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Not Bitter, Just Sweet: The Rolling Stones Give Royalties To The Verve

A songwriting dispute left a Britpop band bereft of royalties from its biggest hit, "Bitter Sweet Symphony." More than 20 years later, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed over their rights.
Richard Ashcroft, frontman of The Verve, posing with his Ivors prize on Wednesday in London. Source: Tristan Fewings

After more than 20 years, the Rolling Stones and The Verve have resolved a sour dispute: over the authorship of the song "Bitter Sweet Symphony." The Verve's frontman and co-founder, Richard Ashcroft, announced on Wednesday that the situation has finally been laid to rest.

Ashcroft explained the change as he received a lifetime achievement honor," Ashcroft said in comments reported by the BBC, "Mick Jagger and Keith Richards signed over all their publishing for 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,' which was a truly kind and magnanimous thing for them to do." A rep for The Rolling Stones confirmed the change to NPR.

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