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March 28, 2016

Striving for Simplicity in Your Songwriting

In creating songs, one of the best things you can do is to keep your songwriting as simple as possible. Keeping it simple does not mean lightweight or nonsensical or adding a lot of fluff, it simply means maintaining clarity so that your listeners don’t have to be doing mental gymnastics to keep up.
Music Business
March 24, 2016

Is James Bay Set to Emulate the Beatles U.S. Takeover?

A number of solo acts, duos and groups from the UK have all managed to make an impact on American radio and even having a U.S. fan base, but none with the impact of the Beatles. However, the fresh new English acoustic rock singer and songwriter, James Bay, may just be the one to break that mold.
March 22, 2016

Custom Song Writing Services For Independent Song And Lyric Writers

Using professional studio recording services will make you earn more credibility among music deciders. A quality-recorded demo is a necessary part of the equation for song writers aiming to get their music heard by music industry professionals.
March 21, 2016

Season 1 Episode 3 - About Music Lyrics and Copyright Law

Songwriters and musicians. Nothing's more important than learning the truth about Music Lyrics and Copyright Law. In this short video, business lawyer Myron Mallia-Dare recounts the subject.
March 18, 2016

Break Into A Long Lasting Career – The Irresistible Compact Guide Reveals Tips For Songwriters Looking For Longevity

It's an endless struggle to get your stuff noticed. So many ways to break into the current music industry exist. But now the amount of new content just drowns out works of many talented songwriters.
March 17, 2016

Basic Tips For Writing Your First Song

A huge part of songwriting is the artistic aspect, but there are also a few rules you should at least know about. As every other successful musician has done, you must first learn the rules, then follow them, before you can break them. Here are a few basic rules and tips to get you started.
March 14, 2016

Learn How To Sing Better With These 6 Tips For Vocalists

Learning how to sing better begins with acknowledging the fact that each and every one of us has a unique and special sound. We cannot expect to perfectly replicate any of our favorite singing artists. Rightfully, we shouldn't want to.
Music Business
March 10, 2016

Radio Stations Eager To Add New Christmas Songs To Their Playlists

Is it really so weird to think about Christmas so early? It isn't even April yet! Interestingly enough, people are thinking about doing Christmas a little earlier than everyone else.
March 7, 2016

"My Brain Never Turns off of Songwriting”

Writers are, by nature, very close observers of the world around them. "My brain never turns off of songwriting. Every conversation, everything I see, I'm just kind of like a sponge and I soak it up.”
March 2, 2016

Songwriter Rocc Nobles Reveals Inspirations Behind 'I Get Up'

Songs inspire. They help people get up and continue. They help people cope. So imagine what singer-songwriters draw upon to create songs from the heart. Songwriter Rocc Nobles wrote 'I Get Up' drawing from his personal experiences as a disabled veteran.
Music Production
February 29, 2016

Demystifying Recording Studio Mixing – An Online Guide to Compression and How It Works

Easy to conceptualize. Hard to understand. A lot of music listeners don't think about audio compression, but why would they? Many avid fans of music get treated to the end product.
Music Business
February 24, 2016

5 Gripping Album Covers Since The Beginning of 2016

With almost two months gone in 2016, a lot of music has already been released for the not so New Year. Numerous albums have been released in the short period, which not only offer listeners tons of listening material but also displays of interesting album art.
February 22, 2016

Songwriter Demo: Define Your Goal

Great importance is placed on TV and film placements. In order to score these, one has to pay attention to what is needed at the time which involves knowing what is being used and why.
February 18, 2016

Season 1 Episode 2 - About Collaboration Agreements

But what happens when each collaborator needs to figure out who gets compensated? Well, when that happens, what's collaborative might quickly become a headache. Collaboration agreements can resolve such issues.
February 15, 2016

5 Gifted Female Singers Born In London In The 80s

Can you name five absolutely talented female singers? What about those from London? Can you name five that were born in the 1980s? Surprisingly, there are a lot of gifted, London-born female singers. And the best part? Many of these talented ladies are quite popular around the world. Let's take a quick look at five.
Music Business
February 11, 2016

