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Holidays Are Coming

Did you know that it's 3 months and 3 days until Christmas? Not that we're counting... We've put together 4 brilliant playlists full of music to fulfill all your Christmassy needs. From lush, orchestral soundtracks to quirky pop ditties, famous Christmas classics to upcoming pop acts, we've got you covered! Take a look here: Classical Christmas Traditional Christmas Pop Christmas Kooky Christmas

Harts' New Album Out Today

Harts has already had a huge 2016, releasing two hit radio singles in Australia and touring non-stop, including shows in the UK and Europe earlier in the year. He is now poised to unleash his sophomore album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut Daydreamer in 2014, and the follow up EP Breakthrough in 2015 – records that caught the attention of some of the biggest names in music, including the late, great icon Prince, who became a mentor to the young Melbourne phenom. Smoke Fire Hope Desire was remarkably self-recorded in Harts' home studio in Melbourne – its impressive scope the culmination of what the “one-man music-making machine," attributes to spending years developing his sound as a performer and a producer. The album is the sound of an artist who has locked his musical identity and his voice into his sights, and as Harts admits has allowed himself to be influenced by, “a lot of what I was seeing in the world around me - very current day issues, mixed with my own thoughts and challenges in my life.” "Harts has created a piece of work holding a solid promise to be sealed as a masterpiece once translated onto the live circuit." – TheMusic.com.au - 4.5✮ Album Review "SFHD is a diverse, considered accomplishment." - Rolling Stone Australia “A mammoth effort, pulling together a pulsating bass line and glittering top-line guitar riffs underneath Harts’ own powerful vocals.” – Music Feeds ‘Power’ review "There’s every indication that Harts is set to be one of Australia’s next major rock exports." – Tone Deaf

Ward Thomas New Album Hits No. 1

Country sibling duo Ward Thomas's latest album Cartwheels has debuted at No. 1 in the UK charts, featuring new song 'Boomerang' - a collaboration with Music Sales composers Shridhar Solanki and Helen Boulding. Listen here

Neil Cowley Trio's Spacebound Apes

The Neil Cowley Trio release their sixth studio album Spacebound Apes on September 16. The concept album focuses on the story of Lincoln (part-man / part-ape) who travels to different planets, with each planet representing a distinct emotional experience reflected in the music. The first single from the album, ‘Grace’, was released in June and has already received over 1.5 million plays on Spotify. The album will be accompanied by the release of a full colour print book, comprising the album’s sheet music alongside specially-commissioned illustrations by DC Comics artist Sergio Sandoval, and supported by a bespoke website which features incredible animations and supporting musical materials. Listen here

Don Reedman To Receive Gold Badge Award

Eaton writer Don Reedman will receive a BASCA Gold Badge Award in October in recognition of his unique contribution to music. With a music career spanning over 40 years, Don recently experienced great success with the Elvis Presley album If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which he conceived and subsequently produced with Priscilla Presley and Nick Patrick for Sony Music. The album was released in October 2015 and went straight to No.1; it became the second biggest selling new release of the year and won the Music Week Awards' Catalogue Marketing Campaign 2016. You can read more about the 2016 Gold Badge Awards here.

Neil Cowley Trio | spaceboundapes.com

Neil Cowley Trio announce the launch of spaceboundapes.com - a beautiful interactive digital experience. The new website, developed by Music Sales, is one of several elements that complement the release of the Neil Cowley Trio's new album ‘Spacebound Apes’, a glorious, hypnotic soundtrack to a bizarre tale of one man – Lincoln - and his out-of-the-ordinary journey. Released on September 16, Spacebound Apes the album is a bold exercise in atmosphere and emotion. The inspiring story is woven together with some of the most breathtaking, impassioned music that Neil has created. Spaceboundapes.com brings Lincoln’s story to life with unique content that combines animated illustrations by DC Comics artist Sergio Sandoval, exclusive access to the album’s first track, ‘Weightless’, text by Neil Cowley (an extract from the upcoming music book), special backing tracks and on-screen notation with an interactive element that allows the visitor to take centre stage – a must for pianists. The website complements a deluxe music anthology complete with full piano transcriptions of all eleven tracks, illustrations by Sergio Sandoval and with Lincoln’s full story as told by Neil Cowley. The first interactive track is available immediately, free of charge. Owners of the music book will gain access to two more tracks and later chapters in the story, available on September 16. Neil tells us about the site in his own words here Watch the video for ‘The City and The Stars’

