The widely mocked King's song which was made for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander cost a massive 550 thousand euros to produce.
The king's song, with which the newly crowned king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima were serenaded on inauguration day, has so far yielded 44,000 euro. That was reported by the National Committee Inauguration, the initiator of the song.
The amount is from the ticket sales of the concert in Ahoy in Rotterdam on April 30 and the number of downloads of the song.
The money goes to the Oranjefonds, a fund that supports every year thousands of large and small CSOs. The king and queen are patrons of the fund.
Music producer Eric van Tijn is unhappy about the artists who sang the King’s Song. He thinks they have totally let down Composer John Ewbank after all the criticisms. "It could and should have been done differently," says Van Tijn.
All 51 artists could also have formed a block, after the criticisms, and could have said, for instance, “We think it is a beautiful song and we worked on it with much passion and joy. So we are just going to sing it." "Instead they remained dead silent,” says van Tijn today in the Telegraaf.
The National Committee Inauguration confirmed on Monday that it would use the original song of John Ewbank. The singers have indicated interest in continuing the project. and the concert in Ahoy will proceed as planned.
Composer John Ewbank pulled the song back on Saturday night after a storm of criticism. The Committee said, “Since the launch of the song, there has been a wave of reactions, mostly positive. It is clear that there are also critical voices in our society about parts of the song's lyrics.”
After composer John Ewbank withdrew the previously selected official King’s Song, other artists are working hard on songs in honor of the abdication of Beatrix and the inauguration of Willem-Alexander. Among others Henny Huisman, Wim de Bie and Dries Roelvink are busy making an alternative song.