Television

Minor Miracle in Music Direction Emmy Category

Minor Miracle in Music Direction Emmy Category

Rickey Minor has won the Emmy for music direction for the epic ABC special Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America, with rapper Common taking the trophy for music and lyrics for the song “Letter to the Free” at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Saturday night. In an extremely competitive category, […]

Zimmer and Balfe Unveil Next ‘Musical Genius’

Zimmer and Balfe Unveil Next ‘Musical Genius’

Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe have found a new way to showcase their musical genius, by selecting the winners of the “Show Us Your Musical Genius” challenge. The contest, presented by NatGeo, Fox 21, Milan Records and hosted by indi.com, had participatants submit their own interpretations of Zimmer and Balfe’s Emmy-nominated main title theme for the […]

MTV VMAs Ratings Down

MTV VMAs Ratings Down

The 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards took a 16 percent dip among viewers 18-34 demo, scoring a 4.46 rating and about 6 million viewers on Sunday. That’s a smaller  decline than the 34 percent nosedive of 2016, when 6.5 million 18-34 viewers tuned in, for an overall 5.33 rating. Last year, network parent Viacom touted […]

The Heavenly Sounds of USA’s ‘Sinner’

The Heavenly Sounds of USA’s ‘Sinner’

The underscore to heaven is easy to conjure, but who knows the sound of sin? Ronit Kirchman is the perfect composer to find out. The classically trained multi-instrumentalist is also a music producer, singer and songwriter, providing a range of perspectives and a full repertoire of skills to the sonic design of The Sinner, whose focal point is […]

An ‘Epic’ Journey

An ‘Epic’ Journey

In the 1920s, a nascent radio revolution changed popular culture by offering a new way to disseminate music. In search of new styles and markets, record company executives began reaching out beyond city confines in search of new styles and markets. Traveling the mountains, prairies, rural villages and urban ghettos, this intrepid band of early A&R men discovered a wealth […]

Emmy News: Music Nominees React

Emmy News: Music Nominees React

  From the Mississippi Delta to monarchical Victorian England, this year’s crop of Emmy music nominees are a diverse group who share one thing in common: outstanding work that has been recognized in the eyes of their peers. MaxTheTrax reached out to nominees across a broad range of music functions, from composers to lyricists, music […]

Music Shows Hit Tech Marks

Music Shows Hit Tech Marks

NBC’s The Voice, Hairspray Live! and Hulu’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week are among the music shows packing a big Emmy presence outside the composing categories. The singing competition show was the big standout with nine nominations as it heads into its thirteenth season, while the John Waters tuner about racial tolerance in the ’60s styled seven, including technical direction for […]

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ No-Show

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ No-Show

Martin Phipps, Mac Quayle and Rickey Minor are the only multiple nominees in Emmy’s six dedicated music categories, with two each in a field where more than half the contenders are first-timers. Netflix leads the music race, with 10 entries in five categories, followed by PBS and FX with four each and HBO with three. Phipps earned a solo nomination […]

HBO Documents ‘Defiant Ones’

HBO Documents ‘Defiant Ones’

Drama and humor, tragedy and triumph, “everything you’d expect in a great story” is how HBO president of programming Casey Bloys sums up in The Defiant Ones, the story of a musical partnership between the Brooklyn-born producer Jimmy Iovine and Compton bred songwriter and performer Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre. The stories of two men […]

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