Sony/ATV in Overdrive with VW

Sony/ATV in Overdrive with VW

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has landed four songs in three new Volkswagen spots for its 2018 Tiguan SUV. Electric Light Orchestra’s 1976 classic “Livin’ Thing” kicks off the campaign by the German car manufacturer’s creative agency of record, Deutsch, in the spot “The New King.”  “It’s rare in our industry to work with one publisher for an entire […]

WME Signs with Nielsen Music Connect

WME Signs with Nielsen Music Connect

Nielsen Music has announced an agreement with talent agent giant WME centered on Nielsen’s Music Connect service. Nielsen’s industry-leading reporting and analytics tool will empower WME to most effectively promote and position its high-profile roster of clients and enhance the agency’s ability to identify emerging trends and key consumer segments. The alliance is interesting, in that WME is […]

Bruce Battles Bots on Broadway

Bruce Battles Bots on Broadway

Bruce Springsteen is taking a stand to ensure fans are not subject to extortive scalper pricing for tickets to his intimate Springsteen on Broadway solo shows. As the exclusive sales portal for the Oct. 3 to Nov. 26 run, Ticketmaster Verified Fan is position to screen out middlemen as well as to heighten excitement with […]

‘The Dark Tower’

The Dark Tower, with music by composer Tom Holkenborg, was the number one film for the weekend of Aug. 4, earning $19.5 million for distributor Sony in North America, according to Comscore. The fantasy horror film from the mind of Stephen King the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest […]

Neil Young Goes Digital with Archives Project

Neil Young Goes Digital with Archives Project

Ya gotta hand it to Neil Young, who turned 71 in November, but is not letting technology leave him behind. The folk rocker who sang “rock and roll can never die” is making sure his legacy won’t either, unveiling a career-spanning and comprehensive digital archive project. Coming soon, according to its website, The Neil Young […]

Capital One Puts Green in Pocket of Spotify Listeners

Capital One Puts Green in Pocket of Spotify Listeners

Capital One has teamed with Spotify and Samuel L. Jackson is the man at the mic. Who knew he was such a smooth crooner with the moves like Al Green? Delivering the soul man’s sultry “Let’s Stay Together” with an appealing blend of smoldering sensuality and snappy capitalism. This was essentially the vocal performance debut of Jackson, […]

Biggie, Tupac Relaunch A+E’s ‘Biography’ Banner

Biggie, Tupac Relaunch A+E’s ‘Biography’ Banner

The tumultuous lives and tragic deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls are the centerpiece of A&E’s Biography relaunch, which premieres Sept. 4  with the three -hour The Life of Notorious B.I.G., followed later in the season by the 6-part limited series Who Killed Tupac? Shakur was gunned down on the streets of Las Vegas on […]

Niche Vinyl a Collector’s Market

Niche Vinyl a Collector’s Market

The music industry is in the midst of a vinyl boom, with platter LP sales in 2016 notching a 28-year high. While typical favorites like Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen are popular turnstile favorites, niche recordings of scores for video games and anime films have become collectible, with labels like Mondo, Tiger Lab and Patient Sounds releasing […]

Junkie XL Gets ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

Junkie XL Gets ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

Tom Holkenborg, the Dutch composer and DJ better known as Junkie XL, has got the score for Paramount’s feature reboot on the Laura Croft Tomb Raider franchise. The film, which stars Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Jason Bourne) is set for a March 2018 release. It is directed by U.S. newcomer Roar Uthaug of Norway, whose only stateside release of […]