Monday, 14 March 2016 12:30

Snap Analysis: TV Shows Increasingly Expose Artists

Written by

Lord Huron - Fool For LoveThe TV show Girls is presently serving as an example for the effect that music supervisors can have on the success of a particular song, and in exposing new artists.

The HBO series premiered its fifth season in February, which featured Lord Huron's "Fool For Love". This single usage bumped the indie band to the top of THR's Top TV Songs for February. These rankings are based on cumulative monthly Shazam tags, as well as sales and streaming information.

"Fool for Love" was released in the Spring of 2015 and rose to No. 3 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart in July. However, after its placement in the closing minutes of the season opener, it received a whopping 27,000 Shazam tags, 4,000 digital downloads, and a debut on the Billboard song sales chart. Girls also had another Shazam smasher in episode two of season five, with Meg Mac's "Roll Up Your Sleeves", which also made the top 10 for February.

The show's music supervisor, Manish Raval is no rookie, though. You may have seen his work in films such as Donnie Darko, Trainwreck, The Big Lebowski, and many more. He is also a TV show veteran having been the music supervisor for many shows which include New Girl, The Grinder, Community, and more.

To see the cold-hard numbers on the effect that music can have when placed appropriately is incredible, and serves as a great beacon of hope for music supervisors and indie artists alike. It is proving evident that those watching hit TV shows can develop an emotional connection with the music, and therefore an association with the artist. To say that TV exposure is becoming the new A&R may be a stretch, but it is no secret that current trends are leaning heavily on media usage.

To see a full list of the 10 Top TV Songs for February, Billboard has got you covered.

Search MS101

Buy The Book On Amazon

SCH10174 Music Supervision

Twitter Feed @MusicSupervise

For Content Producers

Need the perfect song for your visuals?
Try our FREE service!

The SongHunters

Do you need a Music Supervisor for just an hour?
Try the HourlyMusicSupervisors

SongHunters Testimonials

  • "Great job with the songhunt, SongHunters! The music you found for my book trailer totally works and enhances my message. Your service is excellent, adds value and helps affordably take music-for-video work up a notch. Love it!"
    David Farbman, best-selling author of "The Hunt"

Newsletter Sign-up

Subscribe to our Music Supervision 101 / SongHunters Newsletter!
(Not the same as our SongHunters'
Providers List)

Our Book:

Music Supervision 2: The Complete Guide to Selecting Music for Movies, TV, Games, & New Media

SCH10174 Music Supervision

Available at

The newly revised, definitive book on music supervision, which guides you through real-world scenarios and legal landmines, explores sound design, and profiles key players.

Music supervision, or matching music to all the different mediums from films to ring tones, is one of the fastest-growing careers in the music industry, but finding the winning song for a national ad campaign or compiling a platinum movie soundtrack takes more than just good taste. Music supervision today requires serious multi-tasking and the ability to navigate licensing, relationships, and cultural trends with ease. This book guides you through real scenarios and legal landmines you might encounter; it explores sound design and profiles key players with insightful interviews, while providing project form templates that will save time for seasoned music supervisors.

This is the only guide to the career of music supervision and is ideal for the music student, musician, industry executive and of course, for those who want to break into the field of music supervision. Authors David Weiss, Ramsay Adams and David Hnatiuk are all renowned figures in the procurement and supervision of music and they apply their combined knowledge and experience to give the best possible advice and tell you how to get the job!