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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.

Elbow

28/06/2016

Elbow to release new album next Spring

Much loved English quartet will release the follow-up to 2014’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything in Spring 2017…
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Taylor Guitars 700 Series

27/06/2016

Taylor redesigns 700, 400 and 800 series

The weekend’s Summer NAMM in Nashville saw Taylor launch new rosewood, spruce and Deluxe acoustic guitars with additional premium features…
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Freddy & Francine

27/06/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘If You Want Me’ by Freddy & Francine

Tonight’s exclusive is from a duo who’ve traversed the impact love has on songwriting and come out the other side…
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Berklee 'Love Is The Answer' video

26/06/2016

Berklee students create song for peace

Members of Boston’s music college collaborate with Carter Center’s Human Rights Program to produce campaign song ‘Love Is The Answer’…
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Aerosmith

25/06/2016

Aerosmith to split-up

Frontman Steven Tyler confirms that the rock legends will call time on their near 50 year music career next year…
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Damon Albarn

24/06/2016

Damon Albarn on Brexit: “Democracy has failed us”

Blur frontman speaks out about UK’s decision to leave the EU following yesterday’s (23 June) referendum, during set at Glastonbury…
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Summer NAMM

23/06/2016

Summer NAMM 2016 gets rocking

Nashville’s annual celebration of gear and music kicks off with performers including The Charlie Daniels Band and Craig Wayne Boyd…
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Hattie Briggs

23/06/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘On Your Way’ by Hattie Briggs

Tonight’s truly sublime exclusive comes courtesy of a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee…
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Fender Mod Shop

22/06/2016

Fender introduces new Mod Shop

Iconic guitar brand allows players to select the look, feel and sound of their instrument, then modify their selection online…
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Jake Morley

21/06/2016

Jake Morley to tour the UK in November

The London born and based songwriter will head out on a five date tour across the UK this coming November…
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Yamaha PSR keyboards

20/06/2016

New PSR keyboards from Yamaha

Two new models – the 61-key PSR-E453 and 76-key PSR-EW400 – are added to the manufacturer’s range of portable instruments…
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Joanna Wallfisch

20/06/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Gardens In My Mind’ by Joanna Wallfisch

Our first exclusive of the week comes from a New York based songwriter who melds folk, jazz, and indie pop…
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Gretchen Peters. Pic: Gina Binkley

19/06/2016

Gretchen Peters to share her songwriting secrets

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee is coming to Scotland’s capital next month to run a two-day songwriting workshop…
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Arcade Fire's fifth album could be out next Spring

18/06/2016

Arcade Fire release details of upcoming album

Record will be the multi-platinum band’s first album since 2013’s hugely successful LP ‘Reflektor’ and will be their fifth album…
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Sound Magic MegaSteinwaySE

17/06/2016

Steinway piano in a flash

Sound Magic creates Mega Steinway SE virtual piano plug-in on flash drive, featuring eight instruments and almost forty user-adjustable controls…
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In An Instant

17/06/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Where The Demons And The Devil Speak’ by In An Instant

Our second exclusive of the week comes from a superb electro-pop influenced Bangor rock quartet and it’ll kickstart your weekend…
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Led Zeppelin

16/06/2016

Jimmy Page testifies in plagiarism case

Led Zeppelin have been accused of stealing the riff for Stairway To Heaven, one of the most famous songs ever…
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Hot Buttered Rum by Jason Fraticelli Band

15/06/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Hot Buttered Rum’ by Jason Fraticelli Band

This week’s first exclusive comes courtesy of a man who kicks out a mean guitar line, for an upright bassist…
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Chips Moman & The Memphis Boys

14/06/2016

Legendary producer-songwriter Chips Moman dies

Producer known for recording Elvis, and writing hits at Stax and American Sound, dies the day after his 79th birthday…
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Mitchell MO120CESB acoustic-electric guitar

13/06/2016

Mitchell announces new orchestra-style guitar

US manufacturer introduces an affordable acoustic-electric instrument with a smaller body consisting of spruce top and mahogany back and sides…
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