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What Makes a Song Iconic?

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From The Weekly, posted 8.09.22 “Great means incredibly well crafted, easily memorable, with a universally relatable sentiment and a sense of authenticity—“from the heart” as they say. Iconic means touching a cultural nerve, standing the test of time and instantly recognizable by many people - that holds true even if it’s not widely considered… Read more...


BMI Remembers Motown Songwriting Legend Lamont Dozier

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From News, posted 8.09.22 BMI was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier, whose death at the age of 81 was announced on Tuesday morning. A Detroit native and one third of the trailblazing production trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont Dozier helped define the sound of the 1960s with a… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its Affiliates Chosen for the National Recording Registry’s Class of 2022

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From News, posted 4.13.22 Each year, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 titles that are deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to be inducted into the National Recording Registry. This year, BMI is very proud to announce that 9 of our licensed works have been chosen for this prestigious honor, which reflects the diverse… Read more...


Duets and Featured Artists: The Hot Trend in Recordings

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22 It would be hard to look at a list of current hit songs without noticing a trend: the growing use of featured artists. A featured artist is one who makes a guest appearance on another artist’s recording to create a collaboration. What’s the difference between a duet and a song… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees

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From News, posted 1.17.20 The Songwriters Hall of Fame unveiled its list of inductees for 2020, and once again, BMI is very proud to count members of this august class of music creators as its own. Initially conceived to honor and celebrate the work of songwriters, composers and lyricists responsible for the world’s most… Read more...


The Good, the Bad and the Hits That Come From Collaboration

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.27.15 At the time this article was written every song in the top-10 on Billboard’s Pop, Country, Christian, and R & B/Hip-Hip charts was the result of collaboration. Out of forty top-10 hits, zero were created by a solo writer. I’m not insinuating that successful songs are never written by one… Read more...


Legendary Holland Brothers Celebrate Million-Air Awards At BMI’s NY Office

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From News, posted 2.10.15 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers responsible for so many indelible moments in music history, Eddie and Brian Holland visited Broadcast Music, Inc.’s New York office to celebrate an incredible 10 million performances of their 1960s mega-hit “You Can’t Hurry Love,” as well as multiple million performance awards for “Stop… Read more...


10 Questions With Ali Dee

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.13 The first thing one notices when meeting Ali Dee Theodore, 42, who goes by Ali Dee, is his intense charisma and the passion and drive he has for his work, which involves running his highly successful business, DeeTown Entertainment, a one-stop-shop music factory. Behind closed doors in his high-tech suite… Read more...


Glenn Frey Discusses Songwriting at SongHall Master Session

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From News, posted 12.05.11 Glenn Frey shared his extensive songwriting experience with a lucky crowd during a Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Session recently hosted by New York University. NYU Songwriter-in-Residence Phil Galdston guided the discussion, which covered Frey’s early collaborations with fellow giants Jackson Browne, JD Souther and Don Henley; his extraordinary road… Read more...


Bobby Hebb Dies

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From News, posted 8.04.10 Influential R&B songwriter and vocalist Bobby Hebb has died. He was 72. The Nashville native wrote and recorded “Sunny,” a soaring groove that remains perennially hummable, even by generations born decades after its original release. The tune was covered by James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Eddy Arnold, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder,… Read more...


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