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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 Congratulates its 2018 CMA Nominees

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From News, posted 8.28.18 BMI is proud to announce that our affiliates have taken the majority of CMA nods again this year, including an incredible nine BMI writers each up for three awards. The ceremony, which will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 14, at 8PM ET on ABC, will again be co-hosted… Read more...


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...


When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17 Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category… Read more...


Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… Read more...


Jaida Dreyer Stops By BMI L.A.

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From News, posted 6.06.14 BMI singer/songwriter Jaida Dreyer stopped by Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Los Angeles office last week to meet with BMI Director, Film/TV Relations, Anne Cecere; Associate Director, Distribution and Administration Services, Barbie Quinn; and Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Justin Seiser. Having inked a publishing deal with GRAMMY award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Faith… Read more...


BMI Writers Rack Up Multiple CMA Nominations

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From News, posted 10.15.13 On the heels of last year’s sweep of the CMA Awards, BMI’s country music songwriters and producers are well positioned for another great year in 2013. BMI affiliates received the vast majority of award nominations - four out of five in most categories, the entirety of the Male Vocalist of… Read more...


Better Than Ezra Frontman Rocks Bing Lounge

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From News, posted 9.27.13 BMI brought in Better Than Ezra lead singer Kevin Griffin recently (9/23/13) to perform an acoustic set in front of the Board of L & L Broadcasting and listeners of the legendary radio station KINK-FM in the state-of-the-art Bing Lounge in Portland, OR. Griffin, performed classic BTE songs such as… Read more...


BMI Writers Nominated for 71% of the 2013 ACM Awards

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From News, posted 2.26.13 Nominations for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards overwhelmingly show BMI writers at the top once again. The nominations include country music’s best established and emerging talent. Leading with seven nominations is BMI songwriter Eric Church, Hunter Hayes with six, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift each with five, Luke Bryan,… Read more...


BMI Country Music Leaders Poised to Sweep 2012 CMA Awards

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From News, posted 9.07.12 BMI’s country music songwriters and producers clinched the overwhelming majority of the 46th Annual CMA Awards nominations, announced September 5. In almost every category, four out of five of the nominees are BMI members, such as the Entertainer of the Year field, in which Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney… Read more...


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