Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is currently the #1 song on iTunes?
Seriously, this is impressive. The song is over 34 years old, and it's right up there, beating out Justin Bieber, Liam Payne, and Charlie Puth. When the song was released in 1983, it was undoubtedly a success, reaching number one in several countries, including the U.K. and the U.S. But it's currently 2017, and the song is back in a big way, entirely thanks to the solar eclipse.
We'd have to guess that Tyler's excitement for the eclipse is on par with that of NASA scientists. She performed her hit song on a cruise (where the song was trimmed to be the exact length of totality), and she's making money from all of these iTunes sales. Tyler is also a trending topic on Twitter. But she actually won't be making any money from radio airplay, because radio airplay is considered to be a "public performance." That means that the performers, like Tyler, don't earn anything. In the U.S., only the songwriters receive performance royalties when a song is played on the radio.
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" was written and produced by Jim Steinman, so he's the one who will receive royalties every time the song is played on the radio today. In an interview with "Playbill," Steinman revealed that the original title of the song was "Vampires in Love." But 34 years later, he's probably pleased that he changed the title to include the word "eclipse."
As foretold by the Babylonians, the Mayans, and Nostradamus, today is finally the day that Bonnie Tyler returns.— Tim H (@BigDTim) August 21, 2017
Here's the YouTube video, in case you also want to listen to the song of the day.