Film and TV
Quincy Jones to be Honored at Music Supervisors Guild Awards (Hollywood Reporter)
The veteran producer, composer and entrepreneur will be recognized for his legendary contributions to the music and film industry.
Top TV Song Last Week – November 11th: “Through Your Eyes” by Jordan Critz, Featuring Birdtalker|November 20th: “Walk With Me” by GoldFord (Tunefind)
The last two weeks have seen tracks from ABC’s The Good Doctor and Grey’s Anatomy top Tunefind’s popular songs list.
Variety Announces Programming for Music For Screens Week Featuring Mary J. Blige, Marcus Mumford, Steve McQueen And Ryan Tedder (Variety)
Expanded for the first time over four days in this all-digital installment, Variety’s Music for Screens Summit 2020 will celebrate excellence in musical artistry and storytelling for film, TV, digital media, brands and more.
Emily in Paris Leads All-Netflix Top TV Songs Chart Top Four with Edith Piaf Classic (Billboard)
Netflix’s Emily in Paris leads an all-Netflix top four on Billboard’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind, for October 2020, as Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” from the Darren Star-created comedy-drama debuts at No. 1.
Every Song in The Crown Season 4 (Screen Rant)
The Crown season 4 soundtrack functions as the cultural backdrop for the Royal Family’s experiences between 1977 and 1990. Some of the tracks chosen for the Netflix flagship show are used to establish Princess Diana’s innocence, while others provide context about the familial dynamics at Buckingham Palace
Interview with Dara Taylor (Film Music Magazine)
Putting a stylish thrill into their acts, while playing the emptiness of it all is upcoming composer Dara Taylor, whose impressive score for Echo Boomers is the latest hybrid evolution of a pulsating, hip gang-heist genre whose score ancestors include Drive, Heat and Thief.
Sia Drops “Hey Boy”, First Song from Her Directorial Debut Film, Music (Variety)
Sia has announced her eighth studio album “Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture,” and dropped “Hey Boy,” the first song and video from the project, which is her feature film directorial debut.
Top 20 Music Schools for Composing for Film and TV in 2020, Ranked (Hollywood Reporter)
Every year, THR surveys industry professionals to get their take on the world’s finest institutions of musical learning, and in particular how they stack up in terms of positioning composers and musicians for jobs in media.
InSync with… Modern Day Composers (Buma Music in Motion)
InSync is a new, recurring column where music agencies, sync agencies and composers get the chance to talk about their top-notch productions of 2020. Today, we’re inSync with Rogier van Twuijver from Modern Day Composers.
Mariah Carey’s Christmas Special Premiere Date, Soundtrack, Guest Lineup Announced (Variety)
The holiday season just got a lot more festive, dahlings! Mariah Carey’s upcoming Christmas special on Apple TV Plus has been given a Dec. 4 premiere date, along with a companion soundtrack album and new music video for her holiday single “Oh Santa!”
John Williams Announced as 2020 RPS Gold Medal Recipient (Classical Music)
Film composer John Williams was awarded the prestigious RPS Gold Medal, which has been awarded to outstanding musicians since 1870, when it was launched to celebrate the centenary of Beethoven‘s birth.
Mulan 2020 Soundtrack: Who Wrote The Score? (Classical Music)
The live-action remake of Mulan was initially said to have no musical accompaniment, which angered fans across the globe. Since then, director Niki Caro has announced that Mulan‘s remake will have instrumental music – composed by Harry Gregson-Williams – and two songs by Christina Aguilera. 16/11
In Scoring Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, John Debney Sought a Timeless Composition (Variety)
Composer John Debney has worked on the scores for Elf and The Greatest Showman and is no stranger to setting a warm holiday mood.
Mnemonics, Motifs and Mashups: Sonic Branding on the Silver Screen (Muse by CLIO)
Meet the first cousin of the audio logo: the production logo. More accurately, the scored production logo: a motion graphic animation of a production studio visual logo synchronized with sound effects or music that plays before a motion picture.
Lil Nas X In-Game Gig is One of the Most Viewed Concerts of all Time (NME)
The ‘Old Town Road’ star delivered a free-to-access concert which was aired three times last weekend (November 14-15). As reported in IQ Magazine, the performances achieved over 35 million visits from fans around the world.
Flashback: ADE Pro x BMIM: Game On – Video Game Music in 2020 and Beyond
During this panel our speakers unpacked the landscape of music and games through the pandemic and into 2021. They laid out pathways that emerging rights holders and composers can follow to get a foothold in visual media’s most dynamic, fast-moving and exciting sector. Watch the session at the link above using the password: g@m3mus1c.
15 ways to incorporate gaming into your music strategy (Cherie Hu)
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Jaden Drops “I’m Ready” from Spider-Man: Miles Morales Game Soundtrack: Watch the Video (Billboard)
Jaden Smith raps from the rooftop in the video for “I’m Ready,” which appears on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Original Video Game Soundtrack.
Cyberpunk 2077 Soundtrack Detailed: New Music by Grimes, SOPHIE, The Armed, and More (Pitchfork)
In addition to Run the Jewels’ recent track “No Save Point,” the soundtarck boasts new music from Grimes, Ratboy, SOPHIE and Shygirl, the Armed, HEALTH, Let’s Eat Grandma’s Rosa Walton, and others.
Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have Anti-DMCA Streamer Options Because That’s Where We Are Now (Forbes)
Their solution is to create a streamer-friendly, DMCA-avoiding series of custom, original music that can be played during the game that should not trigger takedown notices or copyright strikes.
History in the Making: Scoring Assassins’ Creed Valhalla (MusicTech)
For Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the series’ 12th major entry, Ubisoft tapped the talents of two franchise stalwarts, whose impact on its musical legacy has been unequivocal.
Adland’s music experts review the tunes in this year’s Christmas ads (Campaign)
Execs from OPM, MassiveMusic and DLMDD share their thoughts on the soundtracks to four of the big festive campaigns
Celeste writes original song for Waitrose and John Lewis Christmas campaign (Music Week)
For the first time, a new song was commissioned for the retailers’ Christmas campaign. A Little Love was written and recorded by Celeste, this year’s BRITs Rising Star and winner of BBC Music’s Sound of 2020.
Christmas ads: the musical view (Shots)
Sascha Darroch-Davies, co-founder of specialist sonic branding agency DLMDD, gives us his witty view on the audio choices from some of this year’s festive campaigns.
Music in Advertising: Here’s How Industry Pros Select Songs for Placement (Digital Music News)
During a recent Songtradr ‘Happy Hour’ livestream event, two longtime music industry professionals discussed the process they employ when selecting songs for adverts – and explained how creators can best capitalize upon the growing role of music in advertising.
J Balvin’s Latest Song Began With a McDonald’s Brief (Muse by CLIO)
Colombian reggaetón sensation J Balvin based his latest track on a marketing brief from McDonald’s and creative shop Alma.
Amazon Music Is Using Ring’s Holiday Ad to Cross-Promote Carrie Underwood’s New Album (Adweek)
The collaboration represents an opportunity for artists like Underwood to work across Amazon’s brands to reach more fans—a model that Amazon plans to expand as its audio streaming service evolves.
Sync Watch: ALDI Reimagines Nadia Rose’s Skwod for Local Christmas Ad Featuring Swimming Santas (The Music Network)
International supermarket giant ALDI has continued its tradition of creating a local summer-inspired Christmas campaign to promote itself as a ‘Good Different’ alternative to Coles and Woolworths.