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Indie Spotlight: Raja Kumari

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From News, posted 1.25.19. Declared a child prodigy by Indian music legend, Ravi Shankar, at the age of seven, Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer Raja Kumari creates fearless, charismatic music that sonically bridges East and West. Her time as a dancer sparked her love for Indian music, and upon receiving a copy of The… Read more...


Nile Rodgers Honored as BMI Icon at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 8.29.15. John Legend, DJ Mustard and Universal Music Publishing Group Also Among Honorees at Ceremony in Beverly Hills Read more...


BMI’s Delia Orjuela, Byron Wright Recognized by Billboard

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From News, posted 8.24.11. Billboard magazine recently published praise for BMI’s Delia Orjuela and Byron Wright, naming them to its 2011 Latin Power Players and 30 Under 30 lists, respectively. The honors underpin the diverse strength of BMI’s current executive roster, which includes established and up-and-coming leaders alike. Based in BMI’s… Read more...


Benny Blanco Fills in the Blanks

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.07.11. Benny Blanco, the 22-year-old songwriter and producer with a string of hits to his credit, is driving through Los Angeles talking about how he has always loved music. Since he was a kid growing up in suburban Virginia—pulling out the stereo in the middle of his parents’ dinner parties to dance… Read more...


BMI Honors will.i.am, Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don, EMI Music Publishing & More at Urban Awards

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From News, posted 9.11.10. BMI saluted the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the most-performed R&B, rap and hip-hop songs tonight at its annual Urban Awards. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, hosted the ceremony along with Ray J at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. BMI presented… Read more...


Ester Dean Delivers in Eye-Popping Neon

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.06.10. If music appeared in color, Ester Dean’s would dazzle in eye-popping neon. Look at her logo: her name, sprawled in WOW! POW! font typically used to detail exploits of comic book heroes. Consider her hyperkinetic first single, “Drop It Low,” and its corresponding video, an over-the-top explosion of Technicolor, candy-coated youthful… Read more...


Elvis Williams: The Real Thing

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.23.09. Like the American icon whose name he bears, Elvis Williams — dubbed BlacElvis — benefited from a blues and gospel-soaked upbringing in small-town Mississippi before cutting his teeth in Memphis. Growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Williams accompanied his grandfather, blues singer Big Jack Johnson, on gigs to bars in Memphis. “I… Read more...


2009 BMI Urban Awards: BMI Award-Winning Songs

From News, posted 9.11.09. A MILLI Lil Wayne Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Young Money Publishing, Inc. Lil Wayne Cash Money/Universal BABY DON’T GO T-Pain Nappypub Music Universal Music-Z Songs Fabolous featuring Jermaine Dupri Desert Storm/Def Jam/DJMG THE BOSS Read more...


BMI Honors George Clinton, T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Many More at Urban Awards in New York

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From News, posted 9.10.09. BMI saluted the world’s premier R&B, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers Thursday, September 10 at its annual Urban Awards. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, hosted the ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at… Read more...


T-Pain Celebrates BMI Songwriter of the Year Win in Atlanta

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From News, posted 6.24.09. BMI staffers recently visited T-Pain in Atlanta’s Crossover Studios for a belated celebration of a glittering career milestone: Thanks to his compositions “Kiss Kiss” and “Low,” T-Pain garnered the 2009 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year crown. While most of his peers were honored at the 57th annual BMI Pop Awards… Read more...


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