Two for Tuesday
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2007

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Cheer up, forlorn fans of The O.C.! The show’s music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas, plans to start a record label of her own: Chop Shop Records. The Atlantic imprint will focus on the same indie rock fare that Patsavas brought to The O.C. and Grey’s Anatomy via her Pasadena-based entertainment firm, Chop Shop Music Supervision. If you're unfamiliar with those primetime mega-shows and their chart-climbing soundtracks, here's all you need to know:

1. Patsavas supervised the Grey's Anatomy Volume 2 soundtrack, which received a Grammy nomination.
2. When Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" orchestrated the 2006 season finale of Grey's Anatomy, weekly download sales of the single jumped from 2,000 to 21,000.
3. Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" is not actually a good song, so this illustrates Patsavas' taste-making power.
4. The O.C.'s six soundtracks helped introduce artists like Death Cab for Cutie and The Walkmen to millions of TV viewers. Coincidentally, Death Cab's only post-O.C. album, Plans, is their highest-charting record to date. It also received a Grammy nomination.

Patsavas and Atlantic president Julie Greenwald hatched the idea during last year’s Coachella festival. Although no acts have been signed yet, the label plans to bring aboard at least three acts before officially launching. Nice work, Chop House – Seth Cohen would be proud of your perseverance.

In other news, Aretha Franklin is getting the biopic treatment... just like every other iconic musician. A musical theater production has been in the works for some time, but Franklin herself has confirmed an eventual movie version as well. Also confirmed is Jennifer Hudson's candidacy for the role, although Franklin insists that nothing has been cast yet.

This is good news for music-movie lovers, seeing as "Gospel According to Janis" is on hold until November and the Dylan-based "I'm Not There" won't hit theaters until the Fall.

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