Just as it seemed as if music exclusives were drying up on streaming services, news comes today that a documentary starring one of the music businesses’ most lauded executives will be appearing exclusively on Apple Music.
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography and made in conjunction with The IM Global and Scott Free Productions, will premiere tonight (April 19) at the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall. The showing will be followed by special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon and Barry Manilow.
The five-time Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award has, as the press release says, “signed, influenced and driven the careers of many of the most important music artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries.” This includes a slate of a-list artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys and Sean “Puffy” Combs.
“Apple is a global innovator that has revolutionized the distribution of music,” said Davis in a statement. “It is a touching honor to share the music and unique stories that have shaped my career with millions of Apple Music subscribers around the world. I am overjoyed to work with them to continue this incredible journey!”
The filmm is directed by Chris Perkel, and produced by Michael Bernstein of Scott Free Productions, with Ridley Scott and Mary Lisio executive producing alongside IM Global’s Ford, David Schulhof, and Deborah Zipser. The deal was negotiated by WME Global with assistance from attorney Craig Emmanuel of Loeb & Loeb.
“It is an incredible milestone to have a film about my life premier on opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in an iconic venue such as Radio City Music Hall,” Davis continued. “It will be a moving celebration of music and artistry that hopefully will touch everyone.”