Film and TV
Euphoria’s Elite Pop Soundtrack, Annotated by Its Music Supervisor (W Magazine)
By now you’ve probably heard about Euphoria’s parental shock value, or its graphic depictions of sex and drug use. But one element that makes the scenes that have caused such an uproar online so effective is the music that underscores them.
‘It’s the first time it’s happened’: How Danny Boyle’s Yesterday secured classic Beatles songs (Music Week)
Sony/ATV’s head of sync and creative licensing, Nick Oakes, has spoken to Music Week about the publisher’s unprecedented approval of Beatles songs for a major movie.
10 Years Strong: Thomas Golubić and Joel. C High on the Past, Present and Future of the Guild of Music Supervisors (Synchblog)
Outgoing president Thomas Golubić and incoming president Joel C. High reflect on the achievements of the Guild of Music Supervisors so far and discuss plans for the future.
Sync or swim: How TV shows are breaking new bands (BBC News)
Recently, shows like Love Island, Killing Eve, Peaky Blinders, Master Of None and The End of the F***ing World have been making smarter, more creative uses of music.
Music Supervisor Spotlight: Maggie Phillips (Pop Disciple)
Brilliant music supervisor and founder of Deep Cut Music returns to discuss how she accomplished a near-impossible feat in licensing the entire Homecoming soundtrack from classic pre-existing film scores, the disconcerting parallels between contemporary American life and Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale, propelling creepiness and otherworldliness with country ballads and French singers on The Act, the liberating and tear-inducing Ariana Grande sync during the pool party in Shrill, and a hint of what’s to come in Legion.
New Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey Song Soundtracks Charlie’s Angels Trailer (Rolling Stone)
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey teased their forthcoming single in the new trailer for the upcoming remake of Charlie’s Angels.
Top TV Song Last Week: ‘King of Shadow’ by Kat Cunning (Tunefind)
Netflix teen drama Trinkets takes top tv song last week with an on-screen performance by Katrina Cunningham – stage name Kat Cunning – who plays Elodie’s love interest, Sabine. ‘King of Shadow’ fully captivates the audience, especially Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand).
Songs For Screens: Labrinth on Scoring HBO’s Drake-Produced Drama Euphoria (Variety)
Collaborating closely with series creator Sam Levinson, Labrinth performs original compositions throughout the gritty drama, which features graphic depictions of drugs, violence and sex involving teens.
A Star Is Born Soundtrack Surpasses Global Sales of 6 Million (Variety)
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s onscreen chemistry continues to be felt on the official soundtrack to A Star is Born, which just surpassed 6 million albums sold globally and has been certified double platinum in the U.S.
Head to Hawkins & listen to the Stranger Things season 3 soundtrack (Magnetic Magazine)
Stranger Things season 3 is coming to Netflix on July 4, but today you get to dive into the sonics of the season with the soundtrack. S U R V I V E’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein are back with this season’s soundtrack after creating the scores for season one and two.
How The Last Black Man in San Francisco Soundtrack Reshapes the City’s Hippie Nostalgia (Pitchfork)
Speaking about the details of his film’s sweeping soundtrack, director Joe Talbot says, “Music is the only thing that I think I love more than movies.”
PJ Harvey releases six new songs from The Virtues soundtrack (NME)
Speaking of her contribution to the series, Harvey said: “I am so happy to have provided the original music for this extraordinary and powerful new drama by a director I have admired and followed all my life.
Love Island track breaks Shazam record (Music Week)
A track on Love Island has broken the 24-hour UK Shazam record. ‘More Than Friends’ by emerging Manchester-based singer-songwriter Lusaint was featured last week during a scene with Michael and Amber on the terrace.
How Indies Are Boosting Their Music Through Docs & Biopics (Billboard)
Billboard’s May 25, 2019 cover story on music biopics and documentaries detailed the push by major labels and publishers to monetize their catalogs via film, TV and streaming – but the indies are getting in on the action, too.
The Handmaid’s Tale’s use of U2’s ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ made the episode go over budget (INSIDER)
The end of Wednesday’s episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, surprisingly featured the use of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” The series’ music supervisor, Maggie Phillips, confirmed to INSIDER it’s the first use of the song in an American TV show.
Black Music Month: 36 Best Black Movie Soundtracks You Should Know (Vibe)
There are too many black soundtracks that are beyond icon status. Some include Diana Ross’ epic portrayal of Billie Holiday for Lady Sings The Blues, the carefully curated funk and soul collection for Dead Presidents and Whitney Houston’s power vocals all over The Bodyguard soundtrack.
Disney Announces The Lion King Soundtrack Featuring New Song From Elton John and Tim Rice (Billboard)
The soundtrack will include a brand-new song from Elton John and Tim Rice, titled “Never Too Late,” in addition to a score composed by Hans Zimmer. The former will appear in the film’s end credits. There is also a mysterious track 14 labeled as “TBA.” See also: Everything We Know About Beyoncé’s Secret Lion King Song.
