• Friday, Sep. 24, 2021
Bad Bunny tops Billboard Latin Music Awards with 10 trophies
Bad Bunny arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Bad Bunny is the champion of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking home artist of the year honors and a whopping 10 trophies.

Among the awards received Thursday by the urban music superstar were Hot Latin Song of the Year for "Dákiti" and album of the year for "YHLQMDLG."

"Thanks always to all the audience for all the support, for supporting the music we make, thanks to all those who worked on this anthem," said Bad Bunny after receiving the Hot Latin Song award. "Thank you for always being there for us. You are the ones who give us this award."

The awards were handed out at a ceremony at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida, that was attended by Latin superstars Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello and more.

The Black Eyed Peas won Latin Pop Song of the Year for "Mamacita," while Karol G, Maluma and The Weeknd each won two awards apiece.

Performers included Rosalía, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Karol G and Maná.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2021
Paul Massey to receive Cinema Audio Society's Career Achievement Award
Paul Massey, CAS (photo by Melinda Coleman)

The Cinema Audio Society will honor multiple CAS, Oscar®, and BAFTA winner and nominee sound mixer Paul Massey, CAS with its highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the 58th CAS Awards on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown-Wilshire Ballroom.

“Paul has been crafting the final sound for films that have become part of the fabric of our popular culture and collective experience for decades,” said CAS president Karol Urban.  “The success of these contributions has yielded him an Oscar®, four BAFTAs, and four CAS Awards, and an imposing number of nominations. Additionally, his continued boundless enthusiasm, energy, and talent for sound mixing and the sound mixing community make him an ideal recipient of this honor.”

Upon hearing the news that he was to receive the highest honor of the CAS, Paul said, “I am overjoyed, honored, and humbled to receive this CAS Career Achievement Award. It means so much to me accepting this recognition from my peers who I respect so much.”

Massey was born near Pinewood Studios, London.  As a teenager he studied music through the Royal Academy of Music, playing in various bands and orchestras.

At age 19, Massey emigrated to Toronto, Canada to work as an assistant recording engineer at a prominent recording studio. However, upon arrival, the job was no longer available. Faced with not having enough money to return to London, he worked for bands and on construction crews until he decided to go to Fanshawe College to study recording engineering. After almost a year he was fortunate enough to obtain an assistant position at Master’s Recording Studio so he left college and never looked back.

Over the next nine years, Massey recorded and mixed albums, commercials, and scores with various musicians. He then had an opportunity to record and mix live tours with bands such as Yes, Supertramp, The Police, The Band, and Tears for Fears for a series of TV concert films, utilizing world-class recording trucks from Le Mobile and Record Plant amongst others. This experience introduced Massey to mixing sound for picture, and he loved it! During this time, Massey also mixed several projects for TV along with many IMAX specialty films.

He moved into film more formally when he joined Deluxe/Filmhouse in Toronto, where he met and worked with Andy Nelson in the late ‘80s. In 1989, Nelson moved to L.A. and recommended Massey to J.R. DeLang at Todd-AO. Sight-unseen, DeLang offered him a re-recording mixer position over the phone! So, in 1990 Massey moved to L.A.

Massey has since worked at many studios in L.A., primarily Todd-AO, Sony, and 20th Century Fox, while also working internationally at facilities in London, such as Twickenham, Goldcrest, and Pinewood on both US and UK financed films.

Massey CAS considers himself incredibly fortunate to work with amazingly talented directors, picture editors, and sound crews, many of whom have become lifelong friends. A few long-term collaborating directors include Sir Ridley Scott, James Mangold, and Gore Verbinski.

Massey’s stellar work has garnered him a 25 combined Oscar®, BAFTA, and CAS Award nominations. Bohemian Rhapsody secured him an Oscar®, BAFTA, and CAS Award. He also won both a BAFTA and CAS Award for Walk the Line and Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, and another CAS Award for Ford v Ferrari and another BAFTA for Almost Famous.

