ASCAP Taps Next Gen Composers

ASCAP Taps Next Gen Composers

The Newman Scoring Stage at Fox has seen plenty of history in the making, and on July 31 it will see the future in the making as 12 young composers participating in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop have the chance to record their original score to picture with a 64-piece orchestra. Now in  its 29th year, the […]

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Spotify and Shazam both released their song of summer picks, and in a show of seasonal solidarity, there is some crossover: Selena Gomez, Sean Mendes, Luis Fonsi and DJ Khaled and Lil Uzi Vert are the five double-entries. Spotify’s list tilts toward rap while Shazam gives pop equal time. “Summertime is the season of sunny weather, good vibes and […]

Dunaif to International Role at ASCAP

Dunaif to International Role at ASCAP

Digital business strategist Tony Dunaif has been named executive vice president and head of international affairs for preforming rights giant ASCAP, reporting to CEO Elizabeth Matthews. In this capacity Dunaif will oversee international business and society relations outside of the United States for ASCAP,  the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers. Dunaif’s appointment is […]

Cooper in SESAC Spotlight

Cooper in SESAC Spotlight

The industry’s most musical attorney, jazzman Jay L. Cooper, will receive the SESAC Visionary Award at the music rights organization’s annual dinner gala this evening in Santa Monica. For more than five decades, Jay Cooper has been recognized as one of the best entertainment lawyers in America, and it is simply an honor to present […]

‘Guardians’ Mix 2 Proves ‘Awesome’

‘Guardians’ Mix 2 Proves ‘Awesome’

Five weeks on the charts and counting, Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack is proving almost as appealing to fans as the original, which went platinum in 2014. To date, it has sold 216,215 copies, according to SoundScan. Based on the success of the Guardians sequel, which opened in theaters May 5, Guardians of the […]

An Elmer Bernstein Celebration

An Elmer Bernstein Celebration

The composer behind films as diverse as The Magnificent Seven and Animal House will be feted on the 95th anniversary of his birth with landmark concerts, in London and Dublin. “Elmer Bernstein: 50 Years of Film Music” will be narrated and conducted by his son Peter Bernstein and narrated and hosted by film director John Landis. The retrospective will celebrate works spanning […]

Billboard Awards Wins Week

Billboard Awards Wins Week

The Billboard Music Awards won the night for ABC on May 21, topping the broadcast ratings, with a 2.6 rating  among adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers overall. That was actually good enough to place the Dick Clark Productions effort in first place for the week, but it was the show’s lowest score in five years. But some of the critics […]

Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Jem Aswad took us back to the day when music journalism was art with his lively, insightful Variety review of the self-titled debut album from One Direction frontman Harry Styles. Written in the “forward-thinking retro” fashion of the album itself, Aswad’s writing is packed with enough information for a pop history lesson, but way more fun to read […]

Bjork in the VRoom

Bjork in the VRoom

Icelandic artist Björk makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on May 30, performing with a 32-piece string orchestra in a sold-out concert conducted by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason. The event is part of the LA Phil’s Reykjavík Festival, highlighting what the organization calls the “profound musical creativity” from Björk’s native land. It also coincides with […]

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