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The latest goings-on in the world of songwriting and music

Here’s a round-up of the latest songwriting news stories from the past month. To view an archive of all the previous articles visit our Songwriting News Archive.

M-Audio M-Track audio interfaces

25/10/2014

M-Audio upgrades their M-Track interfaces

The M-Track family of USB audio interfaces benefit from several improvements and now include a suite of Waves Audio plugins…
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SongTown

24/10/2014

SongTown online songwriters’ community launched

Hit Nashville songwriters Clay Mills and Marty Dodson start up a new online community for aspiring and professional songwriters worldwide…
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Alvin Stardust has died, aged 72

23/10/2014

RIP Alvin Stardust

The 70s pop legend and actor (and father of D&B star Adam F) has died of prostate cancer, aged 72…
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Andy Schrav

22/10/2014

Yamaha, Steinberg and sE songwriting tour

Brands support workshops, with singer-songwriter Martyna Wren, drummer Emily Dolan Davies and producer Andy Schrav, on in the coming weeks…
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Sleater-Kinney

20/10/2014

Sleater-Kinney announce new album and tour

Sleater-Kinney will release new album No Cities To Love in January, and are touring to promote it in the spring…
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Liverpool Sound City

19/10/2014

Liverpool Sound City opens for 2015 band applications

The ‘UK’s biggest city centre music festival’ invites emerging talent to follow in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran and Bastille…
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Thom Yorke

18/10/2014

Thom Yorke gets by with a Bit of help from Oxford students

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke enlisted the services of Oxford students to help him with the release of his latest LP…
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Xmas Factor - Iris Theatre

17/10/2014

Have your songs got the ‘Xmas Factor’?

London’s Iris Theatre is offering songwriters the opportunity to write a Christmas song to be featured in a festive concert…
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We Are The West

16/10/2014

EXCLUSIVE! Hear We Are The West’s new single ‘Hold On’

Songwriting is pleased to bring you another track exclusive… this one comes from Californian indie-folk duo We Are The West…
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Joni Mitchell

15/10/2014

Joni Mitchell greatest hits coming this November

Joni Mitchell is to release a remastered version of her greatest hits collection this November, following in Led Zeppelin’s footsteps…
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Sampletank 3 SE

14/10/2014

A new tank of samples launched by IK Multimedia

IK releases SampleTank 3 SE – a fully functional special edition of their flagship music creation software for Mac and…
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Noel Gallagher

13/10/2014

Noel Gallagher announces new album

Details of the next High Flying Birds album and an accompanying tour were revealed in a Facebook Q&A session today…
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Bob Dylan

12/10/2014

Complete Dylan lyrics to be published

Best start saving now: the limited edition book, which weighs over 6kg, will set you back at least 200 dollars…
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Johnny Marr

11/10/2014

Johnny Marr to collaborate with Hans Zimmer on next album

Johnny Marr’s next solo album is set to see the former guitarist for The Smiths collaborate with composer Hans Zimmer…
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M-Audio Oxygen keyboards

10/10/2014

New M-Audio Oxygen controller keyboards

The long-established keyboard series expands to include a wider array of sounds with two virtual instruments for songwriters and producers…
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The Smiths

09/10/2014

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominations announced

The nominees for 2015 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced – public voting now…
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Gibson 2015 model year range

08/10/2014

Gibson 2015 model range announced

Gibson USA has unveiled its new guitar lineup for next year, introducing new finishes, added features and several playing improvements…
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BBC Music

07/10/2014

Charity single heralds BBC Music initiative

BBC launches multichannel BBC Music initiative with a star-studded Beach Boys cover that will be released as a charity single…
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Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame

06/10/2014

Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame holds 2014 ceremony

Top songwriters John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters were all inducted at the organisation’s 44th annual event…
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Johnny Cash

05/10/2014

Folsom trail dedicated to Johnny Cash is unveiled

Folsom city has unveiled the first section of its tributary trail, dedicated to the late country music songwriter Johnny Cash…
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Wu-Tang Clan

04/10/2014

Wu-Tang Clan album coming this December

Wu-Tang Clan have announced that their upcoming album ‘A Better Tomorrow’ is to be released this December by Warner Music…
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Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes cover

03/10/2014

Thom’s BitTorrent experiment hits the million mark

Thom Yorke’s new album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ has been downloaded over one million times in an experimental release via BitTorrent…
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Hek

02/10/2014

EXCLUSIVE! Hear Hek’s new single ‘The Last Cigarette’

Icelandic singer-songwriter Hek has a new single called ‘The Last Cigarette’, and you can hear it exclusively right here at…
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Taylor limited edition autumn range

01/10/2014

Taylor launches limited edition autumn collection

California-based American guitar specialist introduces a new special range of ‘fall’ acoustics for those who fancy a new songwriting vehicle…
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Nick Cave

30/09/2014

Major Nick Cave tour announced

A rare solo tour by the Birthday Party/Bad Seeds/Grinderman legend will comprise a hefty 19 dates, stretching from Glasgow to…
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The Libertines

29/09/2014

New Libertines material on its way (maybe)

Pete Doherty has hinted that, after the success of The Libertines’ recent reunion gigs, a new album may be coming…
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Bruce Springsteen

28/09/2014

Springsteen boxset to be released this November

A boxset comprising the first seven studio albums made by Bruce Springsteen is set to be released this November 17…
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Tom Waits

27/09/2014

International Songwriting Competition deadline extended

The ISC 2014, which counts Songwriting Magazine as one of its industry sponsors, has entered its final phase for submission…
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Paul McCartney

26/09/2014

Paul McCartney to release charity single

McCartney set to rival X Factor winner for Xmas No 1, with charity single in support of cancer awareness charity…
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Neil Young

25/09/2014

Neil Young to release second album of 2014

Celebrated Canadian songwriter Neil Young is to release his second album of 2014 this November, following April’s ‘A Letter Home’…
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