The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films

BBC Culture has published a list of the one hundred greatest films of the 21st Century. For the poll BBC Culture received responses from 177 critics – from every continent except Antarctica. Some are newspaper or magazine reviewers, others write primarily for websites; academics and cinema curators are well-represented too. The list includes seventeen films with either original soundtracks by Music Sales composers, licensed music or song placements from our catalogues. They are:2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)Includes Yumeji’s Theme by Shigeru Umebayashi 5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014) Includes Sunshine Day 7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) Includes After the Rain by Barry Guy, Lacrimosa by Zbigniew Preisner, Symphony No 3 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Resurrection in Hades and Funeral Canticle by John Tavener 13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006) Includes Eternity's Sunrise and Fragments of a Prayer by John Tavener and the song It's not for me to say 22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) Includes La Dolce Vita 25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) Score by David Julyan 28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002) Score by Alberto Iglesias 32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006) Score by Gabriel Yared 35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000) Score by Tan Dun 48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015) Includes Garden in the Rain, Zing a Little Zong and Dynaflow 53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) Score by Craig ArmstrongIncludes Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend 64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrrentino, 2013) Includes Symphony No 3 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, I lie and World to Come by David Lang, Dies irae by Zbigniew Preisner and The Lamb by John Tavener 69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015) Includes No other love, Perdido, A Garden In The Rain and Don't Blame Me 75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014) Includes Les Fleurs 78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013) Includes There Is No Greater Love and Gloria 81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011) Score by Harry Escott 95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012) Includes Playful Pizzicato by Benjamin Britten For the full list see here

Philip Glass's Orange Mountain Music launches exclusively on Apple Music

Music Sales composer Philip Glass and Orange Mountain Music have announced today the availability of the Orange Mountain Music catalogue exclusively on Apple Music. To celebrate the launch, Apple Music will also be featuring a number of new playlists curated by Glass including "Glass on Glass" of his favourite own titles and "Glass Influences" including music that has inspired his composing. Speaking of the new relationship with Apple Music, Glass commented: "I couldn't be happier about this new relationship with Apple Music and it's curators. Apple is a forward-looking company, culture, and advocate for creativity, and I'm proud to have Orange Mountain Music start a new collaboration with Apple Music. As a premium music service, Apple Music ushers in a very exciting new way for artists and composers to reach listeners as never before." To subscribe to Apple Music and explore the exciting music of Philip Glass, click here.

Alberto Igelias scores soundtrack for Almodóvar's 'Julieta'

Alberto Iglesias has scored the soundtrack for the latest film directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Julieta. The film stars Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma and Emma Suárez. After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter...In UK cinemas August 26. Watch the trailer

Music Sales signs composer Jed Kurzel

Music Sales are proud to announce the signing of award-winning composer and musician Jed Kurzel. Jed started his musical career as frontman to the Australian Duo The Mess Hall who in 2007 were awarded with the prestigious Australian Music Prize for their album Devil's Elbow. From his success in The Mess Hall, Jed went on to show his talents in film composing, scoring for feature films including 'The Babadoor', 'Slow West' where Jed won for the second time the Screen Music Award for Feature Film Score of the Year, and Macbeth which premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Jed is now working on his next project of his first studio film acoring of 'Assassin's Creed: Time Out Of Mind' and we cannot wait to see where he goes next.

New EP from Polarheart

Australian duo Polarheart release their much anticipated EP on July 15th, following four successful single releases. The success of their previous single, 'Dystopia' launched them into the speakers of a captive international audience, with over 1 million plays on MrSuicideSheep. Their sound has been described by Triple J as 'beautiful, dark pop' and has scored a placement in the upcoming Showtime series Roadies (Cameron Crowe, J. J. Abrams). You can hear the EP by clicking here.

Martin Creed releases new album 'Thoughts Lined Up'

The hugely talented Turner Prize-Winning artist and musician Martin Creed will release his new album Thoughts Lined Up on July 8 2016. This release comes after the new single 'Understanding' was released last month and new track 'Let's Come To An Arrangement' taken from the forthcoming album was unveiled on Creed's Soundcloud, giving all a buzz of what could be instore. The album will be available on LP, Limited Edition LP, CD and digital download. To celebrate the release of Thoughts Lined Up Creed is set to play The Moth Club on July 13 2016 and tickets for the show can be purchased here.

