Check Out Full Credits for Harry Styles’ ‘Sign of the Times’ Single
April 14, 2017
Harry Styles pulled in a gang of heavy hitters when he was assembling the team to record the Bowie-esque “Sign of the Times,” the first single from his upcoming self-titled solo debut, due out on May 12. According to the song credits provided by Styles’ label, the track was co-written by the song’s producer, Jeff Bhasker, as well as his frequent collaborators and track co-producers Alex Salibian and Tyler Johnson.
There were a few other hands in the songwriting mix as well, including Bhasker compatriots Mitch Rowland and Ryan Nasci and, first in line, Styles himself. The former One Direction member clearly wanted to get away from the comforts of home as the track was laid down at Village Studios in Los Angeles (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift) and Geejam Studio in Jamaica (Gorillaz, Drake, Katy Perry).
The song was mixed by the legendary Mark “Spike” Stent, who has logged time working on Grammy-winning albums by Beyoncé, Frank Ocean and Muse, as well as pitching in for works by Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Grimes, Coldplay, U2, Oasis, Bjork and Madonna.
Rowland played guitar and drums, while Nasci laid down bass and Bhasker is credited with the piano, keyboard and lap steel parts. There is also a pretty extensive list of choir vocalists on the tune, check it out:
Gospel Choirmaster: Edie Lehmann Boddicker Sopranos: Diane Reynolds, Allie Feder, Keri Larson, Monique Donnelly, Charlean Carmon, Carmen Carter, and Julia Waters Altos: Baraka Williams, Clydene Jackson, Eyvonne Williams, Aretha Scruggs, Edie Lehmann Boddicker, Kala Balch, and Laurhan Beato Tenors: Jamie McCrary, Fletcher Sheridan, Johnny Britt, Taylor Graves, David Loucks, Oren Waters, and Carmen Twillie Bari-Basses: Jim Gilstrap, Alvin Chea, Reid Bruton, and Will Wheaton
so…in August when we released HTBAHB….we threw a special party with the characters from the album and a small group of friends, family and fans in LA at the legendary Village Studios with TUMBLR…where some of our heroes made some of our favourite records. Beach Boys, The Doors, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac, Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg. While we were there, we made a little record of our own. We played a few of the new songs during the party, and we recorded them through the same equipment our heroes used. we mixed and mastered it digitally for spotify. and im excited to announce that it is released TODAY. I hope you enjoy. it was an amazing evening that I’ll never forget.
BURBANK, Calif. — Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Aquaman,” helmed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7”). Jason Momoa stars in the title role, returning to the character he plays in this fall’s “Justice League.”
The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (upcoming “Baywatch,” Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Atlanna.
The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Wan’s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk M. Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films) and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy; “The Amazing Spider-Man”), along with Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Charles Gibson (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2”) and VFX supervisor Kelvin McIlwain (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise).
As is fitting for the king of the sea, the shoot will take place mainly in locations spanning the stunning Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, with extensive filming to be accomplished at Village Roadshow Studios. The production will utilize the facility’s sprawling backlot and all nine VRS soundstages, including its newest, Stage 9, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Filming will also take place in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia.
An icon for over 75 years, Aquaman is known by fans of DC Comics as the ruler of Atlantis but committed to protecting the entire globe, both land and sea.
Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters from DC.
Glass Animals • Tumblr IRL • Los Angeles • 8/31/16
Bringing an album to life at a Tumblr IRL had yet to get THIS literal.
The characters pictured in the Glass Animals’s new album and videos added a whole new dimension, inviting fans to be Human Beings with them. With a background of 8 bit projections from the minds of Whoopi (@whoopthis) & Myk (@myk31), the band (@glassanimalsband) performed their new songs on stage in a world made from their imagination.
Graced with some oldies, and hit hard with new music that could only make them dance, those in attendance at The Village Studios in LA didn’t just get a show. They got to truly experience the album.
Big thanks to the band and their brains, to Whoopi & Myk and to Ice Breakers Mints (@icebreakersunicorn) for making this happen, to Vinyl Me Please (@vinylmeplease) for putting Tumblr IRL art on a record (!!!), to Yours Truly (@yourstrulysf) on production and to Spotify Sessions (@spotify) for enshrining it in their vault so we can all enjoy a show with as much energy and passion as you’ll ever see.
