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5/4/2018
The City & The City Music Supervised By Lucy Bright

Lucy Bright, Director of Music Sales Creative, has music supervised the new BBC2 series The City & The City. Based on the novel by British author China Miéville, the alternative reality crime-drama begins with a dead body found at Bulkya Docks, on the border between Beszel and Ul Qoma - two cities with a division like no other. The show was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Tom Shankland; it airs from April 6th. More info

3/4/2018
Luke Elliot Releasing New Single

On April 20th, Luke Elliot releases his new single 'I Love You (All The Way)'. The track precedes Luke's sophomore full-length album, due out later this year. Listen here

3/4/2018
C.Diab Releases Exit Rumination

Exit Rumination is the sophomore LP from Vancouver's C. Diab, released on March 30th via Injazero Records. Walking the line between ambient and post-rock, the album is a meditative sound exploration for bowed guitar, trumpet, and subtle tape manipulations. Listen here

3/4/2018
Zeal & Ardor Return With 'Gravedigger's Chant'

Creative firebrand Manuel Gagneux has returned with a brand new Zeal & Ardor single. ‘Gravedigger's Chant’ was released on March 30th and serves as an omen of what's to come from his forthcoming second Zeal & Ardor album, Stranger Fruit, which will be available in June. With its haunting refrain of "bring the dead body down", ‘Gravedigger's Chant’ takes listeners on someone's final journey. Manuel intones, "The gravedigger's chant is the song sung by the people who lay your body to rest. These people don't care where you were, but they know what you did and who loved you. All they know is what lies before them. So they sing this song, since you can no longer breathe a note." Listen here

22/3/2018
Nico Muhly and Jocelyn Pook nominated for 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards

The nominations for the 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards have been announced and the shortlist for Original Score features two programmes with original scores by Music Sales composers: Howards End Produced by Playground Entertainment for BBC OneOriginal score by Nico Muhly King Charles III Produced by Drama Republic for BBC TwoOriginal score by Jocelyn Pook The full list of nominations can be found here. In addition to these projects, our music has also been featured in The Crown, Detectorists, Gunpowder, and The State.

22/3/2018
Gabriel Yared Re-Signs To Music Sales

Chester Music has signed a new long-term publishing agreement with Gabriel Yared and has also acquired the back catalogue of scores in his Yad Music and Deva Music companies. Included in this agreement are scores to films such as A Royal Affair, Autumn in New York, Betty Blue, Breaking and Entering, Camille Claudel, Coco Chanel et Igor Stravinsky, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) and most recently The Happy Prince, directed and starring Rupert Everett. Yared scored four films with the much-missed director Anthony Minghella; he won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy for his score to The English Patient. In addition he has received two ASCAP awards and has twice been awarded the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music from BAFTA. At the present time he is working with the Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Tom at the Farm, It’s Only the End of the World and the upcoming The Death and Life of John F Donovan). Listen here

15/3/2018
A Winged Victory For The Sullen Return For Erased Tapes Anniversary

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, record label Erased Tapes have released 1+1=X, a set of exclusive music from every artist on the label. The album is unique in that all the tracks were recorded at Vox-Ton – one of the few studios that still allows artists to record fully analogue. A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the collaboration between Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, have come together to create a new track for the album, ‘Long May It Sustain’, which is available to listen to now. Listen now

12/3/2018
Joel Cadbury Scores Winged Bull In The Elephant Case

Joel Cadbury has scored the latest Performance Live project for BBC Two, Winged Bull In The Elephant Case, which airs on March 17th. During World War II, the National Gallery's art collection was taken for safekeeping to Snowdonia. Winged Bull In The Elephant Case dramatises the journey of a lost painting that takes human form, as it strives, with help from its friends, to get back to the National Gallery. Combining extraordinary dance forms, filmed underground and in London's National Gallery, this immersive performance for the screen questions how far we should go to preserve our cultural heritage in the face of violence and aggression. Introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill, the projects features choreography by Wayne McGregor, with additional choreography by Charlotte Edmonds, Botis Seva and Bonetics, performed by Company Wayne McGregor, Alessandra Ferri, Bonetics, and Far From The Norm. In addition to Joel’s music, there are performances by pianist Joanna MacGregor and cellist Tunde Jegede, and spoken word performed by Isaiah Hull. More info

