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Get to Know GRAMMY-Winning UK Writer Corinne Bailey Rae


From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16. Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled debut turned her into a global superstar in 2006 – earning her two GRAMMYS, a BMI Pop Award and sales upward of four million albums. Her knack for warm, lush grooves may belie the fact that the U.K. native started out in an all-female band, Helen,… Read more...

Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist


From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16. To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… Read more...

Sting and Top Songwriters Honored at 2016 BMI London Awards


From News, posted 10.10.16. BMI proudly honored internationally-celebrated songwriter Sting as a BMI Icon today at the 2016 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Hozier, Rudimental, Snow Patrol, Disciples and Wayne Hector filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate the UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2015 on… Read more...

BMI and Frukt Celebrate Another Year of Monthly Showcases in London


From News, posted 10.07.16. BMI and Frukt recently celebrated the third anniversary of their monthly showcase, “The Fix,” held at The Social in London. The night featured an electrifying set from ex-Catfish and the Bottlemen member Billy Bibby and his band The Wry Smiles. Previous performers at “The Fix” have included Arrow Benjamin, Conrad… Read more...

British Songwriters Lead the Race for Song of the Year


From News, posted 10.06.16. Adele’s “Hello” is in the running to be crowned Song of the Year at this year’s BMI London Awards, due to be held at The Dorchester on October 10. Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and George Ezra’s “Budapest” are also among those in contention for… Read more...

Sir Karl Jenkins Honored with BASCA Gold Badge Award in London


From News, posted 10.05.16. Jazz/rock musician, composer and BMI affiliate, Sir Karl Jenkins, was recently honored with a BASCA Gold Badge Award for his legendary career in music. The award, which he received at a ceremony at The Savoy in London, was sponsored by BMI. Read more...

The UK is Doing ‘Cartwheels’ Over Duo Ward Thomas and Their Record-Breaking Album


From News, posted 9.27.16. Ward Thomas, comprised of twin sisters Lizzie and Catherine, had a feeling that “Cartwheels,” the title track of their sensational second album, was special. What they didn’t know was that the record would soar to the top of the UK Album Chart, making them the first ever UK country act… Read more...

Darcus Beese Receives MUSEXPO Europe European Executive of the Year Award


From News, posted 9.21.16. Island Records President Darcus Beese became the first winner of the MUSEXPO Europe European Executive of the Year Award at last night’s closing gala dinner ceremony at London’s Millennium Hotel. Beese was presented with the award after participating in an on-stage interview with Music Week editor Mark Sutherland, in which… Read more...

BMI to Honor Sting as BMI Icon at 2016 BMI London Awards


From News, posted 9.15.16. BMI announced today that world-renowned singer-songwriter Sting will be named the BMI Icon at this year’s BMI London Awards in recognition of his award-winning career and influence on popular music for more than four decades. The event will be returning to London’s Dorchester Hotel on October 10, 2016, and will… Read more...

How to Write and Pitch Songs for the J-Pop and K-Pop Markets


From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.16. J-Pop and K-Pop, respectively, refer to wildly popular (and lucrative) genres of pop music recorded in Japan and South Korea. In many instances, these songs garner airplay and sales in additional Asian countries, and are sometimes translated into Mandarin for promotion in the Chinese market, as well. Young hopeful artists… Read more...

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