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Queen Of Hearts Wins Sundance Audience Award

A new Danish feature film premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The film features numerous tracks from the Music Sales and Storyville catalogues. The film, titled Dronningen (English title: Queen Of Hearts) was directed by May el-Toukhy and stars the legendary Danish actress Trine Dyrholm. It won the Sundance Audience Award and, following its screening at the Gothenburg Film Festival in Sweden, it was awarded Best Nordic Film, Best Acting (for Trine Dyrholm) and Audience Award For Best Nordic Film. More info

Hauschka Releases A Different Forest

On February 8th, Oscar-nominated film composer and renowned pianist Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) releases his latest album A Different Forest via Sony Classical. The album is his first for the label and sees him strip away his customary instrumental preparations in favour of straight solo piano. Hauschka’s experience of nature as his basis for understanding life and the composition of music is the central theme of the album. He said of the album ‘In A Different Forest, I’m focusing on the forest as a natural environment and contrast to the urban everyday life. How often have I gone for a walk and finished on the crest of a hill or maintain top, and found a new perspective on things. It’s quite a moving experience, realising that everything has been there for such a long time and will continue to exist, yet our human existence is reduced to but a fraction of the earth’s history.’ Released in October 2018, ‘Curious’, the first single from the album, heralds this central theme. Listen here

Music Sales at the 2019 Oscars

Following on from the announcement of the nominations for the 2019 Oscars, we are please two announce that two films with soundtracks released through Node Records have been nominated: The Wife (original score by Jocelyn Pook) - Actress in a Leading Role (Glenn Close) Free Solo (original score by Marco Beltrami) - Best Documentary Feature In addition to these, a number of films using Music Sales tracks have been nominated in numerous categories: The Favourite - Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role (Olivia Colman), Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), Directing (Yorgos Lanthimos), Cinematography (Robbie Ryan), Production Design, Costume Design, Film Editing BlacKkKlansman - Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Adam Driver), Directing (Spike Lee), Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee), Original Score, Film Editing Look here to see the full listing

Music Sales at the 2019 BAFTAs

A number of films using Music Sales songs or featuring music by Music Sales composers have been nominated in the 2019 BAFTA Awards. The Favourite - Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Leading Actress (Olivia Colman), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make Up & Hair Stan & Ollie - Outstanding British Film, Leading Actor (Steve Coogan), Make Up & Hair The Wife - Leading Actress (Glenn Close) McQueen - Outstanding British Film Free Solo - Documentary See here for the full listing

Yumeji's Theme (A Cappella) at No.1 in Singapore

The recently released a cappella version of Shigeru Umebayashi's 'Yumeji's Theme' has reached No. 1 on the Singaporean Classical Charts, as well as No. 9 on the Classcal chart in the Netherlands. Since the first digital release of the original instrumental version Yumeji's Theme, the track has clocked more than 8 million streams and around nine thousand downloads.

Music Sales Acquires Vernon Duke's Catalogue

Music Sales Corporation, Inc. announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to Vernon Duke's catalogue, including the Great American Songbook gems 'April in Paris', 'Autumn In New York', and 'Taking a Chance on Love' - the latter from the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky. Known for his integral contributions to the Great American Songbook, Vernon Duke was also a highly respected classical composer - composing for both orchestra and ballet under his birth name, Vladimir Dukelsky. The Russian-born composer collaborated with many musical luminaries including George and Ira Gershwin, George Balanchine, Sergei Prokofiev and Serge Koussevitzky. Listen here

Stan & Ollie Released

The new biopic telling the story of Laurel & Hardy's UK tour directed by Jon S. Baird will be released on 11th January. The film will feature the iconic 'Dance of the Cuckoos' by Marvin Hatley, known to many as the theme of Laurel & Hardy. The work was composed as the 'on-the-hour chime' for the Roach Studio radio station. Laurel felt the piece reflected the personalities of the two performers. Listen here