The President of Def Jam Recordings Jay-Z with “the Princess of the Roc” Teairra Mari, photographed for a feature in i-D magazine by Terry Richardson at his East Village studio
in 2005. Hov is wearing a Ralph Lauren suit paired with a Gucci tie.
Eugene Richards, Christopher Wool in his East Village studio, (2006)
“I don’t want my work to feel all sweat-soaked and tortured. I’d like to be like a crooner, effortless seeming, smooth. That doesn’t mean it actually is easy. And it doesn’t mean you don’t have backbone, or even aggression. Like Frank Sinatra or Miles Davis maybe. It’s like magic. I want my things to just appear. Not be painted. Just appear. And that is scary too. It’s not magic like Tinker Bell. It’s more like the writing on the wall.”
On this day in music history: November 30, 1979 - “The Wall”, the eleventh album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Waters, it is recorded at Super Bear Studios, Studio Miraval in La Val, France, CBS 30th Street Studios in New York City, The Village Recorder, Cherokee Studios and The Producers Workshop in Los Angeles, CA from January - November 1979. The progressive rock bands’ follow up to their previous release “Animals”, is a concept album exploring themes of abandonment and isolation Waters feels. Never having known his own father, who is an RAF pilot during the second World War, is killed before he is born. It also explores the poor treatment Waters received at the hands of school teachers, feeling oppressed by his over protective mother, and the end of his first marriage. The concept for what becomes “The Wall” has its genesis in the 1977 “Animals” tour, with Waters feeling that there is an increasing barrier growing between himself and the bands’ fans. The albums’ minimalist artwork is designed by artist Gerald Scarfe and Roger Waters. When the band play the album for their US label CBS Records, they are initially “unimpressed” and are reluctant to release the ambitious twenty-six track two LP set. Waters eventually prevails in the project being released as intended. It is a huge critical and commercial success upon its release, becoming the largest selling album of 1980. It spins off three singles including “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” (#1 Pop) and “Run Like Hell” (#53 Pop). Pink Floyd launches an equally ambitious tour to reproduce their masterpiece on stage. The show features the band performing part of the show behind a forty foot tall wall of white cardboard bricks, that is gradually built up during their performance, as well as elaborate lighting and other stage props. Various animated sequences created by Gerald Scarfe are projected on the wall during certain songs. Because of the prohibitively high production costs, it is only performed in four cities (Los Angeles, CA, Uniondale, NY, Dortmund, West Germany and London, UK) on multiple nights, for a total of only thirty one performances. In spite of every show being sold out on the tour, Pink Floyd still loses nearly a million dollars on the venture. Plans to release complete footage of the concerts have been continually scotched by the band over the years, and to date only excerpts have been seen by the public. Audio from the London shows at Earls Court are released as the album “Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81” in March of 2000. Reissued numerous times on CD and vinyl since the 80’s, it is most recently remastered and reissued on 180 gram vinyl in August of 2016. “The Wall” spends fifteen weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 23x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Double Diamond Certification.
qmagazineuk Alex Turner and Miles Kane compare notes during Q’s The Last Shadow Puppets shoot at Park Village Studios. Get #Q356, available now, for our exclusive interview. Photo by George Jacobs. (21/01/16)
On this day in music history: January 19, 1980 - “The Wall”, the eleventh studio album by Pink Floyd hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks. Produced Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Waters, it is recorded at Super Bear Studios, Studio Miraval in La Val, France, The Village Recorder, Cherokee Studios, and The Producers Workshop in Los Angeles, CA from January - November 1979. The project has its genesis in an incident at a concert in Montreal on Pink Floyd’s “Animals Tour” in 1977. Exhausted by the bands’ grueling tour schedule, Waters becomes agitated by a group of fans in the front row and spits on one of them. Later feeling regret over what had happened, Waters begins to reflect on where rock stardom had taken him personally, and to confront a number of unresolved issues in his past. The twenty six track double LP set, largely written by Waters (three songs co-written w/ David Gilmour and one with Bob Ezrin), centers around themes of alienation and struggles with various personal issues going back to childhood. Supported by a limited, but now legendary tour, the album goes on to be a huge critical and commercial success, spinning off three singles including their biggest hit “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2” (#1 US and UK Pop). “The Wall” certified 23x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Double Diamond Certification.