Why Gary Glitter won't get any royalties from The Joker

Brenda Watkins
October 15, 2019

However, his music still does the rounds it seems, with his 1972 track "Rock And Roll Part 2" frequently being used at sporting events, and on the soundtrack to TV and movies, such as the recently-released Todd Phillips film Joker.

The observe is utilized in a prolonged, pivotal scene the place Joaquin Phoenix's character dances down an extended flight of steps as he totally transforms into the Joker. Glitter is behind bars in Britain after being sentenced in 2015 to 16 years for sexually abusing three underage girls.

The UK glam rock singer now serves a 16-year jail term.

Joker is smashing all sorts of box office records on its way to awards season, but the film's rise to prominence hasn't come without its fair share of controversies. Because of this, many were concerned that Glitter would receive big royalties from the film's success, but apparently that's not the case.

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Considering Glitter sold all of his rights, the music labels don't even contact him when his music is being used. The song entitled "Rock and Roll Part 2" was one of Glitter's many hits and was featured in the villain-focused movie. The group is now under the control of Universal Music Publishing Group and the music collective confirms that they "not pay him any royalties or other considerations".

After gaining success in the 1970s and 1980s, Glitter (real name: Paul Gadd) was arrested for downloading child pornography in the 1990s.

Despite the fact that Glitter would not see any money from the song, the New York Post reports that the film's studio Warner Bros.is considering removing the track from future releases of the film on DVD and through video-on-demand.

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