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9/10/2018
Sam Watts To Release Reflections

On October 12 Sam Watts will release his latest album, Reflections. Sam says of Reflections that it began life in 2006, when he composed ‘Dan & Lizzie’ for his brother’s wedding. This was followed in 2012 with the creation of ‘String Quartet No.1’. During the writing process of his first album, Sam so enjoyed working with the musicians that he began work on another album simultaneously, which spawned ‘Abundant Life’ and the inspiration for ‘String Quartet No.2’. The three-movement work for piano and string quartet that completes the album, ‘Reflections’, was a natural successor to all of these. Sam has described the album as ‘A culmination of many years, I hope my love of strings comes through in the music on Reflections; after all, that’s what made this album such a joy to write and record’. Listen here

25/9/2018
William Fitzsimmons Releases Mission Bell

American singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons will release his latest album, Mission Bell, on September 21st via Groenland Records. The record chronicles the last year of his life, particularly his separation from his second wife. Deploying his characteristic combination of folk music and electronica, the songs tells stories of betrayal, but also reconciliation and forgiveness. Listen here

25/9/2018
Tandis Jenhudson Releases Civilisations Soundtrack

Tandis Jenhudson has released the soundtrack for BBC programme Civilisations. The British art history television documentary series aired earlier this year, as a follow-up to the original 1969 landmark series Civilisation by Kenneth Clark. It is presented and narrated by Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga. While Clark's original Civilisation focused on the influence of western European art, the 2018 follow-up presented a global perspective on the role that art has played in shaping civilisations across the world, filming across 6 continents, in 31 countries. Listen here

14/9/2018
New Nike Ad Soundtracked By Dustin O'Halloran

Dustin O'Halloran's 'We Move Lightly' is the featured composition within Nike’s Dream Crazy advertisement, narrated by NFL athlete and humanitarian Colin Kaepernick. Created for the 30th anniversary of the 'Just Do It' campaign, the powerful ad highlights inspirational stories of various athletes succeeding against all odds, including cameos from Serena Williams and LeBron James. For more on Dustin O'Halloran and 'We Move Lightly', read Digital Music News's story about the Nike ad here. Watch here

14/9/2018
Debut Hekla LP Out Now

Icelandic theremin musician Hekla Magnusdottir releases her debut album Á on September 14th, via Phantom Limb. A combination of the traditional theremin sound and neo-classical ambience, the LP extends from the throbbing, apocalyptic dread of 'Muddle' to the baroque beauty of traditional Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himna Smi∂ur'. The album title - Á - is similarly multifaceted in Hekla's native Icelandic: "a river is an á and also it means ouch like when you hurt yourself, and also when you put something on top of something you put it á (on) something." Listen here

14/9/2018
Peter Gregson scores Boundless

Peter Gregson has scored the soundtrack for the new video game Boundless, produced and published by Wonderstruck for Playstation 4 and PC. Boundless is set in an enormous multiplatform multiplayer online world where players can explore a vast series of proceedurally-generated worlds where their every choice will have an impact on their environment.

7/9/2018
Craig Armstrong Releases Sun On You

Award-winning film composer Craig Armstong has released his new album Sun On You via Decca Records. The album consists of 16 tracks for piano and strings. Armstrong said of the release 'when composing I felt strongly that each composition gave me, the ensemble, and the listener a chance to reflect. The unhurried nature of the pieces gives a sense of time standing still. I think I wanted the pieces to reflect a quietness and stillness.' He plays the piano on all the tracks on the album and is accompanied by the Scottish Ensemble, the UK's leading string orchestra. Listen here

7/9/2018
Matt Emery Releases New Single

Injazero Records artist Matt Emery has released a new single through the label called I Put A Flame In Your Heart. It follows on from the release of his debut album last year. The release consists of the solo piano title track, a version with Emery's emotive vocals over the top of a full band, and a remix of the track by the band Vessels. Listen here

