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

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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...


Writing and Placing Songs Internationally

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.28.14 With so many artists and producers writing or co-writing their own material, there seem to be fewer opportunities than ever for writers and music publishers to pitch and place songs. It’s become increasingly important to think outside the box when writing and promoting material—and that includes looking beyond our own… Read more...


Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds Honored During BMI’s 66th Annual NAB Dinner in Las Vegas

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From News, posted 4.09.14 Last night, music legend Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was honored at the 66th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas. Few creative forces have impacted the contemporary pop/urban genres as much as the 10-time GRAMMY winner.Babyface’s incredible achievements include 11 solo albums, more than 125… Read more...


The MAGIC! of BMI Songwriter Nasri

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From News, posted 10.16.13 More than a decade ago, the voice of GRAMMY-winning songwriter and producer Nasri – born Nasri Tony Atweh – could be heard all over Canadian radio stations. Likewise, his videos were getting play on Canada’s most popular music video channel, Much Music. That’s because at 19, the Toronto native walked… Read more...


Julian Bunetta Builds a Box

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.04.11 He’s only 28 years old, but Julian Bunetta talks like a wizened beatnik thrust into a focus-grouped world he didn’t create. The California-based producer/engineer habitually tosses out phrases and metaphors that speak volumes about his churning creativity, not to mention his philosophical approach to life. As Bunetta sees it, strong… Read more...


E. Miles: Bring On the Pressure

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.02.11 About 10 years ago, writer/producer E. Miles made his first trek to the Big Apple. Hailing from the unincorporated town of Pleasant Grove, North Carolina—a town so small it doesn’t even have its own McDonald’s restaurant—Miles was particularly dazzled by New York’s bright lights and thrusting skyscrapers. “I was 16-17… Read more...


August Rigo: Perseverance Paying Off

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.21.11 Born and raised in Toronto, August Rigo absorbed pop R&B readily; the tunes of Boyz II Men, Jodeci and, of course, Michael Jackson shaped him. He taught himself piano, drums and guitar, and then went on to performing arts high school, where he was occasionally shoved out of his comfort… Read more...


Brian Anthony: Hard-Working, Humble & the Luckiest Guy on the Planet

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.22.09 “I’m the luckiest guy on the planet,” says singer and songwriter Brian Anthony. The independent career he has forged certainly attests to that contention: He has scored string of singles that have charted high on the dance and pop charts in the U.S., U.K. and Spain, song placements in four… Read more...


718 Introduce New York R&B to Next Generation

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.28.09 It’s probably safe to bet that no other area code has the cultural cache of the one for Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Indeed, the digits “718,” immortalized in everything from songs to T-shirts, can be as much a rallying cry as they are required dialing. Thus, r&b… Read more...


Mario Stands Out in a Crowded House

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.05.07 Let’s face it: A lot of r&b heartthrobs are out there vying for our attention. But even though he’s in a crowded house, singer Mario doesn’t need to fight for his place in the spotlight — he commands it on his own merit. In 2004, Mario saw his breakthrough with… Read more...


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