He’s No. 1: ‘Hitman’ Composer Örvarsson Taps Blues

He’s No. 1: ‘Hitman’ Composer Örvarsson Taps Blues

Icelandic film composer Atli Örvarsson and Australian director Patrick Hughes are an unlikely team to tackle U.S. roots music, but they pull it off, with a blues-themed score for The Hitman’s Bodyguard that combines gospel choirs, a Hammond organ and a wailing electric guitar. “It’s an exploration of jazz and blues and those genres in the context […]

Coker Launches ‘ARK’ in London

Coker Launches ‘ARK’ in London

The open-world dinosaur survival-adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved comes to market sporting a epic orchestral score by Gareth Coker (Minecraft, Ori and the Blind Forest). The soundtrack will be released by game specialty label Sumthing Else Music Works in conjunction with Studio Wildcard on Aug. 29 via digital and streaming outlets worldwide. “Gareth’s mind-blowing sense of melody and uncanny expertise […]

World Soundtrack Awards in Tune with Emmys

World Soundtrack Awards in Tune with Emmys

The first first wave of the 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees includes four of this year’s Emmy nominated composers in the Best TV Composer of the Year category. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Stranger Things, Westworld’s Ramin Djawadi, The Crown’s Rupert Gregson-Williams and Feud’s Mac Quayle made the list. Better Call Saul’s Dave Porter also received a […]

Spotify Secures Warner Deal

Spotify Secures Warner Deal

Spotify has closed a deal with its last major label holdout — Warner Music Group. Media reports emphasized the fact that Spotify would use its full house to power a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Universal signed in April and Sony was reported to have signed last month. “It’s taken us a while […]

LOTR Online Score Unleashed

LOTR Online Score Unleashed

The Lord of the Rings Online game commemorates its 10th anniversary with a HUGEsound Records commemorative soundtrack release, featuring the original music of Chance Thomas. Thomas, whose game scores include James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, packed 26-songs into the double-album release, drawing from his Lord of the Rings work over the past two decades.  “Seeing […]

The Hitman Crooneth

The Hitman Crooneth

Samuel L. Jackson finds his groove in a new commercial from Capital One and as a singer-songwriter with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the new film produced by Millennium and released by Lionsgate. Jackson croons “Let’s Stay Together” for his banking ad, and in the Bodyguard action buddy pic performs his original composition “Nobody Gets Out Alive,” which earned him an ASCAP […]

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 […]