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MSC Catalog Acquisition: Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix / Harts Honors Hendrix

MSC Catalog Acquisition - Curtis Knight feat. Jimi HendrixHarlem soul singer Curtis Knight met Jimi Hendrix at the Americana hotel in 1965 and their musical collaborating began. Several early recording sessions yielded such songs as “How Would You Feel?”, “Gloomy Monday” and “Fool For You Baby”. Jimi recorded another crop of songs with Curtis in 1967 with his newly purchased Wha-Wha pedal including “Happy Birthday”, “Flashing” and “Hush Now”. The Beastie Boys sampled one of these songs as the musical bed for their single “Jimmy James,” from their classic Check Your Head album. These important songs represent a vital evolution point, not only in the musical journeys both of Knight and Hendrix, but also in the greater timeline of rock, funk and soul, and their fusion. Harts Plays HendrixHarts has garnered constant comparison with his expansive explorations of funk, rock, jazz, blues, and psychedelia. Fresh from lighting up Triple J studios with Denzel Curry for Like A Version, Harts is set to electrify the Melbourne Recital Centre in May. This premiere live performance celebrates the 50 year legacy of Jimi Hendrix and pays tribute to the anniversaries of his studio albums while bringing the distinct flair of his iconic performances as only Harts can.The show consists of a carefully curated setlist from Jimi's entire catalog, performed live by Harts in a powerful three-piece band experience, and guest appearances by some of Australia's most beloved musicians.

Hauschka's 'Nature Fights Back' Scores Apple Short Film

'Nature Fights Back' by Hauschka is the featured piano composition within Apple's "The Underdogs," a new humorous short film part of the Apple at Work campaign. With its driving beat and high energy, the song seamlessly amplifies the frenzied momentum of collleagues preparing for a pitch meeting, while showcasing Apple software's time-saving efficiency. 'Nature Fights Back' was originally released on Hauschka's 2017 album What If. Watch Apple's short film below, and follow Hauschka to stay up-to-date.

Bryce Dessner's 'El Chan' Featured As One Of Pitchfork's '5 Albums You Should Listen To Now'

Bryce Dessner's brand-new classical album El Chan has been selected as one of Pitchfork's '5 Albums Out Today You Should Listen To Now.'The album features Katia and Marielle Labèque on piano, and debuts the recordings of three Dessner-composed works: “Concerto for Two Pianos,” “El Chan,” and “Haven” - the latter accompanied by Dessner and David Chalmin on guitar.Listen to El Chan here, and follow Bryce Dessner to stay up-to-date.

Music Sales Represented at BAFTA TV Awards

Congrats to Volker Bertelmann! His score for the Sky Atlantic / Showcase series Patrick Melrose has been nominated for Best Original Music for this year's BAFTA TV Awards. Additionally, Anne Nikitin composed the original music for Mrs Wilson, which received numerous BAFTA TV nominations including Best Mini-Series, and Dustin O'Halloran scored the music for Save Me which is nominated for Best Drama Series.Stay tuned for the BAFTA Awards on Sunday, May 12th!

Bryce Dessner Announces New Classical Album 'El Chan'

Bryce Dessner has announced the international release of El Chan on April 5th via Deutche Grammophon. The new classical album features Katia and Marielle Labèque on piano, and debuts the recordings of three Dessner-composed works: “Concerto for Two Pianos,” “El Chan,” and “Haven” - the latter accompanied by Dessner and David Chalmin on guitar. Originally written for the Labèque sisters, "Concerto for Two Pianos" premiered with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Southbank Centre in April 2018, and has been performed by many orchestras since including Orchestre de Paris, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Musica Nova in Helsinki - where Dessner served as Artist-In-Residence. It will premiere in the US this September with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. “El Chan,” both the title piece and the album, are dedicated to the film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and his wife Maria Eladia Hagerman. The collection of music is inspired by the mythical spirit ‘El Chan’ of their hometown San Miguel de Allende. Watch the teaser for El Chan below, and follow Bryce Dessner as he embarks on his four-date European Minimalist Dream House tour this April alongside Katia and Marielle Labeque, David Chalmin, and special guest Thom Yorke.