Jacob Groth signs to Music Sales

Multiple award-winning Danish composer and musician Jacob Groth signs to Music Sales The Music Sales Group is proud to announce the signing of Jacob Groth. The Danish composer is renowned for his soundtrack to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and his music for the recent major CBS drama series ‘Unforgettable’. Groth has agreed his publishing deal with Edition Wilhelm Hansen, the Copenhagen-based affiliate of the Music Sales Group of Companies. Jacob Groth comments: ‘I am ambitious. Ambitious for excellence, and I believe my best work is still ahead of me. As an artist, I am constantly looking to link up with people that share my passion for the creation of music that can best serve the project on which I am co-operating. From my first meeting with the dynamic Music Sales team, I became convinced that this is the right partnership to enable me to reach my creative goals. They also represent the qualities and ideals that I most value in our industry.’ Chris Butler, Head of Publishing & Rights at Music Sales, adds: ‘Within the world of film and high-end drama Jacob Groth’s name is a byword for quality. We are very excited that we now have an opportunity to join with this remarkable composer and help him grow what is already a magnificent body of work.’ Edition Wilhelm Hansen (EWH) Chairman of the Board Tine Birger Christensen says: ‘It is indeed an honour to have the opportunity to work together with Jacob, a composer whose work mixes Nordic noir with haunting melodies and a man who is dedicated to the art of creating music that serves the films he is scoring. Music that one feels rather than just hears.’ EWH Managing Director Loui Törnqvist comments: 'It is very exciting to be working with a writer of such a high calibre. I look forward to a very successful partnership.' About Jacob Groth Jacob Groth was born in 1951 in Copenhagen. He still lives there, and shares his time between Denmark and Los Angeles. His early years were spent as a performer in various blues/rock bands. His first major work was on the Søren Kragh-Jacobsen film debut ‘Vil Du Se Min Smukke Navle?’. Jacob's working relationship with Kragh-Jacobsen led to a long period of collaboration. He also built an ongoing working relationship with Director Rumle Hammerich which included the movie ‘Otto Er Et Næsehorn’ in 1983 up to ‘Headhunter’ in 2009. He is perhaps most famous for his score work on the film trilogy based on Swedish crime author Stieg Larssons Millennium series of 3 best-selling novels ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ (nominated for Best Score at the European Film Awards), The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest’ and ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’. In 2012 he teamed up once again with Millennium director Niels Arden Oplev to score the major Hollywood production ‘Dead Man Down’, starring Colin Farrell, and followed this in 2014 with the action thriller ‘Skin Trade’. Jacob has excelled in his more recent TV work, from the late 90s watershed Danish drama series ‘Taxa’ to his Emmy Award-winning work on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen ‘Young Andersen’. In 2012 he was commissioned to work on the pilot of CBS drama series ‘Unforgettable’, a series that, aided by Groth’s atmospheric score, went on to run for 4 seasons and for which Jacob was awarded Best Music Score at the ASCAP Awards. He is currently working on series 2 of the hit Swedish crime series ‘Modus’ and has several exciting European projects in the pipeline. jacobgroth.com Nordic noir live in Los AngelesOn September 25 2016 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Groth will host a night of Nordic noir in a one-of-a-kind benefit concert. The event will feature a live audiovisual performance from The Danish Film Harmonics encompassing the acclaimed soundtrack for the film 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. All profits will go to the Friends of Griffith Park, an organisation dedicated to the protection of urban wildlife.More info | Book tickets Selected Awards & Nominations Emmy Awards (USA/International) Rejseholdet/Unit One (Winner, Best International Drama Series) (2002) Krøniken (Nominee, Best International Drama Series) (2004) Unge Andersen/Young Andersen (Winner Best International Miniseries) (2004) Ørnen/The Eagle/Der Adler (Winner, Best International Drama Series) (2005) Millennium/The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (TV Miniseries version) (Winner Best TV Movie/TV Series) (2010) Livvagterne/The Protectors (Winner Best International TV Series) (2010) Robert (Denmark) Guldregn (Winner, Best Original Score) (1988) Drømmen/We Shall Overcome (Winner, Best Original Score) (2006) The ugly duckling and me (Winner, Best Original Score) (2007) To Verdner/Worlds Apart (Best Original Score) (2008) ASCAP Awards (USA) Unforgettable (2012, 2014, 2015) Premios Ondas (Spain) Taxa (Denmark) (1997-98) (Winner, Best Foreign TV Series) European Film Awards The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Nominee Best European Film Composer) (2009) Baftas (UK) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Winner Best Film not in the English Language) (2009)