If You Want a Smash Hit Worldwide, It Pays To Collaborate

2015 was a pretty big year in music. Across the board and between genres, 2015 had some of the biggest hits that the music scene has ever seen, both financially and overall popularity. Adele made the world stop with “Hello” and Drake had everyone dancing to the “Hotline Bling”.
February 8, 2016

Making Your Last Chorus Memorable

Writing the chorus of a song is not the easiest thing to do, unless of course, it’s not worth remembering. Regarded as the catchiest part in most cases, the chorus is often what determines whether a song turns out to be a hit record or not.
Music Business
February 6, 2016

Mean Comments: When Your Self-Esteem Is At Stake

So how do you deal with such toxic people? There are much better ways of handling these types of people. As Taylor Swift says, “Haters gonna hate…” and all you can do is “get that dirt off your shoulder”, as Jay-Z so eloquently put it.
Music Business
February 4, 2016

The Biggest Misconception of the Music Industry… According to The Big Guys

The music industry has plenty of myths. Don't believe it? Well, try googling articles and interviews about the so-called mysterious world. Even people who have been in the industry for years agree. The music industry is still pretty mysterious.
January 28, 2016

Season 1 Episode 1 - First Time In A Recording Studio

While an experienced and quality producer and engineer can make the most out of an inexperienced musician, there are steps you can take to maximize your time in the studio and optimize the tracks you lay down.
January 25, 2016

Verse 2: A Simple Rewording of Verse 1?

Oftentimes, lyricists find it astonishingly difficult to create a second verse to continue the progression of their message after completing the first.
Music Production
January 20, 2016

Gain, Volume, Level and Loudness: Critical Differences and What You Need to Know

While twiddling and twisting those knobs and making those adjustments might seem like fun, they serve a critical and crucial purpose in the creation of well mixed music.
January 17, 2016

Coldplay Gives Insight Into The Creative Process Of Songwriting

In an interview with Fuse, frontman Chris Martin spoke about songwriting and his comments give their fans insight into the creative making process that is the hits they are known worldwide by.
January 16, 2016

5 Ways to Improve Your Vocal Strength

Want to sing, or speak, with outstanding volume and power? Well, you have to improve your vocal strength. Since, without them, it would be immensely tough for you to dominate those songs which are strong and soulful, and have challenging notes.
Music Business
January 13, 2016

What Are The Main Differences Between Songs Written For TV/Film And Specifically For Artist Placements?

Songs written for film are more vague in their desired emotional response. Rather than attempt to convey a specific detailed memory, the songwriters must be able to evoke a more ubiquitous feeling for the audience.
January 10, 2016

Singer and Band Demo: A Musician’s Voice Goes Far Beyond Vocals

You have a voice and you want to be heard. A musician’s voice goes far beyond vocals. Your voice is how you express who you are, whether that is through your mouth, your strings, your keys, or your snares.
January 6, 2016

My Style of Songwriting Is Influenced By Cinema

This was part of a famous quote by one of the most iconic female songwriters Joni Mitchell. As a songwriter, the rest of the quote is probably the most important to what you do as a lyricist.
January 3, 2016

Ernest Tubb: Father of Honky Tonk

Ernest Tubb is a legend among country music fans. Born and raised in Texas, Tubb was no stranger to country music. Listening to Rodgers’ music influence Tubb greatly and helped lead him down the path to country stardom.
December 30, 2015

Some Motivation to Get The New Year Off to a Great Start

This article will consider a few things which a songwriter going into the New Year may consider to get the year off to a spectacular start!
Music Production
December 27, 2015

Improving Oldies But Goodies: Clean Up Old Cassette Tape Recordings

Do you remember recording songs directly from the radio? How about making your own recordings if you're a musician? Or recording other people making music? Remember—not everyone grew up on CDs, DVDs and thumb drives. Lots of people grew up recording music onto cassettes.
December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Songbirds!

The holiday season offers us a special opportunity to extend a warm and exceptionally personal thank you to all of our clients, readers and partners.
December 21, 2015

How To Finish What You Start: Five Salient Tips For Lyricists

One of the primary downfalls of lyric writers is ironically lack of knowledge on the point which they desire to write on, or even knowledge on interlocutory points of interest surrounding that subject.
Music Business
December 17, 2015

Were Songs Really Better 30 Years Ago?

