Film and TV
Oscars: H.E.R. Wins Best Original Song for “Fight For You,” Promises “I’m Always Going to Fight for My People” (THR)
After winning for her song featured in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ the singer also emphasized how musicians and filmmakers “have an opportunity and responsibility” to “tell the truth and to write history the way that it was.”
‘It Needs to Change’: Are Music Supervisors the Most Unsung People in Film? (The Guardian)
Music supervisors may be increasingly important, but during awards season they remain unsung. “This is the one night of the year where we can be part of the conversation about excellence,” says GMS president Joel C High.
Why Don’t Some TV Shows Sound the Way they Used to? (The New York Times)
On home video and on streaming platforms like Netflix, however, the series has had almost all of its original music replaced, including, most conspicuously, its theme song. Instead of Cole’s tune, episodes of “Dawson’s Creek” now open with “Run Like Mad,” by Jann Arden.
Top TV Song Last Week: April 23rd: “Anyone” by Skylar Astin | April 29th: “No Ordinary” by Labrinth
NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist takes the top spot for the most popular song on Tunefind earlier this month with a heart wrenching ballad and a pivotal moment in Grey’s Anatomy claims the top spot on Tunefind’s weekly top TV music chart with a track from Labrinth.
Shrek at 20: How the Soundtrack Became a Millennial Cultural Touchstone (Variety)
When it came to the songs, the overarching mission was the similar, says the film’s music supervisor, Marylata Elton says. “We were just trying to make a great movie,” she says. “We weren’t thinking about a soundtrack at all.”
These 16 Songs Have Won Film Music’s ‘Triple Crown’ — Golden Globe, Oscar & Grammy (Billboard)
Barbra Streisand, Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion have each introduced two Triple Crown winners. Alan Menken has co-written four of them, more than any other songwriter.
Underrepresented Composers Get a Helping Hand From New Agencies and Databases (Variety)
As Hollywood shifts to focus on representing women, diverse voices and people of color, new agencies are being set up to foster a fresh wave of composers in the film music industry.
The Team Behind the Mortal Kombat Theme Song had No Idea they’d Created a Knockout (Vulture)
Belgian musicians Olivier Adams and Maurice “Praga Khan” Engelen, known for their work as electronic group Lords of Acid, were tasked with making an original album to promote the home-console release of the classic arcade fighting game, but were only given a month between tours to do so.
Helping Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson Find their Groove (The New Yorker)
“There’s never been a better time to own the masters,” Deutsch said. “I’ve never seen multiples like this. It’s become a reliable source of revenue, like an annuity. It’s why you’re seeing a lot of institutional money in music rights.”
Anson Seabra Crowns Top TV Songs Chart After Grey’s Anatomy Episode (Billboard)
Rankings for the Top TV Songs chart are based on song and show data provided by Tunefind and ranked using a formula blending that data with sales and streaming information tracked by MRC Data during the corresponding period of March 2021.
Phill Boucher Interview: Video Game Composer on Fortnite (Screen Rant)
Boucher spoke to Screen Rant about the musical evolution of Fortnite along with his journey as a composer, the difference between writing for games compared to screen and a brand new Fortnite character for whom he had the honor of writing a musical theme.
7 Important Moments in Game Music History (Music Times)
As gaming matured into the medium we know today endless onlookers have gawked at the improvements in graphics, felt the increasingly snappy gameplay mechanics and bore witness to the fantastic storytelling that the medium has come to offer. But one fact that is often left in the dust is a true appreciation for video game music.
As Music Creators Monetize Fandom, Gamer-Centric Spaces will be Key (Forbes)
This week the market intelligence and consulting firm released a new report, “Music and Gaming: A new way to play,” in partnership with Twitch, the popular interactive live streaming service for gaming–and now also music, sports and entertainment–content.
Why sonic branding can be a lethal weapon for brands (Shots)
Too often, says Tom Primrose, Brand Strategist at Curious London, sound design and sonic branding is an afterthoughts for brands. But, he states, those with a sonic identity could already have a magic bullet when it comes to customer engagement.
How Brands are Using Music to Draw Consumer Attention (BrandEquity)
Bollywood has been promoting rap-kings from Punjab, and marketers have been upbeat about this street culture for a while. However, lately, brands have been increasingly leveraging this new sound of India in their campaigns to appeal to younger Indians.
Sync Licensing Contracts Manager – BMG (London)
This role is responsible for the drafting and issuance of sync licensing contracts and invoices for all sync deals agreed by BMG Sync UK.
Sync Licensing Assistant – Erased Tapes Music Publishing (London)
Erased Tapes Music are currently seeking a creative and organised Sync Licensing Assistant to support the company’s Head of Publishing in a wide variety of tasks.
Assistant, Synch Clearance – Kobalt Music Group (Los Angeles)
The Assistant, Synch Clearance is responsible for clearing, negotiation and finalizing synchronization license requests originating out of North and Latin America.
Data, Rights & Royalties Summit – May 12th
Join us on Wednesday, May 12th 2021 for a free event to mark the launch of our report. We’re bringing industry leaders together to discuss critical issues surrounding music rights, royalties and payments in the 21st century.
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