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RIAA: Streaming Revenue Up 8.1%

RIAA: Streaming Revenue Up 8.1%

For the first half of 2016, strong growth in revenues from subscription streaming services more than offset declines in unit based sales of physical and digital music download products, according to the RIAA. Overall revenues at retail increased 8.1% on a year-over-year basis to $3.4 billion, the strongest industry growth since the late 1990’s. At wholesale, […]

Corden Gives Apple a Bite

Corden Gives Apple a Bite

James Corden provided some comedic bite to the ad campaign for Apple Music in a spot that saw him spoofing stars including David Bowie, Pharrel, Slash and the Spice Girls. The commercial premiered during the 68th Annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. The creative was in support of the fact that Apple Music now has 40 million […]

David Bowie, Beat by Beat

David Bowie, Beat by Beat

David Bowie, the artist, defied categorization, though he is most often identified with music. In the catalog of my memory, however, he’s indexed as “showman” (with the qualifier “ultimate”).  I’ve seen dozens of arena rock concerts, mostly forgotten, but David Bowie’s Serious Moonlight tour is permanently etched into my grid. Casting its beam on Philadelphia in July ’83, the show was everything the […]

Music in Media Honors ‘Empire,’ ‘Peanuts,’ Mad Max’

Music in Media Honors ‘Empire,’ ‘Peanuts,’ Mad Max’

The 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards  were handed out on Wednesday November 11th at Hollywood’s historic Fonda Theater, hosted by comedian Ron Pearson. Winner for Original Feature Film Score was Dan Romer for Netflix’s wrenching Beasts of No Nation, about a warlord training a young African orphan to be a guerilla fighter. (Listen to Romer’s Indiewire podcast here.) […]

6th Hollywood Music in Media Awards Tout Diverse Talent

6th Hollywood Music in Media Awards Tout Diverse Talent

The 6th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards announced its nominees, with winners to be revealed at the Henry Fonda Theater on Nov. 11. The yearly event celebrates music in film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers. Organizers tout it as prognosticator for winners in the music categories at the Golden Globe and Academy Awards competitions. From Amy […]

‘Choir Boy’ Falls for Love

‘Choir Boy’ Falls for Love

Former punk icon Courtney Love stars in composer Todd Almond’s stage musical “Kansas City Choir Boy,” which had its West Coast premiere Oct. 19 at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre at the Ahmanson. Almond wrote the music and lyrics and stars with Love in the story of small-town lovers separated by fate. The story unfolds […]

Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

What started out as a warm fuzzy tribute to Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rent has turned into a bit of a musical tussle. The Harbor Lights Theater Company in Staten Island, which just began touting its September 18 through October 4 production was blindsided today by news of another production by the  5th Floor Theatre Company, whose […]

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 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 […]