May The Scores Be With You: Why 2017 was the year of the soundtrack

George Garner

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Actually scrap that, about 20 years ago, in our galaxy, film soundtracks were manna from heaven for the music industry.

“In the ‘90s, soundtracks were a tried and tested approach to break new artists and top the charts,” says Nemat Abdela, marketing manager at Columbia, citing iconic examples such as Titanic, The Bodyguard and Men In Black.

“The early 2000s were a quiet period for the format but with the ...

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