October 28, 2010

Glee: Behind the Music

Ever wonder about the creative process behind song selections on Fox's hit show Glee? Time recently posted a very detailed description on who gets final say and how the remixes are made.

Ryan Murphy, the show's executive producer and co-creator, makes his music choices after the scripts are prepared in order to match songs to plot lines. Murphy has final say, but cast members have learned that if you hum a song within earshot of him, it generally makes it onto the show. That's how Nelly's "Ride Wit Me" made it on last season - Mark Salling was jamming to it on set.

After Murphy makes his picks, they get passed to Adam Anders, the show's executive music producer whose also worked with Backstreet Boys and Sheryl Crow. Anders is the one who transforms any song into 'Broadway infused-pop'. "Whatever you hand me, I'll make sure it's something people want to hear. I want everything to sound like a hit record," Anders says. Music is recorded prior to filming, but the cast is only given a total of eight days to get it all done. This is no small task as Anders states, "There's a reason why there aren't many TV musicals. It's really difficult."

As a result of these renditions, not only will the show profit from sales on iTunes, but the original artists profit as well. Journey saw an 87% bump in sales after the cast performed "Don't Stop Believin' " in their pilot. However, not all artists are fans of Glee. Kings of Leon has stated that they will not allow the show to use their music.

So what's up next for the cast? An ABBA episode! No details yet, but the show's executive music producer is definitely on board.

Check out the full article here: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2027592,00.html

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