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Music Sales Group Acquires “The Twist”

Music Sales Group is excited to announce it has acquired the U.S. publishing rights to “The Twist,” written by Hank Ballard and recorded by Chubby Checker. Billboard declared “The Twist” as “the biggest chart hit of all time” in 2008. It 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. By popularizing a rendition of Hank Ballard’s original on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, Chubby Checker’s recording of “The Twist” truly revolutionized American pop culture and dance in 1960. It encouraged those to “dance apart from the beat” and brought rock n’ roll to a national audience. “The Twist” was not only popular among younger crowds, but the iconic song unexpectedly resonated with an adult audience, which was a turning point in the acceptance of contemporary pop music and styled group dance. "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,” said John Castaldo, SVP at Music Sales Corporation. “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.”

Jimmy Webb Signs to Eaton Music

We are excited to announce, the multi Grammy award-winning and Songwriters Hall of Fame legend Jimmy Webb has signed to Eaton Music, part of the Music Sales Group. He has written such hits as “MacArthur Park,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Up Up and Away” and more. Recently, The Academy of Country Music announced that Jimmy Webb will receive the 2016 Living Poet Special Award. Copyrights in the agreement include: Snow Covered ChristmasRider From NowhereBelmont AvenueJust like MarilynOnly One LifeWho Under HeavenRight As Rain These Are All Mine and many more... About Jimmy WebbJimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer, and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. His platinum selling classics include ‘Up, Up and Away’, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Galveston’, ‘The Worst that Could Happen’, ‘All I Know’, and ‘MacArthur Park’. His songs have been recorded or performed by the best including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, R.E.M., Michael Feinstein, and Carly Simon. Webb has received numerous accolades, including a prestigious Ivor Novello International Award in 2012. He received his first gold record at the age of 18, was the youngest inductee into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame and is the current Chairman. He also serves proudly as the Vice Chair of ASCAP. He is dedicated to the preserving the rights and the craft of the songwriter. His book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, is considered a “bible" among musicians. Webb has released 12 solo albums since the 1970s, while continuing to write for other artists. His album, Just Across the River features duets on some of his biggest songs with friends Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther, and Glen Campbell plus Lucinda Williams, Michael McDonald and Mark Knopfler. Webb’s latest release, ‘Still Within the Sound of My Voice’, featuring Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, and more, was released in 2013. jimmywebb.com

David Lang Nominated for Academy Award

Best Original Song Simple Song #3 Music and Lyrics by David Lang. A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

Jóhann Jóhannsson Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score for Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in Sicario. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

David Lang Composes Score for Youth

Composer David Lang steps out of his comfort zone to write the score for the upcoming film Youth, starring Michael Caine and Havey Keitel. Click here to check out the New York Times interview with Lang about his role in the movie and here for more about his original songs for the film. Youth will be released in the US on Friday, December 4th. The film's soundtrack is available on iTunes here. UPDATED: David Lang has been nominated for a Golden Globe for "Simple Song #3" from Youth!

Stone Foxes Audiotree Session

Check out the video below for some great live footage from a Stone Foxes studio session at Audiotree in Chicago. On October 29th, the band performed tracks from their recently released album "Twelve Spells". Purchase the session on iTunes here.

Ludovico Einaudi sets new chart record

Ludovico Einaudi becomes first classical artist to command a staggering 13 tracks on the Classical Singles Chart Top 20. This week’s Official Albums Chart saw a first for classical music - Ludovico Einaudi’s In A Time Lapse became the first classical release to sell more digital downloads than physical copies. The Italian composer’s latest album shattered the 50% barrier with a massive 72/28% digital physical split. The only previous classical album to come close to this achievement upon release was Einaudi’s 2011 compilation,Islands, which achieved an exact 50/50 digital/physical split week one. The news comes less than a year since the Official Charts Company launched the Official Classical Singles Chart to recognise how classical fans are increasingly shifting from physical releases to digital downloads. “Einaudi’s impressive achievement is also a perfect illustration of the coming of age of digital classical music,” says the Official Charts Company’s Managing Director, Martin Talbot. “Since we launched the Official Classical Singles Chart last spring, Ludovico Einaudi has been one of its biggest and most consistent stars - and is at Number 1 and 2 in the current Top 10.” - via Officialcharts.com To read more on this go here.

Neon Greens Releases EP PULSES

Neon Greens' recently released a new EP PULSES! Check out the single Anything Is Possible here. Neon Greens is a collaboration between Los Angeles based producer/keyboardist Adam Berg (The Decoders) and rising talent Godfrey At Large; featuring the supernatural talents of both Joel Van Dijk and songwriting legend, Dick Rudolph. Musically, it is an exploration of the space between downtempo electro, indie rock, future soul, and progressive pop songwriting. This rich, organic yet electrified flavor is a testament to the nature of modern day relationships within our own analog and digital realms. Check out their facebook for more info!

Composer Jeff Beal Wins Emmy For Outstanding Music Composition

Congratulations to Music Sales composer Jeff Beal on winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition! Jeff Beal was honored for his work on Netflix’s House of Cards in the Outstanding Music Composition for a Series category after being nominated three times before for his score and theme for the series in the previous two years. The composer previously received three Emmys for Monk, Nightmares & Dreamscapes and The Company.

Dustin O'Halloran Wins Emmy For Outstanding Original Main Title Theme

Dustin O’Halloran won Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for Transparent. Click here to read more about his win.

Long Lost Michael Hutchence Song Released

"Friction", a previously unreleased song by INXS' Michael Hutchence was recently released. Music Sales' own, Danny Saber, co-wrote the song with Hutchence almost 10 years ago. To find out more about "Friction" click here.

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