Music Sales At 2019 Sundance Film Festival

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has announced their programme and there are several films featuring soundtracks by Music Sales composers. - Biggest Little Farm - Jeff Beal - The Nightingale - Jed Kurzel - Mustang - Jed Kurzel - Weinstein - Anne Nikitin - The Elephant Queen - Alex Heffes See here for the full listing

Marco Beltrami’s Free Solo Released By Node Records

Marco Beltrami’s original score for the film Free Solo has been released via Music Sales’ own label Node Records. The film outlines professional climber Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the notorious 3,200 foot El Capitan in Yosemite, California, as captured by filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin. The film and score have received resounding praise, with Rolling Stone commenting that the film is “pumped by Marco Beltrami’s score and your own adrenaline, you feel every spectacular moment.”Listen here

Ariel Marx Signs To Music Sales

Music Sales are thrilled to announce the signing of award-winning film / TV composer and multi-instrumentalist Ariel Marx to a worldwide co-publishing deal. Recently hailed as ‘a film composer to watch’ by Filmmaker Magazine, Ariel is recognised for her versatility in genre and ability to craft engaging, emotional undertones for the screen. A violinist herself, she often pairs strings, piano and folk instruments with electronics. This year her most notable projects have included HBO’s Emmy, Gotham, and Spirit Award-nominated film The Tale, as well as Shawn Snyder’s award-winning To Dust. Along with these two scores, the deal will also cover all her existing and future works. Listen here

Anne Nikitin Scores Mrs Wilson

Anne Nikitin has scored the new television series Mrs Wilson, which airs on BBC 1 from November 27th. The drama, set in the 1940s and 1950s, was written by Anna Symon, directed by Richard Laxton and produced by Jackie Larkin. Based on real-life events the three-parter follows Ruth Wilson's grandmother, Alison, who believes she is happily married to acclaimed author and former spy Alexander ‘Alec’ Wilson until he dies unexpectedly in 1963. Then another Mrs Wilson turns up on Alison’s doorstep, claiming to have also been married to Alec.

50 Years Of 'The Champ'

This year sees the 50 years since the release of 'The Champ' by The Mowhawks. The iconic track is a favourite among funk afifionados and record collectors but is best known through more than 600 tracks in which it has been sampled. To celebrate the release, WhoSampled have featured the track on their website, telling the story of the track and listing many of the tracks in which it has been sampled. More info

Harts Releases Queens, Kings & All Big Things

Harts has released his latest album Queens, Kings And All Big Things, a contextual continuation to his last album Smoke Fire Hope Desire. "Throughout the process of writing this album, I was back and forth between Australia and the U.S. I went though a lot of changes in that two year period, both in my personal life and my music life", Harts states. "[There was] a lot of self re-discovery, dealing with lack of self confidence, and finding my place within this world. I think a lot of that is reflected into this album, and unashamedly brought up throughout the songs. In that way, as wacky as the ride may me, there’s a lot of personal struggle within this body of work. Overall it has a different musical and production style to the previous album, utilising a lot more intricate hypnotic rhythms, beautiful chords, melodies, orchestras, dynamic vocals and arrangements. I feel it’s a progression for me as a songwriter, composer, musician and solo artist and I’m very proud of it.” The album was preceded by singles 'Ain’t Nothin’ On Me', '21&19' and 'Wishfulness' throughout 2018, a year which has seen Harts land huge features such as playing guitar with Joey Bada$$ for Triple J’s Like A Version and rocking 80,000 people at the MCG with Peking Duk for the NRL State of Origin pre-game entertainment. He also wrapped up two huge sets at Bluesfest and premiered a brand new expanded live band for a special sold-out show at Howler in Melbourne in July. Listen here

New Phantom Limb Signings

Label management and publishing company Phantom Limb, administed by Music Sales, have recently signed two new composers. The critically-acclaimed Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist and composer Seán Mac Erlaine has joined the roster bringing his diverse catalogue of cross-platform work. Earlier this year he released his latest album Music For Empty Ears via Ergodos. Spanish filmmaker and musician Laura León also joins; her collection of 12 film scores, each soundtracking her 2018 film Percepciones de un Silencio, will be out later this year. Listen here

