Why Young Artists Should Fight for Publishing: Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ on ‘Shrek Forever After’ Soundtrack

altShrek Forever After is currently the No. 1 movie in America and featured on its soundtrack is Lionel Richie’s second No. 1 song of his career, “Hello.” Featured on Richie’s second solo album after leaving The Commodores, Can’t Slow Down, “Hello” contributed to the album winning the 1984 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and being the biggest selling album in the history of Motown Records. 

Shrek Forever After is the fourth and final chapter in the DreamWorks animated series. To date, it has grossed over $2 billion in worldwide box office since its launch in 2001. The previous feature film soundtrack albums have sold nearly four million copies in the U.S. alone. alt

Note to new artists, it pays to retain publishing rights to your songs. “Hello” was Motown’s first ever UK million selling single and it was also featured in the movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin in 2005. 

Publishing royalties are the equivalent to a pension plan. Cha-ching! –yvette caslin

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