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Monday, August 06, 2007

TRANSFORMERS score album update: Sony sez they ain't involved

It's been a week now since the last update regarding the drive to see an album released containing Steve Jablonsky's wonderful score from the movie Transformers. Don't take that to mean that things have been quiet on that front though. Far from it: the past seven days have seen a flurry of activity and investigating and conflicting rumors that some good people have been working hard to cut through. Most of this has had to do with it being thought that Sony Music had the rights to publish the score. And that's what a lot of people have been telling me over the past couple of weeks.

Among the biggest breakthroughs that have happened in this matter came about because of Marco van Bergen: an intrepid young film-maker (click here for the website for his movie Zero Hour) and journalist based in the Netherlands. Marco's been making some tremendous inroads in getting the word spread about the Transformers score petition. Well earlier today he received what may be the most substantive info yet straight from the sources at Sony Music. And that word is ... that Sony Music isn't in charge of the score at all, apparently! Here's what they sent Marco:

Hi Marco, unfortunately I don't have any information on this record as it is not a Sony BMG release. There might have been some confusion with the recent release of the Transformers Movie 20th Anniversary Edition soundtrack (the animated movie) since Sony BMG had put that record out.

SonyMusicStore Customer Service
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Okay so ... who is in charge of the score? Is it indeed, as some have said, Warner Records: the company that released the Transformers "soundtrack" (it's not a real soundtrack) album?

I don't know, but I'm going to be spending part of the next few days trying to find out. In the meantime, it might be worth bearing in mind that Transformers should hit the $300 million dollar mark in box office earnings by the end of this week. It's now the #4 highest-grossing movie of 2007. The Transformers score petition also received it's 3,000th signature earlier this evening. It sure seems that whoever has the rights to release a good album of Jablonsky's score for Transformers, is sitting on a gold mine that's just waiting to be tapped into. Let's hope they do it soon! :-)