Federico Albanese Signs To Music Sales

Italian composer and pianist Federico Albanese has signed to Music Sales in a deal which sees us represent his forthcoming material on an exclusive basis. Based in Berlin, Federico has released three critically revered solo albums, the latest being The Blue Hour which came out in 2016. He is also an established media composer, having worked on Oliver Schwehm’s ARTE documentary Cinema Perverso, the BBC series Our Girl and collaborated with fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton, Zegna and Hugo Boss. He is currently composing the score for feature-length documentary The Twelve, which captures the journey of twelve indigenous tribe members from around the world coming together to share the wisdom gained from their living so hand-in-hand with nature. He will be touring the UK at the end of this month.Listen here

Civilisations Nominated For Two RTS Craft & Design Awards

Tandis Jenhudon's score for the BBC series Civilisations is nominated in two categories of the 2018 RTS Craft & Design Awards - Music: Original Title and Music: Original Score. The shortlist was announced on November 5th, ahead of the awards ceremony which will take place at the end of the month. More info

The Wife Original Soundtrack Released

Jocelyn Pook's original soundtrack to The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, has been released via Node Records. The film tells the story of the wife of a Nobel Prize-winning author, 'her torment amplified by Jocelyn Pook's score, heavy with yearning and regret' (The Guardian). Listen here

Barbour Brings The Snowman To Life

For their Christmas ad this year, Barbour has retold the classic story of The Snowman, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The perennial favourite was created by author and illustrator Raymond Briggs with the well-known and well-loved score by Howard Blake. Watch here

Andrea Bocelli Releases Sì

Globally renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has released his sixteenth studio album, Sì, 14 years since his last release of original material. The 16 new songs celebrate love, family, faith and hope. The album is produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin and has reached number one in the album charts in both the UK and the US. Listen here

Music Sales Wins At Music Week Sync Awards

Music Sales was part of the winning team for Best Sync - TV Show (Drama) at the 2018 Music Week Sync Awards, where Bernadette Carroll's version of 'Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)' took the prize for its use in the Channel 4 / Netflix series The End Of The F***ing World. Alongside music supervisor Matt Biffa and label representative Simon Ballard, Music Sales picked up the prize at the awards ceremony in London on October 18th. The critically-acclaimed TV show also won the award for overall Best TV Series Soundtrack, which features a number of additional Music Sales' copyrights - listen here. More info

Poems For Jamiro release Human

German pop duo Poems For Jamiro have released their latest album, Human. The influence of Scandinavian folk on their uniquely melodic music has generated them a following throughout the nordic countries. The album is their first new release since their debut album Homewood Bound in 2015. Their music has been described as 'music for those who love wonderfully introspective but highly emotional sounds.' Listen here

Her Name Is Calla Release Swan

Post-rock band Her Name Is Calla have unleashed their latest single, 'Swan'. This release follows their EP from earlier in 2018 The Dead Rift and precedes their next album, due out in early 2019. They are currently touring the UK. Listen here

Recomposed by Peter Gregson: Bach - The Cello Suites Out Now

Award-winning composer and cellist Peter Gregson is the most recent composer to feature in Deutsche Grammophon’s pioneering Recomposed series. The album sees him reinterpret Bach’s Cello Suites – one of the best-loved works for the cello. The album was recorded at AIR Studios in London and is available now. Listen here

Nico Muhly Nominated For Hollywood Music In Media Awards

Nico Muhly's score for period drama Howards End has been nominated in two categories at the 2018 Hollywood Music In Media Awards: Original Score - TV Show / Limited Series and Main Title Theme - TV Show / Limited Series. The series aired on the BBC late last year and has since been broadcast in the US on Starz; Nico's music was subsequently shortlisted for a 2018 TV BAFTA for Original Music. The awards will take place on November 14th in Los Angeles. More info

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