Nordic noir live in Los Angeles

On September 25 2016 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Jacob Groth will host a night of Nordic noir in a one-of-a-kind benefit concert. The event will feature a live audiovisual performance from The Danish Film Harmonics encompassing the acclaimed soundtrack for the film 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. All profits will go to the Friends of Griffith Park, an organisation dedicated to the protection of urban wildlife.More info | Book tickets

Ludovico Einaudi and Greenpeace in campaign to save the Arctic

Ludovico Einaudi has teamed up with Greenpeace in a new campaign to save the Arctic. Through his music, Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed a new commission, Elegy for the Artic, on a floating platform in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). More info on the campaign can be found here

Martin Creed releases new single 'Understanding'

Turner prize-winning Martin Creed has released a new single ‘Understanding’ taken from his upcoming album Thoughts Lined Up set for release on July 8 2016. The video which can be viewed here shows Creed multiplied to fill the screen surrounded by bold colours and clapping hands. In true Creed fashion, the new single and video is unique and is not afraid to push boundaries, getting an exciting glimpse into what the album will have in store for us. Creed is set to play The Moth Club on July 13 2016 for his album launch and tickets can be purchased here

I, Daniel Blake wins Palme d’Or at Cannes, with music by George Fenton

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake was the recipient of the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, featuring original music by George Fenton. The film documents what happens when an older man living in Newcastle has a heart attack and can no longer do his job; it has received praise from The Guardian, Variety and Indiewire. Xavier Dolan’s film It’s Only the End of the World, with a score by Gabriel Yared, won the Grand Prix at Cannes.

Neil Cowley Trio release new single ‘Grace’

Multi-talented composer Neil Cowley and his trio have released their new single ‘Grace’ which will be available from June 6 2016. ‘Grace’ is a mesmerising and beautiful work from the Neil Cowley Trio sure to get everyone excited for the upcoming album ‘Spacebound Apes’ out on September 16 2016. The Trio are also set to hit the road this October playing Union Chapel in London on October 27 and at St. John the Evangelist Church in Oxford on November 4. Tickets can be purchased via the official website. View the video here.

Jimmy Webb performs at Music Sales

On May 11, prolific US songwriter Jimmy Webb came to the Music Sales London office to play an intimate show in celebration of his recent signing to Eaton Music. He dazzled all who were in attendance with his well-known hits and heart-felt ballads, showing his genius in both performance and song-craft. Those in attendance enjoyed Jimmy’s performance of classics such as ‘Up, Up And Away’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’ as well as a preview of newer material including songs ‘Right As Rain’ and ‘How Quickly’.

Sleeping At Last Releases New EP

At the beginning of May Sleeping At Last released the latest EP in his Atlas series. Entitled Atlas: Senses, the EP incorporates five songs written for each of the classical senses, in the order they develop inside the womb: touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight. You can listen to Atlas: Senses on the website now.

Love Nina

Lucy Bright, Deputy Director of Music Sales Creative, recently provided music supervision services to Love Nina, the upcoming BBC series based on the award-winning book written by Nina Stibbe. Produced by See-Saw Films, Love Nina documents Nina’s time in London as a nanny caring for an eccentric North London family and stars Helena Bonham-Carter as head of the family Georgia, with Game of Thrones actress Faye Marsay playing Nina. The series has already received glowing reviews from The Guardian, Financial Times, The Mirror and the Sunday Times. The five-part series begins on BBC One at 9.30pm on Friday May 20th.

BAFTA 2016 Wins

Sunday saw the return of the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with wins for This Is England '90 (music supervised by Music Sales), Transparent (scored by Dustin O'Halloran) and Doctor Foster (for which 'Fly' by Ludovivo Einaudi was the titles music). You can find a complete list of winners here. Congratulations to all!