7/9/2018
Albecq Releases A Distant Guiding Sun

London-based collective Albecq has released their debut album, A Distant Guiding Sun. The ensemble comprises of Angus MacRae, Thom Robson and Music Sales composer James Jones. The album consists of seven tracks of unhurried, free-flowing soundscapes created with a range of vintage synths. Listen here

31/8/2018
Id-Dar Tal-Missier by A Lily Released Through Aim Low

Id-Dar Tal-Missier by A Lily has been released. The album consists of six songs by James Vella which incorporate more standard pop music structures than he has historically employed. Almost all of the instrumentation was written and performed by Vella, largely in his home studio, but the release also includes some collaborations. Mercury Price Nominee C Duncan lends luch choral vocals to 'Banana Moth' and yndi halda co-founder Daniel Neal performs violin on a serveral tracks.

24/8/2018
Craig Armstrong And Guy Garvey Release New Single

Craig Armstrong has collaborated with Manchester-born songwriter Guy Garvey to create the new single 'Cornflower (Marelle)'. Marelle was originally composed by Armstrong for piano and strings. This single sees the track reimagined with Garvey adding his distincitve voice and moving lyrics to the work. The track has been described by the press as 'an escape into a gentle, peaceful and uplifting soundscape.' You can hear the new track below and will also be able to hear the original 'Marelle' on Armstrong's upcoming album Sun On You. Listen here

21/8/2018
Valley Of Shadows Soundtrack Released

Zbigniew Preisner's soundtrack to the Norwegian mystery drama Valley Of Shadows has been released. The film tells the story of a young boy who ventures into the forest in search of mysterious creatures that have been eating sheep. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was directed by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen. It stars Adam Ekeli, Katherine Fagerland, John Olav Nilsen, Lennard Salamon, and Jørgen Langhelle. Listen here

20/8/2018
Music Week Sync Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Music Week Sync Awards 2018 has been announced. A number of Music Sales projects have been nominated and the Music Sales Sync Team has been nominated in the Independent Publisher category. Our nominations are as follows: Best Sync - TV Show (Drama)'Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)' - Bernadette Caroll Featured In: The End Of The F***ing World (Netflix) Best Sync - Online Viral Advert 'Lotus Flower' - Tokio Myers Featured In: Rolls Royce Best Sync - Film 'Dealing For The Sarabande' - Michael Nyman Featured In: McQueen Best Social Media/Online Partnership UB40 'Come Back Darling' - Virgin Atlantic Tokio Myers 'Jerusalem' - NPower Sync Team - Independent Publisher For the full shortlist, see here. In addition to these, Civilisations and The End Of The F***ing World have been nominated for Overall TV Series Soundtrack (UK) and Lucy Bright has been nominated for Music Supervisor - TV for McMafia and The City & The City. For more on the music supervision shortlist, see here.

13/8/2018
New Casualty Series Scored By Justine Barker

Justine Barker has scored the new series of Casualty, the first episode of which aired on Saturday August 11th. Now in its 33rd season, the BBC One British medical drama is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world. The show follows the staff and patients at Holby City Hospital's emergency department and this latest series kicked off with dramatic scenes as several main characters battled for their lives following an explosive cliff-hanger. Justine’s previous media credits include Crime Stories, Sirens, Suspects and Casualty spin-off series Holby City. More info

10/8/2018
Sven Helbig Releases Tres Momentos

Tres Momentos, Sven's new piece for string orchestra and electronics will be released digitally on August 10th followed by a 10" Vinyl in September. The live recording of the concert with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin will appear on the Neue Meister label. Tres Momentos describes a section of the infinite spiral, in which disorder and structure, the sacred and the profane, life and death are mutually dependent. Drone sounds connect three composed moments for string orchestra. The composition's lyrical tones contrast with multi-layered noise elements, which ultimately dissolve into a waltz. With this release, Sven Helbig departs from his previously preferred rigorous tonal harmonies, and the electronic components become more prominent. Listen here

10/8/2018
Albecq Releases LACE / Winter

London-based collective Albecq has released their first material ahead of their full album release on September 7th. Albecq comprises of Angus MacRae, Thom Robson and Music Sales composer James Jones. The release consists of two tracks – ‘LACE’ and ‘Winter’ – and the full album is entitled ‘A Distant, Guiding Sun’. Listen here

