For New Jersey state tourism campaign
|Bon Jovi says take song, label says pay
TRENTON, NJ, United States (UPI) -- A 'free' song offered to New Jersey tourism officials by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora could end up costing the state $250,000.
The Bon Jovi rockers told officials they could use the song 'Who Says You Can`t Go Home' off their new album gratis.
But the band`s publisher and record label came back with a price tag of $175,000 for the rights to the song from Bon Jovi`s latest album 'Have a Nice Day,' the East Brunswick (N.J.) Home Tribune reported. It is estimated that the state would have to spend about $75,000 on production expenses related to the song.
The New York Daily News quoted a source as saying the money sought by Island records is 'not a lot.'
'Coke pays millions to use a song in a commercial,' the source told the News. 'People should get paid for what they write. Jon and Richie are good Jersey boys. They`ve done so much charitable work for the state.'
State officials were reportedly still mulling whether to add the expense to the annual budget.
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