Here are some of the documentaries you can watch on Apple Music

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited September 4
Apple Music is of course an audio-first streaming service, but if you have time to kill, you can kick back and watch documentaries on musicians, producers, and other aspects of the biz. Here's a roundup of some of the titles currently available.

Kygo

Apple Music Presents: Chris

Christine and the Queens


Due on the service Sept. 14, this one is about the upcoming album by synthpop band Christine and the Queens, arriving on Sept. 21. Apple will premiere the short film at a concert in Paris on Sept. 13.

Rainbow: The Film

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Coming Aug. 10, Rainbow is a behind-the-scenes piece on the Kesha album of the same name. This one is unusual, however, in not just launching a full year after its companion, but in being a "three dimensional piece of art" interwoven with "psychedelic vignettes" about Kesha's struggles with anxiety and depression. Also included are writing, recording, and performance scenes.



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Ed-Sheeran


Directed by Murray Cummings, this one follows his cousin -- pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran -- during tours and album recording in 2016, with flashbacks to Sheeran's younger days playing a range of instruments.

This one is notable for having a distinct lack of sit-down interviews, and will actually see a limited theatrical run, playing in New York City on Aug. 17 and Los Angeles on Aug. 24.

Give Me Future

The film revolves around a 2016 Major Lazer concert in Havana, the first to be staged by a big American band since the U.S. restored diplomacy with Cuba. Around 400,000 people were in attendance.



On the Record: Flicker

A short promo piece about the first solo album from One Direction member Niall Horan. Fans can watch interviews, rehearsals, recordings, and performances.

On the Record: P!nk -- Beautiful Trauma

Like Flicker, Beautiful Trauma is another behind-the-scenes album promo, this time for pop star P!nk. Though it has similar content, it's a bit rawer, so parental discretion is advised.

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

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Bert Berns may not be famous in his own right, but during his career he wrote music played by bands like Van Morrison, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. The movie is co-directed by Berns' son Brett, but doesn't shy away from Bert's mob ties.

Steve Van Zandt narrates, and some of the feature interviews include people like Paul McCartney and Keith Richards.

808: The Movie

The Roland TR-808 is a drum machine that became so popular in the 1980s that decades later, it's instantly recognizable and helped spawn entire genres of music. 808 features interviews and music from artists like Afrika Bambataa, Diplo, New Order, Goldie, and Pharrell Williams.



Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Another hitmaker, Clive Davis helped foster the careers of people like Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and The Notorious B.I.G.



Before Anythang: The Cash Money Story

Don't expect much objectivity going into this one -- Cash Money's label founders Birdman and Slim are executive producers, and some artists that have appeared on the label, like Drake, are close collaborators with Apple Music. Still, the film isn't all upbeat, as its trailer shows.

The Cash Money Story #BEFOREANYTHANG.
Coming this fall to #AppleMusic.@BIRDMAN5STARhttps://t.co/6wQCW5Clxb

-- Apple Music (@AppleMusic)

Kygo: Stole the Show

Norway's Kygo is best known as a DJ and producer, but he's also a pianist. "Stole the Show" is a career documentary, leading up to a January 2016 concert in New York City. Some cameos in the film include DJs like Pete Tong and Steve Aoki.



Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story

This one is about the history of Bad Boy Records and its owner, rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, as well as 20th anniversary performances put together in 2016. It hasn't set the world on fire though, with one review calling it a "vanity project strictly for the fans."



Harry Styles: Behind the Album

A promo piece for a solo album by yet another One Direction member. This one follows a format similar to "Flicker."

Moving forward. @Harry_Styles: #BehindTheAlbum
May 15.
Only on Apple Music. pic.twitter.com/7WC7j6233k

-- Apple Music (@AppleMusic)

Flume: When Everything Was New

A career piece about the famous electronic musician, but concentrating on the creation of his self-tilted album as well as the 2016 record "Skin."



Sleepless: The Story of Future Classic

Effectively a companion piece to "When Everything Was New," "Sleepless" is about Flume's host label and its transformation from a small Australian collective into a bigger entity counting members like Chet Faker and Flight Facilities.

Skepta: Greatness Only

This one covers the grime MC and his win of the coveted Mercury Prize, which he took home despite competition like Radiohead and David Bowie. It also goes into the creation of the single "That's Not Me," and has interviews with people like Pharrell Williams.

As with some of the other movies here, don't expect objectivity. The film was not only done in collaboration with Apple Music, but written and hosted by Skepta's sister, Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga.

Haim: Behind the Album

Studio and performance footage promotes the Haim album "Something to Tell You."

We can't wait for this one!@HAIMtheband: Behind The Album. Available only on Apple Music, 7/14. pic.twitter.com/CdzYvwTXEr

-- Apple Music (@AppleMusic)

The Story of Sosa

Chief Keef


About Chief Keef, "The Story of Sosa" -- still MIA, unfortunately -- covers the rapper's tough life before becoming famous, including prison time during his teenage years. Fun fact: Keef turned down the chance to become the first artist signed to Apple Music.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 2
    FolioFolio Posts: 368member
    Thanks for compilation, never knew existed. I've been surprised, reading editions of UK mag Computer Music, how many DJs and producers are using Apple MBPs and iMacs. Maybe 80-90 percent of the artists they profile each month. Many use Logic too. Interviews with these guys might be worth looking into to distinguish Apple Music.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 519member
    Thanks for the list.
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