This is one of those questions that comes up all the time, be it on the Internet, on the radio, or in the pub, so not wishing to be a party-pooper, we thought we would write our own thoughts on the subject.
Music Production
December 10, 2015

Why Is Mastering So Important In Today’s Competitive Market?

While the technology is easily accessible, the “art” part of the equation is being lost, and the market continues to be filled with a lot of poorly constructed albums and demos.
December 7, 2015

How The Mood of Your Song Can Truly Resonate With Your Listeners

From the point of view of songwriting, 'how the mood of your song can truly resonate with your listeners' is a difficult thing to really quantify. So, the best way to start, is with a little bit of history and look what types of mood there are and how the moods of music work.
December 3, 2015

Brilliant Examples Of WordPlay Tricks In Songwriting

As we appreciate the great lyricists before us, let’s take a moment to examine, study, understand, and appreciate some of the fine examples of lyrical wordplay that has come before us and see what we as songwriters and lyricists can learn from them by genre.
December 2, 2015

Mary J. Blige – The Original Queen of Hip-Hop Soul

In the late 80's, Mary J, Blige was noticed by the R&B Uptown Records after recording “Caught Up in the Rapture” in a shopping mall, but it wasn't until her debut album “What's the 411”, produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs, that she began her long and prolific career.
Music Business
November 25, 2015

Songwriter Equity Act: How Will it Affect Songwriters?

Much is being written about the Songwriter Equity Act at the moment and one can understand why but what is it and, probably more important for regular readers, how will it affect songwriters?
November 17, 2015

Keith Richards & Songwriting: The Driving Force Behind The Rolling Stones

In any music interview, one of the most common questions to be asked as a songwriter must be, “Where do you get the ideas for your songs?” The sheer banality of it must send shivers down the guitar neck of even the most seasoned of musicians.
Music Business
November 15, 2015

5 Unique Christmas Gifts Musicians Will Love To Have

Among the trickiest individuals to buy gifts for? Musicians. Why are musicians so hard to buy for?
November 12, 2015

Songwriters Worst Enemy: Writer’s Block - How To Overcome It

Many people claim that they have the magic cure for writer’s block. In truth, they can all work. There is no one solution to writer’s block, but that does not mean that there is no way to deal with the problem.
November 9, 2015

3 Singing Weapons Certified By Lead Singers

Polishing your singing skills a little can go a long way. Your voice is a gift that you need to embellish if you want to boost your singing career – grandly.
November 4, 2015

Differentiating The Singer-Songwriter Genre From Others

The concept of genre is an important point of distinction between different forms of music, although artists have increasingly been mixing genres, making it difficult to differentiate among them at times.
November 1, 2015

Sam Hunt’s First Steps Into an Unplanned Songwriting Career

Every songwriter hopes that they write a song that really resonates with their audience – one that is a real touchdown. Sam Hunt is no exception, after all, he is perfectly accustomed to writing huge hits...
October 26, 2015

Song Theme Ideas For The Motivated Songwriter

In addition to having a natural flair for writing, becoming a good songwriter takes time, patience and knowledge. It also means understanding people and what’s happening in the world, in order to use songwriting themes that listeners will find appealing.
Music Production
October 21, 2015

Guidelines For Dealing With a Music Producer

You are going to need a producer to assist you as you embark on the path to achievement: for instance, if you are a youthful rock star, songwriter or composer who wishes to place music with established artists in TV, music or advertisement.
October 14, 2015

Symbolism Will Help Your Songs Take Wings

For a songwriter, symbolism is like an extension of your body. It is such a vital part of songwriting, it cannot be a tool you leave out of your creative toolbox. In songwriting, a symbol works much the same as it does in any other application. But it packs much more emotional punch.
October 8, 2015

How to Listen Like a Songwriter? Be a Poet on a Motorcycle

Professional songwriters, from all walks of life, recommend listening to songs judiciously. So, stop doing whatever you’re doing, find a silent place, play some music, and listen to it wholeheartedly.
September 30, 2015

Those Details That Make Your Songwriting More Credible

This article will help you learn how to add little details into your songwriting that will make your songs more credible, and more memorable for those who listen to your songs.
Music Business
September 28, 2015

Digging for Gold: A Music Listener’s Journal

When was the last time you heard a record that truly astonished you; that reconfigured your concept of music by stretching the boundaries of creativity?
September 16, 2015

You Won’t Believe it: Finding a Rhyme is not Art!

