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Ólafur Arnalds announces world tour

Ólafur Arnalds announces brand new material and a multi-date tour in autumn 2020. The new ‘re:act’ tour features Ólafur’s signature string quartet, a live percussionist and an arsenal of pianos and synthesizers. His self-playing Stratus pianos will be along for the ride — creating unexpected harmonies and surprising melodic sequences that make every performance unique. Ólafur’s performances continue to captivate audiences across the globe as he invites them to join him on a new journey where he presents his most personal and raw music to date — a counterpoint to the exuberant energy of his latest album ‘re:member’. His haunting and often intensely emotional shows are an exercise in intimacy, a space for the artist and audience to share their vulnerability through music. Experience Ólafur live in Europe: 25.09. London - Hammersmith Apollo 26.09. Paris - L´Olympia 28.09. Luzern - KKL 29.09. Ljubljana - Gallus Hall 30.09. Vienna - Konzerthaus 01.10. Wroclaw - NFM 02.10. Berlin - Tempodrom 04.10. Copenhagen - Gamle Scene 05.10. Utrecht - TivoliVredenburg 07.10. Brussels - Cirque Royal 12.10. Moscow - Crocus City Hall Ticket sales have startet. Buy tickets to the re:act tour here.

New single from Vonheim

Vonheim releases new single "Moving On" Norwegian rock band Vonheim has just released their latest single "Moving On"! "Everything has an end, even life. But when something ends, it’s usually the start of something new. «Moving on» is a song about embracing the next step in life." Listen to the single here.

Node Records releases Rachel Portman's new single

Rachel Portman's new single "leaves and trees" is out now via Node Records! Node Records, part of Wise Music Group, is excited to release the single "leaves and trees" from award-winning composer Rachel Portman. Note From Rachel Portman on “leaves and trees” :“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 the music to write itself. Listen to the single here

"Broken Soldier" - new single from Fallulah

Fallulah has just released her new single "Broken Soldier"! It is the first single from her next EP, All My Eyes Are Open pt. II. The track draws inspiration from Fallulahs Balkan roots and uses strong imagery to convey the message, with lyrics suchs as »My heart is a broken soldier / my heart needs a friendly shoulder« It's a song that's very close to Fallulah's heart: "This song is really special to me. Of course they all are but some just mean that bit extra. I wrote it after a very dark time in my life where I had felt so disconnected from myself, from my purpose and the love of music and from true lightness and joy. The answer was to start treating myself as a friend. I had always taken pride in being a really good friend to others, the loyal one and the one always ready to drop everything to offer my help and support. The one always showing up and keeping my word. But I had forgotten to do the same for myself. I would stretch myself too thin, never being fully present in what I was doing because I felt torn by expectations (my own and from others) and not managed take care of my own well being, which made me feel like a failure as an artist and a new mother. It has taken a long time and some rough lessons but I’m finally getting there! Today I am my own friend. And again in love with my life and making music. Feeling that true 🔥 within that has always been my companion." Listen to the track on Spotify.

New single from Harts!

New track "Twenty Somethin'" out now! Opening with a modulated vocal, ‘Twenty Somethin’ rolls into Harts’ infectious melodies and rhythmic section, before launching into a wall of deft guitar work. As the track unfolds, the enigmatic song writer effortlessly melds traditional rock n’ roll with modern electronic production; shining a light on his eclectic and intricate approach to composition. Harts describes the motivation behind ‘Twenty Somethin’: "'Twenty Somethin' is an accumulation of my feelings heading into the new year of 2020, the next decade of 20's and the final years of my 20's. An expression of mixed feelings approaching this next chapter”. Listen to "Twenty Somethin'" here.

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.” About Evan DandoEvan 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.

The Wave - Louise Alenius x Vertigo

Experience Louise Alenius x Vertigo's "The Wave" as part of Copenhagen Light Festival Copenhagen Light Festival teases Louise Alenius' upcoming opera as part of the installation The Wave. The Wave is developed and produced by the artist collective Vertigo in collaboration with Wise Music composer Louise Alenius who wrote and produced the soundtrack “ILT” (“OXYGEN”). In this setup, The Wave creates the illusion of a gigantic windpipe (trachea). As you walk through the installation you will experience five voices from the Royal Danish Opera and a body crying out for oxygen. “ILT” is a preview of Alenius’ upcoming opera which will premiere in 2022. The light design by Vertigo is inspired by the body’s internal organs, blood circulation and the rhythmic pulse of the body. You can experience The Wave at Ofelia Plads in Copenhagen until 31st of March. Read more about Copenhagen Light Festival here.

