Film and TV
How Cruella Got That Crazy Expensive Soundtrack (Den of Geek)
The Cruella soundtrack is a non-stop parade of classic pop and rock, and director Craig Gillespie wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Music Supervisor of 1971 Walks Us Through The Tough Decisions Of What Songs The New Apple TV+ Documentary Featured Versus Which They Had To Cut (Decider)
1971 goes deep on artists like Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Curtis Mayfield, Carole King, Alice Cooper, T. Rex, Ike and Tina Turner, Bob Marley, The Who, and the Rolling Stones.
What Music is Making Movies Tick? Here are the 12 Biggest Film Sync Licensing Trends of 2021 (DMN)
Here’s an in-depth look at the film space’s most noteworthy sync licensing trends of 2021, based on a detailed breakdown from Ramesh Sathiah, Partner and Creative Director of music and sound design company Song Zu.
Trailerisation: The Movie Trend Resurrecting Old Pop Music (The Guardian)
Trailer music has been leading up to this for more than a decade. It’s a melding of two approaches: one where the music took its cues from a film’s score and another where the tendency has been for haunting cover versions.
Top TV Song Last Week: May 18th: “Fix You” by Fearless Soul | May 25th: “Missing Piece” by Vance Joy
The top TV songs from the past two weeks appear on the Hulu hit series The Handmaid’s Tale and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
Songwriter U: Understanding the Sync World, Sync Keywords and Writing for Sync (American Songwriter)
Over the last 5 years, there has been a growing interest in understanding music licensing. How do I get my songs into a TV show? How do I write for sync? There have been more conferences geared toward music licensing, artist showcases for sync, and even more events and panels featuring music supervisors.
Halston’s Music Supervisor Says the Series was “Unlike Anything Else” She’s Ever Done (Town & Country)
Amanda Krieg Thomas, who’s worked with Ryan Murphy on Pose, The Politician, and Ratched, opens up about creating an iconic soundtrack for the series.
How Shrek Blew my Band up (Vulture)
So when Shrek 2 music supervisor and KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, an early Frou Frou supporter, approached Sigsworth to reimagine “Holding Out for a Hero,” which originally showed up on the Footloose soundtrack, the producer was eager to get Heap’s vocals on the track.
Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar Games Launches a Label (Music Ally)
While there’s a promise to “break new ground in an effort to support and elevate dance music culture during one of the most fraught periods ever experienced for clubs”, we’ll have to wait to find out whether that groundbreaking includes any creative applications (or perhaps just effective sync placements) within Rockstar’s games too.
Music marketing: games, gamification and the metaverse (Music Ally)
Travis Scott in Fortnite and Lil Nas X in Roblox bagged the biggest headlines around the latest wave of the music/gaming crossover, but there are plenty of other partnerships happening too.
Composer Ben Prunty Brings a Chilly new Twist to Subnautica: Below Zero (Spin)
For composer Ben Prunty (FTL: Faster Than Light, Into the Breach), that meant putting a chilly new spin on the original’s sound — particularly since he was a new addition to the Unknown Worlds Entertainment team for Below Zero.
How did ‘Mind Your Own Business,’ Delta 5’s 40-Year-Old Cult Hit, end up in an Apple Ad? (Variety)
It’s safe to assume that the mouths of wizening hipsters across the country dropped open with astonishment when they heard “Mind Your Own Business,” a relatively obscure, 40-year-old song by short-lived British post-punk quintet Delta 5, blasting from their TVs when a new Apple ad aired during the NBA play-ins.
10 Iconic Sounds in Advertising (Muse By Clio)
Certain songs or jingles have become so closely entwined with certain ads that we immediately associate them with a brand. These sounds have become the gold standard by transcending advertising to become iconic moments in culture.
How Tuned Global is Helping Fitness Brands Integrate Licensed Music into their Virtual Classes (MBW)
The growth of this space has also created a significant opportunity for music rightsholders, with music’s role in the remote fitness business becoming so central that instructors are now being compared with the likes of “influencers and DJs”.
Universal Music, Triller Bury the Hatchet with Worldwide Licensing Deals (Variety)
In February, Triller said it “had no use for a licensing deal with Universal Music Group” — which, not surprisingly, resulted in UMG pulling its catalog from the platform, citing the short-form video app platform’s failure to pay licensing fees for songs used on its service.
Industry Insider: Lyric House Founder & CEO Jessica Cole (Magnetic Magazine)
We chat with Lyric House founder & CEO Jessica Cole about the sync licensing landscape, how artists can best present themselves for sync and more.
How Roblox Sparked a Chaotic Music Scene (The New York Times)
Artists, label heads and industry schemers know that success in pop music today requires racking up plays on TikTok and streaming services. But there’s another, unlikely platform that’s picking up steam: Roblox.
The Emergent Power of Intellectual Property is Transforming the Global Music Industry (Synchblog)
The sync industry is perfectly placed to benefit from the transformation of a fully globalised music industry intent on rethinking their approach to IP. Large production music catalogs, for example, are able to tailor their libraries for different international audiences and songs can be repurposed, remixed and covered at dramatically reduced costs.
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Director of Sales – ScoreKeepers Music Group (Remote – LA or NYC based preferred)
The Director of Sales functions as lead in sales outreach to film, TV and Advertising for the ScoreKeepers Music Catalog and the Indie Orange synch agency.
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AIMP Global Music Publishing Summit 2021 – June 7 – 9
The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) will host its fourth Global Music Publishing Summit, a three day virtual event full of keynotes, panels and creative forums for the independent music publishing community.
Virtual Sync Summit – June 22-24
Our next Virtual Sync Summit is taking place online from June 22-24 and you can register now at the rate of $199. This includes access to the archives, all online sessions, a free EPK on our website, our personal assistance in connecting with 100+ speakers and attendees and the final attendee list and addresses.