8/8/2018
Zeal & Ardor Nominated In 2018 AIM Awards

Avant-garde metal band Zeal & Ardor have been nominated in the International Breakthrough of The Year category of the 2018 Association of Independent Music Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 4th September. More info

7/8/2018
Sylvia Plath: Inside The Bell Jar Scored By Guy Farley

Guy Farley has composed music for new BBC Two documentary Sylvia Plath: Inside The Bell Jar Scored By Guy Farley, which airs on August 11th. Bringing to life that 'queer sultry summer' of 1953, this is the first film to unravel the story behind Sylvia Plath's seminal novel. The book captures the struggles of an ambitious young woman's attempts to deal with the constraints of 1950's America - the bright lights of New York dim, turn to depression and attempted suicide. The film weaves the autobiographic narrative of the book with the testimony of her friends, and daughter Frieda Hughes - some speaking for the first time. More info

3/8/2018
Jocelyn Pook Scores The Wife

On August 17, the cinematic adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel The Wife will be released, having premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Glenn Close stars opposite Jonathan Pryce in the film which tells the story of a woman who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, who is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Wife was directed by Björn Runge and has a soundtrack by Music Sales composer, Jocelyn Pook.

3/8/2018
2018 Toronto International Film Festival

A number of films with scores by Music Sales composers will be premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Hotel Mumbai is directed by Anthony Maras and tells the story of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and its survivors. It stars Dev Patel and Armie Hammer and has a score by Volker Bertelmann. The Hate U Give is George Tillman Jr.’s adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas which follows a promising student and cherished daughter whose life is upended, then galvanised, when a friend is senselessly shot dead by police. The film has a score by Dustin O’Halloran and will be released in theatres in October of this year. Other Music Sales composers with work featured in the festival are as follows: American Woman - directed by Jake Scott with music by Adam Wiltzie The Death And Life of John F. Donovan - directed by Xavier Dolan with music by Gabriel Yared The Biggest Little Farm - directed by John Chester with music by Jeff Beal For more information about 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, see here.

2/8/2018
Check Out Some Of Our Recent Ads

In the last few weeks, there’s been a plethora of ads featuring some gems from the Music Sales catalogue. The British Beer Alliance used Jamie Principle’s ‘Your Love’ in their Long Live The Local campaign, whilst Mark Ronson’s ‘Ooh Wee’ can be heard on the latest from Dominos Pizza. In addition to these, there’s also new campaigns from Birra Moretti and Bwin Casino, featuring ‘Pizza Pye’ and ‘Try Me’ respectively, among a number of others. Watch Here

27/7/2018
Dustin O’Halloran Scores Puzzle

On July 27, Puzzle will be released in theatres. Puzzle tells the story of a woman from a suburban town who discovers her own independence through a natural virtuosity for solving puzzles. It is directed by Marc Turtletaub, stars Kelly Macdonald and Irfan Khan, and is based on the 2010 Argentine film of the same name. The film was premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was scored by Dustin O’Halloran. Listen here

11/7/2018
New A Cappella Version Of ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ Released

Following the widespread success of Shigeru Umebayashi’s ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ from In The Mood For Love, Umebayashi released a new a cappella version on 13th July. The track has been recorded by The Plum Forest Singers with soprano soloist Grace Davidson. Listen here

2/7/2018
Calibre And Whitney Win At Edinburgh Film Festival

Calibre, the debut feature from UK writer-director Matt Palmer with original music by Anne Nikitin, has taken the top prize at the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF, June 20-July 1). The film, which received its world premiere at the festival and has a worldwide release on Netflix on June 28th, received the Michael Powell award for best British feature film. Best documentary feature film went to Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney, described by the jury as ‘an assured film which delivers on every count, from narrative momentum to superb journalism and flawless editing’. The score for Whitney was composed by Adam Wiltzie; the film is released in cinemas across the UK on July 6th.

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