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Indie Spotlight Decade Rewind: Halsey

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From News, posted 11.12.20 Since first appearing in the BMI Indie Spotlight in 2015, Halsey has ascended to absolute superstardom. At the time, she had only released one EP, but her on-stage charisma, catchy melodies, and personal lyrics ignited a devoted fanbase that is with her to this day. Her first full-length album, Badlands,… Read more...


Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Halsey

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From News, posted 7.30.20 A little rain didn’t stop a turquoise-haired Halsey from giving an unforgettable performance on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2015. At the time, she had only released one EP, but her on-stage charisma captivated the audience, foretelling a successful career boosted by catchy melodies, personal lyrics, and a devoted… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: almost monday

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From News, posted 3.30.20 The guys of almost monday—Cole Clisby, Dawson Daugherty, and Luke Fabry—formed their band in 2015 and have gone from performing in the back room of a local surf shop to collaborating with Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) and earning praise from The Kollection. On January 24, “parking lot view”… Read more...


Best of ‘MusicWorld’ 2019

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From News, posted 12.30.19 MusicWorld rocked with unbeatable tips in 2019. Here are our top 10! Not a subscriber to MusicWorld? Sign up now!5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the… Read more...


10 Ways to Push the Creative Envelope With Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.23.19 Sometimes, playing it safe is the most dangerous thing we can do. This is especially applicable when our goal is to write songs that rise above the competition; songs that become artists’ signature songs; and songs that impact audiences and propel artists to a next level. We need to find… Read more...


5 Ways to Be a Better Collaborator

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19 “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb) Not every great song is the result of collaboration, but a look at recent hits by artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi, P!nk, Adam Levine,… Read more...


5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.19 During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the first verse and chorus. The writer protested, “But you’ve got to keep listening. It all comes together in the bridge and then the last chorus explodes!” That might have been the case, but the chances are… Read more...


How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the… Read more...


Mark Ronson Receives the BMI Champion Award at the 66th BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.08.18 BMI honored internationally renowned super producer, artist, songwriter and DJ Mark Ronson last night with the BMI Champion Award at its 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards. The evening also celebrated the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States from BMI’s extensive catalogue.… Read more...


The Most Important Lines of Lyric

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From The Weekly, posted 3.19.18 Of course, every line in a lyric is important, but are some more important than others? Let’s examine several lines that serve special, unique functions because of their locations within a lyric. These are lines that can propel a lyric from “good” to “wow.” Opening Lines We get only one… Read more...


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