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Toni Braxton Reflects on Success, Collaboration and Her Love of Making Music

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From News, posted 8.29.16. Within the pantheon of R&B, you’re hard pressed to match the track record of singer/songwriter Toni Braxton. As the inimitable voice behind such hits as “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” “He Wasn’t Man Enough” and the iconic “Unbreak My Heart,” Braxton established herself with an elegant, soulfully distinctive…Read more...


BMI Brings Out Multi-Platinum HitMakers for ‘Producer Talk Panel’

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From News, posted 8.19.16. BMI’s LA office hosted a ‘BMI Producer Talk’ panel on Wednesday, August 17, for an enthusiastic crowd. Moderated by radio host and media personality, Abby De La Rosa, the panel featured hit-making producers Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder of Pop & Oak (Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj),…Read more...


Learning the Ropes With J.R. Rotem

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.21.16. Writer-producer J.R. Rotem is having another great year, with a BMI Pop Award for Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” in May and an incredible 10 tracks on Gwen Stefani’s No. 1 album This Is What the Truth Feels Like. But even though the South African-born, Bay Area-raised phenom can claim a…Read more...


BMI Congratulates Pitbull on Receiving Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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From News, posted 7.18.16. Earning yet another accolade on his climb towards global supremacy, Latin pop superstar Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez) was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, July 15. As a versatile rapper, songwriter and producer, Pitbull is a multiple GRAMMY-winning music creator and BMI President’s Award…Read more...


2016 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Hits Atlanta September 1

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From News, posted 7.13.16. BMI is excited to announce that its 2016 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards will be coming to Atlanta, GA, on Thursday, September 1 for the first time in its 15-year history. Multiple GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Toni Braxton will be honored with the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her distinguished career and substantial influence…Read more...


BMI Highlights Hip-Hop & R&B in New Showcase

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From News, posted 7.12.16. BMI hosted a new showcase July 6 at the storied Exit/In venue, highlighting Nashville’s burgeoning hip-hop and R&B scene with performances by BMI songwriters CAMM, Zach Taylor and recording artist R. LUM. R. Nearly 300 people attended the concert, the first in the “A Night for New Nashville” series. Read more...


BMI Songwriter MAJOR. Performs in LA Office 

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From News, posted 6.29.16. BMI singer/songwriter MAJOR. stopped by the LA office and treated the BMI staff to a phenomenal performance, while making rounds during BET week. Accompanied by fellow Berklee alumnus Darien Dorsey on piano, MAJOR., already renowned as a fresh new voice in soul-pop music, performed a selection of acoustic renditions, including…Read more...


BMI Writers Shine at 2016 BET Awards

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From News, posted 6.28.16. BMI proudly congratulates its talented affiliates who earned more than 53% of the music category accolades at the 16th Annual BET Awards, held last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Notably, newcomer rapper/singer/songwriter Bryson Tiller won multiple trophies, for both Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best New Artist.…Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees and Honorees

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From News, posted 6.17.16. BMI is proud to congratulate Nile Rodgers and Chip Taylor, who led this year’s class of inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as BMI affiliates Seymour Stein, who was presented with the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award, and Nick Jonas, who received the Hal David Starlight…Read more...


Getting to Know Maggie Rose

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.17.16. Collaborations between country and rap artists aren’t unheard of. But Maggie Rose’s contribution to “Laid Back” with Mannie Fresh and Big Boi, from the album of her collaborative partner Dallas Davidson, Country Boy Swagger, might be one of the most wonderfully unusual country-rap mashups ever. For Rose, fast emerging as…Read more...