Verve Frontman Finally Gets Royalties From “Bittersweet Symphony”
May 23, 2019 3:04PM EDT
22 years later, The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is finally getting royalties for the band’s 1997 hit, “Bittersweet Symphony”.
The song famously uses a sample from an orchestral cover of the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time”. Ashcroft was sued over that sample in 1997, and had to surrender 100% of the songwriting royalties to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
But apparently Mick and Keith have had a change of heart and given those royalties back to Ashcroft. In a statement, Ashcroft called it “a kind and magnanimous gesture” and a “life affirming turn of events”.
Did Jagger and Richards do the right thing here, considering the sample wasn’t even from their original recording? Why do you think they had a change of heart 22 years later?