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5 Ways to Be a Better Collaborator

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb) Not every great song is the result of collaboration, but a look at recent hits by artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi, P!nk, Adam Levine, Kenny… Read more...


5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.19. During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the first verse and chorus. The writer protested, “But you’ve got to keep listening. It all comes together in the bridge and then the last chorus explodes!” That might have been the case, but the chances are miniscule… Read more...


How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18. When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the formula,… Read more...


Mark Ronson Receives the BMI Champion Award at the 66th BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.08.18. Justin Tranter named Songwriter of the Year; “Shape of You” awarded Song of the Year; Sony/ATV Music Publishing Presented with Publisher of the Year Read more...


The Most Important Lines of Lyric

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From The Weekly, posted 3.19.18. Of course, every line in a lyric is important, but are some more important than others? Let’s examine several lines that serve special, unique functions because of their locations within a lyric. These are lines that can propel a lyric from “good” to “wow.” Opening Lines We get only one chance… Read more...


How to Write Song Hooks That “Hook” You in

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18. The more you have, the better your chances of having a hit Read more...


Indie Spotlight: AJR

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From News, posted 12.06.17. An indie-pop band of brothers with an Ivy League pedigree, AJR stands for Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, a Columbia University alum, junior and freshman, they’re packing rooms across the country with their contagious energy and irresistible songs. They got their start a decade ago busking in the streets of New… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees

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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 BMI… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: AJR

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From News, posted 5.05.17. An indie-pop band of brothers with an Ivy League pedigree, AJR stands for Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, a Columbia University alum, junior and freshman, they’re packing rooms across the country with their contagious energy and irresistible tracks. They got their start a decade ago busking in the streets of New… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of ‘How I Wrote That Song’

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From News, posted 2.03.17. Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Alex Da Kid, Dallas Davidson and Lauren Christy reveal the stories behind their biggest hits Read more...


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