8/3/2018
2018 Tribeca Film Festival

The feature film line-up for the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival was announced March 8th and includes films featuring music by a number of Music Sales composers. Blowin’ Up – directed and written by Stephanie Wang-Breal, with original score by Dan Michaelson The Serengeti Rules – directed and written by Nicolas Brown, with original score by Anne Nikitin Woman Walks Ahead – directed by Susanna White, written by Steven Knight, with original score by George Fenton McQueen – directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, written by Peter Ettedgui, with original score by Michael Nyman For more information, please see here

27/2/2018
Hold The Sunset Uses 'Have I The Right' As Titles

New BBC sitcom Hold The Sunset features our composition 'Have I The Right' by The Honeycombs as its opening theme music. Written by Charles McKeown, the series stars as Alison Steadman and John Cleese as a pair of old friends rekindling their romance against a backdrop of family complications.

26/2/2018
yndi halda releases ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’

Post-rock band yndi halda have returned with their latest track ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’. This follows their 2016 release Under Summer and precedes their North American tour, taking place over the next two months. yndi halda will also be playing Portals Festival in London on 16-17 June 2018. Listen here

26/2/2018
Music Sales Partners With Phantom Limb

Music Sales has partnered with new label management company Phantom Limb in a deal which sees us represent their publishing rights on a worldwide basis. The company, founded by James Vella, offers a range of services across label management, live music, and publishing across the UK and Europe for independent records companies who release ‘exciting, affecting and innovative music’. Vella said in a recent interview ‘I know how expensive, energy-draining and time-consuming it is to set up a foreign territory office as an independent label. Phantom Limb offers labels the solution to that.’ Phantom Limb currently includes Hirola, Andy Nice and Richard Skelton within its roster. Listen here

26/2/2018
Civilisations Coming To BBC2

On March 1st, the BBC launches its new art history television series Civilisations, with original music from Tandis Jenhudson. A follow-up to the original 1969 landmark series Civilisation by Kenneth Clark, the nine-part show is hosted by Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga, offering a global perspective on the role that art has played in shaping civilisations across the world. Produced by Nutopia and with input from The Open University, the series was filmed across 31 countries and is supported by an AR app, podcast and festival taking place in museums, libraries, archives and galleries. The soundtrack also features numerous commercial works from the Music Sales catalogue. More info

26/2/2018
James Jones’ Principia Available Now

James Jones’ debut album Principia was released on Friday 2nd March. The post-classical collection consists of twelve pieces for orchestra, each inspired by a different creative figure from history, including Sir Isaac Newton, WB Yeats, Dylan Thomas and Archimedes. James is best known as a media and theatre composer, with previous credits including Touching The Wild and Three Day Nanny. Listen here

16/2/2018
Critically-Acclaimed Call Me By Your Name Features John Adams’ Works

Two Music Sales’ works have been included in the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated coming of age romance Call Me By Your Name. The film, based on a novel by André Aciman and directed by Luca Guadagnino, tells the story of seventeen-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) who begins a relationship with his father’s visiting research assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). The film features two Music Sales-controlled works by John Adams - ‘China Gates’ and ‘Phrygian Gates’.

8/2/2018
Sam Watts Releases Cypher

On February 23rd, Sam Watts will release his sophomore solo album Cypher. The 8-track release was never intended to be an album - it started out as a trial of a new virtual instrument - Keyscape by Spectrasonics. Sam was so impressed by the impressive library of keyboard instruments that he was inspired to create an entire album in a new, more minimalist and contemporary style. As the title suggests, the album explores the idea of numbers and codes. Sam noted that 'each track is composed of blocks of musical ideas that are repeated, moved around and manipulated, or of a single idea or repeating chord pattern that I explore through texture and rhythm. Tetralogy I and II also explore how multiple instruments can combine to create patterns – many of the “heard” melodies and bass lines are actually a combination of several instruments. Using more than one at a time gave me almost infinite sound options to explore and this kind of versatility is what drew me to Keyscape in the first place, and what turned Cypher from a test track into a complete album.' Listen here

