"Somebody That I Used to Know" was a massive hit for Gotye, charting in more than 30 countries. But how many people know that the song coalesces around a guitar riff plucked from a 1967 jazz recording?
Gotye sampled a portion of "Seville" by a Brazilian classical guitarist named Luiz Bonifa. The first few bits of lyrics are also said to have been inspired by Bonifa. See?
Before the song was released, Gotye did the right think and licensed the sample from Bonifa's people, promising to hand over a whopping 45% of the song's royalties. And that has added up to a rather healthy sum.
A conservative estimate is $1 million, but that doesn't take into account YouTube plays or any kind of streaming royalties.
Bonifa isn't around to enjoy the sudden riches, though. He's been dead for close to a decade. But his family is thrilled.
(Via Courier Mail. Thanks to John for the tip.)