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BMI Celebrates its 2021 London Award Winners

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From News, posted 10.11.21 BMI proudly honoured the top UK and European songwriters, composers and music publishers of the most-performed songs of the previous year at the 2021 BMI London Awards. Rising star Arlo Parks received the BMI Impact Award, a recognition given for groundbreaking artistry, creative vision and impact on the future of… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Producer Chucky Thompson

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From News, posted 8.10.21 BMI was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of producer Carl E. “Chucky” Thompson, whose death was announced Monday. He was 53. As a member of Bad Boy Entertainment’s squad of in-house producers, “The Hitmen,” Thompson enjoyed a robust 30-year career with a list of production credits that is… Read more...


BMI Celebrates its 2020 London Awards Winners

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From News, posted 10.05.20 BMI today paid tribute to the top UK and European songwriters, composers and music publishers of the most-performed songs of the previous year with the 2020 BMI London Awards. Honourees for Song of the Year, Million-Air Awards, Top 30 Pop Songs and Film, TV & Visual Media were celebrated across… Read more...


Breakthrough Hits and Signature Songs: What Can They Teach Us?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19 Although it was more than sixteen years ago, I still recall chatting with a twenty-something guy who stood in front of me in line as we waited to attend the taping of the David Letterman Show. The guy was excited because his brother Adam would be performing on the show,… Read more...


Harry Gregson-Williams and Other Top Songwriters Honored At 2018 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.01.18 Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters,… Read more...


Do Your Songs Sound Like Today’s Hits…or Tomorrow’s?

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From The Weekly, posted 2.26.18 At lunch recently, a songwriter asked me, “What’s the biggest mistake songwriters make?” I told him that I often hear songs in my workshops that are perfectly crafted; songs that check off all the boxes—they have rhymes in the expected places, the lyrics make sense, the melodies work well, they… Read more...


Jay Kay and Top Songwriters Honored at 2017 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.09.17 BMI tonight proudly honored internationally-celebrated musician and songwriter Jay Kay (of Jamiroquai) with the BMI President’s Award at the 2017 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Naughty Boy, Foals and Bipolar Sunshine filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs… Read more...


BMI SVP Ann Sweeney & BMI Writers Honored at Billboard’s 2016 Women in Music

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From News, posted 12.12.16 Billboard held its annual Women in Music event in New York City on Friday, celebrating a host of female artists, songwriters and industry executives from across the spectrum. Among the roster of distinguished honorees was BMI’s Senior Vice President of Global Policy, Ann Sweeney, singled out for her tireless dedication… Read more...


Current Trends in Country Music: What’s Hot & What’s Not

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.16.15 “That ain’t country!” is a comment I often hear when I play current country hits in my songwriting workshops. It’s true that today’s country hits bear little resemblance to the songs that topped the charts by Elvis, Tammy, Waylon, Willie, and Patsy. Music evolves and the styles that rule the… 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...


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