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4/18/2018
"The Twist" Has Been Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“The Twist,” recorded by Chubby Checker and written by Hank Ballard, was among the first songs to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Saturday at the 33rd annual ceremony. “We all know the history of music can be changed with just one song, one record,” ‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt emphasized when introducing the brand-new Singles category. “In three minutes we suddenly enter a new direction, a movement, a style, an experience. That three-minute song can result in a personal revelation, an epiphany that changes our lives.” Hailed as ‘the biggest chart hit of all time” by Billboard, “The Twist” is the only song in history to have held the No. #1 spot in two separate cycles – first in September 1960 and then in January 1962. When Music Sales Corporation acquired the U.S. publishing rights to “The Twist,” Executive Vice President John Castaldo reflected on the song’s integral place in American history: “It’s impossible to talk about the post-WWII American songbook without referencing “The Twist.” It’s not just a hit song that spawned a dance craze, but an integral part of early rock n’ roll that defined the American experience in the early 1960’s. The lyric ‘My daddy is sleepin’ and mama ain’t around' propelled the nation’s youth to embrace their independence, foreshadowing America’s counterculture revolution that culminated in Woodstock.” Read the full report by Billboard here.

4/10/2018
The Music Sales Group Announces the Sale of its Printed Music and Retail Divisions to Hal Leonard LLC

Global independent music publisher The Music Sales Group has today announced the sale of its physical and online printed music and Musicroom-branded retail businesses to Milwaukee-based worldwide music print publisher Hal Leonard LLC. In addition, The Music Sales Group and Hal Leonard will continue to work together in the future by entering into a global licensing agreement to represent and exploit Music Sales’ copyrights in print. Commenting on the deal, Music Sales’ Chairman and Owner Robert Wise, said: “Printed music has played a special role in the long history of Music Sales, but our direction of travel has been very clear in recent years as we continue the expansion of our portfolio of copyrights in all styles and genres across the world. In making this deal it was important for us to find the right buyer for our printed music business and we are confident that Keith Mardak and his team at Hal Leonard will do a great job with this business in the future.” Hal Leonard Chairman Keith Mardak, added: “We’ve had a long and rewarding relationship with Music Sales over the years and we look forward to that continuing into the future. Bob Wise has built an incredible printed music business and we feel privileged to be the new custodians of his many years of hard work. Mark Mumford, the Managing Director of Hal Leonard in Europe, will oversee the integration of the two companies in Europe.” Read more from Music Business Worldwide - Music Sales Is Now A Pureplay Publisher With $50m+ In The Bank, After Selling Books and Retail Business

3/29/2018
Zeal & Ardor Shares "Gravedigger's Chant" As Preview To Forthcoming Album

Today we’re so excited to announce that Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor) has released “Gravedigger’s Chant,” the first single off of his forthcoming album Stranger Fruit. Initially making his mark in 2017 with Devil is Fine, the Swiss-American frontman has stayed true to his signature gritty vocals, and unique blend of delta blues and metal on this haunting new track. “The gravedigger’s chant is the song sung by the people who lay your body to rest,” Manuel explains. “These people don’t care where you were, but they know what you did and who loved you. All they know is what lies before them. So they sing this song, since you can no longer breathe a note.” Manuel elaborates on the accompanying music video. “Our intent is both to familiarize as well as alienate. The video for Gravedigger’s Chant subverts roles: People find themselves in situations untypical for their ilk, tools become weapons, weapons turn into tools, and fingers meant for sensing make themselves felt.” Stranger Fruit is set to release on June 8th on CD, cassette, vinyl, and digital download / stream. Watch the music video below for “Gravedigger’s Chant,” and follow Zeal & Ardor to stay up-to-date.

