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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

19/12/2017
Music Sales Enter Into Deal With Povl Kristian

Music Sales have signed a deal to publish a number of existing works by Povl Kristian Mortensen, better known as Povl Kristian, a Danish score composer, producer and musician. He is known for his work in the media world, including Pusher starring Mads Mikkelsen and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (who went on to direct Drive) and the award-winning corporate film We Are Maersk directed by Christoffer Boe. Listen here

19/12/2017
League Of Gentlemen Returns

Popular dark comedy series League Of Gentlemen has returned to BBC2 for three anniversary specials, broadcasting on the 18th, 19th and 20th December. The series uses the original titles music by Joby Talbot and features reworkings by composer Jeremy Holland-Smith of many of Joby's themes from the original series. Watch here

8/12/2017
Music Sales On Elvis Christmas Album

Music Sales are delighted to have several compositions featured on the new Elvis Presley Christmas album, Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Released by RCA Records, the album features works from his previous releases Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) and Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas (1971), re-imagined with exquisite new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman and recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2, Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra follows in the phenomenal worldwide success of 2015's If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and last year's The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which have jointly sold in excess of 2 million copies. Listen here

8/12/2017
The Crown Season 2 Featuring Music Sales

The second series of critically acclaimed drama The Crown returns to Netlfix on December 8th, featuring a number of Music Sales works across the 10 episodes. Eagerly anticipated following the success of the first series in 2016, the programme covers the period between 1956 and 1964 and promises to be compulsive viewing over the coming weeks.

4/12/2017
Dan Michaelson Releasing First Light

Dan Michaelson will release his new solo album First Light through The state51 Conspiracy on 8th December. Michaelson’s first album away from his band The Coastguards since 2011, First Light has been described by Uncut as ‘a fully realized collection of beautiful songs’, drawing comparisons to Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen and Richard Hawley. Working closely with orchestral arranger Arnulf Lindner, aka Skeleton Key, the new album focuses on the every day first moment of consciousness before past, future, cynicism and memory come into focus. Though considered by Michaelson to be "the most unpleasant moment of any day" the opportunity to write at this time became the working practice for the record and, as the writing progressed, reflection on those moments informed the songs further. As well as soundtracking the third season of the BAFTA-winning BBC series Detectorists, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, Michaelson is currently scoring Stephanie Wang-Breal's feature length documentary Blowin' Up, the story of an innovative human trafficking court in Queens, N.Y, the film follows the compassionate judge who runs it and the women who pass through its doors every day. Listen here

1/12/2017
Music Sales Spotify Advent Calendar

Join Music Sales over on Spotify as we get into the Christmas spirit with our musical advent calendar. Every day in the run up to December 25th we'll be adding a festive favourite to our playlist. Listen here

1/12/2017
Matt Emery's Empire Remixes Out Now

Matt Emery has released a new EP on Injazero Records, featuring 5 remixes of works from his Empire album. Contributors to the release include Robot Koch, Turtle, Ambassadeurs and Ed Carlsen. Listen here

30/11/2017
Music Sales At Sundance Film Festival 2018

The feature films selected for 2018 Sundance Film Festival have been announced and we are delighted that American Animals scored by Anne Nikitin and Puzzle scored by Dustin O'Halloran are in the line-up. American Animals is written and directed by Bart Layton who won a BAFTA Award for his documentary The Imposter which Nikitin also scored; it stars Evan Peter and Barry Keoghan and is in the US Dramatic Competition. Puzzle is directed by Marc Turtletaub, stars Kelly Macdonald and is in the Premiere category. The full line-up can be found at sundance.org.

