Gotye – who had a Grammy-winning monster hit with 2011’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” – turned down millions of dollars in YouTube royalties. Gotye, born Wally de Backer, decided against pop-up ads on his YouTube channel, which could have made him lots of dough thanks to his “Somebody That I Used to Know” music video, which racked up nearly a billion views. The Korean artist PSY made $10 million in YouTube royalties when “Gangnam Style” went over two billion views. “I’m not interested in selling my music,” Gotye tells News.com.au. “That’s the reason I don’t put ads on my You Tube channel, which seems strange to people in today’s climate, but that is a decision you can make. I’m like that with all my music. I generally never want to synch my music for products [on ads].” Gotye is currently working on finishing his fourth album.
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