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10 Questions With Andrew “Pop” Wansel

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.17.14. While Andrew “Pop” Wansel is sometimes referred to as an “up and coming” producer, that title is a little misleading. Son of Philly soul icon Dexter Wansel, the younger Wansel was practically born into the music business, meeting icons such as Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls as a…Read more...


BMI Congratulates its American Music Award Nominees

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From News, posted 10.15.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. is proud to congratulate its affiliated songwriters who were recently announced as 2014 American Music Award Nominees. John Legend garnered an impressive five nominations, including Single of the year for “All of Me,” Favorite Album – Soul/R&B for Love in the Future, Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock,…Read more...


Sir Tim Rice and Top Songwriters Honored at 2014 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.13.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. tonight honored internationally-celebrated lyricist Sir Tim Rice as a BMI Icon at the 2014 BMI London Awards. In addition, music industry guests including Van Morrison, Ray Davies, Don Black and Johnny Quinn (Snow Patrol,) filled London’s Dorchester Hotel to celebrate the U.K., European and Caribbean songwriters, producers…Read more...


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...