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Entries in songwriting (39)

Thursday
Nov092017

Hit Songs Deconstructed Releases Its Q3-2017 Hit Songwriting Trend Brief

Hit Songs Deconstructed (www.HitSongsDeconstructed.com) released its Q3-2017 Trend Brief. This 100+ page report details the compositional and industry trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.

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Thursday
Oct052017

Did Led Zeppelin Steal Stairway To Heaven? 

I don’t think that any respectful musician should be proud of violating the copyright of another one. With all the social networks that exist nowadays, if someone makes a plagiarism, the news will spread worldwide in a matter of minutes. It is far too embarrassing of a place to put yourself in.

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Tuesday
Oct032017

Photay On Being Terrified By ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee’ And How To Mess With Song Form

On his latest release, OnismPhotay’s Evan Shornstein combines his study of West African percussion with a heavy grounding in ’80s and ’90s beat-driven electronic music. And in the process, he diverges from popular, tried-and-true song form through a series of irreverent arrangements, arresting textures, and a radical withholding of the conventions of the “drop” and “release” that the uninitiated might expect from contemporary dance-inflected music.

Shornstein’s charge is, as he says, “to explore unfamiliar musical realms,” and he manages to do so with respect and reverence for the myriad traditions he’s moving through, resulting in music that’s both “incorrect” and deeply informed.

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Tuesday
Sep122017

The Downsides To Using Fiverr For Music Production

With limited human resources (nearby to help to produce the song), I opted to produce an entire song— from start-to-finish— using a popular online marketplace, Fiverr.com. It was called an experiment— I had no idea whether it would work or not. Within a week timeframe, the entire song idea became a song distributed across the web.

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Tuesday
Aug152017

Q2 Hit Songwriting Trends

Hit Songs Deconstructed recently released its Top 10 Hit Songwriting Trend Report, which details the compositional trends of the songs that chart in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 during a specific quarter across 28+ categories, including song length, genres and influences, instruments, first chorus occurrence, tempo, key and more.

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Monday
May082017

The Top Five Things Every Singer/Songwriter Is Doing That Need To Be Fixed

There are at least a hundred ways for every singer/songwriter to improve his or her chances of success, but these are the five I already know that need to be addressed without even seeing your show. They are inherent the performance of virtually all aspiring (and sadly many seasoned) singer/songwriters.

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Monday
Nov282016

Four Tips To Jumpstart Your Songwriting Routine

If you’re visiting music think tank for the first time or the 50th time, you have something in common, you’re here for the music and your whole life has probably been dedicated to music. Perhaps this craft is basically all you can imagine yourself doing for the next however long. 

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Friday
Nov182016

4 Tips For Songwriters Seeking Artists To Record Their Songs

This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

The goal of many a songwriter is to find artists to sing our material. And there are few things more thrilling than when you hear your music come to life. The first time you get to hear an artist’s take on a song you spent hours on, all alone in your writing room, is truly magical. The feeling exists somewhere in between hearing a very personal cover, and the ephemeral act of co-writing or collaborating with someone.

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Friday
Oct142016

The Return Of The Song Plugger - The Unsung Heros Behind Songwriting’s Renaissance In The Digital Age 

By Thomas Scherer, EVP US publishing and international writer services at BMG

We’re in the middle of a golden age of collaboration in the music industry. The digital age has removed barriers for artists and writers teaming up to work together, contributing parts, ideas, lyrics and so much more. In the past twelve months, some of the biggest hits in our catalogue - such as DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You” ft. Justin Bieber and Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” - have been co-created by amazingly talented writing and production teams. Yet all of this creativity is underpinned by an unsung role that has never been more important within the music industry - the song plugger. 

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Friday
Oct072016

Learn The Secrets Of Writing A Catchy, Memorable Hook At SongwriterLink’s Webinar On 10/22/16

In this webinar on October 22, 2016 presented by SongwriterLink and Songwriting magazine, Friedemann Findeisen will share the proven formulas and songwriting tools you need to write strong hooks every time.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Should I Write Original Music Or Music That Sells?

Have you ever noticed that the music you love to write, always ends up being the music people hate? Yet, your worst written songs, the songs you said “I can’t believe I wrote this POS” are somehow, magically, the ones everyone loves? What’s up with that?

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Wednesday
Jul272016

5 Things Songwriters Need To Know About The Consent Decree

What is the Consent Decree, and why are people talking (and so upset!) about it?

While the music industry can seem glamorous, it does have its “unsexy” parts just like any other business sector. For songwriters, one of the least discussed (yet most important topics) is music licensing. But major changes to the consent decree – the federal agreement that governs how ASCAP and BMI operate – is bringing this topic to the surface.

The truth is, these changes could be the biggest in the music industry in 75 years and greatly impact your career.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Lessons In Nonsensical Songwriting From Elvis – The King 

Do you write lyrics that could be considered unintelligible or nonsensical based on the laws of English? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Elvis Presley, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists to have ever lived, is famous for spitting lyrics that defied natural language or comprehension, but resonated with millions of fans around the world.

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Tuesday
Jun072016

How The Right Lyric Can Fortify The Listeners' Creative Mind

The lyrics in a song are much more than just content. Constructing well-timed and well-placed lyrics is an art, which can set apart great songwriters from the average.

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