Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

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...

Gunna, Trouble, Kayla Brianna, Arin Ray & Kari Faux Perform at BMI’s ‘Know Them Now Experience’


From News, posted 6.01.18. BMI was pleased to present the Know Them Now Experience at Atlanta’s Buckhead Theater on Thursday, May 31, serving as a platform for some of today’s hottest emerging and unsigned talent to showcase their artistry in front of fans and industry executives alike. Hosted by Atlanta’s own 11Alive newscaster Neima…Read more...

BMI Brings the “Know Them Now Experience” to Atlanta


From News, posted 5.23.18. BMI is proud to be presenting the Know Them Now Experience on Thursday, May 31, at Buckhead Theater (3110 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305). Hosted by Atlanta’s own 11Alive newscaster Neima Abdulahi and multi-faceted entertainer DC Young Fly, the concert is a platform for some of today’s hottest emerging…Read more...

Talking Evolution With Curtis Harding


From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18. Curtis Harding once described his music as ‘slop n’ soul’ – a name that’s as unusual as it is entirely fitting. Harding, whose intoxicating albums Soul Power (2014) and Face Your Fear (2017) blend soul, rock, blues, funk, punk and more, is himself a pastiche of wildly diverse influences: as…Read more...

Naturally Speaking: In Conversation With Naturally 7


From The Weekly, posted 5.01.18. To call Naturally 7 simply a vocal group is something of an understatement. To try to sum up their music as harmony-laden or acapella also falls significantly short of really capturing what they do. To accurately describe the sound and aesthetic Naturally 7 has perfected over the last 19 years,…Read more...

BMI Songwriters Set to Deliver Electrifying Performances at 2018 SXSW


From News, posted 3.01.18. BMI is pleased to announce its return to Austin, TX as part of the 2018 SXSW Music Conference and Festival from March 13 - 16.  Continuing a more than 30-year presence at the world-renowned music festival, BMI will once again offer festivalgoers many unique opportunities to discover the hottest emerging…Read more...

Mark Batson, Faith Evans, Tory Lanez & RedOne Discuss Their Hits at BMI’S ‘HOW I WROTE THAT SONG’®


From News, posted 1.29.18. On Saturday, January 27, BMI presented its annual pre-GRAMMY event How I Wrote That Song® (HIWTS), in partnership with the Apollo Theater, at the legendary performance hall. The audience was treated to an enlightening panel discussion that featured multi-platinum and GRAMMY award-winning music producer Mark Batson, GRAMMY award-winning R&B royalty…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 11.28.17. BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of…Read more...

Catching Up with Blake “Shy” Carter


From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17. In a landscape where many people claim to do it all, singer-songwriter and producer Blake “Shy” Carter shows what it looks like to take “multi-faceted” to surprising and remarkable heights. Growing up in the musical mecca of Memphis, he absorbed the soul music of his surroundings, as well as the…Read more...

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