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Ruston Kelly: A Supernova is Born

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19 When Ruston Kelly’s debut full-length, Dying Star, came out on Rounder Records in September, he was immediately pegged as an artist to watch, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Townes Van Zandt. Lauded for his vulnerable, fearless songwriting – and a masterful melodic sensibility, no doubt shaped… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 2.21.19 The Academy of Country Music has again this year honored BMI affiliates with the majority of ACM award nominations. The highly anticipated show will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, from 8:00-11:00PM ET/(delayed PT) on CBS. A well-deserved congratulations to all! Here’s the… Read more...


How to Use the “List Technique” in Your Song

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From The Weekly, posted 2.19.19 What do the songs in the list below have in common? “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (traditional) “Achy Breaky Heart” (recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, written by Don Von Tress) Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith” (written by Sting) Carrie Underwood’s “ 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 Teams up with Aloft Hotels on Songwriters Showcase

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From News, posted 11.16.18 BMI and the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association recently (11/11) collaborated with the Aloft Downtown Cleveland on a special songwriters showcase featuring 3 BMI songwriters with roots in the state. The show was headlined by Jason White, an award-winning BMI songwriter, who has a huge following in Northeast Ohio as… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 CMA Winners

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From News, posted 11.15.18 BMI is so proud to congratulate our affiliates who took home prestigious CMA trophies in nearly every category last night, including Kacey Musgraves (Album of the Year), Keith Urban (Entertainer of the Year), Carrie Underwood (Female Vocalist of the Year) and Luke Combs (New Artist of the Year). The ceremony,… Read more...


Country Music: What’s New—and What’s Next

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From The Weekly, posted 11.06.18 Music in all genres is constantly evolving, and that is certainly evident on today’s country music charts. Hits by artists such as Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and Thomas Rhett bear little resemblance to those by country music legends who paved the way, such as Willie Nelson, Dolly… Read more...


BMI Entertains and Educates Licensing Executives

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From News, posted 10.05.18 The National Association of Licensing Compliance Professionals (NALCP) held their annual conference (10/2-10/4) in Nashville recently and BMI was there to provide the musical entertainment and participate on a music licensing panel. BMI songwriter Jason White performed in front of more than 100 licensing executives representing national chains such as… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: WILD

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From News, posted 9.25.18 The origin story of WILD, a Los-Angeles–based trio, might be described as a series of lucky coincidences. Tyler Thompson (producer/bass) and Zach Daegatano (guitar/vocals) met through a mutual friend and began writing soulful, pop-influenced songs. Then they met Lauren Luiz, and they knew the former opera singer’s powerful vocals would… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Jake Scott

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From News, posted 9.25.18 Jake Scott is a Los-Angeles–based singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who, in college, had the kind of success a student musician only dreams of: His debut EP, Of Life and Longing, peaked at number four on the singer-songwriter charts and was featured in the number four slot on the Billboard Heat-Seekers… Read more...


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