Gary Glitter may earn £1m from Oasis royalties – The Guardian

Posted by Google News | Industry News | lunes 29 julio 2013 6:04 pm

Gary Glitter has reportedly earned £1m worth of royalties from the Oasis track Hello which uses a sample of his lyrics.

According to the Sun, the singer will continue to earn a significant amount of money for many years as a result of the song, which is the opening track on Oasis’ second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. It includes the lyric «Hello, hello, it’s good to be back», a line taken from Glitter’s 1973 hit Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again.

The 69-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, gets a payment for each album sold, as well as each play on the radio and online. To date (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? has sold 22m copies worldwide since its release in 1995.

Music lawyer Craig Brookes told the Sun that Hello could have earned Glitter £1m so far, on top of the annual £300,000 he gets from royalties linked to his back catalogue of releases. He is legally entitled to the money as he is still credited as the co-writer of Hello, despite being jailed for four months in 1999 for downloading child pornography, as well as serving a further three years in prison in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls.

In addition to his royalties, in 1999 Gadd received an estimated £200,000 for copyright infringement after taking legal action against Oasis.

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