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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam Watts To Release Reflections

On October 12 Sam Watts will release his latest album, Reflections. Sam says of Reflections that it began life in 2006, when he composed ‘Dan & Lizzie’ for his brother’s wedding. This was followed in 2012 with the creation of ‘String Quartet No.1’. During the writing process of his first album, Sam so enjoyed working with the musicians that he began work on another album simultaneously, which spawned ‘Abundant Life’ and the inspiration for ‘String Quartet No.2’. The three-movement work for piano and string quartet that completes the album, ‘Reflections’, was a natural successor to all of these. Sam has described the album as ‘A culmination of many years, I hope my love of strings comes through in the music on Reflections; after all, that’s what made this album such a joy to write and record’. Listen here

Tandis Jenhudson Releases Civilisations Soundtrack

Tandis Jenhudson has released the soundtrack for BBC programme Civilisations. The British art history television documentary series aired earlier this year, as a follow-up to the original 1969 landmark series Civilisation by Kenneth Clark. It is presented and narrated by Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga. While Clark's original Civilisation focused on the influence of western European art, the 2018 follow-up presented a global perspective on the role that art has played in shaping civilisations across the world, filming across 6 continents, in 31 countries. Listen here

William Fitzsimmons Releases Mission Bell

American singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons will release his latest album, Mission Bell, on September 21st via Groenland Records. The record chronicles the last year of his life, particularly his separation from his second wife. Deploying his characteristic combination of folk music and electronica, the songs tells stories of betrayal, but also reconciliation and forgiveness. Listen here

Peter Gregson scores Boundless

Peter Gregson has scored the soundtrack for the new video game Boundless, produced and published by Wonderstruck for Playstation 4 and PC. Boundless is set in an enormous multiplatform multiplayer online world where players can explore a vast series of proceedurally-generated worlds where their every choice will have an impact on their environment.

New Nike Ad Soundtracked By Dustin O'Halloran

Dustin O'Halloran's 'We Move Lightly' is the featured composition within Nike’s Dream Crazy advertisement, narrated by NFL athlete and humanitarian Colin Kaepernick. Created for the 30th anniversary of the 'Just Do It' campaign, the powerful ad highlights inspirational stories of various athletes succeeding against all odds, including cameos from Serena Williams and LeBron James. For more on Dustin O'Halloran and 'We Move Lightly', read Digital Music News's story about the Nike ad here. Watch here

Debut Hekla LP Out Now

Icelandic theremin musician Hekla Magnusdottir releases her debut album Á on September 14th, via Phantom Limb. A combination of the traditional theremin sound and neo-classical ambience, the LP extends from the throbbing, apocalyptic dread of 'Muddle' to the baroque beauty of traditional Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himna Smi∂ur'. The album title - Á - is similarly multifaceted in Hekla's native Icelandic: "a river is an á and also it means ouch like when you hurt yourself, and also when you put something on top of something you put it á (on) something." Listen here

Craig Armstrong Releases Sun On You

Award-winning film composer Craig Armstong has released his new album Sun On You via Decca Records. The album consists of 16 tracks for piano and strings. Armstrong said of the release 'when composing I felt strongly that each composition gave me, the ensemble, and the listener a chance to reflect. The unhurried nature of the pieces gives a sense of time standing still. I think I wanted the pieces to reflect a quietness and stillness.' He plays the piano on all the tracks on the album and is accompanied by the Scottish Ensemble, the UK's leading string orchestra. Listen here

Albecq Releases A Distant Guiding Sun

London-based collective Albecq has released their debut album, A Distant Guiding Sun. The ensemble comprises of Angus MacRae, Thom Robson and Music Sales composer James Jones. The album consists of seven tracks of unhurried, free-flowing soundscapes created with a range of vintage synths. Listen here

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