Music and Media News: Music Streaming, Documentaries and the Moto 360
Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier became the first major company executive to speak out against online streaming services Pandora and Spotify. Specifically, he spoke against the “unjustifiably below-market royalty rates” given to publishers and songwriters. An example he mentioned was the mega-hit “Happy” by Pharrell Williams; over a 3-month period, the song garnered over 43 millions plays on Pandora, yet it gained only $2,700 in songwriter and publisher royalties.
Source: The Wrap
The POV blog from PBS published an open letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press, proposing to include documentaries to the Golden Globes Awards. The tongue-in-cheek letter is written by independent journalist, Tom Rolson. It is also coupled with an official petition that you can sign on Change.org.
Source: POV on PBS
Speaking of the Golden Globes, the complete list of nominees for film and television were released. Best Picture, Drama included the films Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and The Theory of Everything. Nominees for Best TV Drama included Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and House of Cards.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture, the nominees were:
Source: Golden Globes Website
With the Ridley Scott-directed “Exodus: Gods and Kings” premiering this week, this may start resurgence in “epic” Biblical themed films reminiscent of the period in the 1950’s and 60’s. This period spawned films like “The Ten Commandments”, “Ben-Hur” and “Quo Vadis”. This article from Variety covers the challenge that film composers are facing when writing for such huge projects.
“Exodus” also required multiple themes, “some attached to the main characters, others from the key concepts of freedom, exodus, light and God,” Alberto Iglesias (composer for Exodus) says.
In ad media news, we take a look at Droga5’s newest campaign for Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch. It is a hilarious satire on luxury brand ads.
One of the biggest blogs in film music, Film Music Magazine, recently released their Top 20 Scores of 2014. The honorees included Alberto Iglesias for Exodus: Gods and Kings, Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game, Marco Beltrami for Snowpiercer and Max Richter for The Congress.
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