Brian Johnson Addresses The AC/DC Royalties Bon Scott’s Family Receives

After an artist’s death, their copyright royalties continue to exist and become an asset of his estate. When Bon Scott died in 1980, AC/DC had already started working on ‘Back in Black.’ While the late singer was not credited as the songwriter, it has been an enduring debate whether his lyrics were used in the record and if his family receives any royalties. Brian Johnson addressed the rumors during a recent interview with Metal Edge.

No, no,” the singer replied when asked if he knows Bon Scott’s estate is paid for ‘Back in Black’ due to the late singer’s allegedly used lyrics. “Bon’s family receives royalties from the stuff he’s done – I’m sure. They’ll have an estate; most people do afterwards if they die, and there’s still money coming in from that period of their work.”

Although Johnson knows that Bon Scott’s estate receives royalties from his other works with AC/DC, he doesn’t think they have money coming from ‘Back in Black.’ The rocker continued, “That would be right. That’s the right and proper thing. But I don’t think so… I know so because I get the ‘Back in Black’ royalties. There’s the simple answer.”

Following this question, the interviewer also asked Brian Johnson whether he is sure that no Bon Scott lyrics have been used since ‘Highway to Hell,’ the last album featuring the late rocker. Johnson sharply said, “No, I can honestly say that,” revealing that the band hasn’t used any of Scott’s lyrics after his death.

It is known that Bon Scott attended some parts of the recording sessions for ‘Back in Black’ and played drums on a few songs. A year and a half ago, Angus Young also responded to the rumors and said that Scott had never gotten the chance to contribute to the songwriting process due to his untimely passing.

Though he had been working on some lyrics, he could never share them with the rest of the band. However, Bon’s two ex-girlfriends claim he wrote the song ‘You Shook Me All Night Long.’ So, it seems like the rumors won’t end soon.