3/26/2018
Nico Muhly and Jocelyn Pook Nominated For 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards

The nominations for the 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards have been announced and the shortlist for Original Score features two programmes with original scores by Music Sales composers: Howards End Produced by Playground Entertainment for BBC OneOriginal score by Nico Muhly King Charles III Produced by Drama Republic for BBC TwoOriginal score by Jocelyn Pook The full list of nominations can be found here. In addition to these projects, our music has also been featured in The Crown, Detectorists, Gunpowder, and The State. Photo of Nico Muhly © Ana CubaPhoto of Jocelyn Pook © Hugo Glendinning

3/2/2018
William Barton's Music Opens Faux Dundee Trailer, Superbowl Audience of 110 Million

The music of Australia's finest traditional didgeridoo player – William Barton – opens Tourism Australia's new advertising campaign featuring Australian talent Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Paul Hogan, and has become one of the most talked about advertisements of all time.The spot – which strategically launched under the teasing guise of a trailer for the faux film "Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home" – features William Barton’s work 'Birdsong At Dusk' (the title track from his 2014 ABC Classics album and published by G. Schirmer) in the opening shot as it pans to Mick Dundee’s long lost American son standing atop the Australian ranges. Listen to the track here. The vocal snippet heard to kick off the satirical advertisement is an evocative chant, performed by the ARIA Award-winning composer himself, adding a spiritual element to the comedic affair. Tourism Australia had everyone guessing about the cleverly manipulated campaign until the big reveal at Superbowl LII where the video was seen by an audience of more than 110 million people.

2/21/2018
G. Schirmer, Inc. Acquires Worldwide Publishing Rights to Julius Eastman Catalog

G. Schirmer, Inc., part of The Music Sales Group, announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to composer Julius Eastman’s catalog, including iconic works such as Femenine (1974), Stay on it (1973), and the controversial Ni**er Series (1978-1979). The New York Times broke the news earlier today.Eastman has been praised for his fearlessness and originality as a composer, performer and pianist, mostly active in the 1970s and 1980s. An unabashed pride in his race and sexuality defines his artistry, along with his pioneering synthesis of minimalism and improvisation. "What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest," Eastman said in 1976. "Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual to the fullest." Blurring the boundaries between joy and austerity, his legendary compositions and performances were an extension of the life he led. Eastman tragically fell from the public eye during the final years of his life, plagued by mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness. He died on May 28th, 1990, in Buffalo, NY, and it would be nine months before a proper obituary was published in The Village Voice.Portions of his scattered, forgotten catalog have since been collected by composer Mary Jane Leach, whose archival work precipitated the essential album Unjust Malaise (New World Records, 2005) and book Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music (2015). These led to a growing awareness of and respect for Eastman and his music."Minimalist Composer Julius Eastman, Dead for 26 Years, Crashes the Canon," wrote The New York Times in 2016. An outpouring of festivals, performances, commercial releases, and publicity continue to intensify Eastman’s fame and celebrate his singular genius: this past month in New York City, The Kitchen presented Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental. Other recent Eastman celebrations include those of the London Contemporary Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, and Bowerbird in Philadelphia. Audiences and critics alike are quick to celebrate Eastman’s resurgent body of work, which The New Yorker recently described as "wild, grand, delirious, demonic…an uncontainable personality surging into sound.""Julius’ music profoundly affected both composition and performance since he first came on the scene in the mid-20th century," writes Gerry Eastman, brother of Julius, and accomplished saxophonist. "No one contributed so much to the ever-expanding breadth of musical composition emanating out of the seeds of minimalism which he alone planted. That such a renowned music publisher as G. Schirmer is dedicated to nurture and disseminate my brother’s music is a tremendous honor for him and our entire family and a gift to the public in general.""Publishing Julius Eastman’s catalog represents an opportunity to correct both a social and musicological wrong," said Schirmer President Robert Thompson. "The canon of American contemporary music cannot be considered complete without inclusion of Eastman’s compositions, which until recently have gone largely neglected and unpublished. Now that Julius Eastman’s work has found a home at G. Schirmer, we are eager to facilitate the continued international discovery of this American master. We are deeply grateful to Gerry Eastman and the Eastman estate, and to those dedicated musicians and scholars who have worked tirelessly to bring the genius of Julius Eastman to the public." (Photo by Ron Hammond)

