At the heart of great music…

Songwriting is a magazine aimed at songwriters and at fans of song-led music – of all genres. We take advice from successful songwriters, producers and industry experts to provide you with tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration to keep the music flowing, from writing lyrics and melodies to advice on how to promote yourself and your songs. Plus you’ll find interviews with big name artists and rising stars, and reviews of new music from pop to hip-hop to soul to rock…


Latest News

The Replacements

27/04/2015

The Replacements debut new song

The US legends have been performing a new song called ‘Whole Foods Blues’ and have hinted at a new album…
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Josh Groban

26/04/2015

Josh Groban tops the UK album chart

Josh Groban has claimed his first UK No 1 album, pushing last week’s chart topper Paul Simon into second place…
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Blur

25/04/2015

‘Ill feeling’ prior to Blur reformation

Blur’s Alex James has revealed there was ill feeling between the band members prior to their reformation and new album…
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Taylor Grand Concert acoustic guitar

24/04/2015

Taylor Guitars continues its maple musical revival

The California-based guitar manufacturer expands its maple 600 Series acoustics with the new 612ce and 612ce 12-Fret Grand Concert models…
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Animal Reporters

23/04/2015

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Little Mama’ by Animal Reporters

This week’s Thursday track exclusive comes courtesy of Animal Reporters, five New York City-based purveyors of funk- and blues-infused rock…
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AKG C314

23/04/2015

AKG unveils C314 condenser mic

AKG reveals a new dual-diaphragm condenser microphone, at Musikmesse 2015, with four selectable polar patterns and an overload LED indicator…
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George Ezra

21/04/2015

Ivors 2015 nominations are revealed

Sam Smith, Clean Bandit, Royal Blood, George Ezra and Alt-J among those in the running for statues come 21 May…
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Radio 1 Big Weekend

20/04/2015

Final line-up for Radio 1’s Big Weekend announced

The line-up for Radio 1’s big weekend in Norwich has been announced, with Foo Fighters and Muse topping the bill…
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Paul Simon

19/04/2015

Paul Simon scores first UK No 1 album for 25 years

Paul Simon receives high recognition for his greatest hits compilation, with the LP hitting No 1 in the UK charts…
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Lou Reed

19/04/2015

Lou Reed would have been ‘delighted’ at Hall of Fame entry

Lou Reed’s sister states the legendary songwriter would have been ‘amused but secretly delighted’ by becoming a Hall of Famer…
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Stuart Epps

17/04/2015

2015 UK Songwriting Contest opens for entries

This year’s UKSC competition launches with a grand prize of working with, and being mentored by, British producer Stuart Epps…
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Survival Float

16/04/2015

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Shove’ by Survival Float

This week’s Thursday exclusive is a wistful, contemplative little number coming courtesy of a piano-playing Chicago songwriter called Survival Float…
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Gibson Brands Les Paul Reference Monitors

15/04/2015

Gibson showcases new Les Paul reference monitors

4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch studio speaker systems get the iconic Les Paul treatment, in Cherry, Cherry Burst, and Tobacco Burst…
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BluGuitar

14/04/2015

BluGuitar unveils new line of guitar cabinets

The NANOCAB and FATCAB are to be launched at this week’s Musikmesse trade fair by the BluGuitar founder Thomas Blug…
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Patti Smith

13/04/2015

Patti Smith announces memoir ‘M Train’

Patti Smith has announced a new memoir called ‘M Train’, which will delve further into turning points in Smith’s life…
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Metallica

12/04/2015

Metallica “making progress” on new album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett pleases fans by announcing that work on the band’s new album is very much under way…
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Pride

11/04/2015

Songwriting Magazine and Bristol Pride present…

Bristol Pride and Songwriting unite, giving you the chance to win a performance slot at this year’s Bristol Pride Festival…
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Cat Stevens

10/04/2015

Radio 2 Folk Awards album coming soon

For the fourth year running, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees are to be showcased on a double CD…
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Live Reviews & Previews

Songwriting Live at The Water Rats, London

18/04/2015

Songwriting Live @ The Water Rats, London 02.04.15

Our second live showcase at London’s Water Rats saw killer sets from Jesse Gamage, Sadie Jemmett and The Doppler Shift…
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The Doppler Shift

27/03/2015

Success Express returns with FAC drop-in session and showcase

On Thursday, London’s The Water Rats hosts another live show and artist session by the FAC, Success Express and Songwriting…
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The Handsome Family

18/03/2015

Live review: The Handsome Family, Bristol (13th March ’15)

A regal hall provided an oddly fitting setting for macabre masters The Handsome Family to wow their delighted Bristol crowd…
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Songwriting Techniques & Tips

Jane Taylor

10/03/2015

Jane Taylor: Finding your lyrics

Struggling with writing your lyrics? Award-winning UK singer-songwriter Jane Taylor shares some useful ideas for getting the creative juices flowing…
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An insider's guide to sync

02/01/2015

An insider’s guide to music synchronisation

Creating music for ‘sync’ has become an increasingly important option for songwriters. We asked an industry expert how it works.…
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Lisa Redford

19/11/2014

Lisa Redford: Cover versions

Need a break from writing? Our regular columnist looks at the fine art of making a familiar song your own……
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