24/11/2017
New Music From Tom Elliot Morris

Tom Elliot Morris has released new EP West Of Whenever, a short collection of songs recorded live at home and in one take. The limited release comprises 34 copies on black vinyl style CDr, each with original artwork. West Of Whenever follows Tom's other recent release, Your Other Self, which came out in June 2017 and comprised the same recording strategy as the new EP - live one-takes. Listen here

20/11/2017
Dion Signs With Music Sales

American singer-songwriter Dion DiMucci has signed an exclusive deal with Music Sales to represent his back catalogue through to current day projects. Known to most as Dion, his music encompasses elements of doo-wop, rock, R&B and blues, both in his solo career and with the Belmonts and the Del Satins. Since the 1950s, Dion has had 39 top 40 hits and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Listen here

20/11/2017
Damien Leith Signs To Music Sales

Music Sales Creative is excited to announce the signing of Damien Leith to a worldwide music publishing deal with Embassy Music Publishing. First capturing the hearts of Australians in 2006 when Damien won his season of Australian Idol, his warmth, talent, and hard work propelled Damien from strength to strength. In a little over a decade, Damien has found great success as a singer, songwriter, producer, author, playwright and TV host, both in Australia and internationally. The multi-ARIA award winner has enjoyed platinum-selling albums, with two of his albums reaching #1 on the ARIA Charts (Where We Land and The Winner’s Journey). This year, Damien won a Golden Guitar for his song co-written with Travis Collins, ‘Call me Crazy’ and has also been the recipient of other awards at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards and the Helpmann Awards. Damien’s songs have been chosen to appear in several commercials and television shows, including his song, ‘Beautiful’, accompanying a global Estee Lauder advertising campaign and Not Just for the Weekend, being the theme song for the television series, Saving Kids – a show that Damien also hosted. The prolific singer-songwriter has released seven critically acclaimed albums. Not shy of a collaboration, at his Sydney studio (www.damienleithrecordingstudio.com) Damien has written with countless songwriters including Dean Lewis, Ilan Kidron, Adam Harvey, Travis Collins, Missy Lancaster, Dami Im, Demi Louise, Marlisa, Bella Ferraro, Will Singe, Allan Casswell, Amber Lawrence, Ciaran Gribbon, Andy Brown, Diana Rouvas and Chris Rose.

13/11/2017
Guy Farley Scores Waitrose Christmas Advert

Guy Farley has scored the 2017 Waitrose Christmas campaign, reworking the festive favourite ‘Carol Of The Bells’ to create a magical soundtrack. The spot, titled ‘Snowed In’, tells the story of villagers who gather for a drink on Christmas morning at a remote pub in the Yorkshire Dales but when a snowstorm hits they must pull together for an unconventional holiday meal. As the film aims to promote the spirit of the community at Christmastime, Waitrose will also be creating "community tables" in many of its cafes to invite customers to join others at shared tables with a nationwide competition launching online on 13 November will offer people a chance to win one of five feasts for their community group, catered by well-known names from the food industry. Watch here

9/11/2017
Detectorists Returns With Music From Dan Michaelson

BAFTA-winning British comedy series Detectorists returned to BBC4 this week with new music provided by Dan Michaelson. Written and directed by Mackenzie Crook, the series is set in the fictional small town of Danebury in northern Essex and the plot revolves around the lives, loves and detecting ambitions of Andy and Lance, members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club (DMDC).

8/11/2017
BBC's Howards End Scored By Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly has composed the soundtrack for the BBC miniseries Howards End. Based on the 1910 novel of the same name written by E. M. Forster and adapted by Kenneth Lonergan, the series has been directed by Hettie Macdonald and stars Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfayden and Tracey Ullman. The four-parter airs on BBC1 from November 13th and U.S. viewers can catch the show on Starz.

