STILL STRONG SPICY – (Going through Showbiz 411) Word quickly spread that Sting is joining the ranks of other big rock stars and songwriters. He reportedly bought his catalog of songs for at least $ 250 million.
At the moment, Sting’s songs are parked at Sony Music Publishing. Universal Music Publishing is said to be chasing him.
The catalog includes “Every Breath You Take”, “Fields of Gold”, “Fragile”. “Roxanne” and a plethora of other hits that can be easily monetized. Dozens of songs written by Sting can be covered by other artists or used in movies or commercials.
I reported a few years ago when Paul McCartney cited “Fields of Gold” as the song he would have liked to write. He probably said this because “Fields of Gold” is a gold mine for any publisher.
Of course, “Every Breath You Take” was awarded BMI’s most played song last year.
There are a few dozen other hit songs that Sting wrote for The Police, including “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”. Next are solo hits, including a number of lesser-known songs from the past five years that are ripe for picking. The sale would include songs from Sting’s Broadway show, “The Last Ship.”
Sting has a sensational new album coming out tomorrow night called “The Bridge”. He is “only” 70 years old and is clearly not going to stop working anytime soon. Thus, the value of the catalog increases more and more.
Sting is one of the best artists here and I think his music would be a gold mine for anyone. Interesting how this song-selling mania came to be de rigueur most recently: Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac… I don’t know if it’s because of the pandemic – and not touring for almost two years – but it’s a sign of the times. With an estimated value of $ 400 million already, I wouldn’t cry for der Stingle just now. Stay tuned!
MIDAS TOUCH – (Going through Deadline) man from midas, the biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, has hired a new director as he seeks to resume production as soon as possible.
Sara Sugarman, known for directing films such as the vinyl musical, Lifetime’s House Of Versace, and Disney’s Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen, is new on board.
As we revealed earlier this month, the film has gone on hiatus as producers look to replace director Jonas Akerlund.
Akerlund told us today, “I regret that things did not go the way we planned on Midas Man. i wish Jacob [Fortune-Lloyd] and the best team with the film.
Queen’s Gambit co-star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd stars as Epstein in the biopic, alongside Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Lukas Gage, Rosie Day and Bill Milner. The project traces Epstein’s role in the creative explosion of the 1960s and his considerable influence on pop music.
We understand that release terms are being discussed with Akerlund and that he could still get credit on the film given that production will not be reprising scenes already in the box. Some key crews will stay, others will be replaced.
Sources close to the production confirmed to us once again that the director’s exit from the film was largely due to the belief that other engagements were hampering Akerlund’s work on Midas Man.
Filming began last month in Liverpool but was suspended for almost three weeks. The producers aim to resume pre-production next week and hope to restart filming from November 29. Filming is scheduled to continue through early February in the UK and US.
The film still has a few important roles to reveal, including the cast playing the Fab Four.
British filmmaker Sara Sugarman grew up near Liverpool, and as a teenager she herself was part of a group. She has worked on several music-themed projects, including Vinyl and Very Annie Mary, and also played a supporting role in the biopic rock Sid and Nancy. She recently directed the Sky Original movie Save The Cinema, which is slated for release in January, starring Samantha Morton, Tom Felton, Jonathan Pryce and Adeel Akhtar.
Filmmaker and Music Director Akerlund is best known for films such as Sundance pic Lords Of Chaos, Polar with Mads Mikkelsen and music videos for Paul McCartney, Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. He was also scheduled to participate in the Midas Man soundtrack. The Swedish filmmaker remains in post-production on the television series Clark Clark.
SHORT SOCKETS – Haven’t seen all of Adele’s recent SCS special; but he beat the last Grammy-shows in the notes …
Freda Payne, who appears in NYC’s Birdland Monday did an hour-long interview on Friday with Robert Shahid on his widely heard Master class program on WEAA-FM. This interview can be heard on https://www.weaa.org/show/master-class-with-robert-shahid … She will also appear at Baltimore’s keystone Korner Friday and Saturday …
We just received a copy of Elton John’s Containment sessions and at the first listen, we love it. Especially “Chosen Family” with Rina Sawayama. No more next column …
Discover Keith Girard Independent from New York for an article on the new Harry Nilsson Harry and I! volume: https://www.thenyindependent.com/music/336792/harry-nilsson-recall-new-book/…
Do you remember the Oxfords? Is there any new music coming? Stay tuned … According to old hacker Dave Mason: this week is the 50th anniversary of the release of his eternally golden sound Alone together album. His so-called follow-up album Alone together Again died a horrible death in the market square. However, this first album was quite brilliant… The parents of the famous scribe Mark Bego have just celebrated their 70 years.e wedding anniversary. Congratulation! … And, happy birthday Cody Gaier and Lanie Speiser!
NAMES IN THE NEWS – CW Hanes; Zach Martin; Tom and Lisa Cuddy; Joël Selvin; Dan Zelinski; Adam Blanc; Samantha Ryan; Brad LeBeau; Jill Fritzo; Kent Kotal; Harrison Jordan; Tony King; Berry Gordy; John Reid; Camp Stuart; Lush ice; Barry Fisch; Eppy; Scott Stander; Richard Skipper; Joël Diamant; and, CHIP!