How Jennifer Lawrence, 'Silver Linings Playbook' And The Oscars Help Net Shamed Rocker Gary Glitter £300,000

Use of song in movie's trailer rewards Glitter

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Shamed glam rocker, and convicted sex-offender Gary Glitter has an astonishing connection with this year's Oscars, one that netted him an incredible £300,000 this year.

The star raked in the money from royalties from his back catalogue of songs, with a major contributor one of his songs useage in the trailer for David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated 'Silver Linings Playbook', starring Best Actress favourite Jennifer Lawrence.

Unlike in the UK, where songs of Glitter's like 'Rock and Roll Christmas' went from being played in shops across the country to being virtually forgotten after his arrest and conviction, Glitter is less well known in the US, meaning that his songs have escaped the almost blanket shunning that they receive in the UK.

In fact his 1972 hit 'Rock and Roll Part 2' (which was used in the trailer) is still often played at US sporting events, with teams and fans seemingly unaware that due to music publishing rules they may be lining Glitter's pockets.

It seems that this is the case with 'Silver Linings Playbook's' useage of the song, with even multinational tech company HP using his song 'Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)' in an advert, boosting his income by £64,000.

A source told The Sun: “There’s less awareness of his past here.”

Glitter receives money because as the writer of his songs, every time one of his songs is played, be it at a sports ground, on the radio or in an advert, royalties are due, with each useage conferring different rates.

With 'Silver Linings Playbook's' Oscar success meaning much more advertising, the eight nominations it has received may have even boosted Glitter's coffers further.

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