Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rick Astley hits it big

"Official music videos" have returned to YouTube after an agreement with the Performing Rights Society. Excellent. Apparently, Pete Waterman only got paid £11 in 2008 for co-writing "Never gonna give you up" which was sung by Rick Astley and received 15 million hits on YouTube (described as "100 million" by Pete Waterman.). That helped to kick off the whole negotiation exercise, apparently, Pete Waterman not one to shrink into the background.

Anyway, after a piece reporting the above on BBC Breakfast this morning, Bill Turnbull turned to his co-presenter and remarked:

I wonder if that will somehow mean less homework done.

Astute man, that Bill Turnbull.

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