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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 […]

Big Score: Fincher Plucks Obscure Jason Hill as ‘Mindhunter’ Composer

Big Score: Fincher Plucks Obscure Jason Hill as ‘Mindhunter’ Composer

Unknown yesterday, Jason Hill has landed in the Hollywood music mix with a bang, landing composer duties on David Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter, premiering Oct. 13. Multi-instrumentalist Hill has spent the past 15 years kicking around the rock scene, performing with members of The Killers and The New York Dolls in various configurations, led his […]

‘Fair Play’ Gains Momentum on Hill

‘Fair Play’ Gains Momentum on Hill

The addition of 15 bi-partisan co-sponsors to the “Fair Play Fair Pay Act,” H.R. 1836, has managed to create a sense of momentum for the music rights bill, which some feared would be lost amidst the storm of Russian intrigue and eco-unrest on Capitol Hill. Recording Academy Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer Daryl Friedman said […]

Cooper Counts Industry PROs and Cons

Cooper Counts Industry PROs and Cons

The music industry has enjoyed a revenue surge, but artists are making half what they did in 2000, attorney Jay Cooper pointed out in the  “best of times, worst of times” opener to his SESAC Visionary Award acceptance speech. Cooper — who helped found Greenberg Traurig’s West Coast entertainment practice and has an enviable portfolio […]

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 […]

‘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 […]