Shamed glam rocker earns thousands from US advertising
Gary Glitter reportedly earned £300,000 in the past year due to his music being used commercially in a number of adverts, including a spot in the trailer for Oscar nominated movie Silver Linings Playbook.
The singer, who was convicted of downloading thousands of items of child pornography in 1999 and subsequently placed on the sex offenders register in the UK, saw his song ‘Rock and Roll Part 2’ featured in a number of trailers and TV adverts for the film. The movie, which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, is nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Scroll down to see the trailer now.
The Sun reports that the same song is also used regularly at US football, basketball and ice hockey games when a team scores.
Glitter had his earnings additionally boosted by the use of his song ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)’ in US adverts for computer manufacturer HP. The firm used a cover version of the track but Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, still earned around £64,000 from the campaign. In addition to this, Glitter released a greatest hits album in the States and earned money from domestic repeats of Top Of The Pops.
In 2012 Gary Glitter was arrested and released on bail by police investigating operation Yewtree, spurred on by the hundreds of complaints made against former Top Of The Pops presenter Jimmy Savile.