Richard Ashcroft regains ‘f**king masterpiece’ Bitter Sweet Symphony from Rolling Stones

The Verve singer has regained the rights to his 1997 song after 22 year of lost royalties

Richard Ashcroft wins the prize for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music at The Ivors. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Richard Ashcroft wins the prize for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music at The Ivors. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

 

Richard Ashcroft has regained rights to his song Bitter Sweet Symphony after more than two decades.

The Verve singer lost the rights to his most recognisable song, which ended up in the possession of The Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

All credits and royalty rights have now been returned to Ashcroft for what he has called a “f****** masterpiece”.

Released in 1997 on Urban Hymns, the track sampled The Rolling Stones’s song The Last Time, using a composition by Andrew Oldham, and became the centre of lawsuits which saw Ashcroft stripped of rights and royalties.

More than 20 years since the song was released, Jagger and Richards have given these rights back.

All future royalties that would have gone to the pair for Bitter Sweet Symphony will now go to Ashcroft, and they have removed their names from the credits for the track.

The singer has also been honoured at The Ivors 2019 for his outstanding contribution to British music.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in London, he said: “We’ve been working over the last few months, years, 20 years. As of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards signed over all their publishing for Bitter Sweet Symphony. which is a truly kind and magnanimous thing to do, they didn’t need to do it.

“As of last month, thank you so much Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, for acknowledging me as the writer of a f**king masterpiece — it’ll live forever.

“Music is power, forever.”– Press Association

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