Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

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...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Mac Miller


From News, posted 9.10.18. BMI was very saddened to learn of the loss of songwriter/rapper/producer Mac Miller, who died on Friday, September 7 in Los Angeles at age 26. A promising and resourceful talent, Pittsburgh-native Mac Miller, a.k.a Malcolm McCormick, made his initial impact in the 2010s with a versatile style that was both…Read more...

Superstar Janet Jackson Named BMI Icon at The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


From News, posted 8.31.18. Last night, BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs during the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta. Multiple award-winning superstar Janet Jackson took home the night’s highest honor of BMI Icon in recognition of her groundbreaking…Read more...

GRAMMY-Nominated Oak Felder Gets and Gives Advice


From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18. When he moved to the U.S. from Istanbul, Turkey, in 2001, writer-producer Warren “Oak” Felder had a degree in network technologies and artificial intelligence from Istanbul Technical University, and zero music expertise save for his abiding love for rock bands including Rage Against the Machine and Modest Mouse. Felder hadn’t…Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Joe Jackson, Patriarch of the Jackson Family


From News, posted 6.27.18. BMI is saddened to have learned of the passing of Joe Jackson on Wednesday, June 27, at age 89. Profoundly instrumental to the legacy of some of BMI’s most prominent and celebrated affiliates, Jackson launched his family’s musical journey in 1964 with the formation of the Jackson 5, featuring his…Read more...

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