2/15/2018
“The Champ” and “Get Up, Stand Up” Are Sampled in Migos’ ‘Culture II’

Two songs from the Music Sales catalog have been incorporated within Migos’ Culture II, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. The release is the most streamed album for any week since April 2017. “The Champ,” written by Harry Palmer, is sampled within the album’s lead single “Stir Fry,” and “Get Up, Stand Up,” written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, is incorporated within the track “Crown The Kings.” “Stir Fry,” in particular, has been selected as the official song of 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, which will take place February 16th-18th in Los Angeles. The in-demand track also has been featured in Apple’s iPhone X – Animoji commercial, below, which aired during the Grammys as a nod to Migos’ multiple nominations. Read Billboard’s full report on Culture II here.

2/15/2018
'Forever Changes' Receives 50th Anniversary Box Set

Here’s some ‘Love’ for your Valentine’s Day! The iconic 1967 album Forever Changes is receiving a 50th anniversary box set. Releasing this April via Rhino, the collection will feature a 4-disc reissue (including alternative and mono mixes), original co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnik’s stereo remaster of the LP, as well as a DVD with a 24/96 stereo mix – all within a 12 x 12 hardbound book. The anniversary collection includes the tracks “Alone Again Or,” “Old Man,” and “Wooly Bully,” which are all part of the Music Sales catalog. Fusing psych-rock with folk and baroque pop, Forever Changes is often cited as one of the most pivotal releases during the ‘Summer of Love’ era. It was added to the National Recording Registry, inducted into the 2008 Grammy Hall of Fame, and is ranked #40 on Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 500 Albums of All Time’ list. Listen to “Alone Again Or” below, and visit Rhino for more information on the 50th anniversary release.

1/9/2018
Node Records to Release the Official Motion Picture Soundtrack for 'Lemon'

Node Records, a division of the Music Sales Group, is excited to announce the release of the official motion picture soundtrack from Janicza Bravo's film Lemon, featuring original orchestrations by the Obie Award-winning composer and Music Sales artist Heather Christian.Named a Sundance-favorite by Vogue, the comedy-drama film was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and released in theaters August 18th, 2017. Lemon stars Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Gillian Jacobs and Michael Cera - all of whom can be heard on the soundtrack which features excerpts from the film's dialogue.The Lemon soundtrack will be available for purchase and streaming on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, through all major music services including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon.Heather Christian is an Obie Award-winning composer and performer of music for theatre, film and contemporary avant-folk. A longtime collaborator with director Janicza Bravo, Christian has scored many of the director's short films including Man Rots From the Head (2016), Woman in Deep (2016), Gregory Go Boom (2013), and Eat! (VICE Shorts, 2013). This fall, Christian wrote and starred in her own folk-blues requiem show 'Animal Wisdom' at the Bushwick Starr. The New York Times, Time Out New York and Vogue all positively reviewed the theatrical work - the latter remarking that Christian "mesmerizes with her fey Southern charm and ferocious emotional conviction."When composing for Lemon, Christian told Amy Poehler's Smart Girls that she "scored in three different directions simultaneously - to mimic the three 'acts' of the movie." Her varied, whimsical instrumentation was inspired by the film's characters, and the score even includes a vocal oratorio that loosely sets text from Chekhov's play The Seagull."I am so thrilled and honored to share my first film soundtrack release for Lemon with Node Records," Christian reflects. "I hope this is the first of many left-of-center film soundtrack releases I am lucky enough to thrust into the world. I hope it captures half of the bizarre joy it was made with."For more information on Heather Christian and the official motion picture soundtrack for Lemon, visit the Node Records website. Lemon is available for pre-order now on Amazon and iTunes.

