Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

Passion With a Purpose: MAJOR. Opens Up About “Even More”


From The Weekly, posted 2.18.20. When Texas-born singer/songwriter MAJOR. dropped his debut album, I Am MAJOR. in 2016, his signature blend of joyful, technicolor R&B made an immediate impression. Via lushly produced, romantic singles like “Why I Love You” and “Honest,” MAJOR. captivated listeners with his blend of contemporary stylings and classic melodicism, and earned…Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of 5th Ward Weebie


From News, posted 1.10.20. BMI was saddened to learn of the death of 5th Ward Weebie, who passed away Thursday at the age of 42. A pivotal pioneer of the bounce music scene in his native New Orleans, Weebie, whose real name was Jerome Cosey, helped put Louisiana on the hip-hop map via singles…Read more...

A Decade of Celebrating Music Creators at BMI’s Award Shows


From News, posted 12.26.19. Every year, BMI, our creative community and industry notables gather at BMI’s Award shows across genres to honor titans of music and celebrate the incredible songwriters, composers and publishers of the most-performed songs of the year. Special accolades like BMI’s Icon Award, President’s Award, Champion Award and more are presented,…Read more...

BMI Rings In the Holidays With Atlanta’s Best and Brightest


From News, posted 12.20.19. Last week, Atlanta’s best and brightest turned out in full force for the annual BMI Atlanta holiday party. The festitivites were sponsored by Hennessy, who provided signature cocktails for the private dinner, held at culinary gem Cape Deutch, featuring a selection of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.…Read more...

Billboard Honors BMI’s Alison Smith, Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile & Others at 2019 Women in Music


From News, posted 12.17.19. BMI was very proud to watch Taylor Swift take the stage at Billboard’s annual Women in Music celebration on Thursday, December 12, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, to accept the evening’s highest honor, Woman of the Decade Award. Delivering a powerful speech, Swift expressed admiration for women who…Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Juice WRLD


From News, posted 12.09.19. BMI is profoundly saddened to learn of the death of rapper/singer/songwriter Juice WRLD, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 21. A remarkable talent with tremendous promise, Juice WRLD – whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins – was on his way to forging an impactful career…Read more...

BMI’s “Know Them Now – Thank You for Hip-Hop” Showcase Puts Spotlight on Emerging Talent


From News, posted 12.04.19. Last week, BMI presented it’s Know Them Now -Thank You For Hip-Hop showcase at New York City’s legendary S.O.B.’s. The event featured some of BMI’s most promising songwriters and producers, who have begun to generate a loyal fanbase and are ready to break into New York’s hip-hop music scene, including…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominees


From News, posted 11.21.19. BMI is once again very proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for recognition by the Recording Academy at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on Wednesday,…Read more...

Still Striving & Prospering: Five Minutes with A$AP Ferg


From The Weekly, posted 9.24.19. On the eve of the release of his acclaimed new EP, Floor Seats, Harlem native, A$AP Mob rapper and BMI songwriter A$AP Ferg dropped by BMI’s New York office in the World Trade Center. We quickly sat down with him to discuss his new material, his approach to making music…Read more...

Brandy Honored with the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


From News, posted 8.30.19. BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at the Sandy Springs Arts Center in Atlanta. Multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy received the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her powerful impact on the entertainment industry and…Read more...

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