Thursday, August 14, 2014

AC/DC’s Thunderstruck earned $500k for use in Varsity Blues film

AC/DC earned one of the largest amounts paid to use music in a movie when they licensed their 1990 classic, “Thunderstruck”, to the producers of the 1999 film, “Varsity Blues”, for $500,000.

Variety’s Artisans series sat down with several music supervisors and asked them about the most amount of money they'd ever spent on a track for inclusion in a film.

Thomas Golubic, who has done music placement for shows such as "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead", revealed that the biggest deal he'd ever put together to secure song rights was the AC/DC track.

"I remember being absolutely horrified when I heard that number," recalled Golubic. "And we spent a lot of time coming up with what we thought were great alternates, but there was going to be no budget on that, and they had money so they paid for it."

“Thunderstruck” originally appeared on AC/DC’s 1990 album, “The Razor’s Edge.” The project peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 5 million copies in the States alone.

AC/DC recently completed recording a new album without founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues.

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