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Record Deals of the Future

Record Deals of the Future

Coverage by Tim Ingham of Music Business Worldwide of a U.K. panel discussion featuring label and legal bigwigs touches on some excellent points, including the effort to negotiate a 50/50 royalty split with artists, the ability to contract for limited-time use of creative product in a label’s catalog and the reality of YouTube: “the biggest way […]

Arab News on ‘Star Wars’ Music

Arab News on ‘Star Wars’ Music

It’s a testament to the global power of the Star Wars franchise that ArabNews.com features a glowing profile of composer John Williams and his cross-cultural influence (okay, it was in its “offbeat news” section, but still, they couldn’t resist!). The piece spotlights conductors from the Ohio and Atlanta symphony orchestras, who have or will be […]

Maxim’s 20 Best Music Movies

Maxim’s 20 Best Music Movies

Because “musicians and bands are among the best selection of folks to watch from afar,” Maxim compiled a list of its Top 20 favorite music films. Spanning all genres, you’ll find the expected crowd-pleasers like Walk the Line and La Bamba with off-the-wall selections like Sid and Nancy, a Beastie Boys concert film and the 1968 […]

Scary Movie Music

Scary Movie Music

Eleven scary movies made even scarier by scary music — “shrieking violins, plaintive cellos, and spooky percussive sounds” — is an apt subject for an article on All Hallows Eve,  so our thanks to WQRX, the New York City classical station for their spooky movie music roundup. Remember Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and the creepiness […]

Laurie Anderson Makes a Scene

Laurie Anderson Makes a Scene

“Monumental” is key descriptor used by The New Yorker magazine in describing Laurie Anderson’s “Habeas Corpus,” an art installation that filled the Park Avenue Armory with audio-visual stiumuli. Although the exhibit was only up for three days at the beginning of October, you can experience it almost as if you were there, courtesy of Alex […]

Vidgames Resuscitate Classical Music

Vidgames Resuscitate Classical Music

The Wall Street Journal has discovered the phenomenon of video game music-themed orchestral concerts, lending legitimacy to the phenomenon as it marveled about the fact that more than 5,000 concertgoers purchased tickets to see the “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” when it stopped at the Barclays Center in New York City on […]

Political Smackdown Over ‘Eye of the Tiger’

Political Smackdown Over ‘Eye of the Tiger’

The L.A. Times reports that “Eye of the Tiger” songwriters with the band Survivor are outraged over the tune’s use at a political event in Grayson, KY, involving fresh-from-jail public servant Kim Davis and former Arkansas governor and erstwhile Fox News personality Mike Huckabee.  The song was popularized as the theme to the 1976 film […]

U.K. Classical Charts Rupture Over ‘Rapture’

U.K. Classical Charts Rupture Over ‘Rapture’

The video game score for “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture” was listed, then yanked, from the U.K.’s “Official Classical Albums Chart,” after it was said to be “ineligible” and included in error. This due not to lack of sales, but to the fact that “soundtracks performed by single and various artists are ineligible.” The move prompted a Twitter tirade, […]

‘Star Wars’ Top 15 Music Moments

‘Star Wars’ Top 15 Music Moments

Sci-fans and music lovers alike can rejoice in this compendium put together by Blastr’s Lisa Granshaw, celebrating the Top 15 Musical Moments From Star Wars Movies and TV Shows. On the momentum of anticipation that built over the “32 long years since we last saw our heroes on the big screen in Return of the Jedi,” […]

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,