1. John Williams Not Scoring Steven Spielberg Film for First Time in 30 Years

    March 20, 2015 1:50 AM EDT For the first time since 1985's The Color Purple , John Williams will not be scoring a Steven Spielberg movie. DreamWorks Pictures has revealed that Bridge of Spies is the title of Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, due out Oct. 16, ...

  2. Watch: John Williams’ Iconic Score Returns in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer

    November 28, 2014 12:24 PM EST The first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser finally arrived Friday morning (Nov. 28). The highly energized teaser opens with a shot of a desert landscape and an ominous voice asking, "There has been an awakening -- ...

  3. Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Will Butler and Owen Pallett, More Deliver at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:10 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena& ...

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  5. First, Likely Annual, Oscar Concert to Honor Nominated Composers John Williams, Desplat and More

    February 13, 2014 1:41 PM EST After 85 years, Oscar is putting on his very first concert, and there are plans to televise future shows worldwide. The motion picture academy will present a live Oscar Concert in the days leading up to the 86th annual Academy Awards that celebrat ...

  6. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Bi ...

  7. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Score Golden Globes Nominations

    December 12, 2013 12:13 PM EST Justin Timberlake's song from "Inside Llewyn Davis," Taylor Swift's track from "One Chance" and Coldplay's closing credits tune from "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" received nominations for the 71st annua ...

  8. The Top Hollywood Music Schools

    November 01, 2013 1:27 PM EDT The Hollywood Reporter's ranking of the top 10 music schools reveals a unique hierarchy of institutional standing. Based on a survey of academic and entertainment insiders -- including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors and en ...

  9. 'Star Wars' Theme Named Favorite Movie Soundtrack

    September 30, 2013 1:08 AM EDT The Star Wars theme has been named Britain's favorite movie soundtrack in a BBC poll. "With almost a quarter of the audience votes, John Williams’ 'Star Wars Theme' topped a list that spans 64 years of cinema soundtrack history ...

  10. John Williams Onboard As Composer For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    July 29, 2013 12:37 AM EDT It's official: the latest chapter of Star Wars will be scored by John Williams. The composer, who has crafted the score for all six titles in the space opera saga, was confirmed to be joining J.J. Abrams' Episode VII by Lucasfilm preside ...

  11. Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow Lead 'Capitol Fourth' Celebrations in DC

    July 05, 2013 1:16 AM EDT Thousands of Americans flocked to the National Mall to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, performances by Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow and selections from the "Lincoln" score played by the National Symphony Orchest ...

  12. Cliff Martinez, John Williams, Mike Post, More Honored at BMI Film & TV Awards

    May 16, 2013 12:27 PM EDT The standing ovation for honoree Cliff Martinez was fully expected at BMI's Film & TV Awards Wednesday night. But when the performing rights organization's two top executives -- Doreen Ringer-Ross and Ray Yee -- were greeted with ...

  13. Director J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely to Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    May 01, 2013 12:17 AM EDT J.J. Abrams is getting his ducks in a row as he readies to direct the next installment of Disney's Star Wars. During a press conference in Berlin for "Star Trek Into Darkness" on Monday, Abrams skirted questions about his anticipate ...

  14. Backbeat: Oscar Music Nominees Gather at Pre-Awards Reception

    February 24, 2013 1:30 PM EST Oscar-nominated songwriters were honored Saturday. Back row, from left, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Walter Murphy and Paul Epworth; front row, Herbert Kretzmer, J. Ralph, Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri. LOS ANGELES -- Barbra Streis ...

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  17. Adele, Taylor Swift Nominated for Golden Globes

    December 13, 2012 12:13 PM EST Two of the biggest female artists in music will compete for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes next year, with Adele's Bond track "Skyfall" squaring off against Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound," from "The H ...

  18. Adele, Taylor Swift Nominated for Golden Globes

    December 13, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Jon Bon Jovi and Keith Urban Also Up for Original Song; For TV, 'Nashville' Scores Two Nods Two of the biggest female artists in music will compete for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes next year, with Adele 's Bond track " ...