Ludovico Einaudi To Release 'Seven Days Walking' Album Collection

Ludovico Einaudi is set to release seven digital albums over the next seven months - an ambitious collection titled Seven Days Walking. The series will conclude this fall with a box set via Decca Records.The composer and pianist is "the world's most-streamed classical artist of all time," earning more than one million streams daily and more than two billion streams overall. Listen to "Cold Wind Variation 1" from Seven Days Walking: Day 1 (out Friday March 15th), and view Ludovico's upcoming US tour dates here.

Hauschka Releases A Different Forest

On February 8th, Oscar-nominated film composer and renowned pianist Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) releases his latest album A Different Forest via Sony Classical. The album is his first for the label and sees him strip away his customary instrumental preparations in favour of straight solo piano. Hauschka’s experience of nature as his basis for understanding life and the composition of music is the central theme of the album. He said of the album ‘In A Different Forest, I’m focusing on the forest as a natural environment and contrast to the urban everyday life. How often have I gone for a walk and finished on the crest of a hill or maintain top, and found a new perspective on things. It’s quite a moving experience, realising that everything has been there for such a long time and will continue to exist, yet our human existence is reduced to but a fraction of the earth’s history.’ Released in October 2018, ‘Curious’, the first single from the album, heralds this central theme. Listen here

Music Sales Corp. Acquires Administrative Rights to Frederick Hollander's Catalog for the US and Canada

Music Sales Corp. announces it has acquired the administrative rights to German composer Frederick Hollander’s catalog for the US and Canada. The deal includes Hollander’s signature piece “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt,” and its popularized version “Falling In Love Again,” with English lyrics by Reginald Connelly. First performed by Marlene Dietrich and the Frederick Hollander Orchestra within the 1930 film Der Blaue Engel, Dietrich later recorded and brought the English composition to international success. Since, the song has been interpreted by countless artists - most notably Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Dionne Warwick, Sammy Davis Jr., and The Beatles. Der Blaue Engel was just the beginning of Hollander’s career in film. He quickly became a featured composer for Germany’s leading film studio UFA, where he produced music for classic films including Einbrecher, Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht, Stürme der Leidenschaft, and Ich und die Kaiserin. Hollander has been praised for his bold and progressive voice within Germany’s Weimar era. In 1931 he opened Tingel Tangel, a cabaret-style theater within Berlin’s famous Theater des Westens, which became wildly successful for its “jazzy music, witty lyrics, and daring political satire.” Many of these performed pieces, like "Spuk in der Villa Stern" made Hollander an early Nazi target, and he escaped to the United States within two years of Hitler’s prominence. Once arriving in Hollywood, Hollander’s career as a film composer continued to flourish. Similar to “Falling in Love,” select songs led to success beyond their respective films including “Awake in a Dream” (Desire,1936) performed by frequent collaborator Marlene Dietrich, and “Moonlight and Shadows,” introduced by Dorothy Lamour (The Jungle Princess, 1937), which later inspired versions that topped the US charts by Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm, Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra, and Bing Crosby. Hollander composed for over one hundred films, including Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953 Academy Award nominee), and Sabrina (1954) starring Audrey Hepburn. To commemorate his immense musical contributions, Hollander was awarded the 1959 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and posthumously received a center-city square named in his honor (Friedrich Hollaender Platz). Additionally this January, Hollander’s songs from the Weimar-era will be celebrated within Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS)’s program titled “Kurt Weill’s Berlin,” for being as “bracing and brilliant as the day they were written.”

Composer Ariel Marx Signs Worldwide Co-Publishing Deal with Music Sales Corporation

Music Sales Corp. is thrilled to announce the signing of the award-winning film/TV composer and multi-instrumentalist Ariel Marx to a worldwide co-publishing deal. The agreement covers all existing and future works, including the scores to the acclaimed films The Tale and To Dust. Recently hailed as “a film composer to watch” by Filmmaker Magazine, Ariel is recognized for her versatility in genre and ability to craft engaging, emotional undertones for the screen. A violinist herself, she often pairs strings, piano, and folk instruments with electronics. This year, Ariel most notably scored the Emmy, Gotham, and Spirit Award-nominated HBO film The Tale (starring Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Common and John Heard), in addition to Shawn Snyder’s To Dust (starring Géza Röhrig and Matthew Broderick) which garnered both the Narrative Audience Award and Best New Narrative Director at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Musical works to come include a co-composed score for Edward James Olmos’ forthcoming filmThe Devil Has a Name, as well as featured music for both Galt Niederhoffer’s 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up, and Sarah Pirozek’s #LIKE. “I am thrilled and proud to be joining the Music Sales community,” Ariel Marx says. “I'm humbled and inspired by my fellow artists and collaborators, and can't wait to see what this journey brings. Thanks for having me!” “I love Ariel’s choices musically and am so excited to witness her push her own creative boundaries,” says Oscar Mazzola. “She is a rising star among her peers and I am so honored that she chose to work with us.” Listen to Ariel’s original motion picture soundtrack for The Tale, in addition to a selection of recent works here. (Photo: Music Sales' Vice President of A&R, Film, TV, and Ads Oscar Mazzola, Ariel Marx, and Music Sales' Executive Vice President Miles Feinberg)

