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Dion's 'Blues With Friends' Hits #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums Chart

Congrats to Dion! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's new album Blues With Friends has reached #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums Chart, and also hit the #1 spot on the IBBA UK charts for May 2020. Among the album's impressive artists and collaborators are Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. Read American Songwriter's review and stream the album now.

Toots & the Maytals Announce New Album + Title Track "Got To Be Tough"

Legendary Jamaican artist Frederick "Toots" Hibbert returns with his first studio release in more than a decade - the title track "Got To Be Tough" from Toots and the Maytals' full-length album out August 28th via Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records! Hibbert tells Rolling Stone that the album will 'speak out against injustices while pointing to a better time.' Listen to the single below & pre-save / order the album here. Check out Toots' feature in the latest issue of Uncut Magazine:

Wise Music Group Announces Renewed Publishing Relationship with Hildur Guðnadóttir

Wise Music Group is delighted to announce a renewed worldwide publishing relationship with the Academy Award-winning Icelandic composer and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir, including representation of her back catalogue albums, Saman (2014), Leyfðu Ljósinu (2012), Without Sinking (2009) and Mount A (2006). Widely recognized for her historic awards season sweep within the past year, Guðnadóttir scored Todd Phillips’Joker (2019), for which she received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. Additionally, Guðnadóttir garnered a Primetime Emmy Award and a Grammy Award for scoring HBO’s acclaimed mini-series “Chernobyl” (2019) and was named Television Composer of the Year at the 2019 World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent. Currently working on a new solo album for the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, as well as composing for video games which will further showcase her use of modular electroacoustic instruments, Guðnadóttir takes a full circle approach to her creativity, embracing works for film, media, concert hall, installations, and material written for herself as a performer. In her solo works she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes. Her work for film and television includes Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), Mary Magdalene (2018), Tom of Finland (2017), Journey’s End (2017) and many episodes for the Icelandic television series Trapped currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Guðnadóttir has additionally composed music for theatre and dance, with commissions for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre of Iceland, Tate Modern, The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, and Gothenburg National Theatre. Jeffrey Duncan, Executive Vice President of Wise Music Group in Los Angeles comments:“Wise Music is thrilled to continue representing Hildur and her singular musical vision. Our truly international publishing services as well as catalogue spanning all genres from contemporary orchestral masterpieces to evergreen pop hits, makes us uniquely suited to support her journey.” See an overview of her catalog here: Spotlight On: Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Rachel Portman Releases "ask the river" Album - Available Now

The Academy Award-winning composer and pianist Rachel Portman has released her all-instrumental album ask the river on May 8th on Node Records! Buy/stream the album now and watch the music video for "a gift" below.

Rachel Portman's New Single Out Now Via Node Records

Node Records, part of the Wise Music Group, has released Rachel Portman's first solo single "leaves and trees" through all digital platforms, in addition to the official music video. Of the single, Rachel shares that "leaves and trees" took as its starting point the sense of being immersed within the upper branches of a beech tree in late spring. The leaves are at their freshest and greenest, and the light is refracted through them as they move in the breeze. The music is an expression of that feeling. It's impossible to say what happens when trying to evoke my response to those leaves and trees as no thinking can happen in order to allow music to write itself. Buy/stream "leaves and trees" here and watch the music video below.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Best Original Score at The Oscars

Hildur Guðnadóttir has won the Oscar for Best Original Score for Joker, making her the fourth woman to ever win in the category. "To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters, who hear the music bubbling within, please speak up. We need to hear your voices," Hildur said in her memorable acceptance speech, which Rolling Stone cites as one of the best moments of the ceremony. The win caps off an incredible award season in which Hildur was awarded the Golden Globe, the Critics' Choice Award and the BAFTA for Joker, as well as an Emmy and a Grammy for her score to the critically-acclaimed HBO series Chernobyl.

