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8/31/2016
Fallulah Performs on Toppen Af Poppen

Congratulations to Fallulah, who kicked off the newest season of Toppen Af Poppen with an incredible interpretation of Ida Corr’s “I Found Her.” Serving as the first performance within Episode 1, the original Danish dance track was transformed into a touching ballad. The sparse piano accompaniment showed off Fallulah’s vocal range and her raw ability to resonate with listeners. The piece quickly turned into a favorite for both the Toppen Af Poppen team and episode viewers alike. Toppen Af Poppen (Top of the Pops) is a popular show in Denmark in compilation with The Best Singers series. The anticipated fall season just premiered this last Sunday on TV2. Fallulah’s performance week on the show begins September 11th. Follow her Facebook page for live updates on the show.

8/25/2016
Jóhann Jóhannsson To Score Blade Runner Sequel

A lot to look forward to from Jóhann Jóhannsson! It has been announced the Icelandic composer is scoring the Blade Runner sequel, set to release October 6th, 2017. Although minimal information about the sequel has been provided, the casting has been confirmed which stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto. Jóhann and director Denis Villeneuve have become quite the team over the years. They’ve partnered up for films Prisoners (2013), the Oscar-nominated Sicario (2015) and additionally the upcoming sci-fi thriller Arrival, which premieres November 2016. When asked about succeeding Vangelis’s original 1982 Blade Runner score, Jóhann explained to FACT: “Vangelis is a composer that has been a huge influence on my own work, and not only the Blade Runner score – many of his solo albums have been a rich part of my life for a long time. What I love about his work, which I think is also present in my own work, is his sense of space – the way he uses space, the way he uses silences and this sense of monumentalism in a way.” Jóhann’s full length interview with FACT will debut next week.

8/15/2016
Syfy UK Presents Their 'Song to Star Trek'

Syfy UK is not one to shy away from their love of Star Trek. Between their anticipated movie marathon announcement and regular episode showings, they’re dedicated to celebrating the #StarTrek50 anniversary in the most memorable way. The latest tribute invited the trekkies themselves to get involved – by participating in costume. The result is Syfy UK’s ‘Song to Star Trek’ – a brand new video teaser featuring a remix of the classic Minnie Riperton hit 'Lovin’ You.' Syfy UK states on their Facebook page - “By the fans, for the fans, our ode to Star Trek. Here’s to the show that changed everything. Here’s #ToTheBold.” Click here to watch Syfy UK's 'Song to Star Trek.'

8/10/2016
Johann Johannsson Scores Paramount Pictures Film 'Arrival'

Paramount Pictures just released the teaser for their upcoming sci-fi drama, Arrival and there is certainly a lot to anticipate. The one minute video illustrates an alien invasion on earth, but alludes to a more thought-provoking, suspenseful portrayal than your average sci-fi movie. Starring as an expert linguist, Amy Adams carefully delivers the first line. “There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived.” The scenes continue – overcast skies matching an unsettling commentary. It’s safe to say Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score will be a perfect match for this intimate and ambient film. The full length trailer for Arrival will premiere on August 18th, but until then - enjoy the first-look below.

8/2/2016
The Offspring Records New Sharknado Theme Song

The day has finally come -- Sharknado: The 4th Awakens premiered this past Sunday with a fresh new theme song. The Offspring and Syfy presented the film’s latest installment in true punk rock fashion – by creating their own rendition of “Gigantor” by The Dickies. Seen below in the film’s teaser, memorable Sharknado scenes are paired with a shark sing-a-long. The band stated on Facebook: “We love ‪#‎Sharknado. We love The Dickies. So we thought it would be fun to record our own version of The Dickies ‪#‎Gigantor for the new movie Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.” Missed the Sharknado 4 premiere? The next Syfy airing will be held on August 6th at 9/8 c.

7/29/2016
Debbie Gibson To Star In Hallmark TV Movie

Congratulations to Debbie Gibson! It has been announced the singer-songwriter will be starring alongside Robert Gant in Summer of Dreams, (a Hallmark Channel TV movie) set to premiere on August 27th. As an 80s’ teen pop icon, it was clear from the beginning that Gibson would continue to be an integral influencer within the pop world for fans and artists alike –with both her crafted songwriting and her signature style. In addition to her anticipated role, she will be debuting a new song titled “Wonderland” within the TV movie. Debbie Gibson provides an inside look on her involvement in her exclusive People interview. (Photo courtesy of Hallmark Channel)

7/18/2016
Jeff Beal Emmy Nomination for Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise

Congratulations to Jeff Beal on his Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise. Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) - All The Way • HBO • HBO Films in association with Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions, Moonshot Entertainment and Everyman Pictures (James Newton Howard, Music by)- Descendants • Disney Channel • Bad Angels Productions, Ltd. / 5678 Productions / Disney Channel (David Lawrence, Music by)- Fargo • Loplop • FX Networks • MGM Television, FX Productions (Jeff Russo, Music by)- Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise • Hallmark Channel • Sony Pictures Television (Jeff Beal, Music by)- The Night Manager • Episode 2 • AMC • Ink Factory (Victor Reyes, Music by)- War & Peace • Part 1 • Lifetime • BBC Cymru Wales, Weinstein Television, LLC, Lookout Point and BBC Worldwide for Lifetime (Martin Phipps, Music by)

7/6/2016
MSC Signs Hildur Guðnadóttir

We are pleased to announce that MSC has recently signed Hildur Guðnadóttir for the world. She is an Icelandic cellist/composer who mainly writes for film and tv both with Jóhann Jóhannsson and on her own. Her most recent credits include work in Oscar-winning film ‘The Revenant’ (which we control) and the score to highly acclaimed Icelandic series ‘Trapped’ which some of you may have seen on BBC. Among others Hildur has performed live and recorded music with Skúli Sverrisson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Angel, Pan Sonic, Hauschka, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, The Knife, Fever Ray and Throbbing Gristle.

7/1/2016
MSC Signs Fallulah

Music Sales Creative is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish singer-songwriter Fallulah. Following the release of her latest album Perfect Tense, she will perform on Toppen Af Poppen (Top of the Pops), a major show in Denmark airing in the Fall. Key Songs: Perfect Tense, Social Club, We All Need Water, Dumb Me Down Sounds Like: Oh Land, Lenka, Kyla La Grange *This is a co-publishing deal for the world. Praise for Perfect Tense "Perfect Tense follows up a some immaculate singles and once again nails a series of hooks and a massive chorus to deliver pop that, well, makes perfect sense in the perfect tense. Bring on the album." Press Play "The Danish artist has already gone platinum twice over, and won a Grammy in the process. Yet on her new album, Fallulah pushes herself further than ever." Clash Magazine “Perfect Tense is atmospheric, introspective and quite precise in its execution to prove Fallulah as an undeniable triple threat – an artist that can hold her own as a singer, writer, and producer. And while you may not have realized it before, you will after listening to this album: Fallulah isn’t here to play games.” Pop Blended

6/22/2016
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.”

4/12/2016
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

2/4/2016
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.

2/3/2016
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.

12/2/2015
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!

11/20/2015
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.

10/9/2015
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.

10/6/2015
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!

10/5/2015
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.

10/4/2015
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.

10/3/2015
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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