12/8/2017
Heather Christian's 'Animal Wisdom' Praised By The New York Times and Vogue

The Obie Award-winning composer and Music Sales artist Heather Christian recently premiered 'Animal Wisdom,' her own folk-blues requiem show at The Bushwick Starr to great acclaim. Co-produced by The Bushwick Starr and West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Mark Rosenblatt-directed show stars Heather herself, who shares conversations between her and her deceased, larger-than-life relatives through spoken word and song. Her musical quartet amplifies her stories, smoothly swaying from gospel and folk-blues, as the show eventually escalates to a 20 minute black-out, full requiem mass with a choir. Ben Brantley, the chief theater critic for The New York Times, praised the show and hailed Christian as “a singer and composer of blazing creative ambition, (who) has set out to create nothing less than a bona fide, full-scale requiem for the dead in all of our lives.” 'Animal Wisdom' was also positively reviewed by Vogue’s theater critic Adam Green, who remarked that Christian “mesmerizes with her fey Southern charm and ferocious emotional conviction.” The show has received its second extended run, with a final performance on Saturday, December 9th. Visit Heather Christian’s website and The Bushwick Starr for ticket information. (Photo by Cortney Armitage for The Bushwick Starr)

12/4/2017
The Dustbowl Revival Signs Worldwide Administrative Deal with Music Sales Corporation

Music Sales Corporation is excited to announce a worldwide administration agreement with the Americana soul band The Dustbowl Revival for all existing and future works. Hailing from Venice Beach, The Dustbowl Revival is recognized for effortlessly fusing New Orleans funk, soul, pre-war blues and roots music. The eight-member group captivates audiences and critics alike with their energetic, uplifting performances, which led them to earn the title of LA Weekly’s ‘Best Live Band.’ This administrative deal rides the recent success of Dustbowl’s self-titled, fourth studio album that spent three weeks on the Billboard charts, hitting #1 on Amazon Americana-Alt-Country and #2 on Amazon Folk, in addition to spending four months on the Americana radio chart peaking in the Top 20. A clear progression into modern soul and funk, standout tracks like “Call My Name,” "Good Egg," and “If You Could See Me Now” illustrate Dustbowl’s lively spirit and old-school edge. “We’re thrilled to be working with The Dustbowl Revival,” said Miles Feinberg, Executive Vice President of Music Sales Corporation. “Their fusion of Americana with retro-soul and funk feels timeless, yet at the same time fresh and exciting.” The Dustbowl Revival Co-Managers Jeff DeLia of 72 Music Management and Ivory Daniel of The Regime reflect in a shared statement: "We are very excited about signing with Music Sales. Even amidst their rich and diverse catalog, I feel like the band will still stand on their own and offer a unique blend of roots music for the film, television, commercial, and video game spaces. With The Dustbowl Revival's international touring and diverse repertoire, it's great to work with a company that has a global business. They have a great team in the U.S. and offices set-up across multiple cities on four continents." The Dustbowl Revival’s US tour is currently underway, with a final stop in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on December 13th for an exclusive Q&A and live performance. Watch their trending release “Never Had to Go” featuring actor / comedian Dick Van Dyke - which has garnered over ten million cumulative views and recently aired within HBO’s If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. Visit The Dustbowl Revival’s website to view upcoming tour dates and to stream their self-titled album. Cover photo by Talley Media.

11/29/2017
Jóhann Jóhannsson Nominated for 60th Annual Grammy Awards

Congratulations to Jóhann Jóhannsson! It was announced that the contemporary classical composer have been Grammy-nominated for his Arrival score, within the category of ‘Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.’ The critically-acclaimed ambient work for Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller also awarded Jóhannsson as ‘Best Film Composer of the Year’ from the World Soundtrack Awards, in addition to BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations earlier this year. The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be held Sunday, January 28th at New York’s Madison Square Garden and will be broadcasted on CBS live. Stream the Arrival soundtrack and follow Jóhann Jóhannsson to stay up-to-date.

