Film and TV
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Announces 2021 Nominees; Kenny Loggins Set for Lifetime Honor (Exclusive) (Variety)
Names in contention range from Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard and Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross as returning veterans in the score divisions to stars like Taylor Swift, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Travis Scott, Haim and Janelle Monae as nominated songwriters for feature film themes.
Every Song On Dickinson Season 2’s Fantastic Soundtrack (Refinery 29)
This is one of many shows that mashes up historical fiction with modern-day humor and modern music. So we’ve catalogued all the indie songs in Dickinson season 2 that you may or may not be inclined declare your new jams.
Cobra Kai Composers Talk ‘Miyagi Metal’ and the Netflix Hit’s Synthwave-Heavy Score (Variety)
With an estimated 41 million households tuning into its third season (and first to premiere on Netflix), Cobra Kai has turned ‘80s nostalgia for the characters from The Karate Kid into a modern hit.
It’s A Sin review: landmark Aids drama with a banging ’80s soundtrack (NME)
Anchored by a banging soundtrack of ’80s classics including Culture Club, Pet Shop Boys and Kate Bush, It’s a Sin feels authentically retro without getting too bogged down in big hair and Bananarama-style ra-ra skirts.
Music Supervision & Sync Highlights from 2020 (GMS)
In this feature, we review some of the brilliant music supervision and syncs that brought joy and entertainment to a very tough and devastating year.
Mary J. Blige, Rufus Wainwright and Prominent Composers Join Sundance Festival’s Film Music House Series (Variety)
The Sundance Film Festival’s 2021 virtual Main Street will play host to a series of conversations about music and the movies, hosted by first-time festival partner Film Music House.
The story behind the song behind one of the great music scenes in movie history (LA Times)
Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock, one film in the Oscar-nominated director’s five-part Small Axe anthology series for Amazon Studios, tracks the course of a “blues party” thrown by first- and second-generation West Indian immigrants in an apartment in London in 1980.
Top TV Song Last Week: Breathe Again by Joy Oladokun (Tunefind)
The latest episode of This Is Us claims the most popular TV song last week with a poignant track during an emotional flashback scene.
Vitamin String Quartet Music Streams Soar 350% Since Release of Bridgerton Soundtrack (Variety)
As the hottest show on Netflix, Bridgerton which has attracted over 63 million viewers has resulted in the Vitamin String Quartet seeing a huge a spike in their music streams.
WandaVision Unveils Soundtracks for First 2 Episodes, Feat. Themes by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez (Billboard)
Marvel Studios’ WandaVision unveiled the soundtracks for its first two episodes on Friday (Jan. 22) following its Disney+ premiere last week.
Aim Sync Award Nominees Announced (AIM)
The awards feature two categories focussing on the best independent sync placement of the year and the best music supervisor as voted for by music supervision experts and independent rightsholder businesses.
Gaming Growth is Good for Music Too (Hypebot)
As music moves away from being “background noise” in games and curated playlists become more important elements in gaming, the need for global licensing deals will become critical for gaming platforms.
The Most Memorable Musical Moments in Gaming (Game Rant)
Every gamer knows that music can turn any run of the mill level into an epic fight for survival and glory. There are plenty of famous musical tracks from video games from Super Smash Bros. to World of Warcraft’s “Invincible”.
Watch for Even More Celebrities and Music in Super Bowl LV Ads (Forbes)
According to Tim Hale, Chief Talent Officer of Extreme Reach, this year’s game will see a significant increase in the use of celebrities and music as a central element of ads.
Songs for Screens: Nelly Talks Updating ‘Hot in Herre’ for Lay’s Flamin’ Hot Chips, Playing Chuck Berry in Biopic (Variety)
Nelly appears in a new commercial for the brand set to hit broadcast TV this month, and which features prominent use of – what else? – his 2002 hit “Hot in Herre” that spent seven weeks at No. 1 in summer 2002.
How Shell is Winning at the Sonic Branding Game (Forbes)
How did an energy company that hasn’t always evoked warm fuzzy feelings come to stand with Apple, Coca-Cola, Mastercard and McDonalds among the top audio brands across the globe?
Top Ten for First 20 of the 2000s: Apple, VW, ‘Synchronistic’ History (Shoot)
I, like many of you, came of age professionally in these first 20 years of the 2000s. I’ve been an advertising music executive and professorial accomplice in the ad music continuum. Here are 10 things I’ve observed.
Bopper Introduces New Voice-Assisted Technology Feature For Music Licensing (Broadway World)
These days, it feels as if you can ask Alexa, Siri, or Google anything, and they can provide you with any information you ask for without you lifting a finger. Why is this not the case when searching for music to use for ads, film, and TV? Bopper Music is about to change that.
Songs are the golden eggs in music catalogues, but who is looking after the goose? (MIDiA)
For the acquirers: Hipgnosis and its cohort of competitors, publishing majors like UMPG or indies like BMG, the return on investment is very much a longer term game.
Sony unveils new subsidiary: Sony Immersive Music Studios (MBW)
Today (January 12), Sony Corporation of America has announced a new subsidiary called Sony Immersive Music Studios, which is focused on “developing immersive music experiences through the power of creativity and technology”.
Universal Music Group Licenses Catalog to Equinox At-Home Fitness App Variis (WSJ)
Vivendi SE ’s Universal Music Group has licensed the world’s largest music catalog to Equinox Media LLC’s Variis digital fitness app, allowing users to work out at home to hits by Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and the Weeknd.
Business Development Manager – Pitch & Sync (London)
Pitch & Sync are looking for a brilliant Business Development Manager with previous experience to join their growing team and help build the business.
Growth Manager (Production Music) – BMG (London)
You will be responsible for contributing to audience and business growth at BMG Production Music with respect to global marketing activities.
Licensing Manager – Calm Music (Remote)
This role will be critical in scaling Calm’s music operations and will be focused on expanding Calm’s library by managing licensing deals and facilitating label/publishing conversations.
AIM Sync 2021 (February 11, 2021)
AIM Sync 2021 features prominent international music supervisors in film, gaming, TV, advertising, brands, and more. Head here to unlock a 50% discount to the conference using the promo code ‘SYNCHTANKACCESS’, and catch Synchtank Marketing Manager Emma Griffiths moderating the US Sync Market panel.
Don’t forget to check out recordings of panels presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors and the Production Music Association on their YouTube channels:
For more global events check out our comprehensive list of music industry conferences.
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