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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.

Music Sales Sign Deal With The A&R Department

We’re excited to announce that the Music Sales Australia team have inked a deal with promotions company The A&R Department, granting us sole worldwide publishing rights to their extensive contemporary catalogue. The A&R Department are focussed on developing singer-songwriters and represent artists across a range of genres; their current roster includes Harts (pictured), KIT, Polarhearts and Run Rabbit Run. You can find a sampler of their catalogue here.

2016 TV Placements

There’s been no shortage of fantastic telly in 2016 and Music Sales are very pleased to have music placed in a number of wonderful programmes, including BBC’s The Night Manager; the latest series of Call The Midwife; E4’s new comedy sci-fi offering The Aliens with Michaela Coel, Michael Smiley and Jim Howick; and the hit ITV series The Durrells. At the moment you can catch our composition 'Fall' by The Bug ft. Copeland as the titles music for ITV's eight-part crime drama Marcella, from acclaimed writer Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) and starring Anna Friel, Laura Carmichael and Nicholas Pinnock. We've compiled a selection of music from recent TV placements in this playlist.

PJ Harvey Samples Jerry McCain On No.1 Album

Congratulations to PJ Harvey whose latest album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is currently residing at the top of the UK album charts. Included on the album is 'The Ministry Of Social Affairs', a track which samples the Music Sales' composition 'That's What They Want' by Jerry McCain & His Upstarts. Check out 'The Ministry Of Social Affairs' here - http://uk.musicsalescreative.com/#/track/NTY3MzE1MC0yYzZlOTE/.

New Dan Michaelson Album

Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards will release their new album Memory through The state51 Conspiracy on 6th May. Written and produced by Dan Michaelson and mixed by Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens), the album was recorded at The Premises, London and will be available on CD, vinyl and as a download. As the album title suggests, ‘memory’ is one of the key themes explored on the record. Michaelson, who admits he has “almost zero memory”, ponders the impact and consequence of our ability, or inability, to remember and how our recollections are often warped and reinterpreted. "There's very little I could say with any authority about my past,” he says. “Memory's role in retelling a fact and slowly shaping it into a fiction without my consent, keeps rewriting my history. Songs are a way of freezing a moment recollected before it moves on without me." Memory is the follow up to 2014’s much-celebrated Distance and the final installment in an album trilogy that commenced with Blindspot in 2013. Thematically, there’s a common thread running through the trilogy; from ‘lost love’ through ‘acceptance’ and finally ‘reflection’. “I've recorded moments that were once raw, important or significant but now have layers and layers of memory overlapping and are unrealistic. I want to keep trying to pin down a moment before it's lost". The trilogy retains a type of ‘epic minimalism’ Michaelson was trying to achieve musically. "I went looking for a way to carry what I'd written. Memory is the end point of this particular story. In my small world, Blindspot is the script, Distance is the play, and Memory is the widescreen movie."

Solomon Grey release new video for 'Sweet 84'

The video for Solomon Grey's Sweet 84 is now available, in conjunction with the release of their self-titled debut LP on March 18th. The band tour throughout the UK and the US in April and May; full information available on their website - http://solomongrey.net/.

yndi halda release new album, 'Under Summer'

Post-rock quintet yndi halda have released their long-awaited second album, Under Summer. Released on March 4th by Big Scary Monsters in the UK, reviewers have described the album as 'absolute post-rock perfection', 'beautiful', and 'adventurous'. The band are touring throughout the UK and in March and April; full details can be found on the band's website - http://www.yndihalda.com/tour/.

Domino by Ludovico Einaudi

Domino, the new piano concerto from Ludovico Einaudi The world premiere of Domino, the new piano concerto by Ludovico Einaudi, will take place on March 10 and 11 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The pianist Ji Liu will perform the concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Damian Iorio. Domino was co-commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, to celebrate their 175th anniversary, and the West German Broadcasting Corporation. The work is scored for solo piano, harp and strings and lasts for twenty-five minutes. Wetlands, also by Einaudi, will be included in the programme for its UK premiere performances. This fifteen minute orchestral piece was commissioned by the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing for the World Environmental Day concert in 2013. The concerts will also comprise Respighi’s Church Windows and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Book tickets

This Beautiful Fantastic Premiere

The Music Sales Creative team enjoyed a brilliant night out at the star-studded premiere for Simon Aboud's new film This Beautiful Fantastic; a romantic comedy starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Irvine & Andrew Scott. We were delighted to support our writer, Anne Nikitin, who wrote the beautiful score for the film. For more information, check out the IMDB page here.

