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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.

Billy Joel

23/07/2014

Billy Joel to be honoured in US

Billy Joel is to receive the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize, one of the highest honours in the US music…
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Radiohead

21/07/2014

Writing for new Radiohead album underway

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood have begun exchanging ideas, as they start writing what will be Radiohead’s ninth studio album…
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Zoom H5 handy recorder

20/07/2014

Zoom showcases the new H5 Handy Recorder

The North American manufacturer uses this week’s Summer NAMM in Nashville to announce “the world’s most sophisticated portable four-track recorder”…
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Blondie

19/07/2014

Blondie to call it a day?

Blondie drummer Clem Burke has advised their current world tour may be their last, with Debbie Harry thinking of retiring…
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Jimi Hendrix

18/07/2014

Early Hendrix material to be released

Studio recordings from the late 60s featuring Jimi Hendrix are to get an official release following an extended legal battle…
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Paul McCartney

17/07/2014

Five classic McCartney albums reissued as iPad apps

Paul McCartney has re-released five of his classic Wings and solo albums in iPad app form, complete with bonus content…
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The Pineapple Thief

16/07/2014

The Pineapple Thief announce 10th album release

West Country new-prog group reveal their latest studio LP will be titled ‘Magnolia’ and is due to blossom this September…
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Blink-182

15/07/2014

Blink-182 working on new album

Blink-182 frontman Tom Delonge apologises for the wait and confirms that the band are now working on a new LP…
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Jake Bugg

14/07/2014

Jake Bugg is a little bit country

Jake Bugg has spoken of his love for Dolly Parton, while advising that he has been writing country inspired songs…
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Ed Sheeran

13/07/2014

Ed Sheeran, the most powerful figure in black and urban music?

BBC Radio 1Xtra names Ed Sheeran as most powerful figure in black and urban music, with Disclosure in second place…
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Bernard Sumner

12/07/2014

Bernard Sumner autobiography coming soon

Joy Division, New Order and Electronic guitarist and songwriter’s book is called ‘Chapter And Verse’ and is out on September…
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Josh Homme

11/07/2014

Josh Homme denies influence on Arctic Monkeys

QOTSA frontman Josh Homme responds to claim that he brought on Arctic Monkeys’ recent musical changes, saying it’s a ‘misconception’…
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Beck

10/07/2014

Beck releases ‘Song Reader’ album (sort of)

There’s just one Beck recording – the collection sees the likes of Norah Jones and Jarvis Cocker tackling his songs…
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Taylor Swift

09/07/2014

Taylor Swift says ‘Music is art and should be paid for’

Country songwriter Taylor Swift has said that ‘Music is art, important and rare’ and that it should not be free…
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The White Stripes

08/07/2014

Jack White to release White Stripes live album

The Detroit songwriter is releasing a live LP by The White Stripes, through his Third Man subscription service this year…
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George Ezra

07/07/2014

George Ezra announces UK tour

With his album riding high in the charts, the Bristol-based purveyor of blues- and folk-influenced rock is hitting the road…
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Pink Floyd

06/07/2014

Pink Floyd to release first new album in 20 years

Dave Gilmour’s wife tweets news that the long-awaited LP is titled ‘The Endless River’ and is due out this October…
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Nick Drake

05/07/2014

Unheard Nick Drake tapes to be auctioned

A reel of six previously unheard Nick Drake recordings, are to be put up for auction in London this month…
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Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith

04/07/2014

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith top US charts

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith dominate the American music charts with a double that hasn’t been achieved for 21 years…
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IK Multimedia iKlip Xpand

03/07/2014

iKlip Xpand mic stand for tablets and smartphones revealed

IK Multimedia launches two microphone stand mounts for iPad, iPhone, Android and other mobile electronic devices, ideal for performing singer-songwriters…
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Massive Attack

02/07/2014

Massive Attack have recorded an ‘album’s worth of new material’

Following a triumphant set at Glastonbury festival, Massive Attack announce that they have recorded enough songs for a new album…
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Eastman OO Series acoustic guitars

01/07/2014

Eastman reveals new 00 series acoustic guitars

Eastman Guitars continue their 10 year anniversary celebrations at the upcoming Summer NAMM show with two new solid wood acoustics…
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Roger McGuinn

30/06/2014

Roger McGuinn announces UK tour

The former Byrds frontman will be playing 12 live dates in September and November, in support of his new career-spanning…
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Purbeck Folk Festival

29/06/2014

Talent contest returns to Purbeck Folk Festival

The annual competition Purbeck Rising offers another opportunity for an act to play the main stage of the award-winning festival…
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Bobby Womack

28/06/2014

Bobby Womack dies, aged 70

The legendary singer, songwriter and session musician Bobby Womack has passed away from undisclosed causes at the age of 70…
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Eric Clapton

27/06/2014

Clapton to retire from touring

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton announces that he is to quit touring and is intending to focus more on studio work…
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Vinyl singles

26/06/2014

UK Singles Chart to include streaming figures

Streaming data will be counted towards the UK’s Official Singles Chart from next month (July 2014) for the first time…
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Bob Dylan

25/06/2014

Handwritten Dylan lyrics sell for $2M

An early draft lyric for ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ has sold for over two million dollars – a new record…
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IK Multimedia iRig Voice

24/06/2014

IK Multimedia launches iRig Voice mic for mobile

The mobile music-making specialists introduce a colourful line of iRig Voice microphones for recording songs on iOS and Android devices…
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Attitude Is Everything

23/06/2014

Robert Smith wants Music Without Barriers

Music Without Barriers’ campaign to improve gig access for disabled fans has the support of Robert Smith and Glastonbury Festival…
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