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Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19 At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded… Read more...


What Makes a Song a Hit?

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19 When I worked in the A & R Department at a major record label, and later, as production coordinator for albums by hit artists, in many cases, my ears were the first barrier that had to be crossed when a song was submitted for those acts. Almost all the songs… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of “Rainy Night in Georgia” Writer Tony Joe White

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From News, posted 10.25.18 BMI is saddened by the news that songwriter Tony Joe White passed away this afternoon. Responsible for classics like “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Willie and Laura Mae Jones,” and “Polk Salad Annie,” White’s music has been recorded by more than 100 artists including Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Brook Benton, Ray… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Songwriting Legend Curly Putman

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From News, posted 11.03.16 BMI is saddened at the passing of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and multiple BMI award-winner Curly Putman, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Putman’s vast catalog of songs undeniably helped shape country music history and include, among others, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.” He… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Rock and Roll Pioneer Scotty Moore

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From News, posted 6.29.16 BMI is mourning the loss of groundbreaking rock guitarist Scotty Moore, who died Tuesday in Nashville at age 84. A pivotal collaborator of Elvis Presley, Moore practiced a signature rockabilly style that became an inspiration for generations of rock guitarists to follow. As part of the Blue Moon Boys, alongside… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Ned Miller

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From News, posted 5.09.16 BMI is saddened by the loss of award-winning songwriter Ned Miller, who passed away March 18, at the age of 90. Miller, who was an extremely modest man and reluctant performer, is best known for his song “From a Jack to a King,” which he recorded and brought to No.… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2015 NaSHOF Inductees

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From News, posted 9.25.15 On October 11, 2015, BMI songwriters Rosanne Cash, Mark James, and Even Stevens will each be inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Cash, who was named the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence and whose chart toppers include “Seven Year Ache” and “My Baby… Read more...


10 Preguntas con Elvis Crespo

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.15 Es un buen momento para el merengue. Basta preguntarle a Elvis Crespo, cuyo nuevo álbum Tatuaje está teniendo el tipo de éxito en las listas musicales que la mayoría de los veteranos tan solo sueñan con tener. Está claro que hoy lo que más se vende es la bachata juvenil… Read more...


10 Questions With Elvis Crespo

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.15 It’s a good time for merengue. Just ask BMI songwriter Elvis Crespo, whose new album Tatuaje is experiencing the kind of chart-topping success most veterans can only hope for. These days, it’s mostly youthful bachata that sells like hot cakes within the realm of música tropical, but thanks to Crespo’s… Read more...


BMI Marks the Passing of Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy

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From News, posted 1.30.15 Broadcast Music, Inc. mourns the loss of Rose Marie McCoy, a prolific jazz and R&B songwriter, who passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in Urbana, Illinois. She was 92. McCoy was one of the first female African-American writers to break into the music business. Born in Oneida, Arkansas, McCoy… Read more...


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