G.Schirmer Acquires Worldwide Publishing Rights to Florence Price's Catalog

NEW YORK, NY November 15th, 2018 – G. Schirmer, Inc., part of The Music Sales Group, announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to classical composer Florence Price's catalog.Florence Price was one of the first African-American women to be nationally recognized as a composer, and was the first African-American woman to have her work performed by a major American orchestra; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the world premiere of her Symphony No. 1 in E Minor on June 15, 1933, shortly after it won the then-coveted Rodman Wanamaker Prize.While her compositional training was based in European classical tradition, she is known to have expanded the American musical vernacular by elegantly combining the language of her classical training with modern references inspired by African-American spirituals and blues, incorporating European classical and American folk styles."We at G. Schirmer/Music Sales are thrilled and honored to provide a publishing home for the brilliant, expressive music of Florence Price," says G. Schirmer's Promotion Director Rachel Sokolow. "Our stewardship of her performance materials will provide worldwide accessibility to her catalog. As more orchestras and presenters recognize the need to address diversity in classical music programming, we hope that Price's oeuvre can be a valuable resource.""We are so proud that our grandmother has been re-discovered at a time when the high quality, value, and beauty of her work is not negated due to her gender or color," Price's granddaughter Vicki Hammond expresses, also on behalf of Price's grandson Timothy Taylor. "We are very grateful to the folks at G. Schirmer for bringing her contributions to the performance community and the public worldwide."Read the New York Times exclusive featuring Robert Thompson, President of G. Schirmer.Like many composers, Price drew inspiration from her personal connections with other prominent artists of the time, from poet Langston Hughes to singer Marian Anderson among others. She set the influential Langston Hughes poem cycle Songs to a Dark Virgin in 1941, and her undated song Sympathy (set to a Paul Laurence Dunbar poem) is said to have inspired Maya Angelou. Singer Marian Anderson regularly performed Price's haunting arrangement of My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, including to close out her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.Although she did achieve historic success, Price struggled with having her work considered for performance."To begin with I have two handicaps — those of sex and race," she wrote in her first of many letters to the famed Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitsky. "Unfortunately the work of a woman composer is preconceived by many to be light, froth, lacking in depth, logic and virility. Add to that the incident of race — I have Colored blood in my veins — and you will understand some of the difficulties that confront one in such a position." A later excerpt stated, "I would like to be judged on merit alone." Unable to achieve greater exposure as the American cultural landscape evolved, Price's work began to fade from public regard after her passing in 1953.Fifty-six years later, some of the composer's works and papers were discovered in an abandoned house near St. Anne, Illinois in 2009, sparking renewed interest in her work. The collection contained dozens of scores in manuscript, thought to be lost, including her Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, recently recorded by violinist Er-Gene Kahng and the Janacek Philharmonic, and released via Albany Records.These findings and Ms. Kahng's recent recording have led a current revival of Price's work through performances, recordings, and an outpouring of publicity, including a 2018 New Yorker article titled "The Rediscovery of Florence Price" and a New York Times article titled "Welcoming a Black Female Composer Into the Canon. Finally.""Not only did Price fail to enter the canon; a large quantity of her music came perilously close to obliteration," The New Yorker's Alex Ross also acknowledged earlier this year. "That run-down house in St. Anne is a potent symbol of how a country can forget its cultural history."This year alone will see performances from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Fort Smith Symphony — who world-premiered Price's Symphony No. 4 in D Minor this past May. Upcoming performances of her work will be led by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. Photo © University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections Price artist-playlist on Spotify

Node Records Releases Original Soundtrack Album for 'The Wife'