10/26/2017
Minnie Riperton’s ‘Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition' Available Now

In celebration of Minnie Riperton’s 70th birthday, Universal Music Enterprises has released a deluxe edition of Perfect Angel, in standard digital and 96k/24-bit high resolution audio formats on December 1st. Showcasing Riperton’s timeless spirit and signature high-upper vocal range, the remastered collection features eleven bonus tracks - including an alternative version of “Lovin’ You” backed by the Wonderlove band, a duet version of “Take A Little Trip” with Stevie Wonder, and an acoustic version of “Seeing You This Way.” This release brings to light Stevie Wonder’s true involvement in Perfect Angel, as he co-produced the original release (along with Minnie’s husband Richard Rudolph), arranged tracks, played keyboard, harmonica and drums, in addition to writing two songs - all under the pseudonym ‘El Toro Negro.’ Stevie Wonder shares his sentiments with UMe. “Minnie was my dear friend. She was an extraordinary, vibrant person with an extra-special voice. I was a big fan of hers before we met and it was my honor to produce the album with Minnie and her husband Richard. Minnie had a positive energy that radiated throughout these sessions and throughout the rest of her life. When Minnie lived, she lived. She continues to live through this release.” “The whole experience was a total surreal experience and a pure joy from start to finish,” Richard Rudolph reflects to UMe. “Working with Stevie Wonder in that intimate setting really was more than just a dream come true. And you can feel the ‘wonder’ throughout the entire album," Rudolph continues. “Minnie would be overjoyed to know that her music continues to touch people’s lives.” Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition additionally contains extended songs, a 24-page booklet with rare photos, and extensive liners notes by Richard Rudolph, where he tells the story behind the “ice cream and overalls” cover shot by Barry Feinstein. Listen below to the newly released duet of “Take A Little Trip” with Stevie Wonder, in addition to this impressive live performance of “Lovin’ You” from 1975, that truly showcases Riperton’s dynamic range and vocal control. Follow the Minnie Riperton Facebook page for reissue announcements.

10/6/2017
Jack Carty Signs With Embassy Music Publishing To A Worldwide Music Publishing Deal

Jack Carty has signed a global music publishing deal with Embassy Music Publishing. This signing comes hot on the heels of the appointment by Managing Director, Jane English, of Larry Heath as the A&R Manager of the Music Sales Australia companies. "I first saw Jack Carty live in Canada (of all places) almost seven years ago”, says Heath, “and have been watching him develop as a songwriter and a performer ever since. He's grown into one of the finest contemporary songwriters in Australia, and I'm thrilled to have him join the Embassy Music Publishing family, as well as to have such a phenomenal talent as my first signing." Carty’s story stands as testament to the power of great songs, great stories, grassroots determination and a spellbinding live show; cementing his reputation as a writer and performer of incredible depth and imagination. It’s been a big few years for the award winning, critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter. Following the release of four full-length albums and two EPs; extensive national and international touring; appearances at SXSW, Primavera and Canadian Music Week; co-writes with the likes of Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic), Josh Pyke & Katie Noonan; a national MusicOz award for Acoustic Singer-Songwriter of the year; and a biannual APRA Professional Development Award in the Popular Contemporary Category; Carty has recently relocated to the UK to write, release and tour from his base in the Cotswolds. In the midst of all this, Carty decided to start his own label and release an album he produced, performed and recorded entirely himself in a tiny apartment in Brisbane’s Red Hill. The result was Home State, one of Rhythms Magazine's Top 10 albums of 2016. It debuted at #1 on the AIR …Independent album chart and #36 on the ARIA Album Chart. Such was the stir the album caused on home soil that it was picked up for release in the UK by Gilded Lily/Absolute. “It’s a wonderful thing to meet people in the music business with the love and commitment to care, sacrifice and put in as much as the musicians themselves. Larry Heath is one of those people and I am so excited to be working with him, Jane and the entire Embassy Music Publishing team around the world on some very exciting plans for the future.” For more information on Jack Carty, please visit www.jackcarty.com and watch his music video below for "A Way With Me."