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 Reeperbahn Festival, plus all upcoming works. Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer - internationally known for his haunting musical style. He captivatingly combines elements of ambient, classical music, electronic music and elements of pop and rock. 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. 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.”

The Music Sales Group rebrands as Wise Music Group

We’ve just rebranded ourselves as Wise Music Group. This name-change, effective from Monday 3rd February 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.

Record-breaking Robert Awards for "Queen of Hearts"

The past weekend marked the annual Robert-Awards, an Award show hosted by the national Film Academy. "Queen of Hearts" was nominated for no less than 12 awards and won a whopping 9! Music Sales Copenhagen proudly did the music supervision of the film. The film also features several Music Sales copyright, for example "Tainted Love" which features prominently in an outstanding scene. "Queen of Hearts" received the Robert-Award for "Best Danish Film" and May el-Toukhy received the award for "Best Director" to a standing ovation. She is the first woman to ever receive this award. Trine Dyrholm also received the award for "Best Female Lead". This was her 10th Robert-Award, which made her the person with the most Robert-wins ever. The film also received the following awards: "Best Score", "Best Sound Design", "Best Editing", "Best Photography", "Best Supporting Actor - Male", "Best Original Script". See the full list of winners here.

"Queen of Hearts" is Bodil-nominated

"Queen of Hearts" (Dronningen) has received four nominations at the annual Danish Bodil-Awards. The Bodil Award is Denmark's oldest and most prestigeous film award and the nominees and winners are decided by film critics. May el-Toukhy's "Queen of Hearts", featuring several Music Sales-copyrights, has been nominated in several categories: Best Danish film Best female in a leading role (Trine Dyrholm) Best male in a supporting role (Gustav Lindh + Magnus Krepper) The winners will be announced at the award show on February 29th.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen's new album receives praise

In november, Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O'Halloran's neoclassical duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen released their first proper album in nine years,The Undivided Five, where they pay tribute to the mystical painter Hilma of Klint. The album has scored a 7.5/10 rating on Pitchfork, being praised as "lush and orchestral, with rich bass notes in the piano and intimations of violin solos, but also mystically steeped in ambient music’s eternal present." "The Undivided Five trembles on a threshold between sorrow and joy, ending and beginning, life and afterlife. Aching strings emerge like fated events from the everyday seep and curl of passing time. Long minutes pass by dredging up one vast, submerged chord. Each track is its own study in loneliness, yet each is in communication with the others, like spirit mediums." Read the full review here. Listen to The Undivided Five.

Fallulah to play lead role in musical "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Fallulah has been cast as the female lead of Mary Magdalene in the timeless rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar. 2020 marks the 50 year anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera album that preceded the popular musical, and The Danish Chamber Orchestra will mark this occasion with an anniversary edition of the musical, starring some of Denmark's most talented musicians. This will be Fallulahs first musical role, and she is very excited to bring her interpretation of Mary Magdalene. "I've always had so much love for musicals written in the 60's and 70's, particularly due to the music. Jesus Christ Superstar is definitely no exception. It is some completely legendary tracks that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has created, and they still stand the test of time so many years later. It is really a huge honor for me to contribute to this anniversary celebration of the musical", Fallulah states. The musical premieres at The Royal Danish Theatre on September 26th and will subsequently tour around Denmark.

2020 Grammy-nominations announced

Congratulations to Music Sales-writers Hildur Guðnadóttir and Philip Glass, who have been nominated for the Grammy awards in 2020. Guðnadóttir has been nominated for her score composition for HBO's huge success Chernobyl, while Glass receives the nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for his "Perpetulum". Best Score Soundtrack For Visual MediaCHERNOBYLHildur Guðnadóttir, composer Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble PerformancePERPETULUM Third Coast PercussionPhilip Glass

New album from Jacob Groth

For more than 40 years, Jacob Groth has created the perfect soundscapes for Danish as well as international productions with his score music. Now he is releasing his first studio album since starting as a score composer. The album, Music For Your Inner Movie, is inspired by his joy of nature and dedicated to the young people, who are fighting to save our climate. On the album, Jacob Groth has composed without his usual fixed frames and is moving in a lighter direction than his well-known Nordic Noir-style. "Music For Your Inner Movie" was written as part of a process of continuing after a horrible experience with a film project that crashed. Writing and recording these 11 pieces of music helped me regain the enthusiasm of finding a melody, a harmony and most of all, the joy of playing music with my wonderful orchestra, The Danish Filmharmonics," Jacob Groth explains. Listen to the first track from Music For Your Inner Movie, April, on Spotify. The full album is available to purchase on vinyl.

