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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Louis Armstrong

17/08/2017

‘What A Wonderful World’ celebrates 50

An exhibit at the Louis Armstrong House Museum marks a half-century since the optimistic jazz standard was recorded and released…
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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

16/08/2017

Manchester Arena to reopen with benefit gig

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Courteeners and Blossoms are among the acts welcoming back live entertainment fans to the venue…
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Fusion Guitars

15/08/2017

iPhone-integrated Fusion Guitar goes on sale

More than 20 years in the making, “the world’s most advanced electric guitar” becomes available to musicians in the US…
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Thomas Rhett. Photo: John Shearer

12/08/2017

UK & US Songwriting Charts (4 – 19 Aug 2017)

Find out who are top of the pop songwriters, based on last week’s UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100…
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Alice Glass

11/08/2017

Alice Glass announces new music and tour

Ex-Crystal Castles singer shares the video to her latest single and reveals she will tour with goth icon Marilyn Manson…
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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

10/08/2017

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame reveals new inductees

The class of 2017: Walt Aldridge and Tim Nichols, veteran songwriter Jim McBride and the late Vern Gosdin as songwriter/artist…
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Glen Campbell

09/08/2017

RIP Glen Campbell

Legendary country music songwriter Glen Campbell died this Tuesday (8 August) aged 81, following a six year battle with Alzheimer’s…
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Matt Epp and Faouzia

07/08/2017

The ISC unveils 2017 judges

International Songwriting Competition kicks off with another stellar judging panel comprising Lorde, Tom Waits, Perry Farrell, Ziggy Marley and more…
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The Beatles

06/08/2017

The Week In Review (31 July – 6 August)

Our latest weekly round-up sees us finally get round to featuring a track by the most influential band of all-time…
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Art Of Songwriting

05/08/2017

Introducing a new kind of songwriting book

The Song Foundry’s ‘The Art Of Songwriting’ by Ed Bell covers the creative and life skills songwriters need to succeed…
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Burt Bacharach

04/08/2017

Burt Bacharach calls for clarity over plagiarism laws

Veteran songwriter says artists are getting a rough deal when it comes to lawsuits, as there are not enough notes…
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Tim Schou

02/08/2017

International Acoustic Music Awards opens

The 14th annual IAMA – a competition promoting acoustic music performance and artistry, which discovered Meghan Trainor – is open…
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GALLOP

01/08/2017

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Gallop’ by Cyphered Threads

This week’s exclusive track is a seven minute epic from a musical ensemble who’ve drawn comparison with Nine Inch Nails…
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Jack-White

31/07/2017

Jack White is recording his next solo album

White’s label, Third Man Records, have shared images of the songwriter recording his upcoming third solo album in New York…
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America

30/07/2017

The Week In Review (24 – 30 July)

Today’s weekly round-up is brushed with an American tinge, as we cover a landmark moment and feature an alt-country classic…
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BASCA Chairman Crispin Hunt (left) and Nathan Morgan

29/07/2017

ACM’s BASCA scholarship winner announced

Nathan Morgan is 2017 recipient of the exclusive award and will start a free three-year Songwriting and Artist Development programme…
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Amplify

28/07/2017

BBC Introducing to host Amplify

Have you ever dreamed of working in the music industry? Then this new BBC event will offer some valuable insight…
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2017 Mercury Prize

27/07/2017

2017 Mercury Prize shortlist revealed

The dozen albums in the running for this year’s accolade are announced ahead of the winner being awarded in September…
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John Baldwin Gourley at 2010 Sasquatch! Festival

27/07/2017

UK & US Songwriting Charts (21 Jul – 5 Aug 2017)

With assistance from Royalty Exchange, we plot the top songwriters of the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic…
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Tony James Shevlin Promo 1

25/07/2017

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Travelling Man’ by Tony James Shevlin

Our second exclusive of the day is brought to you by a sublime, Anglo-Irish Americana songwriter we’re sure you’ll adore…
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TMPromo1

25/07/2017

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Geography: Part 1’ by Town Meeting

Today’s first exclusive is from a superb, US folk/rock quintet who have shared the stage with a true songwriting legend…
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Fender Monterey and Newport speakers

24/07/2017

Fender’s first Bluetooth speakers

Named after two iconic Southern Californian pop music festivals, the compact Newport and the premium Monterey model are available now…
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Rain

23/07/2017

The Week In Review (17 – 23 July)

It’s Sunday, which means that we’re back to bring you our weekly round-up, Classic Of The Week and SongsOfTheWeek playlist…
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Salute Music Makers competition

22/07/2017

Salute songwriting contest now free to enter

The success of the Music Makers competition permits the removal of its entry fee allowing free access for all entrants…
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Chester_Bennington

21/07/2017

RIP Chester Bennington

Music fans pay tribute to Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, after the singer was found apparently hanged at his home…
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Jay-Z

20/07/2017

UK & US Songwriting Charts (14 – 29 Jul 2017)

The new Jay-Z album makes for a new leader of this week’s top performing songwriters on the Billboard Hot 100…
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Gallery 47

18/07/2017

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Mr Baudelaire’ by Gallery 47

Today’s exclusive song come courtesy of of a London-based alt-folk songwriter who has been championed by some very impressive followers…
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