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August 6, 2012 | By Todd Martens
"Sound Shapes," released today for Sony's PS3 and handheld system Vita, isn't the typical video game score. The game uses previously unheard tracks from the likes of Beck and Deadmau5, among others, to create a universe where the songs explored are dependent upon a user's movements. Like last year's "Portal 2," which featured music from Jonathan Coulton and the National, "Sound Shapes" brings a little pop cred further into video game culture. They're not the only games to have winning scores.
April 23, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" isn't going anywhere. The hit soundtrack to Disney's animated feature film topped the Billboard 200 for the 11th time Wednesday, reflecting sales of 259,000 copies in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the album's biggest one-week business yet, wrote Billboard's Keith Caulfield, who attributed the 94% boost over the previous week to Easter shopping, "which tends to lift sales of music that appeals to families and children. " PHOTOS: Upcoming Disney films, spring and beyond In extending its stint at No. 1, "Frozen" also broke the record held by "The Lion King" for the most weeks atop the chart for a soundtrack to an animated movie.
August 8, 2009 | Todd Martens
Teen angst doesn't belong to one generation more than any other. Isolation, awkwardness and a general distrust of authority are staples, whether kids are listening to the Beatles on vinyl or Paramore on an iPhone. But if the boomers had Woodstock, Generation X had John Hughes. What was it like to grow up in the '80s? One can reference a string of political or cultural touchstones, or one can turn to Hughes' films for the quickest, easiest and shortest answer. It sounded, perhaps, something like Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
February 21, 1993
"Soundtracks are hotter than ever," begins the intro to Michael Walker's piece on recordings of music for movies ("The Hills Are Alive With the $ound of Movies," Jan. 31). Ah, I thought, someone was listening when I wrote my letter (Jan. 24) on the lamentable lack of coverage about instrumental soundtracks. Wrong! Documenting how little attention is paid to the composer, there was mention of the Bryan Adams song from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," the duration of its stay on the charts and its estimated sales.
August 17, 1997
Mark Swed's feature "The Marriage of Classical Music and the Movies" (July 27) should have been titled "The Mirage of Classical Music and the Movies" since, historically, the majority of film scorers more often than not have pilfered, debauched and watered down distinguished compositions by celebrated composers. PHILLIP LAMBRO Los Angeles Swed performed a real public service, but his observations would not be complete without mention of two of the most ubiquitous pieces of music to grace the screen: Pachelbel's Canon and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."
October 17, 2002
Thanks for finally tackling the question of noise, even if it's New York's noise (Oct. 13). Perhaps now someone will build a defense against the deafening decibel level of our movie theater soundtracks. When I took my 4-year-old grandson to his first film, as soon as the sound came on, he ran out of the theater crying and holding his ears. I know how he felt; many of us now take ear plugs to the movies. If it's true that most movies are made to target the teen audience, then why is the soundtrack geared for the hard of hearing?
July 24, 1995 | DENNIS HUNT
Electric Flag, "Old Glory: The Best of Electric Flag," Legacy/Columbia ** 1/2. Featuring guitarist Mike Bloomfield and singer Nick Gravenities, this group created a stir with its bluesy blend of jazz-rock. Bloomfield left after one terrific 1968 album, "A Long Train Comin'." The follow-up, "The Electric Flag," was terrible and the group flamed out. Fortunately, "A Long Train Comin' " dominates this collection, which also includes some so-so previously unreleased material.
March 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" has stopped the competition cold -- again. The soundtrack to the smash-hit Disney film topped the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, reflecting sales of 202,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the week ending March 23. With a 104% increase over the previous week (when "Frozen" was also No. 1), that's the biggest weekly number the album has logged since it came out in November -- an unusual time for such an achievement, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out . SPRING ARTS PREVIEW: Pop music "Generally," he writes, "albums start big and then taper off as the weeks tick by. " One probable explanation for "Frozen's" late-in-the-game boost?
March 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In Zedd's latest club number, "Find You," he implores the listener to "turn up your night. " The Russian-born DJ and producer's electro-house number is a quintessential dance club anthem, but there's also something more at work here than just the same old party mantra. The lyric "turn up your night" also happens to be the slogan of a new Bud Light Platinum campaign. The song (featuring vocals by Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant) is the lead single on the "Divergent" soundtrack, and the music video for "Find You" costars bottles of the beer.
March 19, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" is back at No. 1. After two weeks in which rap albums by first Schoolboy Q and then Rick Ross dominated the Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's smash-hit animated feature returned to the top spot Wednesday, reflecting sales of 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those numbers push the disc's sales this year past the 1 million mark -- more than any other album has sold so far in 2014, notes Keith Caulfield at Billboard.
February 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" just won't let it go. The soundtrack to Disney's hit animated feature returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, marking its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the album chart. Driven in part by the success of the single " Let It Go " -- which is up for an Oscar on Sunday for original song -- "Frozen" sold 89,000 copies in the week that ended Feb. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Those five weeks are the most for any soundtrack since 1998, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield reports . That's the year "Titanic," with Celine Dion's smash " My Heart Will Go On ," occupied the top spot for 16 straight weeks.
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
He's best known as a founding member of Devo, the plastic-domed new-wave band that gave the world "Whip It. " But musician Mark Mothersbaugh has flourished in a different guise in recent years: composing for film, television and video games, including the poppy and propulsive soundtrack for new animated hit "The Lego Movie" In other words, everything's, well, awesome? "I'm definitely a visually inspired guy," Mothersbaugh said on the phone from his studio in West Hollywood when asked about the movie.
February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
December 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Bono took a look around the cluttered recording studio, filled with Coke bottles and laptops and vinyl records, and turned to a reporter. 'I'm not sure where we put the crack pipe," he deadpanned, pretending to riffle around a coffee table as he also poked at the band's workaholic image. "We usually leave it out for guests. " A moment later the U2 frontman had cranked up a track from the band's work-in-progress April album, an anthemic number about leaving one's hometown titled "Invisible.
November 26, 2013
Arik Einstein Israeli pop singer, movie actor Arik Einstein, 74, a beloved Israeli singer and cultural icon whose voice was called the soundtrack of a nation, died Tuesday at a hospital in Tel-Aviv after collapsing at his home. He died of an aneurysm, according to Gaby Barabash, director of Tel-Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1939, Arik (Aryeh) Einstein was a star athlete as a teenager. When called up for military service in the 1950s, the nearsighted youth was barred from combat service and tried out for an army entertainment troupe, almost accidentally launching a career that would span 50 years and most of the nation's history.
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