Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

In and Out of the Studio With the Highly Sought-After Lido


From MusicWorld, posted 3.20.19. Lido, the songwriter and producer revered for his drum work and stunning remixes, has come a long way from his tiny hometown in Norway. Having discovered gospel music through his father, Lido—born Peder Losnegård—had his musical sensibilities shaped by annual sojourns to the U.S. to see gospel performed in the…Read more...

BMI Congratulates Its 2019 GRAMMY Winners


From News, posted 2.11.19. Music’s biggest night returned to Los Angeles’ Staple Center, last night, for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and true to form, a robust showing of BMI affiliates went home with the gold.  Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This is America” made history by being the first rap song to win both…Read more...

BMI Writers Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall & John Prine to be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame


From News, posted 1.15.19. BMI is exceptionally proud of its affiliates being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2019. As announced on Saturday, January 12, the Hall will soon welcome in BMI songwriters Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall and recent BMI Troubadour Award recipient John Prine. Dedicated to honoring the contributions of…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 12.13.18. BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In…Read more...

Billboard Honors BMI’s Alison Smith, Cyndi Lauper, SZA & Kacey Musgraves at 2018 Women in Music


From News, posted 12.07.18. Billboard held its annual Women in Music event on Thursday, December 6, at Pier 36 in New York City, celebrating several talented BMI songwriters and BMI Executive Vice President, Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services, Alison Smith, along with others whose impact on the music industry is indisputable. Longtime BMI…Read more...

Guidance from “Girl Wonder”: Songwriter/Producer Makeba Riddick-Woods Opens Up About Her Success


From The Weekly, posted 10.30.18. As careers in songwriting go, Makeba Riddick-Woods’ is a tough one to top. Since first starting out as a songwriter/producer in 2005, she’s written or produced chart-topping hits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Toni Braxton, Eminem, T.I., Solange Knowles, Rita Ora, Kellis, Jessica Simpson, Fantasia, Katharine…Read more...

BMI’s “Know Them Now” Showcase Brings Hip-Hop’s Most Promising New Acts to New York City


From News, posted 10.10.18. BMI presented the Know Them Now showcase at legendary venue S.O.B.’s in New York City, Monday night. The event featured some of BMI’s most promising songwriters and producers currently breaking through New York’s music scene. BMI’s Omar Grant kicked off the proceedings by introducing the evening’s host, radio personality Noodles,…Read more...

BMI Hosts Breakfast N Vegas for Private Listening Session


From News, posted 10.08.18. On September 2, BMI Los Angeles hosted a private listening session for DJ/producing duo Breakfast N Vegas. Comprised of DJ Yonny and Curtis Austin, the pair has worked with some of today’s biggest artists including Bad Bunny and Tory Lanez for the hit track “Give It Up.” During the event,…Read more...

Patience & Perseverance Pay Off for “In My Feelings” Producer TrapMoneyBenny


From News, posted 10.08.18. If there are two virtues TrapMoneyBenny is aware of, they’re patience and perseverance. Born Benjamin Workman in a suburb of Cleveland called Mentor, the aspiring producer decamped to Los Angeles, after high school, to pursue a career in music. Signing up with the songwriter/producer collective, 1500 or Nothin’, Workman was…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2018 Latin GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 9.21.18. BMI affiliates made another strong showing in the nominations for the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards, which were announced Thursday. In keeping with their continued ascent, a multitude of BMI’s Latin songwriters received multiple nominations to collect coveted GRAMMY gold for their groundbreaking work this year. Among this impressive list of…Read more...

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