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22/8/2016
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

11/8/2016
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.

15/7/2016
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.

7/7/2016
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.

23/6/2016
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)

22/6/2016
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

21/6/2016
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

13/6/2016
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

1/6/2016
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.

27/5/2016
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.

17/5/2016
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’.

16/5/2016
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.

16/5/2016
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.

10/5/2016
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!

9/5/2016
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

6/5/2016
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.

29/4/2016
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.

29/4/2016
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.

25/4/2016
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/.

8/4/2016
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."

17/3/2016
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/.

17/3/2016
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/.

18/2/2016
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

5/2/2016
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.

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