Featuring Original Music by BAFTA-Award Winning and Golden-Globe Nominated Composer Jocelyn Pook “Jocelyn Pook's understated musical score may well be the film's true hidden genius.” Selig Film News LOS ANGELES, CA (November 12, 2018)– Node Records is pleased to announce the release of Jocelyn Pook’s original motion picture score album for the critically acclaimed film The Wife. The soundtrack is now available through all major digital music platforms via Node Records. Currently in worldwide theatrical release, the film stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, and Elizabeth McGovern. Directed by Björn Runge, the film is an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel about a woman (Close) who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband (Jonathan Pryce), where he is to be honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Featuring a sublime score by Jocelyn Pook (Eyes Wide Shut, The Staircase) for piano and chamber orchestra, reviews have overwhelmingly recognized the primary role Pook’s music plays in creating the complex undercurrents and powerful, emotional atmospheres that Runge’s thriller demands. "I am so pleased that the soundtrack of The Wife is finally going to be released alongside the film,” Jocelyn Pook remarks. “It was an absolute joy to work on a film with such depth and resonance for our times; a film with rich cinematography and with extraordinarily masterful yet understated performances. It was also wonderful to work with the director Björn Runge who was both inspiring and trusting.” The soundtrack was executive-produced by Lucy Bright, Tracy McKnight, and Robert Thompson. ABOUT JOCELYN POOK:Jocelyn Pook is a BAFTA Award-winning composer who writes music for film, television, theatre, dance, the concert platform, and her own album projects. Often remembered for her film score to Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, other notable film scores include The Merchant of Venice, Brick Lane, and L’Emploi Du Temps. ABOUT NODE RECORDS:Node Records is a boutique label committed to releasing and marketing music from groundbreaking artists and films. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Node has a partner in BFE / The Orchard Sony for its marketing and distribution. Vision. Passion. Music.

"Shy" by Hauschka Featured in Apple's "Behind the Mac - Make Something Wonderful" Advertisement

Hauschka's "Shy" is the featured piano composition within Apple's "Behind the Mac - Make Something Wonderful" advertisement. A curated slideshow, the ad features intimate black-and-white found photos of Oprah Winfrey, Dave Grohl, Serena Williams, and Paul McCartney, among others, hard at work on their Macs. "To further enhance the ad's presence and profound simplicity, the sparse song "Shy" by Hauschka serves as an appropriate backdrop timed nicely with each passing photo," Adweek remarks, "helping to stitch together a pleasing and easy-to-watch production." "Shy" originally appeared on Hauschka's album titled 5 Movements. Watch the full advertisement below, and stay up-to-date on Hauschka here.

"Wooly Bully" Featured in Cole Haan Animated Advertisement

“Wooly Bully,” the 1965 Grammy-nominated hit written by Domingo ‘Sam' Samudio, is the featured song within Cole Haan’s new animated advertisement to introduce their Zerogrand shoe collection with Stitchlite Wool. Created by the animation studio HouseSpecial, the ad features an enthusiastic band of sheep and alpacas performing the timeless song on a hilltop. Originally recorded by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, “Wooly Bully” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1965, and stayed on the chart for eighteen weeks - the longest for any song that year. It also was the first American record to sell a million copies during the British Invasion, and despite not reaching #1 on the Hot 100, “Wooly Bully” was declared Billboard’s “Number One Record of the Year.” Since the song’s initial success, “Wooly Bully” continues to be heavily referenced in popular culture, and has appeared in many classic films including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Splash and Happy Gilmore. Adweek provides an inside look at the Cole Haan advertisement here.

Dustin O'Halloran's "We Move Lightly" Featured in Nike & Colin Kaepernick Advertisement

Dustin O’Halloran’s “We Move Lightly” is the featured composition within Nike’s 'Dream Crazy' advertisement, narrated by NFL athlete and humanitarian Colin Kaepernick. Created for the 30th anniversary of the 'Just Do It' campaign, the powerful ad highlights inspirational stories of various athletes succeeding against all odds, including cameos from Serena Williams and LeBron James. “We Move Lightly” is from O'Halloran's solo 2011 album Lumiere, which includes contributions by Peter Broderick, O'Halloran’s A Winged Victory for the Sullen collaborator Adam Wiltzie, and was mixed by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. This high-profile placement jumpstarts the momentum of what is to come from O'Halloran. The Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer most recently scored George Tillman Jr’s The Hate U Give, a Black Lives Matter-inspired feature, which premieres today at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, the upcoming The Art of Racing in the Rain, directed by Simon Curtis, features a score collaboration between O'Halloran and the award-winning film and TV composer Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka). The duo is known for their Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe-nominated, and AACTA award-winning score for the 2016 film Lion. For more on Dustin O'Halloran and "We Move Lightly," read Billboard's recent interview with Dustin here.