Massey joins an illustrious group of past CAS Career Achievement Honorees that includes: William B. Kaplan, Tom Fleischman, Lee Orloff, Anna Behlmer, John Pritchett, Doc Kane, David MacMillan, Andy Nelson, Chris Newman, Scott Millan, Jeffrey S. Wexler, Randy Thom, Dennis Sands, Ed Greene, Mike Minkler, Willie Burton, Gary Rydstrom, Charles Wilborn, Jim Webb, Richard Portman, Tomlinson Holman, Les Fresholtz, Walter Murch, and Don Rogers,

  • Monday, Sep. 20, 2021
Squeak E. Clean Studios promotes Julie B. Nichols to creative director
Julie B. Nichols

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has promoted Julie B. Nichols to creative director after two years as a sr. composer with the company. The Chicago-based composer, songwriter, music director and producer has over a decade of experience composing across commercials, film, live theater and her band Chicago Soul Spectacular. Nichols’ musical style combines soul, cinematic, instrumental and R&B music, and she has composed spots for brands including Coke’s 2020 Super Bowl campaign, Nintendo, Campbells, Walmart, Spotify and Beats By Dre. Nichols is on the board of Chicago’s Women in Music chapter, where she helps organize events and panels to connect the women of Chicago’s music scene. Nichols was on the 2021 jury for both the Clio and Music and Sound Awards in 2021. Her music arrangement on the Netflix 2020 end of year campaign won a Bronze Lion at Cannes 2021. 

A fixture in Chicago’s indie and soul scene, Nichols also took her talents to the stage at The Second City Theater in Chicago where she was music director for many years sharing the stage with notable performers such as Jeff Tweedy, Paul Simon and Tom Hanks. 

Nichols has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Chicago Symphony Center, The Ahmanson Theater and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. She has also appeared live with Phish and Live From Here with Chris Thile and Mike Elizondo. During her career, her musical scores have premiered at festivals including Discover Film Festival in London, the Sundance Film Festival and Slamdance.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2021
Harbor adds sr. audio engineer Glen Landrum
Glen Landrum

Glen Landrum has joined Harbor’s commercial sound talent roster as senior audio engineer. An award-winning sound mixer for TV and radio commercials, he has worked on both long and short-form content for Sound Lounge, Lime NYC, Lower East Side, Servisound, and Henniger Digital Audio.

Landrum, whose career spans 25-plus years, has partnered with a long list of blue-chip clients including Mastercard, Disney, BMW, Mercedes, L’Oreal, Clairol, Maybelline, IBM, Bud Light, Jet Blue, Garnier, NFL, Amazon, Royal Caribbean, US Cellular, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, VISA, USAA, eBay, Monster, ESPN, Cosentyx, and Starbucks.

Harbor executive creative director Chris Hellman stated, “Having collaborated with Glen for many years during his tenure at Sound Lounge, I know firsthand of the artistry and unique creativity that he brings to every single project.”

Landrum will be joining the expanding commercial audio team at Harbor led by creative director of sound Steve Perski and sr. producer Lauren Boyle. 

Harbor’s commercial division, with locations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the U.K., offers a full suite of services globally: live-action production, creative editorial, sound record, sound mix, sound design, color grading, visual effects, graphic design, CG, animation, conform, and delivery. Harbor commercial is led by Hellman, executive producer live-action Kelly Broad and executive producer postproduction Jesse Schwartz.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2021
Nick Maker joins The Elements Music as exec creative producer/music supervisor
Nick Maker

The Elements Music has hired Nick Maker as executive creative producer/music supervisor. Previously, he served as in-house music producer at Energy BBDO, working with brands such as Jack Daniels, Starbucks, Champion, and MillerCoors. 

Prior to Energy BBDO, Maker worked in supervision, licensing and A&R in his hometown of Sydney, Australia, sourcing music for a range of agency clients including Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, and DDB, and brands such as Heineken, McDonald’s, and Lexus.

The Elements Music specializes in original music, music supervision, sonic branding, and sound design, with teams and locations in Los Angeles and London.

  • Monday, Sep. 13, 2021
Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber top star-packed MTV VMAs
Lil Nas X accepts the award for video of the year for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Lil Nas X won video of the year at Sundays MTV VMAs on a night that Justin Bieber triumphantly returned to the stage as a performer and as winner of the artist of the year.