Before we move further, and tell you how to rhyme in songwriting, first allow us to explain what exactly rhyme is, so that you can understand the fine line between a super-hit song and a flop. “Rhymes are basically the flow of the lyrics; they keep the listener interested by keeping a predictable tone.”
September 12, 2015

Country Hit Writer Stapleton Comes Out From The Shadows

Chris Stapleton is an established American singer-songwriter with 15 years of experience in the music industry. Throughout his career, he has earned respect in the form of top-notch hits, Grammy award nominations and feature film contributions.
September 8, 2015

Best Tip Ever: Using Metaphors to Build Song Ideas

Many popular songs utilize metaphors, whether we realize them or not. Dolly Parton’s famous song “Love Is Like A Butterfly” is one such example. She is not literally trying to say that love is like a large bug, rather she is saying something deeper, and something more emotional than that.
September 2, 2015

Songwriting Techniques That Will Double Your Abilities

You have the passion, you have the drive, but the words just are not coming out like they should. There are several techniques that you can use that will make this problem virtually disappear.
August 27, 2015

Managing Your Own Songwriting Career: Feeling Nervous?

The life of a songwriter can be complicated and terrifying but it can also lead to great rewards in the long run. As a creator of intellectual property, you want to put yourself in a position where you get the most rewards from using your talent.
Music Business
August 23, 2015

Are Streaming Playlists Becoming Like Radio Playlists?

Like social media, streaming playlists are viral in nature: Add a track to a popular playlist and listeners as well as friends’ listeners will save the song to their playlists.
August 19, 2015

The Advantages of Smart Songwriting

Songwriting is not like most things. You can be a successful songwriter and still have no idea how you do it. Leonard Cohen said it best: ‘Being a songwriter is like being a nun. You’re married to a mystery.’
August 19, 2015

How to Find Your Rap Style?

Whenever you want to get into some form of the arts, the most important thing to do is to find your own style. Your own style is what makes you distinct from everyone else, and helps make you memorable and uniquely you.
Music Business
August 9, 2015

Full Production Or Scaled Down Demo?

This question many songwriters ask themselves these days. Obviously, a scaled down demo is the cheaper option to choose, but will it take you to your ultimate goal of placing the song? Despite recent rumors about this, the answer is NO, it won't.
August 6, 2015

Three Tips for Writing Creative Lyrics

It’s not a cakewalk to reach deep into the confines of your mind and pull out an expression of yourself, your life, your experience or the greater human experience at large.
Music Business
August 2, 2015

International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

International Songwriting Competition aims to provide songwriters with the opportunity to have their songs heard in a professional, international setting.
Music Business
August 2, 2015

Another Blow to Youtube's Dominance

Normally, people go to YouTube to watch music videos. But Facebook’s on a quest to conquer the video world, and it’s mounting an assault on YouTube’s most lucrative province.
July 27, 2015

''Who Am I – Good Question, I Wonder That Myself Sometimes''

"Well what I am is an Aussie author/songwriter (more a lyricist than a songwriter although I do play guitar, most would say not very well, but I can come up with a melody). "
Music Business
July 27, 2015

SoundCloud At Risk Of Exhausting Cash

In order to survive, SoundCloud continues to borrow money. Surprised? Some of the biggest companies have never made a profit, and it’s not that uncommon.
Music Business
July 22, 2015

Crackdown: Millions Of Dollars In Undeclared Royalties

A crackdown on music industry tax cheats is on track to uncover millions of dollars hidden by Australia’s musicians and composers, including some of our rock and pop stars.
July 21, 2015

It Is Summer, Time To Write Some Christmas Songs... Weird?