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  21. Danny Elfman Talks Tim Burton, 'Simpsons,' and Why He Found the Anvil Film 'Emotionally Wrenching'

    October 26, 2012 11:00 AM EDT (L-R): Composer, Danny Elfman, Director, Sacha Gervasi, and Tim Appelo, Hollywood Reporter, Film Editor (Photo: Arnold Turner) Composer Danny Elfman finds deep inspiration when writing about tragedy. The character Jack Skellington's need to e ...

  22. Composers and Music Supervisors Talk Process, Problems and Importance of Networking at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    October 25, 2012 11:49 AM EDT (L-R): Musician/composers Michael Andrews, Will Bates, Phil Mossman, Gingger Shankar and Nick Urata; music supervisor Gary Calamar (Photo: Arnold Turner) The key to survival is diversify. Always negotiate to retain ownership of your score when the ...

  23. Benjamin Grosvenor Youngest To Scoop Classic BRIT Critics' Award

    October 03, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Twenty year-old Essex pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest male recipient of a Classic BRIT Award last night, snatching the Critics' Award from Sir Simon Rattle and Jirí Belohlávek at the ceremony which took place at London's A ...

  24. BMI Releases Results, Revenue Down 3.5% Due to Radio Rate Settlement

    September 20, 2012 6:02 PM EDT In the year ended June 30, 2012, Broadcast Music, Inc. reported $898.8 million in revenue, a nearly 3.5% decline from the $931 million collected in the prior year. The organization attributed the decline to " settling a rate litigation" ...

  25. Nicola Benedetti, Classical Violinist, Hits The UK Album Charts (Ahead of Justin Bieber)

    September 14, 2012 12:31 PM EDT Classical violinist Nicola Benedetti topped Justin Bieber on this week's UK album charts (screen shot) "Chasing vacuous fame as if it's something in itself just isn't remotely fulfilling. This obsession must be fought against.& ...

  26. Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Bret McKenzie Nominated For World Soundtrack Awards

    August 13, 2012 2:54 PM EDT Songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie are in contention for the World Soundtrack Awards 2012 handed out at the Ghent International Film Festival. The World Soundtrack Academy hands out awards in three cat ...

  27. Chart Moves: Olympics' Soundtrack Album Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The Billboard 200: It was a quiet week at the top of the Billboard 200. So quiet, that Zac Brown Band returned to No. 1 with its Uncaged set, selling a rather tiny 48,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. There were, however, two debuts in th ...

  28. Slow Sales Start August, Big Guns Next Week

    August 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sold, a ...

  29. Nas Bows at No. 1 with 'Life is Good'

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Life Is Good" bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged i ...

  30. Nas Scores Sixth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Life Is Good bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin ...

  31. Phillip Phillips To Make Post-Surgery Debut at July Fourth Show

    June 18, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The newest 'American Idol' champ says he's 'getting better each day' America will get to hear from its newest "American Idol" at this year's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall as Phillip Phillips mak ...

  32. Five Decades Of Grammy Hits

    June 06, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 Even by the exalted standards he shares with other high-achieving record makers, Al Schmitt has a stunningly diverse discography. In a career spanning five decades, Schmitt has worked with such icons as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Sam C ...

  33. Backbeat: Rolfe Kent Receives Career Achievement Honor at BMI Film and TV Awards

    May 17, 2012 3:12 PM EDT BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, BMI Richard Kirk Award recipient Rolfe Kent, and BMI vice president of film and television relations Doreen Ringer Ross pose during the 2012 BMI Film & Television Awards. (Photo: Randall Michelson/Wire Image) ...

  34. Rolfe Kent To Be Honored With Career Achievement Award At BMI Film & TV Awards

    April 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Prolific film composer Rolfe Kent will receive the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement at 2012 BMI Film & Television Awards on May 16. Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the event honors composers of the pas ...

