‘Bridge of Spies’ Music by Thomas Newman

The Steven Spielberg-directed film, starring Tom Hanks and Alan Alda with music composed by Thomas Newman, will be released on October 16. In terms of Spielberg’s dramatic directorial efforts, it is the first collaboration with a composer other than John Williams since 1985’s The Color Purple. It marks Spielberg’s first collaboration with Newman, whose work […]

Mahler Looks to ‘October Sky’

Mahler Looks to ‘October Sky’

Michael Mahler creates the music and lyrics for October Sky, a musical stage production making its world premiere at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where it runs August 26-October 11. Set in 1957, the production is based on the 1999 Universal Pictures film of the same name, about the launch of Sputnik. Mahler, who is represented by […]

2015 World Soundtrack Awards Nominees

2015 World Soundtrack Awards Nominees

Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and Johann Johannsson top the list of nominees in three key World Soundtrack Awards categories. High-profile names on the list of nominees announced by the World Soundtrack Academy today also include Patrick Doyle and John Legend. The first nominees announced will be competing in the categories for Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the […]

‘Outlander’ Rides to Market with 2nd Season One Soundtrack

‘Outlander’ Rides to Market with 2nd Season One Soundtrack

Madison Gate Records will issue “Outlander: Original Television Soundtrack, Vol. 2” on CD and digital formats on September 25.  Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon receive an instant download of an all-new extended version of the series main title theme, “The Skye Boat Song.”  The full-length track was adapted and produced by composer Bear […]

Fans Bite at Apple Music

Fans Bite at Apple Music

Dr. Dre’s album Compton: A Soundtrack had 25 million streams around the world its first week on Apple Music, making the new service a qualified success, according to The New York Times. The album also sold nearly half a million downloads through Apple’s iTunes store, according to the report by Ben Sisario,    

Shakira, Opetaia Foa’i Join Disney Lineup

Shakira, Opetaia Foa’i Join Disney Lineup

Pop star Shakira and New Zealand songwriter Opetaia Foa’i of the band Te Vaka are among the music talent signed for upcoming Disney Animation Studios features. Shakira, who voices the character of Gazelle in the March 2016 Walt Disney release Zootopia,  will record original songs for the film’s soundtrack, it was revealed by the studio at the D23 […]

Debney Weilds ‘Hacksaw’

Debney Weilds ‘Hacksaw’

John Debney will compose the score for the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge, starring Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughan and Andrew  Garfield in a tale of  a WWII American Army medic who refused to kill people and became the first conscientious objector to win a Congressional Medal of Honor. The Lionsgate release is due out in 2016. Debney received […]

Debney and Music of Horner Highlight 5th Transatlantyk Fest

Debney and Music of Horner Highlight 5th Transatlantyk Fest

The 5th Annual Transatlantyk Film Festival held in Poznan, Poland wrapped to critical acclaim. The festival — founded by Oscar-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to gather creative professionals in his native Poland — celebrated film and music, August 7-14. Opening night featured the world’s first tribute concert to honor the memory of composer James Horner, whose June […]

‘Love & Mercy’ Soundtrack Debuts

‘Love & Mercy’ Soundtrack Debuts

Capital Records today drops a global digital release of “Music From Love & Mercy,” a collection of 13-tracks from the summer feature film about “the life, love and genius of Brian Wilson”  that will be released to CD September 18. Songs include “One Kind of Love,” which Beach Boys co-founder Wilson wrote specifically for the film, as […]

Q&A with Shota Nakama

Q&A with Shota Nakama

Shota Nakama is a producer, guitarist, composer, and arranger, best known as founder of the Video Game Orchestra. Born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, Shota’s passion for music grew when he discovered the work of Beethoven, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. After playing with some local ’70s and ’80s rock cover bands as a guitarist, he began […]

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