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Do Your Songs Sound Like Today’s Hits…or Tomorrow’s?

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From The Weekly, posted 2.26.18. At lunch recently, a songwriter asked me, “What’s the biggest mistake songwriters make?” I told him that I often hear songs in my workshops that are perfectly crafted; songs that check off all the boxes—they have rhymes in the expected places, the lyrics make sense, the melodies work well, they are… Read more...


Jay Kay and Top Songwriters Honored at 2017 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.09.17. Ed Sheeran Wins Song of The Year for the Second Year With “Love Yourself”; Foals, Bipolar Sunshine and Naughty Boy Also Recognized at London Ceremony Read more...


BMI SVP Ann Sweeney & BMI Writers Honored at Billboard’s 2016 Women in Music

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From News, posted 12.12.16. Billboard held its annual Women in Music event in New York City on Friday, celebrating a host of female artists, songwriters and industry executives from across the spectrum. Among the roster of distinguished honorees was BMI’s Senior Vice President of Global Policy, Ann Sweeney, singled out for her tireless dedication to… Read more...


Current Trends in Country Music: What’s Hot & What’s Not

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.16.15. “That ain’t country!” is a comment I often hear when I play current country hits in my songwriting workshops. It’s true that today’s country hits bear little resemblance to the songs that topped the charts by Elvis, Tammy, Waylon, Willie, and Patsy. Music evolves and the styles that rule the charts… Read more...


Lauren Alaina, From ‘American Idol’ to ‘Wildflower’

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.10.11. Lauren Alaina isn’t the first precocious teenager to set her sights on Nashville. As the 16-year-old prepares for an October 11 launch of her debut, Wildflower, she walks a path traveled by stars like Taylor Swift, Leann Rimes, Tanya Tucker, and Brenda Lee. But Alaina is the rare teen prodigy to… Read more...


2010 BMI London Award Winners

From News, posted 10.05.10. BMI London Awards October 5, 2010 BMI Icon Don Black The Robert S. Musel Award “ONLY YOU CAN LOVE ME THIS WAY” Steve McEwan (PRS) John Reid (PRS/BMI) Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS) Keith Urban College Song “DOWN” Jay… Read more...


Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year and More at 2009 CMA Awards

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From News, posted 11.12.09. The night after she took home her second consecutive BMI Song of the Year crystal, Taylor Swift swept the 43rd Annual CMA Awards, winning Entertainer, Female Vocalist, Album and Video of the Year honors. The youngest performer to ever earn the Entertainer of the Year crown, Swift is also the first… Read more...


Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Earn Top Honors at 2009 ACM Awards

From News, posted 4.06.09. Carrie Underwood made history at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, as she became the seventh female in the organization’s history to take home the coveted entertainer of the year trophy. Underwood joins exclusive ranks featuring Shania Twain, Barbara Mandrell, the Dixie Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Reba… Read more...


Bryan Ferry Receives Icon Honors at BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.07.08. BMI lauded U.K., Europe and Jamaica’s premier songwriters, composers and music publishers Oct. 7 at the 2008 BMI London Awards. The ceremony was hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, along with Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi. Staged in the Grand Ballroom of London’s Dorchester Hotel,… Read more...


2008 BMI London Awards Winning Songs

From News, posted 10.07.08. The Robert S. Musel Award IRREPLACEABLE Amund Bjørklund (TONO) Espen Lind (TONO) Ne-Yo EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Stellar Songs Ltd. (PRS) Beyoncé College Song DASHBOARD Johnny Marr (PRS) Tom “King Sour” Peloso Joe Plummer Chrysalis Music Ltd. (PRS) Modest Mouse Dance Award BEAUTIFUL LIAR Ian Dench (PRS) Amanda Ghost… Read more...


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