The Richest Songs in the World  14708

  • TV
  • 00:08:00 On how royalties work, are calculated, collected and distributed
  • 00:10:00 Growth in sync rights for film, tv and, latterly, web
  • 00:19:00 On difficulty, due to confidentiality agreements, of attempting such a ranking
  • 00:29:00 On songwriting credits issues as an issue in band splits; Spandau Ballet and The Smith’s difficulties; U2 and Coldplay’s reported “band agreements” splitting royalties equally
  • 00:31:30 Tormé jr on the natural beginnings of many successful Christmas hits
  • 00:32:00 On sheet music royalties as most important still in the 1930s
  • 00:34:00 Secular / Jewish origins of many Christmas songs especially from the 1930s-50s
  • 00:35:00 On original 50:50 publisher:songwriter split, 75% splits for some British songwriters today, and some bands now self-publishing

Topics covered by this tv

  1. Stand By Me (music) • 00:38:45 • #6: written for childhood sweetheart Betty; Ben E. King on his life when he wrote it; on going to the Brill building and meeting Leiber and Stoller; Mike Stoller on developing chords/bass pattern, triangle and string parts; black/Jewish songwriters in context of civil rights movement; lyric split 50:25:25 King:Leiber:Stoller; use in movie; use in Levi's jeans ad; Ben E. King's Stand By Me Foundation providing scholarships to music college
  2. Brown Eyed Girl (music) • 00:36:00 • lack of royalties received by Van Morrison due to signing away high percentage of royalties to Burt Burns / Bang label, and revenge songs written
  3. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (music) • 00:30:00 • #7: Bruce Springsteen's version; genesis in request to Gillespie, New York tube train adverts, and a warning from his mother; Eddie Cantor's original recording; versions by Dolly Parton, Jackson 5, Justin Bieber, Alice Cooper; secular/Jewish songwriting of Christmas songs
  4. Oh, Pretty Woman (music) • 00:11:00 • #9: genesis of lyrics in an tense exchange with Claudette, Roy Orbison's wife; James Burton (guitarist) on the guitar riff and the drum kicks; on performing with Springsteen in the Black and White Nights, on Roy Orbison as one of Elvis's favourite singers; on its use in the film; on its controversial use as a rap by 2 Live Crew with lyric "Big Hairy Woman" and Supreme Court case around sampling/parody
  5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (music) • 00:02:00 • #10: on the genesis of the lyrics, Mel Tormé as a singer and writer, Nat King Cole's recording, soundtrack to Christmas in peace time for returning soldiers
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