9/18/2017
Terry Riley Scores François Girard’s Most Ambitious Film to Date - Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

Featuring an original score by minimalist composer Terry Riley, iconic filmmaker François Girard’s latest film Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes was met with great acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. Variety praised the ‘diverse, beautiful score,’ by Riley, which also features his son, the composer / guitarist Gyan Riley, and longtime Riley champions Kronos Quartet. Music Sales Creative and G.Schirmer/AMP provided music supervision services for the film. This marks Terry Riley’s first major film score, which has plans to be released later this year on Node Records. A stylistic departure from the composer’s signature layering of rhythmic cells and spiritual melodies, the Hochelaga score draws heavily on Riley’s study of Indian Raga with a strong emphasis on timbre and moodiness.Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes is described by TIFF as "a grand fresco on the rich history of Montreal that spans 750 years," and Girard's most ambitious project to date.

9/15/2017
The Stone Foxes Release 'Visalia' EP

The Stone Foxes have released their EPVisalia today! The long-awaited five tracks stay true to the origins of blues, country and Americana, and also allow the group's trademark live-show energy and contemporary spirit to shine through. The result has been praised by critics, with Live For Live Music describing the EP as “warmly nostalgic on the surface, but sincerely topical at its core."Visalia also varies lyrically. “Fight”, “Hypno”, and “Arrogant” draw inspiration from societal dilemmas, while the EP’s opener “If I Die Tonight” is a more personal tune, and encourages living life to the fullest. Singer/drummer Shannon Koehler gives insight on the anthemic, stripped-back track and on Visalia as a whole:“It’s really reflective of how important it is to live in the moment. When you’re with your loved ones and friends, and all having the time of your life, if I die, I’d be alright with it. I live with a pacemaker and have undergone 11 heart surgeries. Every moment is precious. Visalia also dives deep into roots blues music. We wanted to pay tribute to some of our blues/rock idols, while putting out a statement of frustration and anger in response to what’s happening in America right now.” Visalia comes ahead of the band's extensive US “Gigantour” this October and November. Catch where The Stone Foxes are playing and enjoy their full EP below.

9/14/2017
Music Sales at Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival is currently in full swing, featuring a number of films scored by Music Sales composers and / or with our catalogue featured as part of the soundtrack. Below is a full list of the various productions we’re delighted to be affiliated with: The Third Murder (pictured) scored by Ludovico Einaudi The Current War scored by Dustin O’Halloran & Volker Bertelmann Woman Walk Ahead scored by George Fenton HOCHELAGA scored by Terry Riley The Wife scored by Jocelyn Pook Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami features 'La Vie En Rose' On Chesil Beach features Edward Elgar’s 'Nimrod' The Killing of a Sacred Deer features Jani Christou’s 'Enantriodormia' Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool features 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' The Children Act features 'Die Seele Ruht in Jesu Handen' Lean on Pete features 'Live Fast Love Hard Die Young' Thelma features Philip Glass’ 'Symphony No. 2' You Disappear features 'Kvinde Min', a cover version by our writer/singer Lars H.U.G. Suburbicon features 'I Ain’t Got Nobody…And There’s Noboby Cares For Me!' Black Cop features various works by Zeal & Ardor More info

9/6/2017
Manuel Gagneux Of Zeal & Ardor Signs To Music Sales

Swiss-American musician and songwriter Manuel Gagneux has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Music Sales. Manuel is the mastermind behind Zeal & Ardor, the avant-garde metal, blues and spiritual musical project whose debut album Devil Is Fine was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. "Nothing released this year is as strange, inscrutable or wonderful," extolled Rolling Stone, hailing the debut album as "a dream world of infinite possibilities." In addition to his work with Zeal & Ardor, Manuel has been releasing chamber pop music under the alias Birdmask since 2013.Listen to Devil Is Fine here and follow Zeal & Ardor to stay up-to-date.