While most of the general public doesn’t start listening to Christmas music until early December, record labels start releasing holiday albums and singles as early as late October.
Music Business
July 12, 2015

How to Get Your Songs Heard? (Part 2)

People don’t realize that, at least half of the time, the artist that you hear singing a song was not the one who wrote it. In some cases, a group of people are responsible for the hit songs you hear on the radio.
Music Business
July 11, 2015

How to Get Your Songs Heard? (Part 1)

There are certain things you need to do if you want to get a musician or recording artist to show interest in your songs. The most important thing is to ensure that the recordings of your songs meet certain standards of quality.
July 8, 2015

Be Anything But Vanilla To Write Fantastically

“If you’re in a really good mood, you can write the best song, and if you’re in a really bad mood, you can write the best song, but if you’re just vanilla, you can’t.”
July 3, 2015

How to Get Into Session Singing

Do you wish to have a musical career? We all know just how hard it is to become a singer these days. It takes years and years of doing small jobs until someone notices you. And even if you make it, no one guarantees you’re going to stay there too long.
Music Business
June 28, 2015

3 Reasons Why Your Music Could Be Rejected For Radio Airplay

What may have stopped you getting that big break on the radio are fairly vast and will need you to be very open minded about what might have caused this issue. Here are three of the main reasons why your music could be rejected by a radio station.
Music Business
June 25, 2015

An Island turned into an Idyllic Music Hub

The UK-based promoter behind Croatia’s Unknown Festival has acquired the island of Obonjan, which it plans to turn into the world’s first curated entertainment tourist destination.
Music Business
June 23, 2015

Apple Music In The Spotlight: Artists' Satisfaction Could Become Turbulent Again

Apple had been, for the most part, a good partner for record labels and artists since 2003, when the iTunes store first opened. The company's recent moves were met with incredulity.
Music Business
June 23, 2015

Future Generations of Musicians: Gene Simmons Blames the Fans and Defends Labels

Speaking to Planet Rock in advance of their set at last week’s Download Festival, he said record companies “gave bands money that they never had to pay back — ever!
June 18, 2015

4 Essential Things Songwriters Forget To Do Every Day

As a songwriter, it’s important that you understand that there is more to it than catchy lyrics and rhyming lines together. Most songwriters will look to impose their own personality – and experiences – on their lyrics.
Music Business
June 14, 2015

More Than 45 Countries Have Signed Up To The Global Release Day Initiative

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has formally announced that July 10 will mark the beginning of the "global release day" on Fridays as part of an agreement between 45 nations involved.
Music Business
June 10, 2015

How To Find Motivation When Beyonce Almost Makes You Leave The Music Industry

Ultravox singer Ure says competing with acts half his age who had songs "written by committee" made him question his future in the industry.
Music Business
June 4, 2015

Tensions Are Rising In The Music Business - Apple Perceived As The Dominant Force Again

Steve Jobs didn’t believe music fans would ever pay to “subscribe” to streaming music. Nonetheless, Apple goes against the wisdom of its founder: the company is expected to announce a music streaming service at its developer's conference in San Francisco.
May 31, 2015

Unlocking The Songwriter’s Potential

It’s a process that goes along the same lines of Van Gogh and his paintings, or Ramsay and his cuisine. In songwriting, composing a song is very much like creating a dish—it requires the right balance of ingredients to make a good melody.
Music Business
May 29, 2015

Musicians Shocked: $15,000 Fees For Feature In An Upcoming Film

Filmmakers tend to pay lower fees for songs by singers and bands, believing they are giving them a break by just putting their songs in films. A Film and TV company came up with a different deal for artists.
May 22, 2015

Songwriter Of The Year, Results Of The Worldwide Respected Ivor Novello Awards

The Ivors remain the only award ceremony in the musical calendar that is not influenced by publishers and record companies, but judged and presented by the writing community.
Music Business
May 19, 2015

Soundcloud’s Battle To Appear In The Eyes Of Major Labels Continues

Sony has removed Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Passion Pit, Leon Bridges, Miguel and Hozier, among others from the streaming site after accusing SoundCloud of not providing enough options for it to make money from the music it hosts.
May 13, 2015