Evan Dando Signs to Wise Music Group

Evan Dando of The Lemonheads has signed a publishing agreement with Wise Music USA, part of Wise Music Group. The worldwide deal includes all of Evan’s work to date, including hit songs such as “It’s a Shame About Ray,” “My Drug Buddy,” “Confetti,” “Rudderless,” and “Big Gay Heart.” Evan Dando comments:“I’m super excited that for the first time in my career, all of my publishing will be with one company under the same roof. I’m looking forward to a successful partnership with Wise Music.” Tomas Wise, CEO of Wise Music USA says: “Growing up my brothers and I listened to The Lemonheads religiously. We were their biggest fans. I could not be more thrilled to be representing their music today. Everyone at Wise Music is excited to work with Evan and his team and are squinting at the bright future ahead.” The Lemonheads will join Adam Ant’s 2020 “Friend or Foe” tour as the special guests for the dates of May 9th in Seattle, May 14th in Oakland, and May 16th in Los Angeles. About Evan Dando Evan Griffith Dando is an American musician and frontman of the Lemonheads. He has also embarked on a solo career and collaborated on songs with various artists. The Lemonheads were formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1986 by Evan Dando with the group quickly creating three raucous albums under a local Boston label Taang! full of discordant punk chords and alt-country-tinge melodies. An Atlantic Records deal led the band to mature their sound in the fourth studio album and collaboration between Dando, songwriter Tom Morgan and future bassist Nic Dalton, that created radio-friendly singles and mellow melodies began to grow the fan base. Subsequent albums “It’s A Shame About Ray” and “Come On Feel The Lemonheads” focused on Dando’s vocals and turn of phrase and with hits such as “Into Your Arms” the group had a worldwide touring appeal. Dando released a magnificent solo album “Baby, I’m Bored” in 2003 and continued to create music born of 70s punk and cosmic country. Dando’s 2008 album “Varshons” was a collection of well-known cover tracks set a new experimental tone and with the 2019 release of “Varshons 2,” The Lemonheads return for their tenth studio album.

Ólafur Arnalds Signs to Wise Music Group

Ólafur Arnalds has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bosworth Music GmbH, part of Wise Music Group. The catalogue includes Flow 1 and Flow 2 from Ekki Hugsa 360°, a commission from the Reeperbahn Festival, plus all upcoming works. Ólafur Arnalds comments:“I am thrilled to be joining the Bosworth / Wise Music family’s close-knit community. Their long history combined with their embracing of change within the music industry made me confident that they were the right team for me and my variety of projects.” Michael Ohst, Managing Director of Bosworth Music says: “We have been following Ólafur’s career with huge interest during the last years and are thrilled to work with him and support him in his future activities.” About Ólafur Arnalds Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer - internationally known for his haunting musical style. He captivatingly combines elements of ambient, classical, electronic, pop and rock music. His recent album “re:member” (2018) follows the success of his innovative musical project Island Songs (2016). “re:member” features Ólafur’s new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. Ólafur has been praised for his extensive soundtrack work, including composing the score for ITV’s Broadchurch, for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Original Music. He has been involved in various other media projects and his music appears in many films, television shows and advertisements. Together with Barði Jóhannson (Bang Gang), Ólafur composed music for “Dyad 1909”, a Random Dance/Wayne McGregor project. This music was released as an album in 2009. Furthermore, Arnalds formed the experimental techno project “Kiasmos” together with Janus Rasmussen. They have released two albums so far: “Blurred” (2017) and “Kiasmos” (2014).

The Music Sales Group Re-Brands as Wise Music Group

The Music Sales Group has rebranded as Wise Music Group. This name-change, effective from Monday, February 3rd 2020, is also reflected in our various international office titles. Our Chairman Robert Wise announced the name-change as follows: “As many of you know, following years of successful print publishing we have recently refocused on expanding our already substantial portfolio of music catalogues. Our new name reflects both the continuity of our business approach and the fact that ours is very much a family business currently with two generations of the Wise family guiding our progress.” About UsThe rebranded company will maintain the existing global network of standalone offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo and Berlin. Of course, we retain our world-famous publishing houses and imprints that include Associated Music Publishers, Bosworth Music GmbH, Campbell Connelly, Le Chant du Monde, Chester Music, G. Schirmer, Éditions Alphonse Leduc, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Novello & Co, Première Music Group and Unión Musical Ediciones. Wise Music Group now owns or controls nearly half a million copyrights – including the world’s largest independent holding of historic and contemporary classical music – as well as a huge range of popular songs spanning every genre. The group also represents nearly 100 of today’s most successful living composers and songwriters working in classical music, opera, ballet, pop, film, television and advertising. Represented composers include Hans Abrahamsen, Ólafur Arnalds, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Aram Khachaturian, Missy Mazzoli, Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Prokofiev, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jean Sibelius, Igor Stravinsky, Tan Dun, Joby Talbot, John Tavener and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Best Original Score at Golden Globes

