Anthony daily stems from royalties from streaming services like Spotify, which pays around 4 cents per stream.
An additional portion of this money is likely coming from merchandising and other distribution sites like Bandcamp and Patreon, where artists are able to “dictate the price” of their work. According to Anthony’s Bandcamp profile, he sells tracks for $1 per download or stream on that platform. Meanwhile, on his Patreon page, fans can get early access to Anthony’s content for $1 or $3 monthly.
Anthony currently lives in a $750 camper that he purchased on Craigslist, and it’s located on a property in Farmsville, Virginia that he bought for $97,500. Despite this, he “brushed off” an $8 million country music deal that he was offered after the success of his song.
“I don’t want 6 tour busses, 15 tractor trailers and a jet. I don’t want to play stadium shows, I don’t want to be in the spotlight,” he explained in a Facebook post. “I wrote the music I wrote because I was suffering with mental health and depression.”
“No editing, no agent, no bulls–t. Just some idiot and his guitar,” he continued. “The style of music that we should have never gotten away from in the first place.”