“The Climb” Wins Musicnotes.com 2009 Song of the Year Award

Madison, WI – April 21, 2010 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that Jon Mabe, Jessi Alexander, Music of Stage Three and Disney Music Publishing are the recipients of the seventh annual Musicnotes Song of the Year Award for the song, “The Climb.” The Musicnotes Song of the Year Award is presented each year to the songwriter and publisher of the best-selling sheet music for a song made popular in the previous calendar year. In 2009, this song was “The Climb.” The song “The Climb” was released in March 2009 as the leading single performed by Miley Cyrus for Hannah Montana: The Movie. In
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New Arrangements of Beautiful Ballads

We’d like to draw your attention to all the great ballads that have recently been arranged and are available to download at musicnotes.com. A current top 10 hit in the UK singles chart is the paean to New York City, Empire State Of Mind (Part II) by Alicia Keys. This ode to the Big Apple was preceded by a version of the song entitled Empire State of Mind by Jay Z, released late last year. Alicia’s version compliments Jay Z’s hip hop ballad with its soulful, piano-led harmonies. You can purchase the sheet music for both versions arranged for piano, voice and guitar. Visit our selection of sheet music by
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Best of British: New Sheet Music Arrangements by UK Artists

Here at Musicnotes.com, we’re proud that we have the sheet music of an eclectic range of UK artists available; we don’t just champion the well-established acts! Let’s take a look at some of the exciting new arrangements that you can now download sheet music for. London troubadours, Mumford & Sons are causing a folk-revival in the capital and beyond! Little Lion Man is the first single to be taken from Mumford & Sons debut album, “Sigh No More.” The uplifting Winter Winds is also available from Musicnotes.com and has been arranged for piano, vocal and guitar. Electro-rock duo The Big Pink have also found success in the UK with their
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Smile! Play or Sing these 25 Popular Children’s Songs

Children’s songs are a great way to introduce your kids or students to the world of music. Historically, the origin of traditional children’s songs is often subject to debate. Some songs, like London Bridge is Falling Down, were thought to have originated from a nursery rhyme and then set to music. In recent years, several media-based companies, including Disney, have done an excellent job blending animation with memorable songs that have attracted musicians and singers from all ages. In this list, we highlight a selection of twenty-five popular children’s songs that range from traditional tunes like There’s a Hole in my Bucket to C is for Cookie, a fun song
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New! More Official Arrangements from GLEE

Have you been enjoying the musical-comedy television series GLEE? We’re excited to announce that we have more official arrangements of sheet music from this Golden Globe Award-winning TV series. They have been arranged for piano, voice and guitar in Musicnotes popular “Singer Pro” format. To learn more about our Singer Pro sheet music, be sure to read our post entitled, “Deciphering Singer Pro Sheet Music and Finding Your Vocal Range.” In addition to its huge popularity in the US, GLEE has attracted a wide fan base in the UK and is popular with audiences of all ages from X FACTOR-obsessed teens to musical-loving grannies. A critic from The Guardian has
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Corinne Bailey Rae Sheet Music from her album “The Sea”

Corinne Bailey Rae, soul-jazz singer and infamous Loiner (a person who hails from Leeds!) has returned after a two-year hiatus with her new album “The Sea,” the follow-up to her 2006 eponymous debut album. Bailey Rae found success both in the UK and in the USA with the feel good hit “Put Your Records On,” which, for many, became the pop anthem of 2006, and the languid ballad “Like A Star.” Her self-titled album “Corinne Bailey Rae” went straight to number one in the UK album charts and sold over a million copies in the US. After a whirlwind year of touring and achieving phenomenal success, including 4 Grammy Award
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Lights! Camera! Movie Sheet Music!

Did you watch the Academy Awards? This year’s nominated films ranged from popular movies like AVATAR to CRAZYHEART, a movie starring Jeff Bridges about a country singer-songwriter named “Bad Blake.” Our selection of movie sheet music highlights a few films that were nominated for the music-related categories, but we do have a few other songs we’d like to point out from other films. First, we’d like to highlight that we have the theme song from INVICTUS, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of Nelson Mandela earned him his fifth nomination for “Best Actor.” We also have two songs from CRAZY HEART. The first is the signature song
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Ireland’s Finest Bands – Some of our Favourite Gems from the Emerald Isle

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March, we decided to take a look at the wealth of rich and varied artists Ireland has given us over the years. With a musical heritage that encompasses folk, pop, rock, blues, soul and punk, the Emerald Isle has launched many significant musicians. Here’s a selection of some our favourite bands and performers: The Chieftains Grammy Award-winning group The Chieftains were formed in Dublin in 1962 after they met up to record an instrumental folk album. At the time, this was a rare and groundbreaking approach to traditional Irish music as their peers were largely vocal folk acts. Their popularity grew throughout
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Sheet Music for Muse – The Resistance Album

The Muse boys returned in late 2009 with their fifth studio album, The Resistance. Their much-anticipated follow-up to 2006′s Black Holes and Revelations has been greeted with critical acclaim for its scope, grandeur and classical musical influences. It sold around 148,000 copies in the UK in the first week alone, reaching the number one slot in the album charts in 19 countries and getting to number 3 in the U.S. Billboard charts. The Resistance marked a landmark for the band as it is the first of their albums that they produced themselves, an accomplishment that was celebrated when they collected UK Single of the Year at the recent Music Producers
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Sheet Music from Songs Featured in the Olympics

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? This year’s Winter Olympic Games are not only filled with competition, but also music! During opening ceremonies, KD Lang performed Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. This beautiful song continues to be one of our top sellers here at Musicnotes.com, and her performance renewed your interest in this tune. Of course, the Olympics opening ceremonies wouldn’t be complete without a performance of O, Canada, the Canadian National Anthem, or Olympiakos Umnos, which is also referred to as the theme song for the Olympics. Many of your favorite songs were used by ice skaters as they danced across the ice, hoping to take home a medal
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