Sparta Florida Music Catalog Featured In Trojan Records 50 Box Set

This year Trojan Records is celebrating their 50th birthday in the biggest way. The essential reggae label has released a super-deluxe vinyl box set, featuring many iconic copyrights of the genre from the Sparta Florida music catalog. From “Wear You to the Ball,” to “Suzanne Beware of the Devil,” and “Reggae In Your Jeggae,” Sparta Florida was one of the most significant in bringing reggae, ska, and calypso to the British cultural landscape in the 1960s and 1970s, and also for continuing to inspire artists today through covers and samples including from Lily Allen, The Clash, A Tribe Called Quest, and UB40. Ranging from first-ever digital releases, rarities and hits from John Holt, The Ethiopians, and many more, The Guardian calls the Trojan Records 50 Box Set “an immaculately curated collection of a golden era.” The collection is just one of the many ways Trojan is commemorating their fifth decade this year. This summer brought forth a series of live events in the UK, and the announcement of a forthcoming documentary highlighting the "origins and ongoing love affair between Jamaican and British Youth culture" told through the story of the label. Purchase the Trojan Records 50 Box Set here, and stay up-to-date with Trojan Records for additional announcements.

"It's All in the Game" Makes Billboard's All-Time Hot 100 Singles List

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hot 100 chart, Billboard has highlighted Tommy Edwards’ “It’s All in the Game” within their all-time Hot 100 singles ranking. The song, co-written by Charles Dawes and Carl Sigman, is the first performed by a black artist to reach number one on the Hot 100, and charted a month after the list was created in 1958. Originally recorded in 1951 by Edwards, he resurrected the track just seven years later into a “beat ballad” – trading its soft, croony style for an infectious doo-wop sensibility, and “…suddenly 'Game' was everywhere, a staple of slow dances and roadster cruises for years, as fans still reminisce today in the comments on its unofficial YouTube page.” Delivered with Edwards' captivating vocals, the lyrics that resonate with both realists and romantics have inspired countless covers, including versions by Elton John, the Four Tops, Van Morrison, and Isaac Hayes. Billboard speaks of the standard’s interesting origins – including how the song’s foundation “Melody in A Major” first served as a go-to arrangement for big-band orchestras in the 1930s, and how the song’s co-writer Charles G. Dawes holds the title of being the only White House official to ever write a pop hit. Read the full story by Billboard, and listen to “It’s All in the Game” (1958) below.

"The Twist" is The Billboard Hot 100's All-Time Number One Song

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Hot 100 chart, Billboard revisits the hit song that helped shape its history - “The Twist,” popularized by Chubby Checker and written by Hank Ballard. The song, which has placed as No. 1 within Billboard’s All-Time Hot 100 singles ranking, is the only song in history to have held the No. 1 spot in two separate release cycles – first in September 1960 and then in January 1962. Additionally this year, “The Twist” was among the first group of songs to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Billboard takes a closer look at the song that defined the American experience in the 1960s – from its early beginnings with Hank Ballard to Chubby Checker’s American Bandstand performance that sparked a cultural movement with its accompanying dance. “The perfect confluence of writers, promoters, and performer, “The Twist” is a testament to the notion that a hit song can come from anywhere, and that a song’s hold on the collective imagination can’t always be predicted,” Billboard writer Brad Shoup says. 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 story by Billboard here.

Music Sales' "They're Coming To Take Me Away" Incorporated Within Kanye West and Kid Cudi's 'Kids See Ghosts'

“They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” from the Music Sales catalog has been incorporated within Kids See Ghosts. Released on June 8th, the collaborative album between Kanye West and Kid Cudi debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album charts, and all seven tracks have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Fire,” the album’s second track, which features a surprise co-production credit from André 3000, samples the intro of the 1966 novelty hit single written by Jerry Samuels, and recorded under his stage name Napoleon XIV. The song originally peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, and reached No. 4 on the UK Singles chart. Listen to the original track here, and the sample below in “Fire.”

