Songwriting – ‘at the heart of great music’

Songwriting is a quarterly digital 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…


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Turnpike Troubadours 'A Long Way From Your Heart' album cover

20/11/2017

‘A Long Way From Your Heart’ by Turnpike Troubadours (Album)

The fourth album from these rootsy Oklahoma rockers is an enticing marriage of classic character-driven storytelling and dramatically powerful musicianship…
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Rhys Lewis

19/11/2017

Introducing… Rhys Lewis

A scheduled songwriting trip to the Isle of Wight proved to be the decisive moment for this talented young artist…
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Malcolm Young

18/11/2017

AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies

Australian guitarist and songwriter passes away peacefully at home, at the age of 64, after a long battle with dementia…
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DIY Access Guide

17/11/2017

Improving deaf and disabled people’s access to music

DIY Access Guide shows people how they can make live music venues more accessible for disabled music fans and artists…
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Chris Gantry 'At The House Of Cash' album cover

16/11/2017

‘At The House Of Cash’ by Chris Gantry (Album)

Recorded back in 1973, this album still sounds fresher than any other country release you’re likely to hear this year…
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Fleetwood_Mac

16/11/2017

Fleetwood Mac reissuing self-titled 1975 album

The legendary British-American rock group will reissue their tenth studio album next January, before embarking on their farewell world tour…
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Yamaha APX600 and CPX600

15/11/2017

Yamaha updates acoustic electric guitars

The APX600 and CPX600 models keep construction and electronics of their predecessors, but offer enhancements in looks, sound and playability…
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Hazel English

14/11/2017

Interview: Hazel English

We get to know the hotly tipped, Aussie indie-pop songwriter and hear of her passion for sci-fi and confessional poets…
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Taylor-Swift

14/11/2017

T-Swizzle touring the US next year

Following the release of her sixth studio LP, ‘Reputation’, Taylor Swift has announced she’ll embark on a 2018 US tour…
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Without Warning album cover

13/11/2017

UK & US Songwriting Charts (3-18 Nov 2017)

Rap trio Shayaa, Leland and Kiari dominate this week’s hotlist following the release of their new collaborative album ‘Without Warning’…
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Gabrielle Aplin

12/11/2017

Interview: Gabrielle Aplin

The teenage internet sensation who burst onto the scene with her hit-laden 2012 debut album, returns with a new EP…
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"It's cold outside and the paint's peeling off of my walls"

12/11/2017

Classic Of The Week: Tubeway Army

Our sublime autumn cover star, Gary Numan, provides a blinding slice of new wave synth-pop for this week’s frosty classic…
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Elvis Costello

11/11/2017

Elvis Costello releases single written for film

New song ‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’ was made for forthcoming movie ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’…
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Five Finger Death Punch

10/11/2017

Five Finger Death Punch announces European tour and LP

LA hard-rockers release greatest hits album, ‘A Decade Of Destruction’, on 1 December and support it with a European tour…
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Ashley Gorley

08/11/2017

Ashley Gorley is Country Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley is named Songwriter of the Year for a record fifth time at this year’s ASCAP Country Music Awards…
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Thekla

07/11/2017

Planning risks Bristol music venue’s closure

‘Woefully inadequate’ noise assessment carried out on Thekla during application for development risks the closure of Bristol’s iconic music venue…
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Future aka Nayvadius Wilburn. Photo: The Come Up Show/Creative Commons

06/11/2017

UK & US Songwriting Charts (27 Oct-11 Nov 2017)

After earning the highest charting collaborative album in over two years, Nayvadius Wilburn returns to our list of top songwriters…
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The Jacksons Legacy

06/11/2017

‘The Jacksons: Legacy’ by The Jacksons with Fred Bronson (Book)

With over 1000 pictures contained within, this coffee table book presents the Royal Family of Pop in all their glory…
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Joan Osborne

06/11/2017

Interview: Joan Osborne

Interpreting the work of Bob Dylan isn’t for the faint-hearted; thankfully this American singer-songwriter has the chops for the job…
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I've got your picture She's got you

05/11/2017

Classic Of The Week: Patsy Cline

Brokenhearted? Feeling as though the earth below your feet has turned to dust? Then this week’s classic is for you…
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Sainsburys Own Label vinylresized

04/11/2017

Sainsbury’s launches own vinyl range

Following success in vinyl sales, Sainsbury’s becomes the first supermarket chain in the UK to establish a record label imprint…
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Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2017

03/11/2017

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2017 out now

Our latest issue features Gary Numan, Tori Amos, The Waterboys, The Darkness, Starsailor, Shelly Peiken, Nerina Pallot and much more…
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Ed Sheeran

02/11/2017

Music stars unite to End The Silence

Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Paul Weller are among songwriters sharing their musical memories online, for children suffering in orphanages…
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Post Malone

01/11/2017

UK & US Songwriting Charts (20 Oct-4 Nov 2017)

Austin Post continues the ‘Rockstar’ climb on the US chart as the songwriter benefits from a clever YouTube monetisation hack…
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Hans Zimmer was “starstruck” by Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood.

30/10/2017

Jonny Greenwood had Hans Zimmer seeing stars

Phenomenally successful film score composer said he was starstruck when working with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood on ‘Blue Planet II’ soundtrack…
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Imelda May

30/10/2017

Sodajerker presents… Imelda May

Podcast kings Simon and Brian chat with an Irish rockabilly star whose new album is her most reflective to date…
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Every night you stay, I'll be watching you

29/10/2017

Classic Of The Week: The Police

Our latest classic of the week is a song that will resonate with fans of the truly sublime, ‘Stranger Things’…
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Titan

28/10/2017

Titan Crane to act as venue and instrument at Sonica Festival

Musician and composer Michael Begg will climb to heady heights to perform his unusual composition at this year’s Sonica Festival…
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Chris Gantry. Photo: Nancy Rhoda

27/10/2017

Interview: Chris Gantry

Recorded in 1973 at Johnny Cash’s studio, we learn all about a lost classic from the country artist behind it…
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Bootsy Collins 'World Wide Funk' album

27/10/2017

‘World Wide Funk’ by Bootsy Collins (Album)

A true icon of his genre is back with his star-shaped bass, a heap of famous guests and ‘the funk’…
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