Hildur Guðnadóttir has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for her haunting soundtrack to Joker. Guðnadóttir's win makes her the first-ever solo female winner in this category! In her acceptance speech, Guðnadóttir thanked Joker director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix for their support; "Thank you, Todd, for inviting me on the journey of a lifetime, for all the trust and your faith and openness. Thank you, Joaquin, for making my job really easy with a spectacular, unbelievable performance."

The String Theory Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Spoken Word Album

The artist collective and neo-classical orchestra The String Theory, along with the award-winning poet Sekou Andrews are Grammy-nominated for their self-titled 6-track release in the category of Best Spoken Word Album. The String Theory constantly investigates new ways of interdisciplinary collaboration in the outskirts of composition, improvisation, art installation, and social event. The ensemble is the brainchild of conductors / producers Ben Lauber and PC Nackt, whose collaborations include composing film scores for Wim Wenders, and producing albums with the German electro-artist Sascha Ring aka Apparat.Stream Sekou Andrews & The String Theory, and check out their official video for "Good Vibes."

2020 Grammy Nominations Announced

Huge congratulations to the Grammy-nominated artists Hildur Guðnadóttir, Kaija Saariaho, and The String Theory! Recordings of music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley also received nominations. See full nomination details below! Best Score Soundtrack For Visual MediaCHERNOBYLHildur Guðnadóttir, composerBest Classical CompendiumSAARIAHO: TRUE FIRE; TRANS; CIEL D'HIVERHannu Lintu, conductor; Laura Heikinheimo, producerKaija SaariahoBest Spoken Word AlbumSEKOU ANDREWS & THE STRING THEORYSekou Andrews & The String Theory Best Engineered Album, ClassicalSUN RINGSLeslie Ann Jones, engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Kronos Quartet)Terry Riley Best Engineered Album, ClassicalAEQUADaniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (International Contemporary Ensemble)Anna Thorvaldsdottir Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble PerformancePERPETULUM Third Coast PercussionPhilip Glass

'The Song of Names' In Select Theaters This December

Sony Pictures Classics' The Song of Names, featuring an original score by Howard Shore, comes to theaters December 25th in New York and Los Angeles! The film follows Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) as he searches for his long-lost brother, a virtuoso violinist, who disappeared thirty-five years earlier on the night of his debut concert that would have launched his career. Watch the official trailer below, and visit the film's website for more information.

Dustbowl Revival's New Track "Mirror" - One of Rolling Stone's Best Country & Americana Songs To Hear Right Now

Dustbowl Revival has shared two new singles to great acclaim in preview of their album Is It You, Is It Me - releasing January 31st, 2020! Noted for its "cinematic flourishes" and "pizzicato strings," "Mirror" has been named one of Rolling Stone's 10 Best Country & Americana Songs to Hear Now. Additionally, the upbeat groovy "Enemy" premiered with American Songwriter, and has been praised for its "ominous driving bass" and "ghostly guitar riffs." Pre-order Is It You, Is It Me here - https://orcd.co/isityouisitme

Hildur Guðnadóttir Awarded TV Composer of the Year at World Soundtrack Awards

Hildur Guðnadóttir has been named TV Composer of the Year at the annual World Soundtrack Awards held in Ghent, Belgium on October 18th. Guðnadóttir received the award for scoring HBO’s Chernobyl, which she also recently won an Emmy for, along with her work on the Icelandic television series Trapped. Listen to Trapped and follow Hildur to stay up-to-date!

