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October 5, 2010

Social Network Trailer Lands Record Deal for women's choir Scala

Billboard:

The two-minute trailer for David Fincher's "The Social Network" features shots of alcohol-filled college parties, scantily clad teenage girls and Justin Timberlake -- seemingly the perfect recipe for a light teen comedy. Yet as a cover of Radiohead's "Creep" plays in the background -performed by a women's choir with minimal instrumentation - the preview takes on a haunting feeling that complements the drama's profile of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.

The spooky cover has helped the trailer earn 1.1 million YouTube views since its July release, and its creators -- 200-member Belgian girls' choir Scala and its classically trained leaders the Kolacny Brothers -- have been given an unexpected opportunity to find an American audience. On the eve of the Oct. 1 release of the Columbia Pictures film, the act has inked a U.S. deal with Rhino Entertainment imprint ATCO Records, Billboard can exclusively confirm.

As ATCO prepares for the fall release of "Circle," the group's latest batch of covers and original compositions, Rhino Entertainment president/CEO Kevin Gore believes the placement of "Creep" in "The Social Network" trailer will be the first of many for the act.

"Familiar songs always have good opportunities behind them," Gore says, "and Scala & Kolacny Brothers have been able to give their covers that unique twist."

Pianist Steven Kolacny and conductor Stijn Kolacny held their first rehearsal with the then-18-member Scala Choir in April 1996. After strictly working with classical music and winning a Belgian choir competition in 2000, Steven started arranging rock songs to fit the choral format in 2001.

"It was just boring to do what all the other choirs were doing," he says. "We made the first rock arrangements not really knowing what the results would be. I wanted to use [the choir] as a sort of solo singer, but with multiple voices behind it." Read more.

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Posted by acapnews at October 5, 2010 12:00 AM

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