5/2/2018
Music Sales Represents NMC Recordings

Music Sales have signed a deal with award-winning classical label NMC Recordings to represent their master recordings throughout the world. NMC Recordings is a registered charity record label devoted to the promotion of contemporary classical music from the British Isles. The label has a catalogue of over 250 albums, showcasing the highest artistic standards and works of the best of Britain's emerging and established composers, including Michael Nyman, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Benjamin Britten to name just a few. They are unrivalled in their dedication to promoting and preserving new music and buliding a permanent legacy to inspire generations to come. Listen here

31/1/2018
Oliver Davis Releases New Album, Liberty

Oliver Davis has released his new album Liberty through Signum Records. This is his fourth release and was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Bateman. The disc features a variety of works for strings and strings and piano, as well as a work for soprano, string trio and piano with soprano soloist Grace Davidson. Listen here

23/1/2018
Towers of London Represented By Music Sales

London-based punk rock band, Towers of London, have signed to Wine and Song Music, the publishing arm of Music Alternatives, who are sub-published by Music Sales. In 2017, the band released the single ‘Shot in the Dark’ – their first new music since 2009, preceding an album due out later this year. The second single from the album, ‘Superbowl’, was released in January 2018, along with a music video. Watch here

16/1/2018
Music Sales At The 2018 BAFTAs

The nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Awards have been announced and the shortlist features a number of films including either original music by Music Sales composers or tracks published by Music Sales. Details are as follows: God’s Own Country Nominated for: Outstanding British Film Get Out Features ‘Run Rabbit Run’ by Noel Gay and Ralph Butler Nominated for: Original Screenplay and Leading Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) Call Me By Your Name Features 'China Gates' and 'Phrygian Gates' by John adamsNominated for: Best Film, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Leading Actor (Timothée Chalamet) Film Starts Don’t Die In Liverpool Features ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ by Janice Johnson and Parry Kibble Nominated for: Adapted Screenplay, Leading Actress (Annette Bening), and Leading Actor (Jamie Bell) All The Money In The World Features ‘Troviamoci Domani A Portofino’ by Ferdinando Buscaglione and Matteo Chiosso Nominated for: Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer) Jane Features original score by Philip Glass Nominated for: Documentary An Inconvenient Sequel Features original score by Jeff Beal Nominated for: Documentary Full list of nominations can be found here. Get Out and All The Money In The World have also been nominated for the 2018 Oscars in the Best Actor, Directing, Best Picture, and Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor categories, respectively. In addition, Call Me By Your Name has been nominated for Best Actor, Original Song, Bester Picture and Adapted Screenplay. A full list of nominations can be found here.

10/1/2018
Andy Price Scores Silent Witness

Andy Price has composed the soundtrack for the latest series of Silent Witness on BBC. Now entering its 21st season, Silent Witness has become the world’s longest-running crime drama and currently stars Emilia Fox, David Caves, Liz Carr and Richard Lintern. The latest series airs on BBC1 from January 8th and will be available to stream on the BBC iPlayer until mid-March.

9/1/2018
The End of the F***ing World On C4 And Netflix

Critically acclaimed comedy-drama series The End of the F***ing World is available to watch now on Channel 4 and Netflix, featuring a number of songs from the Music Sales catalogue. Based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman, the eight-part series follows James, a 17-year-old who is believably psychopathic, and Alyssa, a rebellious classmate who sees in James a chance to escape from her tumultuous home life. The soundtrack has drawn interest from audiences and industry commentators alike, featuring songs such as 'Laughing On The Outside' by Bernadette Carroll, 'Have You Ever Loved Someone' by The Vocaleers and 'Never' by Larry Chance & the Earls. Listen here

2/1/2018
Lucy Bright Supervises McMafia

Music Sales’ Lucy Bright has music supervised the new drama series from Cuba Pictures, McMafia, which made its debut this week on BBC 1. Inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book of the same name, the eight-parter stars James Norton as the British-raised son of a Russian mafia boss trying to escape the ties of organised crime. The first episode, shown on New Year’s Day, drew in over 5.6m viewers. Watch here

2/1/2018
Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable On Netflix

The documentary covering Damien Hirst’s 2017 exhibition, Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable, is available on Netflix now – complete with original score by Anne Nikitin. The film charts the story behind what Hirst describes as his "most ambitious and complex project to date"; the exhibition, which was displayed across 5,000 square metres at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana galleries in Venice, tells the story of the ancient wreck of a vast ship called the ‘Unbelievable’. Watch here

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