An ‘Epic’ Journey

An ‘Epic’ Journey

In the 1920s, a nascent radio revolution changed popular culture by offering a new way to disseminate music. In search of new styles and markets, record company executives began reaching out beyond city confines in search of new styles and markets. Traveling the mountains, prairies, rural villages and urban ghettos, this intrepid band of early A&R men discovered a wealth […]

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Shut-Out

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Shut-Out

Martin Phipps, Mac Quayle and Rickey Minor are the only multiple nominees in Emmy’s six dedicated music categories, with two each in a field where more than half the contenders are first-timers. Netflix leads the music race, with 10 entries in five categories, followed by PBS and FX with four each and HBO with three. Phipps earned a solo nomination […]

Soundtracks Led by ‘Moana’ Shine at Mid-Year Mark

Soundtracks Led by ‘Moana’ Shine at Mid-Year Mark

Music from film and stage has performed exceptionally well for the first half of 2017, with Moana, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Hamilton among the top performers, according to tracking from BuzzAngle and Nielsen Music. Both charts reveal music from Disney’s Moana Official Soundtrack  to be the most popular album in total consumption, which includes […]

‘Fair Play’ Gains Momentum on Hill

‘Fair Play’ Gains Momentum on Hill

The addition of 15 bi-partisan co-sponsors to the “Fair Play Fair Pay Act,” H.R. 1836, has managed to create a sense of momentum for the music rights bill, which some feared would be lost amidst the storm of Russian intrigue and eco-unrest on Capitol Hill. Recording Academy Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer Daryl Friedman said […]

Concord Bicycle Buys Imagem

Concord Bicycle Buys Imagem

Concord Bicycle Music has acquired music publishing and theatrical rights company Imagem Music Group, picking up a combination of wordwide and European rights to songs by Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie as well as classic theater works by Rogers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and more. In all the company has picked […]

Major Lazer Gets Rum Deal

Major Lazer Gets Rum Deal

Bacardí has tapped Major Lazer as brand advisers, appointing its DJ Jillionaire the “Minister of Rum,” tapping the group’s new song, “Front of the Line,” written with Jamaica dancehall artist Konshens, for promotional use. The canny cross-promotion has a lot going for it, leveraging the electronic dance trio’s Caribbean musical influences, the party atmosphere of its […]

Twitter Freestyles in Brooklyn

Twitter Freestyles in Brooklyn

Hipster Brooklyn hotspot Freehold has teamed with Twitter on a series of intimate concerts, that are being billed as secret summer sessions. The first of eight unfolds tonight with St. Lucia. Freehold is a mixed-use destination, serving food, offering workspace and operating a bar. Though open to the public, it is also a club that […]

‘Genius’ Illuminates Einstein’s Musical Mind

‘Genius’ Illuminates Einstein’s Musical Mind

Albert Einstein’s passion for music is today a little-known side of the brilliant theoretical physicist, but thanks to the new series Genius, starring Geoffrey Rush, the importance of music in the life of this seminal 20th century figure is getting new emphasis. Promos for the scripted anthology series, which premiered April 25 on the National […]

The Noteworthy Reign of PBS’s ‘Victoria’

The Noteworthy Reign of PBS’s ‘Victoria’

Queen Victoria is on a campaign — for Emmys! Music is foremost among the deserving categories for this UK production from Mammoth Screen for ITV  and PBS Masterpiece. The original compositions by Martin Phipps and Ruth Barrett every bit hold their own with classics from the likes of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin that highlight each episode. In January Dubois […]

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