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Rolling Stones waive song royalties on charity cover in aid of Jo Cox Foundation

By | Published on Friday 16 December 2016

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will waive their royalties from the charity cover version of Rolling Stones track ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.

As previously reported, a group of politicians and musicians have come together to record the charity single in memory of Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered in her constituency earlier this year. Monies raised by sales of the record will be donated to a charity set up in Cox’s name. And that will include the cut of the income usually due to the songwriters, as well as the portion that would usually be taken by the government through VAT.

SNP MP Pete Wishart, former Runrig member and keyboardist with ‘parliamentary rock band’ MP4, confirmed that Jagger and Richards were waiving their publishing royalties during a House Of Commons session. According to the BBC, he said: “I’m sure the leader of the house would also like to join me in thanking Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for waiving their royalties, ensuring that even more money goes to the Jo Cox Foundation”.

Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall, David Gray and Cockney Rebel’s Steve Harley were among the artists to join the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, MP4 and 20 other MPs from across various parties, to record the charity record in Cox’s memory.

The record is released today and is therefore a contender for the Christmas number one slot next week. To that end, bookmaker William Hill has announced it will also donate any money staked on the single topping the festive chart to the Jo Cox Foundation.

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