Gary Glitter to receive no royalties from ‘Joker’, rights holders confirm


Gary Glitter’s music catalog rights holders have confirmed that he will not personally receive any royalties for the use of his 1972 song “Rock and Roll Part 2” in Joker.

The track, which Glitter co-wrote with late producer Mike Leander, features prominently in the soundtrack of a scene from Todd Phillips’ new DC Comics movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular villain.

The film’s highly anticipated release earlier this month confirmed that the use of “Rock and Roll Part 2” made the final cut, prompting reports to say that Glitter – AKA Paul Gadd, who is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for child sex crimes – could be set to receive royalties reaching the six-figure mark for use of the song in the film.

However, Glitter’s music rights holders have now confirmed that he will not receive any money from Joker. Talk to Los Angeles weather, Snapper Music, the London-based label that owns Glitter’s main recordings, said Gadd had sold his rights to the recording and release of “Rock and Roll Part 2”, as well as a number of his other songs, over two decades ago.

“Gary Glitter is not getting paid,” a Snapper Music spokesperson told the newspaper. “We had no contact with him. The representative also confirmed that they “do not promote the use of the song in films or on television at all”, adding that filmmakers and television producers “generally come to us” for obtain permission to use the runway.

Universal Music Publishing Group in the United States has also confirmed that Glitter will not receive any royalties from it for the use of “Rock and Roll Part 2″ in Joker.

Gary Glitter‘s publishing interest in the copyright of his songs belongs to UMPG and other parties, so UMPG does not pay him any royalties or other consideration,” a spokesperson confirmed to Los Angeles weather.


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