Shaka Loveless signs publishing deal

The newest addition to the Music Sales family is Danish urban artist Shaka Loveless, who has signed a publishing deal with Edition Wilhelm Hansen, part of the Music Sales Group. With his massive hits and positive energy, Shaka Loveless has become a household name in Denmark, and his effortless mix of rap, R&B, pop and reggae proves his versatility as an artist. Shaka’s music contains such heartfelt authenticity and contagious rhythm that it’s impossible to sit still while listening. His latest album Alting/Ingenting (“Everything/Nothing”) was critically acclaimed and he was especially praised for his lyrical braveness, using his music to create awareness of the struggles of society’s less fortunate. We are looking forward to working with Shaka Loveless and following his future successes!

Jacob Groth-scored "Wisting" gets U.S. premiere

The hugely popular Norwegian drama series "Wisting" has been picked up by Sundance Now and will get its premerie in the US on December 18. Based on two novels by Jørn Lier Horst, the 10-part series tells the story of Norwegian homicide detective William Wisting chasing an American serial killer in the stunning landscape of Norway. Sven Nordin plays the lead role as William Wisting, while Canadian actress Carrie-Anne Moss appears in the series as an FBI agent. The score music for the series is composed by Nordic Noir-pioneer Jacob Groth. It's not only the U.S. who have shown interest in the Norwegian hit series. "Wisting" has also been picked up by the BBC and is set to launch on BBC Four before the end of the year. https://deadline.com/2019/11/sundance-now-wisting-banijay-drama-deal-1202778097/ https://prensario.tv/novedades/4276-banijay-nordic-drama-wisting-to-premier-on-bbc-uk

Hildur Guðnadóttir nominated in Hollywood

Music Sales composer Hildur Guðnadóttir has been nominated for the 2019 Hollywood Music in Media. Guðnadóttir has secured two nominations - one in the category Original Score - Feature Film for Todd Phillips' "Joker" and one in the category Original Score - TV Show/Limited Series for the HBO drama "Chernobyl". Recently, Guðnadóttir spoke to Variety about her work process on "Joker": "The composer read Phillips’ script, and submitted – prior to shooting – musical ideas she played on her Halldorophone. It’s a specially designed electro-acoustic cello that has a separate set of mic’d resonating strings, turning the instrument into “a kind of feedback mechanism. It’s like a Jimi Hendrix cello,” she says. “As the film develops, the orchestra steps more and more in front and, by the end, kind of suffocates the cello,” Guðnadóttir explains. “This poor guy gets so angry, and the orchestra gets angry with him; everything gets louder and more aggressive, and the music really punches you in the face.”" https://www.hmmawards.com/2019-music-in-visual-media-nominations/ https://variety.com/2019/music/news/joker-score-composer-us-harriet-motherless-brooklyn-judy-1203389033/

Queen of Hearts awarded Nordic Council Film Prize

The Nordic Council Film Prize 2019 has been awarded to director May el-Toukhy, screenwriter Maren Louise Käehne and producers Caroline Blanco and René Ezra for the Danish film QUEEN OF HEARTS. The highly acclaimed film QUEEN OF HEARTS received Tuesday night the NORDIC COUNCIL FILM PRIZE 2019, one of Northern Europe’s most coveted film awards, on stage in Stockholm Concert house. The prize endowed with DKK 350,000 is shared among director, screenwriters and producers in recognition of film as an art form, based on the collaboration between the main functions. 'It is impossible not to praise Trine Dyrholm for her formidable nuanced performance as 'Queen' Anne, but at all levels – cinematography, music, production design and more. - 'The Queen' is an impressive feat. It makes an almost impossible task seem easy and effortless' (quote from the jury motivation). Music Sales Creative Cph music supervised the film placing 6 copyrights and 3 masters including works by the Edition Wilhelm Hansen signings Thomas Blachman, Carsten Dahl and Bent Sørensen as well as Bosworth Songwriter William Fitzsimmons. Furthermore Music Sales copyright "Tainted Love" was featured in a key scene with lead actress Trine Dyrholm dancing on her own. http://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/movie/queen-of-harts http://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/press/nordic-council-film-prize-2019-winner

