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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Wild Wild Country is coming out with a soundtrack: Meet the music supervisor
Chris Swanson landed the music supervisor gig after sending the Way brothers a fan note, but he only had $100,000 to work with. "They told me they wanted an 'American West' kind of 'Cowboy Narrator' vibe for the music since the series was named after a Bill Callahan song, and Bill kind of embodied that," he says.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Beyoncé's Coachella performance wouldn't have been as special as a regular TV broadcast
As a TV critic, Robert Lloyd saw Beyoncé's Coachella performance as something on par with a Super Bowl halftime performance or an Olympic opening ceremony. "Had this been an ordinary television broadcast, commercials would have preceded it for months; billboards would have told you when and where to tune in. You would have had to cover your ears and eyes in order not to know it was happening," he says. Instead, viewers watching the livestream were treated to "very much an emotional, visceral, virtually communal experience," he says, adding: "As it is, they will be watching Saturday's performance in 5,000 years if anyone is around to watch it and eyes are still a thing. But seeing it in real time, even if not in the real space, mattered. Far from the event, there was still a sense of occasion, of a shared moment in a shared space — and much of this had to do with the quality of the camerawork and the intelligence of the direction."
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Live music is thriving on TV, from daytime to primetime to late-night
James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" has helped promote music, but so is ideas like Conan having on Luis Fonsi to perform "Despacito," which has garnered 28 million views. “At the time, the idea of doing a Spanish pop song on our show seemed insane, but Conan likes taking chances," says Conan music booker Rosie Hershkovitz, adding that Conan O'Brien responded to the idea saying: “I’m about building bridges, not walls.”
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
Why does The Americans rely so much on Peter Gabriel's music?
"The Americans has used his music so often, and in such heightened moments, that the sound of his voice functions like an alarm the show is sounding to make sure we pay attention," says Jen Chaney. ALSO: Will Holly Taylor quit acting when she's done with The Americans?
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
For Atlanta's music supervisors, "there are no rules"
Music supervisors Jen Malone and Fam Udeorji say their job is highly collaborative, since the show's writers put some of the music in the script. "When we first started working on Atlanta the whole thing was, 'Let’s make this as punk as possible. We don’t care if we get canceled,'" says Udeorji. "And I think that applies to the music, because who are we trying to prove ourselves to? Really, nobody."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Why isn't Murphy Brown available for streaming?
Blame ownership issues and music rights, which have delayed the streaming and DVD release of other classic TV shows.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 3:48AM EST
The National's frontman is making a TV show about himself
“We’re hoping it’s a comedy!” singer Matt Berninger says of his TV show plans, without revealing further details. “It’s something we’ve been cooking for a while.”
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Black Mirror's "Hang the DJ" songs by Sigur Rós and Alex Somers get a soundtrack release
The Season 4 episode songs will be available on vinyl and CD.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 2:36AM EST
Bruno Mars urges NFL to celebrate hip-hop at next year's Super Bowl halftime in Atlanta
“@NFL you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible Hip Hop Artist from Atlanta Next year,” tweeted the Grammy-winning musician, who performed at the Super Bowl halftimes in 2014 and 2016. “Outkast. T.I Gucci, lil jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few. it would be the best party Tv has ever seen!” he tweeted. Mars also offered to curate the show, joking that “I’ll only charge like a billion.” He added: “all jokes aside please lets make this happen.”
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Barbra Streisand explains why she allowed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to use her songs
“I don’t license my songs very often, but I was impressed with how the show digs deep into the song catalogs of the era and doesn’t just go with the obvious hits,” says Streisand, who received a letter from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino “pleading” for the clearance of her songs. Streisand adds: "Usually, when someone requests a license they only use 30 seconds or a minute, so I was surprised when they used the whole song with that crazy ending.”
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Netflix will go inside the world of hip-hop with the eight-episode series Rapture
New York urban culture brand Mass Appeal will produce the docuseries that will feature everybody from T.I. to Nas to Logic, going behind the scenes with their family and friends.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Hip-hop has become the status quo on TV
Shows from Empire to Atlanta to The Chi help prove that “hip-hop’s broad influence on American pop culture has defied countless predictions that a nervous white mainstream would never fully embrace a trend born out of the urban, black experience,” says Lorraine Ali. “Consider hip-hop’s television takeover. Today, rappers are not only backing films about the black experience, but also are creating, producing and starring in top-rated cable and network series and breaking out of music categories at film and television award shows.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Carrie Underwood debuts her Super Bowl LII song featuring Ludacris
Their performance of “The Champion” will be used to open this year’s Super Bowl from Minneapolis.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Will NBC show Snoop Dogg’s halftime show during Saturday’s NFL playoff game?
The rapper is scheduled to perform during halftime of the Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams game airing on NBC on Saturday night.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Barbra Streisand had to “literally sit down and watch” a scene from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel before approving use of her music
“She did it the day after the (2016) presidential election,” says producer Dan Palladino. “Either she was looking for a distraction or decided the end of times was coming and she needed to get her last business done. We didn't hear anything from her other than the OK to do it.” Amy Sherman-Palladino adds, “I basically wrote Barbra a soliloquy, a love letter. That piece of music had been in my brain from before the scene was completed.” ALSO: How Marvelous Mrs. Maisel put together its 1950s soundtrack.