Focus on...Scanner

Throughout 2016 the work of Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) can be heard all over Europe in many different mediums. He’s a versatile and collaborative artist, his work traversing the experimental terrain between sound, space and image, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres - a partial list would include sound design, film scores, ballet, contemporary composition, large-scale multimedia performances, product design, architecture, fashion design, rock music and jazz. We caught up with him to find out what he’s up to and to gain an insight in to the way he works… So, what’s coming up? Some very special projects indeed. In June I’m premiering a new installation for the inaugural Fitzrovia Festival in London with a 24-hour long piece of music at Fitzrovia Chapel. It features recorded interviews with former staff of Middlesex Hospital that previously worked in the locality, and live musicians who will interact and accompany the piece over the duration. Recently, I’ve been super busy writing an orchestral and electronic score for Tomorrow at Sadler's Wells, choreographed by Lucie Guerin which premieres next week and can then be seen at BBC Arts Online for their Shakespeare Lives season if you want to stay at home. I’ll be back at Sadler's Wells again in July with the celebrated Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova and Russell Maliphant for a new production. Also in July I’ll be installing a permanent new sound work in Rijeka Airport in Croatia based on the sound of water drops and the Istrian musical scale, whilst at the same time designing all the new sounds for a telephone system that will be heard all around the world. Even my own voice will be heard on the Voicemail system - don’t say I didn’t warn you....! What have you been working on this year? I recently released my album SCANNI with pianist Anni Hogan, featuring a wealth of collaborators connecting the dots between jazz, funk, pop and film music, which has been received very positively. In my usual eclectic way I’ve been working with French visual artist Aurelie Hoegy for performances across Europe, composed the score to a science fiction documentary on BBC radio, scored the entire campaign for fashion company Max&Co, and will have a solo exhibition of film and sound works in Italy later this year. That’s not forgetting scoring the Stella McCartney’s POP perfume campaign and even sound designing a sonic essay for The Economist magazine. This year I’ve had the pleasure of recording with cellist Oliver Coates, producing a new record for Roddy Buttom of Faith No More and another for Lee Renaldo of American rock band Sonic Youth. I finished my first studio album in six years, Fibolae, and am aiming to get this released after the summer, hopefully accompanied by some live dates. I’m also very excited to be preparing to tour again with my epic project, Live_Trasmission: Joy Division Reworked, based on the songs of British post punk band Joy Division, working with Heritage Orchestra, which played to capacity crowds when we last toured it across the UK in 2014. Many of your projects are collaborative. Is this satisfying work? Absolutely. The notion of the solitary figure in a studio is so very dull to me that I’m always happy to collaborate, to challenge myself and see what else someone can bring out of me in a collaboration. The creative frictions can be so rewarding. Your music is used in so many different contexts. What makes it so versatile? Like many folks I like all kinds of music, films, books and so on and in my own creative output am equally content exploring something cinematic one moment, then something with live classical musicians the next, finishing by producing a rock band. I’m a happy shapeshifter and find it very easy to adapt to new situations and respond to a brief as necessary. It also helps that I’m super easy going but professional and am proud to say I’ve never missed a deadline in 25 years of professional work. Indeed, I frequently deliver before a deadline. Is there a genre in which you have not yet worked but would like to? I’ve yet to work out on a country album but I’m sure in time it will happen. Meanwhile I’ve only touched on films and games and would be keen to introduce and explore much of my work into that environment, if only to unsettle a few minds! Find out more about Scanner on his website, follow him on twitter, instagram and facebook and listen to his music on soundcloud. DATES Tomorrow Ballet Rambert choreographed by Lucy Guerin with an original score by ScannerMay 10|11|12|13|14: Sadler’s Wells, LondonOctober 6|7: Norwich Theatre Royal, UKNovember 23|24|25: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, UKDetailsAvant Toutes Disparitions Choreographed by Thomas Lebrun with a score created by ScannerMay 17|18|19|20: Théâtre National de Chaillot, FranceMay 27: Théâtre Olympia, FranceJune 7|8: Théâtre des Salins, FranceFurther performances in 2017DetailsFresas (Ballet Bubbles)Dutch National Ballet, choreographed by Juanjo Arqués with an original score by ScannerMay 25: Parktheater Eindhoven, The Netherlands DetailsMemories 24-hour sound installation June 8|9|10: Fitzrovia Festival, London UKDetailsOutlanderChoreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh with an original score by ScannerJune 18: San Giorgio Monastery, Venice. ItalyArtist Talk - Scanner: Making Music From Ghosts And A Few CablesJune 27: Music Hackspace, LondonDetailsNatalia Osipova & GuestsNew work choreographed by Russell Maliphant with an original score by ScannerJune 29|30 July 1|2|3: Sadlers Wells, LondonAugust 12|13|14: Edinburgh International FestivalDetails

Music Sales Signs Hildur Guðnadóttir

Our US office have recently signed the amazingly talented Hildur Guðnadóttir, an Icelandic cellist, composer and singer who is at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music. In addition to her four critically acclaimed solo albums, Hildur has composed music for theatre, dance, film and television; most recently, you will have heard her music in The Revenant and BBC4’s successful crime drama series Trapped. A selection of her music can be heard via this link.

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