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How to Write to a Music Track: The Art of Toplining

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.22. For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody. The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass. Live guitars or computer generated… Read more...


Check Out May’s MusicWorld With Must-Read Tips

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From News, posted 5.27.22. In this issue: Jason Blume Weighs in on “What Makes the Perfect Demo?” Brian Tyler’s Music Has All Wondering “Are We Dreaming?” Pop Legend Carole Bayer Sager Opens Up About, Life, Love & Collaboration A Conversation With Songwriting Legend Mike Stoller… Read more...


What Makes the Perfect Demo?

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.27.22. “How good do demos need to be?” is one of the questions I am asked most often in my workshops. To effectively answer this question, you need to identify the purpose of your demo recording. For example, is it intended to be pitched in the hopes of finding a home… Read more...


What to Say and Do When You Meet a Publisher for the First Time

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.22. Back in the days when songwriting success was a distant dream, each time I met with a music publisher, I was a nervous wreck leading up to that meeting. I hoped the publisher would instantly recognize that my songs were destined to be GRAMMY-winning hits, and I would be offered… Read more...


5 Ways to Make Your Songs More Memorable

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.25.22. Marketing and advertising studies show that we are better able to remember ads we are exposed to multiple times. When we see or hear something once, we are likely to forget it. But with repeated exposure it is more apt to stick in our brains. This also applies to melodies.… Read more...


Song Recycling Strategies

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22. While good writers may vary in their approach to the craft, over the years one theme seems to stand out as universal—that the most enduring songs tend to come quickly and are often finished in a single sitting. For those of us who regularly fish the waters of creativity hoping… Read more...


Duets and Featured Artists: The Hot Trend in Recordings

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22. It would be hard to look at a list of current hit songs without noticing a trend: the growing use of featured artists. A featured artist is one who makes a guest appearance on another artist’s recording to create a collaboration. What’s the difference between a duet and a song… Read more...


BMI’s Atlanta Office Rings in the Holidays with Top Talent

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From News, posted 12.13.21. Last week, some of the best and brightest music creators turned out for BMI Atlanta’s annual holiday party. In attendance were singer V. Bozeman, singer/songwriter Dallas Davidson, producer Sonny Digital, celebrated Gospel singer/songwriter Kirk Franklin, producer Keyz, singer/songwriter Travis Malloy, hip-hop luminary TI and several others. The festivities included a… Read more...


Breathing Life into Your Recordings

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.19.21. Working completely “in the box”—i.e., using a laptop or other software-base system—certainly has its merits, particularly if your space lacks adequate isolation and you’d rather keep your sounds to yourself. There’s only one problem—your recordings are likely to lack the kind of dimension you often hear on older records that… Read more...


Top Tips From 2021 That Can Put You on the Road to Songwriting Success in 2022

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.19.21. The end of a year—and the beginning of a new one—is a perfect time to reassess our goals and recommit to them. I hope that revisiting the excerpts that follow will help you all attain a successful 2022. Excerpt from “Bring Me Something New—What Song Publishers Really Mean”… Read more...


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