Harts Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal with Embassy Music Publishing

Embassy Music Publishing is excited to announce the signing of Australian multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Harts to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. The talented musician and his eclectic music catalogue will be a welcome addition to Music Sales' already striking roster. The signing to Embassy Music Publishing is another feather in the cap for Harts' already huge 2018, with the acclaimed artist releasing a new live album (Live in Brisbane 2017) and a steady stream of celebrated singles including "Ain't Nothin' on Me," "Mercy" and the infectious "21 & 19." While producing new music, the diverse performer has also managed to find time to land some incredible gigs, including playing guitar with Joey Bada$$ on Triple J's Like A Version, performing during the NRL State of Origin pre-game entertainment at the MCG, and putting on two massive sets at Bluesfest. To top it off, Harts has recently announced a brand new expanded live band for a special show at Howler in Melbourne on July 7th, helping launch his new single "Consciousness of What You Think" and set the ground for a massive second half of 2018. With no less than two new albums slated for a release later in the year, as well as the recent debut of the beautiful, rocking and guitar drenched new track "Consciousness of What You Think," Harts has been busy in the studio and fans can look forward to more of his dynamic music as the year continues. On the signing, Harts says, "I'm very excited to be working with Embassy. They have truly been supportive of my vision as an Artist and shown encouragement as I progress with my musical goals. This deal enables me to create what I want to create, knowing my songs are being represented and actively promoted in the global marketspace by a skilled, hard-working and passionate team." Embassy Music Publishing's A&R Manager Larry Heath says, "I'm thrilled to officially welcome Harts to our growing contemporary roster. He's one of Australia's finest talents, both lyrically and of course on the guitar, and sits with a great company here at Embassy. With an outstanding back catalogue and extraordinary new music on its way, he's nothing short of a dream signing for any publisher. Expect big things in the year ahead." "Consciousness of What You Think" is available now.

Zeal & Ardor Releases "Stranger Fruit"

This past Friday, the metal-meets-blues Zeal & Ardor (Manuel Gagneux) released Stranger Fruit via MVKA/Radicalis. The sixteen-track album and follow-up to the 2016 debut Devil Is Fine has been met with an ongoing rush of positive press – it was named “a masterpiece of excess and control,” by Upset Magazine, earned a 10/10 rating from Metal Assault, received recognition from Billboard and The Guardian, and scored a spot on the 'Best of the Week’ Apple Music Pop playlist. With stand-out tracks like “Gravedigger’s Chant,” “Built On Ashes,” and “You Ain’t Coming Back,” Gagneux’s mastered pairing of black metal with African-American spirituals is more cohesive than ever. "This album is a trip; it’s scary, disheartening, influential, brutal, serene, gentle, uplifting, hopeful, broken, and punished,” Metal Assault reviews. “That’s just the tip of the descriptive iceberg, what you’re getting into isn’t just an album. This isn’t just a really good album. This doesn’t even just toe the line between music and art, it pushes and bends it to create the unique and masterful piece of art known as ‘Stranger Fruit’.” Alongside the momentum of Stranger Fruit, Zeal & Ardor’s “Devil Is Fine” has been featured within the new Ubisoft gameplay trailer for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and forthcoming tour dates have been announced. Follow Zeal & Ardor to stay up-to-date, and watch “Gravedigger’s Chant” below.

Dan Aykroyd and Schirmer Theatrical Release 'Ghostbusters in Concert' Promotional Video

In celebration of Ghostbusters Day this June 8th, Schirmer Theatrical (part of the Music Sales Group) has released a Ghostbusters in Concert promotional video featuring one of the blockbuster’s original writers, stars and paranormal investigators, Dan Aykroyd. The first-look video presents a teaser for the forthcoming film with live orchestra concerts, which were first announced by Variety in March. In the style of a mock public service announcement, Aykroyd, poised before the Ecto-1 and the Ghost Corps headquarters, announces that the “boys” are back to save orchestras and audiences from an amorphous green vapor posing as a music critic, in addition to other, yet-to-be discovered ghosts which have recently started haunting the performing arts world. At each concert, the classic film will be screened with a live performance of Elmer Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated score and Ray Parker Jr.’s Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping “Ghostbusters” theme song. A production of Schirmer Theatrical, the concerts are presented under license from Columbia Pictures (a Sony Company), Ghost Corps, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Raydiola Music. For more information on Ghostbusters in Concert, view the Sony Pictures Entertainment press announcement, and visit www.schirmertheatrical.com/ghostbusters. For initial concert dates and ticketing information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SchirmerTheatrical/.

"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.

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

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.

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