Archive for June 3, 2011

Article: LimeWire Settles Infringement Claims for $105M; Recording Companies Initially Wanted $75T by Debra Cassens Weiss

The online file-sharing company LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton have reached a $105 million settlement with major recording companies in the middle of a federal trial to determine damages for infringement.

At one time the recording companies had sought $75 trillion in damages, but Judge Kimba Wood had rejected that amount as “absurd,” the Am Law Daily reports. She had granted summary judgment for the companies and placed a ceiling of $1.5 billion on damages, the story says.

Gorton is also co-founder of a hedge fund with a reported $117 million in assets and has $100 million in an IRA account, according to CNet News and the New York Times Media Decoder blog.



Article: Defining The Times: ASCAP Members Top Billboard’s Hot 100 Songwriters List

Top 5 Songwriters are Timbaland, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Pharrell Williams, Max Martin and Rob Thomas

With a combination of sharply-honed songwriting skills and daring innovation, ASCAP members have shattered Hot 100 chart records over the last decade, creating hits that not only break new ground, but have broken through to reach a massive audience. On Billboard’s recent listing of the Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters 2000-Present, ASCAP hitmakers claimed the top nine spots and a total of 13 on the top 20 list.

Billboard’s Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters, 2000-Present
1. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
2. Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald
3. Pharrell L. Williams
4. Martin Karl “Max Martin” Sandberg
5. Rob Thomas
6. Alicia “Keys” Augello-Cook
7. Alliaune “Akon” Thiam
8. Scott Storch
9. Stargate (Mikkel Storleer Eriksen & Tor Erik Hermansen)
12. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges
17. Beyonce Knowles
18. Jermaine Dupri
19. Curtis J. “50 Cent” Jackson, Jr.

In a music landscape full of flash in the pan artists and trends, Timbaland is that rare talent whose creative brilliance is matched by his longevity. His innovative production work has defined the cutting edge for over a decade, transcending genre and cultural boundaries and consistently yielding commercial and critical mega-success. In 2008, Timbaland was crowned ASCAP’s Pop Songwriter of the Year for his contributions to nine of the most-performed songs of 2007. He has also been named ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year a total of three times.

2008 – ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for “Give It To Me” (Timbaland with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake), “Ice Box” (Omarion), “Make Me Better” (Fabolous with Ne-Yo), “My Love” (Justin Timberlake with T.I.), “Say It Right” (Nelly Furtado), “Summer Love/Set The Mood” (Justin Timberlake), “The Way I Are” (Timberland with Keri Hilson and D.O.E.), “Until The End Of Time” (Justin Timberlake) and “What Goes Around…Comes Around” (Justin Timberlake).

2008 – ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year for “Ice Box” (Omarion),
“Make Me Better” (Fabolous with Ne-Yo), “My Love” (Justin Timberlake with T.I.), and
“Until The End Of Time” (Justin Timberlake).

2003 – ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year for “I Care 4 U” (Aaliyah), “More Than A Woman” (Aaliyah), “Oops (Oh My)” (Tweet) and “Work It” (Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott).

2001 – ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year for “Big Pimpin’,” (Jay-Z with UGK), “Hot Boyz” (Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott) and “Try Again” (Aaliyah).

ASCAP’s Pop Songwriter of the Year for the past two years, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, is a musician, songwriter and producer who has written and produced some of the most successful and globally-recognized pop music of the modern era. After making a name for himself as the guitar player in the Saturday Night Live band for ten years, he left after the 2006-2007 season and transformed himself into the creative powerhouse he is today. As he continues to rack up #1 hits quicker than most of his competitors can think up a chorus, Gottwald has quietly been building a mini-empire to rival the majors.

2011 – ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for “California Gurls” (Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg), “Dynamite” (Taio Cruz), “Party in the USA” (Miley Cyrus), “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry) and “Tik Tok” (Ke$ha).

2010 – ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for “Circus” (Britney Spears), “Hot N Cold” (Katy Perry), “My Life Would Suck Without You” (Kelly Clarkson), “Party In the USA” (Miley Cyrus), and “Right Round” (Flo Rida).

As part of The Neptunes, Pharrell has produced numerous hit singles for various artists, earning three Grammy Awards for his work, including Producer of the Year. Pharrell has written and produced records for a Who’s Who of musical stars across the spectrum, including Nelly, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Daddy Yankee, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Maroon 5, Shakira, The Hives and the Gorillaz, among others. Not content to work in one genre, he has created hip-hop, R&B, pop and funk-rock, with his own group, N.E.R.D. Pharrell shared some of the secrets to his success right before his Master Session at the 2011 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. His conversation with EMI’s Jon Platt was one of the undisputed highlights of the EXPO.

Max Martin (STIM) is the innovative force behind countless groundbreaking, infectious hits. The Swedish songwriter/producer has been crowned ASCAP’s Pop Songwriter of the Year a total of four times for penning an incredible array of hits.

2010 – ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for “California Gurls” (Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg), “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” (Usher with Pitbull), “Dynamite” (Taio Cruz), “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry) and “Whataya Want From Me” (Adam Lambert).

2001 – ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for “I Want It That Way” (Backstreet Boys), “It’s Gonna Be Me” (*NSYNC), “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” (Backstreet Boys) and “That’s the Way It Is” (Celine Dion).

2000 – ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for “As Long As You Love Me” (Backstreet Boys), “Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), “I Want It That Way” (Backstreet Boys), and “Tearin’ Up My Heart” (*NSYNC).

1999 – ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for “As Long As You Love Me” (Backstreet Boys), “I Want You Back” (*NSYNC), “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” (Backstreet Boys) and “Show Me Love” (Robyn).