9/1/2017
Music Sales Corporation, Inc. Acquires Worldwide Publishing Rights to Vernon Duke Catalog

Music Sales Corporation, Inc. announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to Vernon Duke’s catalog, including the Great American Songbook gems “April in Paris”, “Autumn In New York”, and “Taking a Chance on Love” - the latter from the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky (1940). Known for his integral contributions to the Great American Songbook, Vernon Duke was also a highly respected classical composer - composing for both orchestra and ballet under his birth name, Vladimir Dukelsky. The Russian-born composer collaborated with many musical luminaries including George and Ira Gershwin, George Balanchine, Sergei Prokofiev and Serge Koussevitzky. “We’re very honored to have the opportunity to bring the two worlds of Vernon Duke together under one roof,” said G. Schirmer/AMP/Music Sales President Robert Thompson. “Duke’s contribution to the Great American Songbook is legendary, and the depth of his compositional output … from popular songs, musicals, orchestral works and ballets … is remarkable. I’d like to particularly thank Kay Duke Ingalls, widow of Vernon Duke, for her invaluable guidance and expertise.” In February 2016, Duke’s musical Cabin in the Sky was revived by Encores! at New York City Center by Artistic Director Jack Viertel. 2016 also saw the commercial release of Misia (PS Classics), the never-before-heard Duke musical from 1949, reconstructed with new book and lyrics by New York Times journalist Barry Singer; arrangements, adaptations and music direction by Scott Dunn; and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. In 1999, Scott Dunn orchestrated and premiered Dukelsky’s ‘lost’ 1923 ‘Piano Concerto in C.’ Prior to the work’s long delayed Carnegie Hall premiere, Barry Singer reflected on Duke’s legacy within a contemporary time in a New York Times essay, “A Neglected Master’s Haunting Consolations”: “Vernon Duke wrote music for grownups. His songs sang most majestically about ambivalence, not the uplift that Tin Pan Alley consumers overwhelmingly preferred. His probing melodies brought out wonderfully melancholic resonances in lyricists who were by nature, if only on the page, rather jolly — Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash and even Yip Harburg. As a result, these songs perhaps speak more directly to our own self-doubts and longings in 1999 than they did in a 1930s culture that looked to its songwriters for escape.” View Billie Holiday performing Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York" below.

8/23/2017
Dustin O'Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson Nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards

Congratulations to Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson, as they both were recently nominated for the 2017 World Soundtrack Awards within the category of Best Film Composer of the Year! O’Halloran was nominated not only for his work on the 2016 Oscar-nominated film Lion with Hauschka, but also for the French film In the Shadow of Iris, which he scored with Adam Wiltzie. Johann Jóhannsson’s World Soundtrack Award nomination recognized his ambient work on the sci-fi thriller Arrival. Both composers were also nominated earlier this year for their respective films at the Golden Globes, within the category of Best Original Score, and the BAFTA Awards for Best Original Music. The World Soundtrack Awards will be held in Gent, Belgium October 17th-19th. View the full list of nominees here.

8/21/2017
Luke Elliot Releases 'Dressed for the Occasion' in the US

This past Friday, the New Jersey rock singer-songwriter Luke Elliot released his debut album Dressed for the Occasion in the US, following his chart-topping success in Europe last year. The brand-new stateside release has been building momentum – resulting in Elliot’s lead single, the country-tinged “Trouble” being added to Spotify’s Fresh Folk playlist. The album was recently reviewed by Jim DeRogatis on the Chicago-based radio talk show Sound Opinions, who said (around the 23 minute mark) that "the songwriting is brilliant, garnering comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and that underworld vibe." Be sure to watch Luke Elliot’s recent Paste Magazine session below, where he performs featured songs including “Get ‘Em While They’re Hot” and “Let It Rain on Me,” with backing players from The Swans. Follow Luke Elliot to stay up-to-date and watch out for his upcoming US tour this fall. Stream and purchase Dressed for the Occasion here.

