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Lolla Indie Spotlight: Serena Isioma

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From News, posted 7.19.21 By combining elements of alternative, indie, hip-hop, and R&B, 20-year-old Serena Isioma caught the music industry’s attention with her massive hit “Sensitive,” which has clocked over 50 million streams across platforms. The Nigerian-American artist landed on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 Chart, and she ranked at #6 and #1 on Shazam’s… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 2021 Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.10.21 BMI proudly celebrates the 69th Annual BMI Pop Awards, recognizing the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the previous year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States across radio and digital streaming platforms. All winners were announced in a special online celebration and on BMI’s social channels, including the recipients of… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Take Center Stage at 2020 Billboard Music Awards

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From News, posted 10.15.20 BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its songwriters who were recognized for their creative work at last night’s 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Held without an audience due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, the ceremony was nonetheless a star-studded event filled with stirring moments and… Read more...


Using Chords and Modulations as Musical Hooks in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.20 The chords we choose to accompany our melodies not only contribute to the flavor of our songs, they can provide some of those magical musical moments that make our songs hooky, exceptional, and unforgettable. To keep our listeners’ attention we need to include hooks, elements that are catchy and memorable,… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Honoring the Genre’s Best Songwriters, Producers and Music Publishers

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From News, posted 9.14.20 BMI is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, recognizing the genre’s top songwriters, producers and publishers of the previous year. BMI’s Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Producer of the Year, Publisher of the Year and 2020’s Social Star were announced across BMI’s digital… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Its Winning Songwriters at the 2020 BET Awards

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From News, posted 6.29.20 BMI songwriters made a strong showing, Sunday night, at the 2020 BET Awards, with several of our affiliates claiming major awards for their tremendous contributions over the last year. While BET made the celebration virtual in light of the pandemic, this year’s event — celebrating not only twenty years of… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 BET Nominees

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From News, posted 6.16.20 Nominations for this year’s BET awards were announced yesterday with many BMI songwriters taking center stage in the music categories. The 20th anniversary of the event will air live on CBS and other Viacom networks, Sunday, June 28 at 8PM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees! Here’s the list of… Read more...


5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20 At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that… Read more...


Writing Songs in Times of Crisis

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From The Weekly, posted 5.19.20 Many of the songs we write are reflections of our times. They are snapshots that capture the emotions and events that define our worlds. So, I was not surprised during my recent songwriters workshop (which was held online) when several writers shared songs that had been sparked by their feelings… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.27.20 During a star-studded celebration of the most popular and impactful music from the past year, many BMI affiliates were singled out for their achievements at the Recording Academy’s 62nd GRAMMY Awards, held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among the multiple-award winners came Lizzo, who, after opening… Read more...


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