From humble beginnings to massive success, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rob Thomas has remained focused on growing as a songwriter, which has led to one of the best careers in modern rock history. For more than 10 years, he has penned an incredible array of hit songs for everyone from Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana and Willie Nelson to his own work as a solo artist and with matchbox twenty.

At ASCAP’s New York Sessions in March 2009, Thomas sat down for an interview with Playback Editor in-Chief Erik Philbrook for an insightful, educational and inspirational interview on his career. Thomas spoke about his early years in music, his work both with matchbox twenty and as a solo artist, and how he approaches the art and craft of songwriting.



Article: Angelo Badalamenti and Alf Clausen to be Honored at ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

26th Annual Awards Celebration Salutes Top Film & Television Composers of 2010

New York, NY, June 2, 2011: Composers Angelo Badalamenti and Alf Clausen will be honored at the 26th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, taking place June 23, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Badalamenti will be presented with the distinguished ASCAP Henry Mancini Award and Clausen will receive the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award. The composers of the most performed film and television music of 2010 will also be honored at the invitation-only event.

“We’re very proud to celebrate the achievements of Angelo and Alf at our event this year,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. “Angelo’s musical contributions to film and television are of the highest artistic order – unique, memorable and totally in sync with the vision of the great directors he has worked with. Alf Clausen’s decades of scores for The Simpsons and other TV programs and films are as endlessly inventive as the imaginations of the shows’ writers and animators – it takes a lot of serious work and thought to compose, arrange and conduct such wonderfully happy music.”

Director David Lynch will present Badalamenti with the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award, which is awarded to composers in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Previous recipients include Bruce Broughton, Carter Burwell, John Debney, Mark Isham, Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Randy Newman, James Newton Howard, Johnny Mandel, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri and Hans Zimmer.

The ASCAP Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Mark Snow, Andre Previn, Garth Brooks, José Feliciano, Denis McCarthy, Alan Jackson, Jay-Z, Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder.

Among those being honored in the Top Box Office Films category are John Debney for Iron Man 2, Valentine’s Day and Yogi Bear, James Newton Howard for The Last Airbender, Salt and The Tourist, Randy Newman for Toy Story 3, Trent Reznor for The Social Network, Trevor Rabin for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Pharrell Williams for Despicable Me and Hans Zimmer for Inception and Megamind.

Some of the honorees in the Top Television Series and Most Performed Themes and Underscore categories include Sean Callery (24, Bones and Most Performed Themes and Underscore), Jeff Cardoni (Undercover Boss, CSI: Miami and The Defenders), Michael Giacchino (Lost, Undercovers and Most Performed Themes and Underscore), Ron Jones and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), Jimmy Levine (Glee, Rizzoli & Isles and Royal Pains), Walter Murphy (Family Guy and Most Performed Themes and Underscore) and David Vanacore (Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Nicaragua, Undercover Boss, Ghost Hunters and Most Performed Themes and Underscore).

The complete list of winners will be announced on June 23rd.

Angelo Badalamenti is an acclaimed and prolific film and television composer of haunting music, praised for dark, dreamy melodies that evoke passionate emotions. Widely known for his collaboration with the director David Lynch, Badalamenti has also written distinctive themes for the television series Twin Peaks and Inside the Actors Studio as well as The Summer Olympic Games. He has collaborated with many leading recording artists, including David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Anthrax, Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Mel and Pam Tillis, Julee Cruise and Marianne Faithfull.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Badalamenti studied composition, French horn and piano at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Masters degree. He later worked as a music teacher in Brooklyn, spending his summers performing as a pianist for shows. At the same time, he was also a busy songwriter and orchestrator for many popular performers. His film career began with scores for Law and Disorder and Gordon’s War. In 1986, he was hired by a young David Lynch to be Isabella Rossellini’s vocal coach for Blue Velvet. Badalamenti ended up scoring the film and writing the feature song “Mysteries of Love” with Lynch. Since Blue Velvet, Badalamenti has scored Lynch’s films and projects, as well as those of many other leading directors.

Badalamenti received a Grammy Award for his theme to the groundbreaking TV series Twin Peaks, while the soundtrack album from Twin Peaks has achieved gold status in 25 countries. He received BAFTA’s Anthony Asquith Award for his score for The Comfort of Strangers. Other Badalamenti honors include Golden Globe nominations for The Straight Story and Mullholland Drive, three Emmy Award nominations for Twin Peaks, and Cesar Award nominations for A Very Long Engagement and The City of Lost Children.

Best known for his scoring and songwriting for the hit television series The Simpsons, Alf Clausen received his training at North Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin and Boston’s Berklee College Of Music, earning degrees in Arranging and Composition. He began his musical career as a French hornist and bassist, going on to become an instructor at Berklee.

Clausen has composed for several television series and movies of the week, including The Simpsons (for which he received two Emmy awards, five Annie awards, three International Monitor Awards, twenty additional Emmy nominations and and four additional Annie nominations), Moonlighting (for which he received six Emmy nominations), Alf (no relation), Bette, Police Story and Wizards & Warriors. Clausen has also been the musical director, composer and arranger for numerous television variety shows including The Donny & Marie Show, Mary and The Mary Tyler Moore Variety Hour. His feature film credits include Half-Baked and Number One With A Bullet and he contributed additional music and orchestrations to Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Dragnet, Splash, and Weird Science to name a few.

His CD credits (as songwriter, conductor and producer) include the hit Rhino Records releases The Simpsons: Songs In The Key Of Springfield: Original Music From The Television Series and Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons: More Original Music From The Television Series. His music is featured on the Universal Studios Tram Tour 2000. He has also composed music for his own big band, The Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra, and for the bands of Buddy Rich, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton & Denny Christianson.

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