  35. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year

    February 27, 2012 12:37 AM EST In a year in which the Academy Awards appeared to not give a hoot about film music -- no musical performance during the show, just two nominees for Best Song -- they proceeded to reward a film in which the only dominant sound WAS music. Just two n ...

  36. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 27, 2012 12:03 AM EST The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Su ...

  37. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original so ...

  38. Backbeat: Howard Shore, Siedah Garrett, Ludovic Bource, Other Oscar Nominated Composers, Songwriters Gather Before Big Day

    February 26, 2012 8:41 AM EST Oscar nominees, from left, Brett McKenzie, Ludovic Bource, Sergio Mednes, Siedah Garrett and Alberto Iglesias chat before offical photograohs are taken as the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists pre-Oscar party. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Most of t ...

  39. Super Bowl Theme Music, Meet Dubstep

    January 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Giants and the Patriots will meet on the field at Super Bowl XLVI, but when NBC goes to commercial, John Williams will meet dubstep and other modern music styles. Intending to reflect the epic nature of this NFL championship, a rematch of the 20 ...

  40. Exclusive: John Williams' 'Wide Receiver' Gets Dubstep Treatment For Super Bowl XLVI

    January 26, 2012 9:01 PM EST The Giants and the Patriots will meet on the field at Super Bowl XLVI, but when NBC goes to commercial, John Williams will meet dubstep and other modern music styles. Intending to reflect the epic nature of this NFL championship, a rematch of the ...

  41. Billboard Power 100: Randy Spendlove

    January 26, 2012 7:05 PM EST No. 69 Randy Spendlove President of Music Paramount Pictures The Big Score... Good thing Randy Spendlove knew the symptoms of Bieber Fever when he saw them: He got the ball rolling on "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," which pulled in $73 ...

  42. Oscar Analysis: What Happened to Best Original Song?

    January 24, 2012 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 The convoluted system to select nominees for the Best Original Song Oscar, altered in 2009 when the Academy raised the number of best picture nominees to 10, came back to haunt the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday (Jan. 24). O ...

  43. Oscar Analysis: Why Only Two Nominees for Best Original Song?

    January 24, 2012 10:49 AM EST The convoluted system to select nominees for the Best Original Song Oscar, which was altered in 2006 when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences raised the number of best picture nominees to 10, came back to haunt it on Tuesday. Oscar Mu ...

  44. Oscar Nominations Announced: 'The Artist,' 'Tintin,' 'Hugo' Up For Best Score

    January 24, 2012 9:25 AM EST 0 0 0 Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (Jan. 24), and while "The Artist," "The Descendants," and "The Help" all got their expected due, this year's music nominations were a ...

  45. Oscar Musical Nominees: 'Muppets,' John Williams, 'Rio,' 'The Artist'

    January 24, 2012 8:56 AM EST Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced today and while "The Artist" and "The Descendants," and "The Help" all got their expected due, this year's music nominations were less known. This yea ...

  46. Madonna, 'The Artist' Win Music Awards at Golden Globes

    January 15, 2012 9:47 PM EST Madonna topped Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Chris Cornell for the Best Song award at the Golden Globes Sunday night with a win for "Masterpiece," from "W.E.," a film she also wrote and directed. She shared the award with co-wr ...

  47. What's on Harry Potter's iPod?

    July 13, 2011 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the stateside debut of the final "Harry Potter" film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," this Friday (July 15), HP fanatics are asking themselves, "What do we do now?" As for us here at Billboard.com, ...

  48. Weekly Chart Notes: John Lennon, Taylor Swift, 'Glee'

    October 14, 2010 7:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 LENNON LEGEND: Capitol Records' celebration of what would have been John Lennon 's 70th birthday Oct. 9 brings the party to both the Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums. Eight of Lennon's classic solo albums were remastered and r ...

  49. Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics , "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red H ...

  50. Chart Beat Thursday: Multi-Format Diva Domination

    November 12, 2009 5:31 PM EST 0 0 0 CARRIE: Carrie Underwood 's third album "Play On" opens atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums. The set is her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following 2007's "Carnival Ride." Her first release, "Some Hearts ...

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