"I do not take this for granted," Lil Nas X said while accepting the night's final award for the music video for his song, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."

Much of the early show belonged to Bieber, who for his first VMAs performance in six years rappelled from the ceiling of the Barclays Center at the start of the show for an energetic performance of "Stay" with Kid LAROI and then his single "Ghost." 

The VMAs celebrated MTV's 40th anniversary, mixing moments between early network stars like Cyndi Lauper and show opener Madonna with high-octane performances by newer stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello and Chloe.

Bieber was the leading nominee going into the ceremony. He took home the best pop honor for "Peaches," a song that featured Daniel Caesar and Giveon - who accompanied him onstage.

Sporting baggy clothes and a hoodie, Bieber showed his appreciation for the awards being in-person and thanked his wife, Hailey, for supporting him.

"As we know, there's so much going on in the world as we speak," Bieber said during his acceptance speech after winning artist of the year. "I know you guys have probably heard it a lot. We are in unprecedented times with this COVID thing that's happening right now. It's a big deal. Music is such an amazing outlet to be able to reach people and bring us all together. That's why we are here right now. We're all here together."

Opening the show, Madonna told the screaming crowd: "They said we wouldn't last. But we're still here."

Moments after Olivia Rodrigo performed her hit "good 4 u," she collected the night's first award for her massive hit song "Drivers License." She later won best new artist. 

"I feel so grateful that I get to write music, make stuff that I love and call it my job," said Rodrigo, the first-time nominee. Earlier in the awards, the singer called this the "most magical year of my life."

Jennifer Lopez, who three days earlier made her re-kindled romance with Ben Affleck official  on the red carpet of his new film ""The Last Duel" at the Venice International Film Festival, presented Rodrigo her trophy.

Billie Eilish won the fan-voted video for good for her song "Your Power." In her acceptance speech, she said Alicia Keys kissed her on the cheek, spoke about the satisfaction of writing the song and women empowerment. 

"We need to protect our own women at all costs," said Eilish, while her brother-producer Finneas applauded his sister from his seat. "We need to remember that we all have power. We have to remember not to abuse it."

Lauper, who presented Bieber with his first award, advocated for equal rights for women.

"Girls still want to have fun," said Lauper, known for classic melody "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." "But we also want to have funds, equal pay, control over our bodies, you know, fundamental rights."

Lil Nas X hit the stage with Jack Harlow, then he performed his controversial song "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)." Kacey Musgraves and Shawn Mendes also hit the stage. 

Olympic gymnastic champion Simone Biles introduced Doja Cat — the show's host — who went aerial during her performance. With wires holding her up, Doja Cat glided over the crowd and landed on stage as she performed "Been Like This" and "You Right." 

Before the show, Machine Gun Kelly got into a heated argument on the red carpet with UFC fighter Conner McGregor. Video showed McGregor being held back by security from Kelly who later won best alternative for his song "My Ex's Best Friend," featuring Blackbear. 

Kelly said he initially didn't want to release the song, but thanked his label for going against his wishes. He also gave thanks to the director of the song's music video, despite their squabble on set. 

"I haven't talked to you since we did because we got into a fight on set, but it's a great video and I'm so glad we won," he said. "We won!" 

Megan Thee Stallion entered the show as the second-leading nominee with six nominations. BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Rodrigo each had five nods.

The Foo Fighters performed and then accepted the Global Icon Award, an honor handed out for the first time at the VMAs. The award recognizes an artist or band "whose unparalleled career and continued impact and influence has maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond."

The prestigious award was previously presented at the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Past recipients include Queen, Eminem and Whitney Houston.

The rock band – comprised of Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee – performed several of their hits including "Learn to Fly" and "Shame Shame." It was their first performance at the VMAs since 2007.

Eilish presented the Global Icon Award to the group, who thanked MTV veterans from Kurt Loder to Tabitha Soren.

"Thank you very much for this award," Grohl said. "We'll see you in another 26 years."

  • Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021
Butter Music and Sound signs composer Jocelyn Chambers
Jocelyn Chambers

International music shop Butter Music and Sound has hired Jocelyn Chambers as a staff composer out of Los Angeles. Recipient of the 2021-2023 NBCUniversal Composer Diversity Initiative, Chambers has had a dynamic career as a self-titled “composer-creative” entrepreneur. She is the owner of Sweets by Jocelyn, a baking business she started at six years old; author of “The Era of Mixed Feelings,” a collection of curated stories about adolescent experiences and struggles; founder of the online magazine “Majesty Mag”; and host of “The I Am Loved” podcast, which discusses love and self-love. Chambers has explored many creative endeavors, primarily composing music for film. She has composed demos for brands including Nike and Peloton.

Noted LA EP Annick Mayer, “We met Jocelyn while she was speaking on an AMP panel, and we were so blown away by her immense talent and infectiously kind spirit.”

Chambers added, “Butter is encouraging me to write music like I never have before. I’m treasuring the opportunity to not only learn how to write different styles of music but excel at them--by far the best thing I can do for myself as an artist. This experience will help me become a better artist, creator and collaborator, and help me write music for film, TV and beyond.”

Chambers has always been a creative entrepreneur, learning how to play piano while running Sweets by Jocelyn at age seven. Music and film deeply resonated with her as a young child and once she discovered film scoring as a career option, it was a no-brainer that she would pursue it. She began studying composition at the Armstrong Community Music School, winning the Texas Young Composer’s competition twice in 2011 and 2013. She attended the American Festival of the Arts, where she wrote the string quartet “Enigma for the Night” in collaboration with the Houston Ballet. Chambers went on to study at The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Bachelor of Music in music theory and was honored by the College of Fine Arts for her advocacy and activism. She moved to California, pursuing a graduate certificate in film scoring from the University of California at Los Angeles. While studying, she began working as a postproduction assistant on Netflix’s Grand Army and Designated Survivor, eventually scoring music for both projects. She also scored Mama Gloria, a feature documentary highlighting the life of black trans elder Gloria Allen, and In Favor of Fetus, a short documentary detailing the experiences of women affected by Wisconsin’s Cocaine Mom law. Last summer, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she revived Sweets by Jocelyn, which she had previously put on hold to focus on composing.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
Squeak E. Clean Studios promotes Barbato to ECD, names Hori creative director in L.A.
Rob Barbato (l) and Justin Hori

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has promoted Rob Barbato to executive creative director following six years as a creative director with the company. Additionally, creative director Justin Hori will transition from the Chicago shop to the Los Angeles studios to head up the West Coast. 

Barbato will oversee the company’s creative direction and presence, fusing his composing and producing expertise. Taking the reins in L.A., Hori will continue to bolster the studio’s slate of award-winning work for clients including Apple, Reebok, Adidas, Volkswagen and Budweiser.

Having made headway with landmark ads in tech and culture--for clients including Apple, Lexus, Canon, Cadillac and Beats by Dre--Barbato collaborated on spots like Netflix’s lauded “We Watched It All” pandemic-era short and “Beautiful Dreamer” for Canon’s “Inspired” spot, which earned awards including an Emmy, D&AD Pencils, AICP awards, Cannes Lions and The One Show accolades. Hori’s legacy with the studio led to tracks like the famous “Da Diddy Da” for Apple’s iPad campaign, and the anthem for Adidas’ “Your Future is not Mine,” which earned him a Cannes Gold Lion for Best Use of Original Music. 

A composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Barbato has toured and recorded as a sideman of the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, as well as being a member of the seminal U.K. post-punk band The Fall. Barbato has produced records for artists such as Bleached, Kevin Morby and La Sera, and composed music for Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig, IFC’s Maron, and the main title sequence for Comedy Central’s The Gorburger Show. Barbato ‘s commercial portfolio also includes original compositions for Apple, Lexus, Nike, Honda, Facebook and Target, and he has scored two feature-length films.

