Paul McCartney’s “Hey Jude” Draws Record Royalties in Japan


A trip to the hospital isn’t stopping Paul McCartney from skyrocketing to the top of music charts with his song “Hey Jude” earning the most royalties in Japan.

The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) certified Hey Jude as the biggest royalty generator among foreign songs in Japan during the last fiscal year. The organization collects royalties from CD sales, digital downloads and streaming, and public performance of copyrighted music.

The ballad, written by McCartney with fellow Beatle John Lennon, has sold eight million copies since it was first released in 1968 and is dubbed one of the greatest songs of all time.

JASRAC raked in 110 billion yen ($1.1 billion) in royalties in fiscal 2013, but we don’t exactly what the paycheck will be for the beloved ballad, which provided the tune for several commercials such as Suntory Holdings Ltd beer advertisement featuring veteran Japanese rock star Eikichi Yazawa. Coming in second place is the Monkees’ song, “Daydream Believer,” which features in many 7-Eleven TV spots, and was famously covered by the late Kiyoshiro Imawano.

McCartney was forced to cancel his Japan and South Korea tours after coming down with a viral infection. The 71-year-old singer was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Tokyo, his rep told media.

“Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world,” his rep said.

By Maesie Bertumen

Image: “Oh Yeah! Paul McCartney first time visit to Uruguay! | ON THE RUN – South America Tour 2012 | 120416-9769-jikatu” by Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr

Paul McCartney, Hey Jude, JASRAC




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