'Oh, To Be A Butterfly' with score by Jacob Groth

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen returns with his first Danish feature in several years with a score composed by Jacob Groth. The upcoming dramedy, 'Oh, To Be a Butterfly', is centered on the stubborn pig farmer Ernst and his wife Louise who are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a traditional Danish party for friends and family. However, the family carries several secrets and Ernest holds on to the biggest one of them all. Through one long joyous, intoxicating, surprising, gripping and melancholic night, the truths creep out and the family is put to the ultimate test. Playing the role of Ernst is Jesper Christensen who also appeared in Kragh-Jacobsen's debut feature 'Wanna See My Beautiful Navel?' from 1978. Since then, Christensen has become one of the most important Danish actors of his generation. The music for both the debut and the upcoming film is composed by Jacob Groth and the two have worked together on several productions through the years. The film title 'Oh, To Be a Butterfly', is inspired by Danish evergreen "Lille sommerfugl". The song was composed in 1921 by Elith Worsing, Axel Andreasen and Ludvig Brandstrup and covered by Danish artist Bjørn Tidmand in 1968. The song is Tidmand's signature song and a national hit across generations. https://www.dfi.dk/en/english/news/soren-kragh-jacobsen-begins-shooting-new-film-jesper-christensen

Music Sales signs Carlos Cipa

Composer and pianist Carlos Cipa has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bosworth Music, part of the Music Sales Group. The deal encompasses Carlos’ future works plus a selection of his back catalogue, including latest album Retronyms which came out on Warners Classics in August. A classically trained musician, who studied contemporary classical composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Carlos has also scored for dance, theatre and film; credits include Die Goldfische (dir. Alireza Golafshan) and Lovers Of The Night (dir. Anna Frances Ewert). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86F47YjJ81Y

"Queen of Hearts" Oscar nominated

Feature film “Queen Of Hearts” has been chosen as the official Danish entry for the Oscars in the “Best International Feature Film” category. The music featured in the film includes works by the Edition Wilhelm Hansen signings Thomas Blachman, Carsten Dahl and Bent Sørensen as well as Bosworth Songwriter William Fitzsimmons. On top of this Music Sales copyright "Tainted Love" was featured in a key scene with lead actress Trine Dyrholm dancing on her own. "Tainted Love" written by Ed Cobb was originally recorded by soul singer Gloria Jones in 1964. The song attained worldwide fame after being covered by the synth-pop duo Soft Cell in 1981. The dance scene in "Queen of Hearts" features the Soft Cell version. https://www.dfi.dk/en/english/news/queen-hearts-denmarks-oscar-entry https://variety.com/2019/film/news/oscars-denmark-queen-of-hearts-for-heroic-losers-argentina-the-white-storm-2-drug-lords-hong-kong-international-feature-film-race-1203347300/ Article in Danish about the Bent Sørensen work featured in "Queen of Hearts": https://www.dacapo-records.dk/nyheder/dansk-film-med-musik-af-bent-soerensen-indstillet-som-dansk-oscar-bud

Benny Andersen in all weathers

Benny Andersen's understanding and usage of the Danish language was phenomenal and through more than 60 years he used it to describe the characteristics of the Danish people. Next year a mosaic of poems and lyrics by Benny Andersen will be the basis for the cabaret "I al slags vejr" (In All Weathers) at Café Liva, Copenhagen which will run from February to April 2020 http://www.cafeliva.dk/content/i-al-slags-vejr-en-benny-andsersen-mosaik

Fallulah receives female empowerment award

Last night Fallulah received the Ethel Award at SPOT Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, for her effort to promote and encourage equal opportunities in the Danish music industry. One of Fallulah's initiatives is the Spotify playlist Hej Søster which highlights the quality and diversity of female songwriters and artists in Denmark and works as a positive statement. Read more here (in Danish) https://spotfestival.dk/ethel-pris-2019-til-fallulah/ Links:Hej Søster – SpotifyFallulah – Spotify

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