Get the song rights for The night Laurier Gaudreault woke up it was long, arduous and expensive, says music supervisor Lucie Bourgouin, a point of reference in Quebec. For two years it was she who negotiated the rights to many songs from Xavier Dolan’s first television production.
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The five-part series, presented on Club illico, brings together some forty songs including great hits by Céline Dion, Jean Leloup, Ginette Reno, Sum 41, Coldplay and Joy Division. The director has provided a great showcase for music from here as a quarter of these titles come from Quebec.
In an interview with our colleague Sophie Durocher on QUB radio last week, Xavier Dolan said, however, that he had to give up a dozen Quebec songs because a record company didn’t return his calls. He also hinted that it could be as expensive to get the rights to a Ginette Reno song as a Coldplay hit.
Lucie Bourgouin, who has been practicing this profession for 28 years, wanted to qualify the director’s words.
“I understand your frustration. But Xavier has a lot on his mind and he mixed up the information. There is context to this. It’s not true that Ginette Reno’s song cost as much as Coldplay’s. When a song plays over the end credits, as happens for Crescents of the sun, it is normal that the costs are higher. All of the Quebecers I worked with on this file were cooperative and were excited to participate in a series of Xaviers.
The experience CRAZY
Lucie Bourgouin is well aware that it’s not necessarily easier to obtain the rights to foreign songs. It was she who worked as a music supervisor CRAZY., the classic by the late Jean-Marc Vallée. The soundtrack to the film, which brings together the hits of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and David Bowie, cost more than $ 600,000 17 years ago.
“When I tried to have Pink Floyd for CRAZY., it took me weeks to get a response. And it was a refusal. I persevered and finally managed to get it,” she says.
“Negotiating song rights is painstaking work that requires a lot of rigor and perseverance. A balance has to be found between the demands of the producer and those of the right holders. People also need to understand that it takes more money in budgets to put songs into an audiovisual production. It’s certain that if you come in saying you want to put 1% of your budget on the songs, but you want them wall to wall in your movie or series, it’s not going to work.
Songs of Quebec from the Dolan series
like a rocketfrom Maria Carmen
crescentsfrom Ginette Reno
Isabellafrom John Leloup
For this love, from Monique Leyrac
My brotherfrom France of love
watch mefrom Celine Dion
Here you arefrom Robert Charlebois
When will you die of our lovesfrom Gilles Vigneault (performed by Rufus Wainwright)
Winter eveningfrom Nelligan/Léveillée (performed by Monique Leyrac)
Happy Christmasperformed by Ginette Reno