Hamilton’s Alex Lacamoire & La La Land’s Steven Gizicki on New Show Fosse/Verdon’s Dream Musical Collaboration (Billboard)
The television show launched a new creative partnership between the show’s supervising music producer/music director/composer Alex Lacamoire and music supervisor Steven Gizicki.
EMMYs 2019 – Ones to Watch (GMS UK & Europe)
The EMMYs 2019 nominations-round voting ended on the 24th June. With hundreds of submissions from high quality series and TV shows, television academy members must have had a difficult time casting their votes. On this occasion we would like to highlight and introduce some of the submitted works of our excellent Music Supervisors.
The Mortal Kombat 11 Soundtrack Is Dropping Today. Here Are 4 Exclusive Songs from It (Esquire)
Music plays a central role in Mortal Kombat, helping to get us away from our TV screens and into these iconic mortal duels. Mortal Kombat games have always had killer music—and the soundtrack of Mortal Kombat 11 is no exception.
BTS Release BTS World Soundtrack Album Including New Track ‘Heartbeat’ (Billboard)
The original soundtrack album for BTS’ new mobile game BTS World, which came out on June 26, dropped today (June 28), and features the sweeping new single from the group in the form of the expressive “Heartbeat.”
Fortnite superstar Ninja & DJ Marshmello are headlining a gaming & music festival in Las Vegas (The Verge)
The next big act for Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the Fortnite star and Twitch streamer, is headlining a music festival. Well, to be clear, it’s both a music and a gaming festival, a unique hybrid experience in Las Vegas dubbed Metarama.
Capitol Music Group is building its own game-streaming studio (Music Ally)
Fresh from launching a compilation album with gaming star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Capitol Music Group is now building a studio in its Los Angeles HQ to help musicians follow in his game-streaming footsteps.
Cannes Lions: Entertainment, Sport and Music winners (Shot)
Childish Gambino, Baco Exu Do Blues, Johnson & Johnson and Nike pick up Grands Prix in the Entertainment categories.
Meet Tessellated, the 21-Year-Old Artist Behind Apple’s Newest Catchy Ad Soundtrack (Adweek)
He wrote ‘I Learnt Some Jazz Today’ while in college and revamped it for the AirPods spot ‘Bounce’.
Sprite Spotlights Rising Hip-Hop Artists In Its New ‘Thirst for Yours’ Campaign (Digital Music News)
Sprite is launching a new advertising campaign to highlight rising stars in the hip-hop community — and further tap into an extremely lucrative demographic.
Songs for Screens: How Eric Church Teamed With Ram Trucks for ‘Solid’ Campaign (Variety)
With partnership discussions already underway between Church’s management at Q Prime and Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Trucks to feature the singer for its latest summer campaign, which in years past has included Brothers Osborne and Miranda Lambert, the concept quickly evolved to include some of Church’s biggest followers on the callsheet.
Audio Do’s and Don’ts Learned From This Year’s Cannes Lions (Adweek)
As media all over the world breaks down the aftermath of Cannes, conversations seem to revolve around one word specifically: purpose. From the audio branding industry perspective, it’s hard not to feel like Mr. Burns about it: Excellent.
Music Inc.: Music should be the first protocol when creating an ad film: Experts (exchange4media)
At Music Inc. 2019 in Mumbai, music industry experts share their views on brands and their collaboration with music artists.
Converging Art, Expertise and Technology: A Q&A with Our Client mVibe (Synchblog)
We chat to our client mVibe’s Jeff Van Driel and Chris Jaffe about combining expertise and technology to launch a covers-focused sync platform.
How Songtradr is simplifying sync – & aiming to become the definitive B2B music licensing platform (MBW)
Paul Wiltshire may have single-handedly revolutionised the sync licensing business in 2014 when he founded Songtradr. The Santa Monica-based firm is a fully-automated music licensing marketplace, which boasts what it calls “the largest pre-cleared catalog of music in the world”.
BMG Production Music partners with Red Bull Media House (MBW)
The deal will see BMGPM represent the Sounds of Red Bull production music catalog worldwide, excluding the United States and Austria.
Warner’s Arts Music division launches imprint with TV producer Cloudco Entertainment (MBW)
The multi-season deal will see Cloudco (formerly American Greetings Entertainment) release music from the hit Hulu original live-action series, Holly Hobbie.
How much money is the US music publishing industry making? A billion dollars more than it was 4 years ago (MBW)
The biggest growth area since 2015 appears to have been Sync, which claimed 21.1% of total US publishing revenues last year – or $703.7m.
Shanghai: Tencent Proposes Alliance of Music and Film (Variety)
On the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) held a summit meeting proposing discussions around joining the forces of the film and music industries. Over three panels, twelve film and music industry insiders discussed future plans in this space, and where Tencent could fit in.
BMG sues Hilton over promotional videos on YouTube and Facebook (CMU)
BMG’s Production Music unit has sued the Hilton hotels business in the US for allegedly using, without permission, its recordings in videos posted to YouTube and Facebook.
Tips and Tricks
Tips for getting your music on Sky TV (M Magazine)
Here, we pick the brains of Peter Bradbury, director of music services at Sky UK, to learn about what the company is looking for, how tracks get cleared for use and glean his top tips are for music-makers who want to get placed…
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