7/11/2017
Guy Farley Co-Writes New Tokio Myers Album

Guy Farley has continued his long-term collaboration with Britain's Got Talent winner Tokio Myers by co-writing a number of tracks on Tokio's forthcoming debut album Our Generation. The album will be released on November 17, preceded by current single 'Baltimore'. Listen here

31/10/2017
Hollywood Music In Media Awards 2017

Congratulations to all of our composers shortlisted for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards, which will be hosted on November 16th in Los Angeles. Jeff Beal and Philip Glass are both nominated in the Original Score Documentary category for their music in Boston (Kennedy/Marshall Co/LA Roma Films) and Jane (National Geographic/Abramorama) respectively, whilst Dustin O'Halloran is nominated in the Original Score - TV Show / Limited Series category for his continued work in Amazon's Transparent. Anne Nikitin features on the shortlist for Original Score - Independent Film for her soundtrack to This Beautiful Fantastic, directed by Simon Aboud. Full list of nominees available here

25/10/2017
Dan Michaelson Returns With Old Kisses

Dan Michaelson has returned with the release of 'Old Kisses', the first track to be taken from his forthcoming album First Light. The album is due out in December 2017 through The state51 Conspiracy. Listen here

25/10/2017
Philip Glass Scores Jane

Philip Glass has composed the music for Jane, a documentary about trailblazing chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall for National Geographic. The film, directed by Brett Morgan (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck), premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and chronicles the pioneering and tenacious life of Goodall, who left her home in England in 1960 to live in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to study and research the little-known habits and behaviors of the chimpanzee population. In November 2017, Philip Glass's musicfor Jane won for best Original Score - Documentary at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards.

25/10/2017
Dustin O'Halloran Scores New Bose Campaign

Dustin O'Halloran has scored the new campaign for audio equipment specialist Bose. Directed by Miles Jay, the campaign is comprised of four films entitled Young, Bliss, Hope and Alive, all of which are available to view online now. The ads form part of a fully integrated TV-led campaign by Grey London, shot in Vancouver. The campaign will run until Christmas in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Watch here

20/10/2017
Volker Bertelmann Scores Gunpowder

Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) has composed the music for new BBC One series, Gunpowder, which airs from October 21st. The historical drama explores the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and stars Kit Harrington as Robert Catesby, the man who was ultimately responsible for the plot. The series comprises three episodes, with the final episode broadcast on November 5th to coincide with Guy Fawkes night as celebrated in the UK.

13/10/2017
Dog In The Snow Releasing Debut Album

Dog In The Snow, signed via our agreement with Battle Worldwide / Aim Low, release their debut album Consume Me on October 20th. The alias of singer-songwriter Helen Brown, Dog In The Snow will be supporting the release with a string of dates across the UK in October and November. Listen here

10/10/2017
Jack Carty Signs To Music Sales

Jack Carty has signed a global music publishing deal with Embassy Music Publishing. This signing comes hot on the heels of the appointment by Managing Director, Jane English, of Larry Heath as the A&R Manager of the Music Sales Australia companies. Carty’s story stands as testament to the power of great songs, great stories, grassroots determination and a spellbinding live show; cementing his reputation as a writer and performer of incredible depth and imagination. It’s been a big few years for the award winning, critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter. Following the release of four full-length albums and two EPs; extensive national and international touring; appearances at SXSW, Primavera and Canadian Music Week; co-writes with the likes of Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic), Josh Pyke & Katie Noonan; a national MusicOz award for Acoustic Singer-Songwriter of the year; and a biannual APRA Professional Development Award in the Popular Contemporary Category; Carty has recently relocated to the UK to write, release and tour from his base in the Cotswolds. In the midst of all this, Carty decided to start his own label and release an album he produced, performed and recorded entirely himself in a tiny apartment in Brisbane’s Red Hill. The result was "Home State", one of Rhythms Magazine's Top 10 albums of 2016. It debuted at #1 on the AIR …Independent album chart and #36 on the ARIA Album Chart. Such was the stir the album caused on home soil that it was picked up for release in the UK by Gilded Lily/Absolute. Listen here

9/10/2017
New Music From Peter Gregson

On October 20, critically-acclaimed composer and cellist Peter Gregson will release Quartets: Two, featuring four previously unreleased tracks performed by Warren Zielinski, Magdalena Filipczak, Laurie Anderson and Richard Harwood. The EP is the follow-up to Peter's Quartets: One, which was released in July; lead single 'The Day Before' was described by iTunes as 'a mesmerising sound picture'. Listen here

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