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What You Can Learn From Cover Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.23.16 Cover songs come in a variety of flavors, from radical reinterpretations with little resemblance to the original, to letter-perfect copies featuring nearly identical backing tracks (some even using the same make/model instruments and recording gear as on the original). While there are those who believe that a cover isn’t really… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Chart Big on Billboard Hot 100’s First 1,000 No. 1s

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From News, posted 11.16.11 In 1958, Billboard magazine created the “Hot 100,” a listing showing the top songs being purchased and aired in the U.S. week after week. Decade after decade, BMI songwriters have dominated the chart with some of the greatest hits ever written, from “Lonely Boy,” “Stop in the Name of Love,”… Read more...


‘We Will Rock You’ Is Top Sports Song Again, But NHL and MLB Teams Differ

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From News, posted 2.23.11 “We Will Rock You” again is the most-played BMI song at NFL games, but professional baseball and hockey teams have different favorites. NHL teams play “Twilight Zone” more often, while MLB teams like “Car Wash.” Songs at NFL, NHL, and MLB events are tracked each year for BMI’s 475,000 songwriters,… Read more...


ELO Frontman Jeff Lynne Receives Million-Air Certificates

From News, posted 11.04.08 Songwriter and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne was awarded Million-Air certificates for “Turn To Stone, “ which has earned over one million airplays, and “Don’t Bring Me Down,” for having over two million airplays. BMI’s Linda Livingston and Phil Graham presented Lynne the certificates at a recent visit to… Read more...


Award-Winning Songwriter/Producer Norman Whitfield Dead at 68

From News, posted 9.19.08 Norman Whitfield, renowned BMI songwriter, producer and arranger of many Motown Records hits, including “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” died September 16. He was 68. The cause of death was heart and kidney failure due to diabetes. Born in Harlem, NY on May… Read more...