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Michael O Hits All the Right Notes at Hear It Here First Showcase

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From News, posted 8.18.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. singer-songwriter Michael Odokara-Okigbo performed at BMI Los Angeles’ latest installment of Hear It Here First on Aug. 13. Michael O to his fans, he was first discovered on NBC’s The Sing Off and was recently cast in the upcoming film, Pitch Perfect 2. During the three-song showcase,…Read more...


Prince Chrishan and the Majestic ‘Minneapolis Sound’

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From News, posted 8.14.14. For BMI singer-songwriter-producer Chrishan, his nickname, Prince, is more than a moniker: Drawing on his love for his hometown, he calls it part of his persona since he considers himself the reigning monarch of the “Minneapolis sound” (a synth-heavy fusion of funk, rock and pop), not unlike fellow Minnesota native…Read more...


BMI to Honor ‘Ludacris’ With President’s Award at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 7.29.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. will present the President’s Award to Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held Friday, August 22, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The star-studded event will also celebrate the R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer and Publisher of the Year, the Social Star Award winner…Read more...


Introducing Jonathan Keyes of the Blind Scuba Divers

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.28.14. What is the soundtrack to fun? With summer in full swing, it’s an important question and one that Jonathan Keyes is intent on answering via his new collaborative project, the Blind Scuba Divers. Much like Beastie Boys, Keyes’ project contains a high dose of YOLOism in each BPM. With titles…Read more...


The Spotlight is on Bobby Brackins

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From News, posted 7.24.14. BMI singer/songwriter Bobby Brackins is finally coming into his own and will be releasing more of his own singles after writing for a litany of artists, including Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Zendaya, Trey Songz, Dev, Jeremih, and Tinashe. Originally from Oakland, California, he’s had two top 40 Hot 100 records,…Read more...


BMI Announces Lineup That’s Guaranteed to Rock LouFest

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From News, posted 7.16.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. has announced the lineup for its second annual BMI stage at the LouFest Music Festival on September 6-7, 2014. Set in Forest Park, the heart of St. Louis, MO, the fifth annual LouFest Music Festival will feature nearly 40 dynamic bands ranging from funk and indie-rock to…Read more...


BMI Songwriter’s Rap Skills Soar in Hometown

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From News, posted 6.24.14. Chicago native Dreezy’s latest mixtape, Schizo, has caught the attention of the local scene and urban radio, as well as big name artists such as Common and Fabolous.  With a ferocious live show and powerful writing abilities, Dreezy is the fresh voice rap is calling for. Read more...


2014 Abe Olman Scholarship Winners Announced

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From News, posted 6.24.14. Congratulations are due to BMI affiliates Claire Wilkinson and Cobaine Ivory, the 2014 recipients of the Abe Olman Scholarship. Wilkinson’s smart, edgy songwriting and Ivory’s innovative composition skills topped the large field of entries vying for the honor. Made possible by the Olman family and presented each year by BMI…Read more...


BMI Affiliates Rock the 2014 World Cup

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From News, posted 6.16.14. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is here, and for the next month, until July 13, soccer fans around the world will have their eyes glued to television screens watching the best athletes of their country compete. This year, BMI affiliates are contributing their talents too - not on the field,…Read more...


Hip-Hop Crooner August Alsina’s ‘Testimony’ Holds Nothing Back

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From News, posted 6.11.14. New Orleans newcomer and recently signed BMI affiliate August Alsina leads the pack of BMI BET nominees with an impressive four nods, including Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Pop Artist. His debut album, Testimony, on NNTME/Def Jam Recordings, offers an inspirational tale of surviving one of America’s most treacherous…Read more...