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12/3/2019
Vivan & Ketan Bhatti Sign To Music Sales

German composer and producer duo, Vivan & Ketan Bhatti have signed a publishing deal with Music Sales. The pair have built a broad following through their varied cross-genre work including music for film, stage music, dance projects,musical theatre, and more. Most recently, they scored the German film Glück ist was für Weicheier (directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu) which has already seen critical acclaim and a nomination for the Deutscher Filmpreis. Listen here

12/3/2019
Joe Stilgoe Signs To Music Sales

The songwriter, singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe has signed an agreement for his future writing with The Music Sales Group of Companies. The deal also includes Stilgoe's music to Jessica Swale's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book', which toured the UK in 2017/18 and for his score to David Walliams' staged version of 'The Midnight Gang'. Joe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. His live shows are a mixture of virtuosic musicianship, breath-taking theatricality and interaction with the audience, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits. As well as releasing 5 critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK Jazz chart, Stilgoe has toured around the world with his band and as a solo act, appearing in festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls from Ronnie Scotts to the Barbican to Birdland in New York. He starred in High Society at The Old Vic in 2015, which led to him being invited to perform at the 2016 Olivier Awards, and he recently starred in Guys and Dolls at the Albert Hall. In 2017 he wrote the songs for a hit production of The Jungle Book, which toured the UK in 2018, and this year he’s written the songs for a hugely successful production of The Midnight Gang, an adaption of the David Walliams novel. He is frequently a guest performer with orchestras including The John Wilson Orchestra, RLPO, RTE and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and regularly puts together his own Big Band for sold-out shows across the country. In December 2017, Joe put together three Christmas shows for the Lyric Hammersmith with guests including Rob Brydon, Jamie Parker and Meow Meow, and he made his Albert Hall debut as a special guest with Guy Barker’s Big Band. He works extensively on radio, having hosted and starred many times in BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, while also being a regular presence on the station. He has appeared on the Now Show, Loose Ends and The Horne Section for Radio 4, is a regular on In Tune for Radio 3 and this year he started his own brand-new show on JazzFM. On TV, he has appeared most notably hosting 2016’s BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, and least notably in Bargain Hunt.

1/3/2019
New Music From Ludovico Einaudi

‘Seven Days Walking’: seven bodies of music to be released over seven consecutive months. The first, ‘Seven Days Walking: Day One’, which interweaves piano and strings in his unmistakable style, is Einaudi’s 14th studio album and will be released on 15th March, on Decca. ‘Seven Days Walking: Day Two’ follows a month later. Each ‘day’ is then released, digitally, a month apart, leading up to ‘Day Seven’ which will be released in the autumn in a box-set of the complete Seven Days. Inspiration for the entire project derived from walks that Einaudi would take through the mountains in winter. He explains, “In January last year I often went for long walks in the mountains, always following more or less the same trail. It snowed heavily, and my thoughts roamed free inside the storm, where all shapes, stripped bare by the cold, lost their contours and colours. Perhaps that feeling of extreme essence was the origin of this album.” The first album focuses on several main themes, which then recur in different forms on the following albums – seven variations following the same imaginary itinerary. Or the same itinerary, retraced at seven different times. Listen here

1/3/2019
Neil Cowley & Ben Lukas Boysen Release Grains & Motes

Neil Cowley has released a collaborative EP with the Erased Tapes signed composer, producer and sound designer Ben Lukas Boysen. The Grains & Motes EP features four tracks recorded at Ben’s Berlin studio in the summer of 2018. With this release, Neil Cowley has embraced a new musical direction, in part reflected in the choice of artists on his recent Spacebound Tapes EP that included remixes by Rival Consoles, Throwing Snow, Christian Löffler and Vessels. 2018 also saw the ever forward-moving composer co-write a track with Maribou State for their album Kingdoms In Colour, support Roy Ayers at the Barbican and record a mix for the esteemed Solid Steel series. February 2019 will see the live launch of his new electronic focused project at Ghost Notes, London. Ben Lukas Boysen’s albums Spells and Gravity for Erased Tapes were his first recorded under his own name, but as acclaimed electronic producer HECQ he’s released nine albums since 2003 exploring everything from ambient to breakcore. He has simultaneously established himself as a trusted composer and sound designer, composing for feature films, games, art installations and convention opening titles. Alongside Sebastian Plano, he produced the soundtrack to acclaimed video game Everything in 2017. Listen here

27/2/2019
Dilili a Paris Wins At The César Awards

Michel Ocelot's latest project Dilili a Paris, scored by Gabriel Yared, has been awarded Animated Film at the 2019 César Awards. The film tells the story of Kanak Dilili, who investigates a spate of mysterious kidnappings of young girls that is plaguing Belle Epoque Paris and encounters a series of extraordinary characters in the course of her investigation. Gabriel's soundtrack was released via Sony Masterworks in October 2018, to coincide with the film's initial release. Listen here

22/2/2019
Dirk Maassen Signs To Music Sales

German composer Dirk Maassen has signed to Music Sales. In the 1980s he was member of several bands and projects and started some experimental cross genre productions experimenting with different styles. In the 1990s Dirk toured with his band ‘In Contact’ and released 2 CDs both with them and his other project ‘Unknown Vision’. In 2011 he started playing concerts as solo pianist. Dirk Maassen’s compositions and works have been featured in several film projects so far including the movie "Crossroads" (directed by Katie Smith) which won several awards at Cannes Film festival in 2015. His album, Avalanche, was released in 2018 and produced with Lorenz Dangel (winner of the official German Film Award ‘Deutscher Filmpreis’) and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. ‘Avalanche’ contains unique minimal solo piano works as well as epic symphonic pieces such as ‘Helios’, ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Allewind’. The singles ‘Gravity’, ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Falling Stars’ have been streamed millions of times each. Listen here

22/2/2019
Dylan Henner Releases Debut EP

Newcomer Dylan Henner, who describes his work as ‘bliss-out ambient’, releases his debut EP A Reason For Living through Phantom Limb on 22 February. The album was largely formed during Henner’s travels across India, the Middle East, Morocco, the Americas, South East Asia and Australia as a photographer’s assistant. The album has been described as ‘mesmeric and soaring – a genuine treasure’. Listen here

21/2/2019
The Piano - Live in concert at the Barbican

On Tuesday February 26 the world premiere of a special screening of the 1993 Academy-Award-winning Jane Campion film The Piano will be presented live to the renowned score by Michael Nyman by members of the London Contemporary Orchestra. Don't miss this chance to experience the film in a new, engrossing way, back on the big screen, with live orchestra... More info

8/2/2019
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

4/2/2019
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

23/1/2019
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

10/1/2019
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

10/1/2019
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.

2/1/2019
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

2/1/2019
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

6/12/2018
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

3/12/2018
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

3/12/2018
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

21/11/2018
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.

16/11/2018
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

9/11/2018
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

9/11/2018
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

6/11/2018
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

5/11/2018
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

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