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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 Digital Music News's story about the Nike ad 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.

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

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.

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)

“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.

'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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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