Academy Award Nominations were announced yesterday honoring the best achievements in motion pictures in 2015—including the Original Score and Original Song categories. For the list of music-related nominations, click here.

Announced this week were new composer assignments for RZA (Meet the Blacks), Philip Selway (Let Me Go), Harry Gregson-Williams (Confirmation), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, click here.

There were 34 new soundtrack albums released this week. Click here for the full schedule.

Opening nationwide this week are (with music by): 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Lorne Balfe), Norm of the North (Stephen McKeon), and Ride Along 2 (Matt Bowen).

Among all new theatrical releases, we are tracking song credits for:
- 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (3 songs)
- Norm of the North (5 songs)
- Ride Along 2 (21 songs)
- A Perfect Day (16 songs)

Finally, the following composers will be celebrating an upcoming birthday:
- Saturday: John Carpenter (Escape from New York) will turn 68.
- Sunday: Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant) will turn 64.
- Wednesday: Pedro Bromfman (Narcos) will turn 40.