jump to navigation

Academy Disqualifies The Dark Knight Score November 13, 2008 6:31 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Batman, Movies, Music, News, Soundtracks, The Dark Knight.
1 comment so far

thedarkknightsoundtrack-111308Because the films music cue sheet lists five names as composers, the soundtrack to The Dark Knight has been disqualified by the executive committee of the Academy music branch.  Formal letters will be sent out to composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, two who collaborated on the music, this week.  Their previous collaboration, Batman Begins, was disqualified in 2005 for the same reasons.

Sources inside the committee said that the big issue was the fact that five names were listed as composers on the music cue sheet, the official studio document that specifies every piece of music (along with its duration and copyright owner) in the film.

Zimmer said, in an interview with Variety prior to this week’s Acad action, that listing multiple names on the cue sheet was a way of financially rewarding parts of the music team who helped make the overall work successful. (Performing-rights societies like ASCAP and BMI use the cue sheet to distribute royalties to composers.)

Source: Variety


Twilight Soundtrack Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200 November 13, 2008 5:43 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Billboard 200, Music, News, Soundtracks, Twilight.
add a comment

twilight-1-small-72308The soundtrack to Twilight debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 this week, becoming the third No. 1 film soundtrack this year after Juno and Mamma Mia! According to Nielsen SoundScan, the soundtrack moved 165,000 copies in the US.  29% (48,000) of its sales were digital downloads which is the second-biggest digital week for a soundtrack since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album download sales in 2004 (High School Musical bowed with 62,000 downloads in August 2007).

Last week’s No. 1, AC/DC’s “Black Ice” from Columbia dropped 41% to No. 2 with 160,000 copies and the soundtrack to Disney’s High School Musical 3 stayed in third place for a second straight week with a 32% drop to 110,000 copies sold.

Twilight hits theaters next week, November 21st.

Source: Nielsen SoundScan (via THR)