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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

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
The Dustbowl Revival Sign With Music Sales

Music Sales is excited to announce a worldwide administration agreement with the Americana soul band The Dustbowl Revival for all existing and future works. Hailing from Venice Beach, The eight-piece group are recognized for effortlessly fusing New Orleans funk, soul, pre-war blues and roots music; they captivate audiences and critics alike with their energetic, uplifting performances, which led them to earn the title of LA Weekly’s ‘Best Live Band.’. Our administrative deal rides the recent success of Dustbowl’s self-titled, fourth studio album that spent three weeks on the Billboard charts, hitting #1 on Amazon Americana-Alt-Country and #2 on Amazon Folk, in addition to spending four months on the Americana radio chart peaking in the Top 20. 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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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