Osbournes enjoy cashfest

10.47AM GMT, 25 Feb 2003

Wildman rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his feisty family have shot into a music industry rich list thanks to the worldwide success of their fly-on-the-wall television show.

Ozzy and his manager wife Sharon are at number three in the income league for UK stars, according to celebrity magazine Heat.

Analysts for the magazine said the Osbournes saw their cash roll in from sponsorship deals, publishing contracts and a video/DVD deal for the show.

They also benefited from their Ozzfest touring rock festival.

But their earnings of 40 million for 2002 was just a third of Sir Paul McCartney who tops the list with 120 million.

The former Beatle bagged his fortune from a hugely successful tour of the US and more than 1 million from Gareth Gates's chart-topper Unchained Melody as his company owns the publishing rights.

The Rolling Stones, another act to see the cash pile up from a lucrative US tour were runners up in the Heat Rich List with 75 million.

Double Brit winners Coldplay were a new entry at number ten with earnings of around 5.5 million.

Their second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, was big hit in the US.

Nicole and Natalie Appleton had combined earnings of 1.3 million, not so much for the modest sales of debut single Fantasy as the publishing advance for autobiography Together.

Will Young and Gareth Gates sneak into the chart, sharing 20th position with 1.2 million each.

Heat editor Mark Frith said: "Although this is a music rich list, it shows how TV can be a huge marketing tool.

"Sharon is such a sharp operator, which is why we've listed them together, and she has basically been promoting the whole Ozzy brand which has in turn promoted the Ozzfest.

"She has done it really, really well and takings are up, but they have also earned a fortune from advertising as well.

"It shows that self-promotion can really make a difference."

Top 20:

1: Paul McCartney - 120 million.

2: Rolling Stones - 75 million.

3: Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne - 40 million.

4: Sir Elton John - 38 million.

5: The Who - 22 million.

6: The Beatles Ltd - 17 million.

7: Robbie Williams - 12 million.

8: Tom Jones - 9 million.

9: Rod Stewart - 6 million.

10: Coldplay - 5.5 million.

11: U2 - 5 million.

12: Bee Gees - 4.5 million.

13: Phil Collins - 4 million.

14: Pink Floyd - 3.8 million.

15: David Bowie - 3.5 million.

16: Oasis - 3.4 million.

17=: Daniel Bedingfield - 2.5 million.

17=: Craig David - 2.5 million.

18: Charlotte Church - 1.5 million.

19: The Appletons - 1.3 million.

20=: Will Young - 1.2 million.

20=: Gareth Gates - 1.2 million.