Christopher Paul Stelling Announces Ben Harper-Produced Album 'Best of Luck'

Folk singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling has released his album Best of Luck on February 7th via ANTI Records.Produced by Ben Harper, the album features an all-star rhythm section with Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks, Dixie Chicks) on drums, and upright bass player Mike Valerio (Randy Newman, LA Philharmonic). Check out the album’s lead single “Trouble Don’t Follow Me” below, which Stelling describes as “a song about marching on, a warning to anything that might stand in your way, and needing to feel strong for the people around you, so you can inspire them to do the same.” Listen to Best of Luck and view US tour dates here.

Anoushka Shankar Releases New Single "Lovable" featuring Ibeyi

"Lovable" by Anoushka Shankar is out now via Mercury KX! The new single, which marks a clear shift in style and subject for the renowned sitarist/composer, features Shankar for the first time on vocals, and the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. UMusic describes the track as "plaintive and striking in its low-key meditation of heartbreak and loss." Follow Anoushka Shankar as she continues to release new music, and be on the lookout for 2020 tour dates!

Music Sales Corp. Announces Worldwide Publishing Purchase from The Tubes Songwriter Mike Evans

Music Sales Corp. is excited to announce the worldwide publishing purchase of certain copyright assets from Mike Evans, a key lyricist for the progressive-punk group The Tubes, who penned many iconic hits including “White Punks on Dope,” “What Do You Want From Life,” and “I Was A Punk Before You Were a Punk.”Known for their larger-than-life shows and satirical lyrics highlighting America’s consumerism and celebrity culture, The Tubes were a cult-classic and a notable part of the underground music scene during the 1970s and 1980s. “I am convinced my songs have landed in a great place … a place that will work hard to promote them. And now the songs are publishing mates with the legendary Dion DiMucci … quite an honor,” Mike Evans reflects on the deal.“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Evans’ catalog to Music Sales,” says Jeffrey Duncan, Executive Vice President of Music Sales Corp. “The Tubes undeniably shook up the 70s’ and 80s’ cultural landscape with their rugged individualism and fearless parodies, and Mike is responsible for co-writing many of their hits, which consistently see new life.” The anthemic “White Punks on Dope,” written by Mike Evans, Bill Spooner, and Roger Steen, ridiculed kids of Hollywood’s rich and famous, and helped propel the San Francisco-based group to widespread popularity.“Their fortunes changed almost immediately,” Evans shares. “Between ‘White Punks on Dope,’ ‘What Do You Want From Life,’ plus their superior musicianship and circus-like live show, The Tubes became a Bay Area sensation. It became pretty commonplace to see WPOD spray-painted on walls around San Francisco. The excitement grew and led to The Tubes being signed to A&M Records and releasing their first album in 1975.” Prairie Prince, drummer for The Tubes, also describes how “White Punks on Dope” took off. “Mike Evans was our little Messiah. Everything that he said we were always holding onto with some reverence and taking his advice on what would work and what were the kids going to like. We went with that and it became an instant underground classic in the Bay Area and then spread out across the world.”Continuing to hold cultural prominence and relevancy, “White Punks on Dope” has received many interpretations including by Motley Crüe, Nina Hagen, Elton Duck, and was parodied by Ric Ocasek (of The Cars) within the 1993 film Fear of a Black Hat. Additionally, a new cover has been released today by rock mega-group Down ‘n’ Outz, fronted by 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Elliott of Def Leppard.Attracting Cher, Gene Simmons, Kate Jackson, and more as fans, The Tubes’ live shows featured lewd characters, inflatable props, explosions, dancers, acrobats, and choreography by Kenny Ortega (later known for Dirty Dancing and Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour). Additionally, they were one of the first acts ever to incorporate the use of video projections in performance.

Natacha Atlas Releases New Album 'Strange Days'

Strange Days by Natacha Atlas is out now via Whirlwind Recordings! Described as a "darkly dystopian Arabic-infused jazz fantasy," the release has received positive reviews including from London Jazz News and Downbeat Magazine - the latter complimenting the album's "sophisticated atmosphere" and "compositional boldness." "Strange Days is a culmination of what I want to express through music - my hybridity and duality between the Middle East and Europe, in all its facets," affirms Atlas. "We are blessed with these musicians, combining everything we love about jazz and Arabic music." Listen to Strange Days and order the limited-edition vinyl.