Hori launched his career at the ripe age of 13 as a DJ in Chicago’s hip-hop and underground electronica music scenes, before taking his first part-time job slinging records at the legendary Gramaphone Records. After studying music theory and composition at Columbia College, he pursued stints at Comtrack and Comma Music, eventually moving to open their Los Angeles office. Hori scored the dark comedy feature film Big Gold Brick, his first independently scored feature film, starring Andy Garcia, Lucy Hale, Megan Fox and Oscar Isaac. The film will premiere in 2022.

  • Monday, Aug. 30, 2021
Jamaican reggae legend "Lee Scratch" Perry dies at 85
This 2018 file photo provided by Megawave shows "Lee Scratch" Perry, whose real name is Rainford Hugh Perry, in Negril, Jamaica. The Jamaican singer and record producer, considered one of reggae’s founding fathers, died on Aug. 29, 2021 at a hospital in Montego Bay, according to a statement issued by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. (John Palmer/Megawave via AP, File)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- 

Jamaican singer and record producer "Lee Scratch" Perry, considered one of reggae's founding fathers, died on Sunday. He was 85.

Perry, whose real name is Rainford Hugh Perry, died at a hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to a statement issued by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. He noted that Perry was a pioneer of dub music in the 1970s and produced more than 1,000 recordings over 60 years that earned him various nicknames, including "Upsetter" and "Mad Scientist."

"His innovative nature led him to become one of the greatest remixing and studio effects guru," Holness said, adding that people have described Perry as an "eccentric character" who was loved by many.

In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, musician Keith Richards described Perry as "the Salvador Dali of music."

Perry is credited for reggae hits including "Dreadlocks in Moonlight," "City Too Hot," and "Curly Locks." He kept producing music until recently, posting on Twitter last month that he was preparing for shows in Europe later this year.

"I was very busy in the studio doing some lovely remixes," he tweeted in July next to a picture of himself playing a tiny flute with brightly painted nails and his hair and beard dyed a crimson red. "Keeping fit for the upcoming shows in Europe and hoping they will happen!"

Perry once worked as an intern and janitor at several recording studios before establishing his own, Black Ark, and ended up working with artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Beastie Boys and The Clash. He also spent time in Europe and the U.S., where he continued recording. His album, Jamaican E.T., won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003.

In a podcast interview last year posted by Berklee Online, Perry said music brings joy and represents magic to him.

"Me believe in good chords. Me believe in soul. Me believe in soul music, soul singers, funky singers, pop singers," he said. "There is nothing else. Without the music, people get miserable."

  • Monday, Aug. 30, 2021
ALIBI releases 5 new video game music loop albums
ALIBI’s 8-Bit Video Game Music is one of five new albums with tracks especially looped for use in video games.

ALIBI Music continues to deliver Hollywood sound to game developers with the release of five new video game music loop albums from the same composers serving major film and television productions. ALIBI’s growing collection of looped music now totals 115 albums for 1,154 tracks.

Structured to work seamlessly in any video game/AR/VR environment, this background music (BGM) spans multiple genres and can be used in both horizontal and vertical music techniques. As always, each video game music loop track includes clear intros and outros designed to come in at any downbeat, while instrument stems provide tremendous adaptive possibilities.

ALIBI’s five newest video game music loop albums are:

  • 8-Bit Videogame – A nostalgic collection of delightfully retro chiptune tracks drawing influence from the early years of home console entertainment and invoking classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Streets of Rage. Suited to RPG, adventure, puzzle and platform games. 
  • Action Underscores – A stunning collection of driving, pacing orchestral music beds designed to invoke suspense and dark heroic drama. Featuring relentless staccato strings, anthemic brass and powerful epic drums, each of these tracks is perfect for dark action and thriller games. 
  • Electro Sweet – These sweet and friendly electronic tracks work great for casual game BGM. Listen
  • Cinematic Ethereal Drama – A collection of epic and emotive hybrid orchestral music perfect for sci-fi and futuristic games. 
  • Heroic Adventure – Epic, powerful orchestral cues for fantasy adventure, superhero action-thriller and dramatic sports games. 

ALIBI’s production music has been used in such high-profile recent projects as the official game trailers for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Season 3 and Project CARS GO, among numerous others.

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