Success means never having to say you’re sorry – but enjoying it when others have to, instead. For example, Coldplay apologizing to Glee over not letting them use their music in the show’s first season.
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told an audience at the Emmy Comedy Showrunners Roundtable that Coldplay weren’t the only band to say no when asked for permission to have their song sung by America’s favorite teens and teachers:
At the beginning, a lot of people didn’t know what we were and asked to see pages (in advance), but I refused because I didn’t want to set precedent of them having any involvement. My favorite rejection was Bryan Adams. Coldplay and Bryan Adams were really the only rejections. But Coldplay called a week ago and said, ‘We’re sorry, you can have our catalog.’
Adams, of course, has stuck to his guns, as only a man who’s performed a duet with a Spice Girl can do.
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