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Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Netflix to teach Motown to kids via the animated family series Motown Magic
Source: USA Today
The partially animated series will follow an eight-year-old named Ben as he bring songs from The Jackson 5, The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and other Motown legends to life.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:29AM EDT
Rick and Morty can give a massive boost to an obscure song
The band Blonde Redhead's 2000 song “For the Damaged Coda” has been played twice on the Adult Swim series, in Seasons 1 and 3. As a result, it has skyrocketed to No. 15 on Billboard's Hot Rocks chart. It has also been streamed more than 27 million times on Spotify, which is 23 million more times than the second-most streamed Blonde Redhead song.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel Live! partners with Apple Music to showcase new and emerging artists
The second iteration of Apple's "Up Next" program will debut next Monday with K-Pop dance act NCT 127 performing on Kimmel's late-night show.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Guillermo del Toro: Better Call Saul has proven to be better than Breaking Bad
The Oscar-winning director used a series of tweets on Saturday to explain why he thinks Better Call Saul has emerged to outshine its predecessor: "A small reflection in the middle of BETTER CALL SAUL's new season: I like it even more than BB, not to be a contrarian but because the evident stakes seem smaller but the moral downfall strike me as deeper, more poignant...With Walter White (who turns Black) you were tracking a massive downfall/transformation. BCS takes you by the hand as Jimmy becomes Saul Goodman (No Good in him) in small painful tumbles...Kim is the key!...Even in his relationship with Chuck, Jimmy was an enabler, he kind of loved seeing Chuck diminished. Both brothers wanted to see the other 'down'. Beautifully laid out." ALSO: Breaking Bad is coming out with a 10th-anniversary music box set.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to compose music for HBO's Watchmen
The Oscar-winning Nine Inch Nails duo have been enlisted to write original music for the DC Comics graphic novel-based series. Reznor and Ross shared an Oscar for their score on the 2010 movie The Social Network.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Murphy Brown's season premiere will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin
Franklin’s music was a huge part of the original Murphy Brown, which used "Respect" in the pilot episode.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Sharp Objects' music supervisor explains the Easter egg in the opening credits
Source: Harper's Bazaar
"If you watch all of the opening title sequences, it’s the same piece of music re-interpreted in a different genre every time, always starting with the record player," says music supervisor Susan Jacobs. "We start off in Episode 1 with an old 1950s melody from Alan’s music, which is a piece called 'Dance and Angela.' In subsequent episodes there’s a solo piano version, a dance version, a hip hop version, but they are all interpretations of the same basic melody."
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Donald Glover had to speak to Stevie Wonder to use a song on Atlanta's "Teddy Perkins" episode
“Donald had to get on the phone with Stevie and we were all very intrigued about what went on on that phone call,” says co-music supervisor Jen Malone of the Stevie Wonder song used over a particularly disturbing scene. “But we ended up getting the song and it was just such a perfect musical moment.”
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Inaugural Adult Swim Festival to feature the first-ever Rick and Morty "Musical Ricksperience"
Composer Ryan Elder will perform his Rick and Morty music live as part of the first "Musical Ricksperience," featuring special surprise guests. The Adult Swim Festival will take place in downtown Los Angeles from Oct. 5 to 7. ALSO: Watch Adult Swim's Rick And Morty anime makeover.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Conan will cut music performances when switching to a 30-minute format in January
Music booker Roey Hershkovitz, who has worked for Conan O'Brien's various talk shows since 1999, will depart as part of the change. But he might work on music-related content that involves Conan's show and Team Coco digital platform.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
How Sharp Objects landed four Led Zeppelin songs
Showrunner Jean-Marc Vallée was rejected by the legendary band for the use of one song for his 2011 movie Café de Flore. So when he approached Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for Sharp Objects, "we went for four tracks, and we sold the idea to them that they will be the sound of this series, so of course that was something special and different.... We sent the script and very specific descriptions of how we’re using their music, and the in-scape element coming from Alice. And it worked." Vallée also admits having a backup plan to go with another rock band. ALSO: Vallée and music supervisor Susan Jacobs explain the clues in the soundtrack.
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Patrick Williams, who composed background music for many iconic TV shows, dies at 79
Source: The New York Times
"Anyone who watched television from the 1970s through the early 2000s had a fair chance of encountering Mr. Williams’s work," writes Daniel E. Slotnik. "He wrote music for The Bob Newhart Show, The Streets of San Francisco, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The Simpsons and Monk, among others, and for more than 100 television movies. He was nominated for 22 Emmys and won four. His background music for the Mary Tyler Moore Show spinoff Lou Grant won him the Emmy for outstanding music composition for a series; he also wrote the show’s title theme."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Plain White T's No. 1 hit song "Hey There Delilah" is set to become a TV series
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A romantic dramedy about a long-distance relationship based on the 2006 song is in the works, with the band on board. In fact, frontman and songwriter Tom Higgenson will help pitch the potential series to networks.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
HBO's Succession score is one of the show's biggest characters
Source: The Ringer
Nicholas Britell, who is in charge of Succession's score, is “more than just a composer," says executive producer Adam McKay. That's because Brittell was once a very successful currency trader. Thanks to his background, Britell has created a score that is so essential it feels like another lead character. ALSO: The pros and cons of Succession.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale sabotaged itself with its Season 2 finale song choice
The song choice for the Season 2 finale closing credits sequence "is the show’s worst music cue, and ... it sabotages what had been a relentlessly dire season in which unyielding oppression seemed to be a harsh lesson that was also precisely the point," says Kathryn VanArendonk. The song choice was "hilariously unsubtle," she says, adding that the song "attempts to build a new character out of June in the short space of a musical hook, reversing everything we knew about who she is and what she wants." She adds: "The Handmaid’s Tale has a mixed record of music choices. Some of its needle drops feel almost unbearably on the nose, in a way that can come off as either too much or exactly the right amount of painful."
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