Nico Muhly creates bespoke score for Nike mini-series 'Margot vs Lily'

Nico Muhly (The Reader, Kill Your Darlings, Me Earl & The Dying Girl) has created a bespoke score for the Nike mini-series Margot Vs Lily, an original Better For It Nike Production, directed by Tricia Brock (Orange Is The New Black, Mozart In The Jungle, Mr. Robot). The series centres around a pair of adopted sisters who live completely different lives. Lily prioritises fitness over friends, while Margot has a robust social circle and little interest in sport.On New Year's Eve, tensions boil over and the sisters make a bet.Check out the first episode on the Nike website and catch each new episode as it launches, every Monday for the next seven weeks.Nico is available for bespoke composition for Adverts, Film and TV. Please contact us for more information. Margot vs Lily Composer: Nico Muhly (The Reader, Kill Your Darlings, Me Earl & The Dying Girl) Director: Tricia Brock (Orange is the New Black, Mozart in the Jungle) Executive Producer: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) Advertising Agency: Wieden+Kennedy (Portland) Starring: Brigette Lundy-Paine (Irrational Man) , Samantha Marie Ware (Glee)It'll all workout in the end...

Solomon Grey Announce Album & Tour

Solomon Grey announce their debut self-titled album, released on Decca. The album hits the shelves 18th March 2016 and is followed by a UK tour. The first single of the album, Sweet 84, premiered on The Line of Best Fit as Song of the Day and is available to purchase now. Check out the band's website for more information, gig tickets and pre-orders for the album.


Golden Globe wining film Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro the movie includes Music Sales songs 'A House with love in it', 'The Name Game', 'Somethin' Stupid', Prokofiev's Cinderella and 'Past Three O'Clock'. Watch the trailer here.


Directed by John Crowley Brooklyn is a movie about an Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Included in the soundtrack are the songs 'Zing a little Zong', with 'Dynaflow' and 'A garden in the rain' perfomed live. Watch the trailer here.

Straight Outta Compton

NWA's hit song 'Gangsta Gangsta' and 2Pac's 'California Love' feature in Straight Outta Compton. In the movie the group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s and revolutionises Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. See the featurette.


Warriors is a documentary following a group of young Maasai who, in a remote region of Kenya, have remarkably formed a cricket team. Music Supervised by John Boughtwood and with music by Music Sales writers Ali Gavan and Barney Douglas, this original score was recorded mainly at Transmission Studios, Brighton. Find out more information about the film here.

David Lang's Golden Globe nomination

For "Youth," his new movie about aging friends — a musician and a filmmaker — Paolo Sorrentino chose Pultizer Prize-winning composer David Lang to write the score. Sorrentino's earlier film, "The Great Beauty," used Lang's choral piece i lie in its opening scene and he knew that Lang was the perfect choice to compose the "Youth" soundtrack. Usually a film's music is written after most of the movie is complete, if not all. The composer takes cues from what's on the screen. With "Youth," the story hinges on music that Lang wrote before the script was finished, in particular, simple song #3, which received a 2016 Golden Globe nomination for "Best Original Song." In the story, two artists vacation in the Swiss Alps: Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, and Mick, a renowned filmmaker. Though Mick hurries to finish the screenplay for what he expects will be his final big film, Fred has no plans to return to his music career. The two reflect on their past, and find that the present still has much in store.Starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, the Fox Searchlight film opened December 4 in theaters in the USA. Watch David Lang talk about his score. Listen to simple song #3.


After wowing audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, Carol was released last month to critical acclaim. The film contains several Music Sales copyrights, including Perdido, A Garden In The Rain and Don't Blame Me.

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