Bruno Mars’ Struggles In The Music Industry – ”It’s not like what you see in movie”

After a series of rejections from labels, the pair received a call from Brandon Creed, who was looking for songs for a reunited Menudo. He liked their song ‘’Lost’’, but he wanted one of his artists to perform it.
Music Business
May 5, 2015

An Important Victory For Artists And The Entire Music Industry

Grooveshark was one of the first online services that let you play almost any song you wanted, on demand, with no restrictions. It closed down Thursday and it won’t be coming back, according to a statement on the website.
Music Business
April 30, 2015

Spotify, Now Worth More Than The US Music Industry

Top commercial music streaming service Spotify is, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, worth more than the US music industry.
April 28, 2015

What You Need to Know About Photography To Become Great In Songwriting

From both chaos and beauty found in the surroundings, music and photographs capture a certain moment to which anyone can relate.
April 16, 2015

Get Inspired – Here Are The 5 Most Successful Topics For Songwriting to Start With

Throughout the world, a lot of songs have been written on various unknown topics. However, some topics have been more popular and have become the most successful ones.
March 30, 2015

Considering The benefits Of Math In A Music Educational Program

Already at the early stage of learning at Children’s Music School, within of two–three months,up to thirty percent of children lose their interest to music subject and leave the study.
March 10, 2015

A Documentary On Songwriting

Nashville songwriters Steve Moakler and Stephanie Lambring walk through the process of making a song and doing it for a living.
March 3, 2015

Add Energy & Strength To Your Songwriting

Bouncing ideas of a work colleague or friends can often help to fine-tune a great idea, or simply reveal an idea to be a dud. In both ways, it will help them expand their writing skills and eventually grow not only as a songwriter but also a great collaborator.
Music Business
February 25, 2015

What could be a better way to show the world your creation than to make astonishing demo songs?

So you want to make it big in the music industry. It does not end after you’ve decided on your song’s general theme, nor does it end after you’ve thought about the melody and wrote the lyrics. Music production is equally important.
February 13, 2015

Inside Us All Is A Song – Christian Music

Over the centuries, even the millennia if you consider the Psalms of ancient times the source of lyrics for songs has pretty much remained the same.
Music Business
February 5, 2015

Troubles on the Road: Music Distribution and the Inherent Problem

Yet, this creative process has, over the past number of years, become monetized. Despite the pool of talent out there, only a steady stream of artists break enough charts to have their music played frequently on radio stations.
January 31, 2015

Music Interest Goes Beyond Favorite Artists

"My interest in composing I think has come from dream to create similar tunes as my favorite artists and composers. My music interest goes beyond my favorite artists because I like almost every genre of music"
January 28, 2015

Beyond The Anecdote Of Love And Heartache: Taylor Swift And Songwriting

Taylor Swift is one of the youngest mainstream singer-songwriters. She is a multi-awarded performer who has achieved the heights of success in world tours, countless singles, bestselling albums, and legions of fans.
Music Business
January 16, 2015

How to Send a Music Demo to Publishers

Do you have what it takes to be the next songwriting sensation? If your answer is yes, then you should probably start making a music demo and send it to publishers! Try these steps on how to submit your very own demo.
January 16, 2015

New Year's Resolutions For Songwriters

Music has again played a very important role in everyone’s lives this year. Some of the songs that made 2014 were John 'Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About that Bass,’ Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t,’ Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and many others.
January 13, 2015

Songwriting Woes? Turn the Television On or Flip the Newspaper for Inspiration

There are lots of instances when no matter how hard you call your muse, you just couldn’t come up with any catchy verse at all. So, what can you do when you can’t find inspiration to create lovely song lyrics within yourself?
January 11, 2015

Easy Ways On How To Be Successful In Songwriting

These days, a songwriter can be successful in music even without a degree, although formal training can give him or her an edge in this very competitive industry. Here are a few tips on how you can make it big in the music industry.
January 10, 2015

Avoiding Plagiarism in Music and Songwriting

Plagiarism in music and songwriting happens all the time. Even for established songwriters, writing a line and fitting it to a chord sometimes turns into accidental plagiarism.
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