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How to Write to a Music Track: The Art of Toplining

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.22 For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody. The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass. Live guitars or computer generated… Read more...


Duets and Featured Artists: The Hot Trend in Recordings

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22 It would be hard to look at a list of current hit songs without noticing a trend: the growing use of featured artists. A featured artist is one who makes a guest appearance on another artist’s recording to create a collaboration. What’s the difference between a duet and a song… Read more...


GRAMMY-Nominated BMI Songwriter Entertains California Innkeepers

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From News, posted 1.26.22 The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns held their annual INNspire Conference & Marketplace in person this year at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego and BMI helped make it an event to remember. Award-winning BMI songwriter James Slater was the featured entertainment at their closing beach party… Read more...


“Bring Me Something New”—What Song Publishers Really Mean

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.21 I recently forwarded three songs to a list of publishers who have agreed to listen to songs that I screen. One of the publishers responded, “This song is very well written and commercial. But I’ve already got this kind of stuff by the dozens. Seems that most writers are all… Read more...


Nashville Hitmaker Helps BMI Show Support for Oregon Hospitality Industry

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From News, posted 8.04.21 BMI partnered with the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association to provide the musical entertainment at the hospitality association’s “Industry Night Out,” held recently at the Punch Bowl Social in Portland. The reception, which was held in conjunction with the Northwest Food Show, provided an opportunity for Oregon restauranteurs who were… Read more...


Truth Through Song: A Conversation with Singer/Songwriter JP Saxe

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From The Weekly, posted 6.22.21 JP Saxe is a busy man and a prolific singer/songwriter. Since releasing his first single, “Changed,” in 2017, he has distinguished himself with a succession of lilting pop songs that delve into matters of the heart, at times with almost disarming intimacy. Having already co-written alongside BMI songwriters like Carmen… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 ACM Award Winners

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From News, posted 4.19.21 The votes are in and BMI’s talented songwriters once again took the majority of wins at last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, which was streamed from three iconic Nashville venues, the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Café. Although the event adhered to social distancing practices with… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 3.01.21 BMI songwriters are once again poised for major wins at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air from the Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Cafe and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on April 18. Leading the pack for nods is Maren Morris with six and Miranda Lambert with five,… Read more...


“Amazed” Songwriter Aimee Mayo Shares Her Unexpected Journey to Hitmaker

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.19.21 Aimee Mayo’s life story sounds like a movie plot. She endured a volatile childhood growing up in Gadsden, Alabama, changing schools 11 times before fourth grade. Her father shot himself when she was 8 years old; he survived, and after Mayo’s parents divorced, her mother married an abusive man. She… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 CMA Winners

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From News, posted 11.12.20 Last night was a spectacular night in Nashville as the CMA held an inspiring socially distanced award ceremony with BMI songwriters again taking the majority of the coveted awards. Leading the pack was Maren Morris with three wins and Luke Combs with two, while Eric Church also filled the evening… Read more...


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