Bronson Reed, the former NXT star now known as JONAH, has been showcasing his talents for various major promotions. JONAH has worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Impact, and various independents around the world. The video for his entrance music posted by New Japan on YouTube has over 30,000 views.
Earlier today, the artist behind the song took to Reddit to say that promoters aren’t holding up to their end of the agreement to use the music commercially. Ben Varney, who is not a wrestling fan, wrote the song after he was hired on freelance site Fiverr to produce a song that sounded like a “UFC style video game.” That song became JONAH’s theme music.
Varney claims that when the deal was made, he gave permission for the track to be used commercially provided he was credited. Ben is not a wrestling fan but discovered the mistake while randomly browsing videos. He was shocked that his music, which generally gets less than 50 views on YouTube, was being played for an international audience without giving him any exposure.
“Hi, so I am a UK rapper (Ben Varney) and do not know anything about wrestling. Apologies if this is the wrong place to post this. I recently stumbled across the song online and saw that it said ‘JONAH’s entrance theme’, which sent me down a rabbit hole where I watched multiple fights where this music was used. While I feel honoured to be used for such a big event, I am also a bit annoyed that I am not credited anywhere.
The music on my own channel barely gets 50 views, whereas the video with the song itself… has 28,000 and no mention of my name. The song seems to be used in every fight with JONAH in the last 4 months, some of which have up to 300,000 views. It’s a shame to have missed out on this exposure.
I would love to hear some people’s opinions on the track and whether this is a big deal. It’s amazing to hear the song being played in arenas of people when usually it’s just my brothers listening to my music. I have more music on all platforms if people are interested.”
Fans quickly pointed Ben Varney in the right direction. Ben said he was not looking for royalties, just the credit that was agreed upon when he created the song. We will have to wait and see if NJPW, Impact, and JONAH ultimately work something out so this artist can be credited for his work.
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