Minnie Riperton’s “Les Fleurs” Featured on Jordan Peele’s “Us” Soundtrack - Deluxe Vinyl Set

Minnie Riperton’s classic “Les Fleurs,” written by Richard Rudolph and Charles Stepney, is featured on Jordan Peele’s “Us” soundtrack, as part of a brand-new deluxe vinyl set.Appearing at the film’s end credits, Peele’s significant use of “Les Fleurs” has been noted by Variety, Genius, uDiscoverMusic.com, and more. “It’s almost a palate cleanser,” Mike Knobloch, President of Film Music for Universal Pictures, shares with Variety."It is clearly not an obvious choice, if you’re going down the playlist of songs that you would think would have a significant role in this movie. But even though it’s not exactly a happy ending, it is a wink and it lets you off the hook and it allows you to exhale, even if, played against the visual, you’re not quite all the way out of the woods. So it really checks a lot of boxes in a very satisfying way." “Jordan found that and put it in early on … anything else that we talked about or tried did not hold a candle to how well Minnie Riperton worked, in putting a really pretty song against a not totally neat and tidy ending,” Knobloch continued. Released in 1970, “Les Fleurs” appears as the first track on Riperton’s debut album Come To My Garden.

2019 TIFF Premieres Announced

We can't wait for this year's Toronto Film Festival! The lineup of premieres have been announced and many high-profile films feature original scores by Music Sales composers. Hildur Guðnadóttir scored the new Joker film directed by Todd Phillips; Jed Kurzel wrote the music for Justin Kurzel's True History Of The Kelly Gang; Peter Gregson composed the score for British director Roger Michell's Blackbird; Rupert Goold's Judy Garland biopic Judy has music by Gabriel Yared and Ariel Marx scored Nicole Delaney's short filmThirsty starring Maya Rudolph and Jay Ellis.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Nominated for 2019 World Soundtrack Awards - TV Composer of the Year

Congrats to Hildur Guðnadóttir on her 2019 World Soundtrack Awards nomination for Best Television Composer of The Year! Guðnadóttir recently composed the scores to HBO’s critically-acclaimed Chernobyl, the hit Icelandic TV mystery drama series Trapped, and Todd Phillips’ highly-anticipated Joker film – which will screen at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival for its North American premiere.

MSC Catalog Acquisition: Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix / Harts Honors Hendrix

MSC Catalog Acquisition - Curtis Knight feat. Jimi HendrixHarlem soul singer Curtis Knight met Jimi Hendrix at the Americana hotel in 1965 and their musical collaborating began. Several early recording sessions yielded such songs as “How Would You Feel?”, “Gloomy Monday” and “Fool For You Baby”. Jimi recorded another crop of songs with Curtis in 1967 with his newly purchased Wha-Wha pedal including “Happy Birthday”, “Flashing” and “Hush Now”. The Beastie Boys sampled one of these songs as the musical bed for their single “Jimmy James,” from their classic Check Your Head album. These important songs represent a vital evolution point, not only in the musical journeys both of Knight and Hendrix, but also in the greater timeline of rock, funk and soul, and their fusion. Harts Plays HendrixHarts has garnered constant comparison with his expansive explorations of funk, rock, jazz, blues, and psychedelia. Fresh from lighting up Triple J studios with Denzel Curry for Like A Version, Harts is set to electrify the Melbourne Recital Centre in May. This premiere live performance celebrates the 50 year legacy of Jimi Hendrix and pays tribute to the anniversaries of his studio albums while bringing the distinct flair of his iconic performances as only Harts can.The show consists of a carefully curated setlist from Jimi's entire catalog, performed live by Harts in a powerful three-piece band experience, and guest appearances by some of Australia's most beloved musicians.

Hauschka's 'Nature Fights Back' Scores Apple Short Film

'Nature Fights Back' by Hauschka is the featured piano composition within Apple's "The Underdogs," a new humorous short film part of the Apple at Work campaign. With its driving beat and high energy, the song seamlessly amplifies the frenzied momentum of collleagues preparing for a pitch meeting, while showcasing Apple software's time-saving efficiency. 'Nature Fights Back' was originally released on Hauschka's 2017 album What If. Watch Apple's short film below, and follow Hauschka to stay up-to-date.

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