8/15/2017
Jóhann Jóhannsson Scores Upcoming 'Mother!' Film

Fresh from his work on last year’s acclaimed sci-fi film Arrival, the Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has scored the Paramount Pictures film mother!, set to release in US theaters on September 15th. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), the horror drama stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. This is the first film collaboration between Aronofsky and Jóhannsson. “I was thrilled when Darren contacted me at the Toronto Film Festival last year and wanted to have coffee,” Jóhannsson remarked to FACT Magazine. “He told me about a couple of projects he was planning and had just seen 'Sicario' and loved the film and the music. Then, a few months later, he sent me the script for his new film, which was the boldest and most exciting script I’d read in a long time. It was not a difficult decision to accept the job.” “Darren has one of the most individual and characterful voices in America cinema today and I’ve been a fan of his work for years. A true auteur and a very generous and inspiring collaborator. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with directors of the caliber of Darren and Denis Villeneuve, with whom I’m collaborating now on Blade Runner 2049,” Jóhannsson added. Watch the official first trailer below and follow Jóhann Jóhannsson to stay up-to-date on his work. Photo by Timothée Lambrecq for The Reykjavík Grapevine.

7/26/2017
Jeff Beal Reacts To ‘House of Cards’ Emmy Nomination, Billboard Reports

Congratulations to Jeff Beal, who was recently Emmy-nominated for his work within the fifth season of House of Cards! Beal has been nominated within this category of 'Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)’ several times for the acclaimed drama series, and won in 2015. However, that previous win did not make this 2017 nomination any less of a surprise, as he reveals to Billboard. “I was home getting ready to start my writing day when my publicist called me with this news. It sounds strange to say, having won an Emmy Award already for House of Cards, but I am incredibly surprised to be recognized with a nomination for Season 5. It just shows that people are still invested in the Underwoods, and I am genuinely proud to be along for the ride. For me, Season 5 was about the ascent of Claire Underwood and Frank’s secret self-immolation. This episode, [Chapter 63], was pivotal for both of these characters. I loved the way Claire becomes a fourth wall breaking character, and Frank seems increasingly paranoid -- this sense of lying, and breakdown of trust amongst everyone in the West Wing, which now in today’s climate doesn’t feel so atypical.” The 69th Annual Emmy Awards will air September 17th, 2017 at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT on CBS. Follow Jeff Beal to stay up to date, and check out this classic video of the composer below explaining the musical inspiration behind the House of Cards theme.

7/24/2017
Luke Elliot Signs With Music Sales

Singer-songwriter Luke Elliot has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Music Sales to represent him on a worldwide basis. An American artist from New Jersey with a background in rock ‘n’ roll and Americana, Luke believes in breaking the boundaries of genre, producing unique and philosophical music. He has been compared to some of the greatest storytellers including Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen for his dark, melancholic sound and timeless songwriting. Luke's debut album Dressed For The Occasion received a limited release in 2016, resulting in critical-acclaim across Europe. The album reached #7 on Norway's Top 10 iTunes Album Chart and received more than 2 million streams on TIDAL/Spotify, which led to Luke being named one of TIDAL's best new artists. The successful debut will now receive its worldwide release on August 18th, 2017 via Julian Records. In additional to his commercial work, Luke has composed music for the film Benny The Bum, which won Best Local Film at the 2012 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Watch the music video for Luke's lead single, the 60s'-inspired "Trouble" below. Stay up-to-date on his forthcoming release and pre-order here.

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