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How to Write Song Hooks That “Hook” You in

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18 What constitutes a hook? Any element of a song that grabs a listener’s attention and “hooks” them in. With there being so much competition for our listeners’ attention, including multiple hooks throughout our songs has become more important than ever. According to an article in The Atlantic magazine, “A short-attention-span… 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...


Iconic BMI Songwriters Gamble & Huff Elected Co-Chairmen of Songwriters Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 6.18.15 Legendary BMI songwriting and producing duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who are responsible for such hits as The Supremes’ “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” The O Jays’ “Love Train” and the theme song for Soul… 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...


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...


Lauren Alaina, From ‘American Idol’ to ‘Wildflower’

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.10.11 Lauren Alaina isn’t the first precocious teenager to set her sights on Nashville. As the 16-year-old prepares for an October 11 launch of her debut, Wildflower, she walks a path traveled by stars like Taylor Swift, Leann Rimes, Tanya Tucker, and Brenda Lee. But Alaina is the rare teen prodigy… Read more...


Lamont Dozier to Perform at Smithsonian Showcase

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From News, posted 9.08.09 The Smithsonian Associates and the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) are hunting for 12 fresh voices to perform as part of an anticipated showcase featuring legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier at the Smithsonian on Tuesday, October 27 in Washington, D.C. As one third of songwriting powerhouse Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont Dozier helped… Read more...


Songwriters Hall of Fame Offers ‘Master Class’ with Lamont Dozier

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From News, posted 5.18.09 The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SongHall) will offer an installment of its Master Class series Tuesday, June 16, that will feature songwriting icon Lamont Dozier. Slated for 8 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam), the event will feature exclusive… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Inaugural Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees

From News, posted 11.30.07 BMI proudly sponsored the after party for the inaugural Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony held Monday, November 26 in Nashville. After honoring the members of the A Team, the Blue Moon Boys, The Tennessee Two, the Funk Brothers, The Memphis Boys and the Wrecking Crew at the Schermerhorn Symphony… Read more...


Brian Wilson, Diana Ross To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

From News, posted 9.12.07 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that BMI artist/songwriters Brian Wilson and Diana Ross are among the five recipients of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors. The 30th annual gala will be held Sunday, December 2 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C., attended… Read more...


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