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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.

Queen

19/09/2014

New Queen comp to feature posthumous Mercury tracks

New ‘Queen Forever’ CD collection brings new Freddie Mercury tracks to light, including a much anticipated track with Michael Jackson…
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Cat Stevens

18/09/2014

Cat Stevens tour announced

Cat Stevens is to embark on a tour covering the US, the first time he’s done so in 38 years…
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Tascam DR-22WL

18/09/2014

Tascam announces new audio recording devices

The audio equipment manufacturer reveals two new USB interfaces and two new hand-held recorders, including the first to feature WiFi…
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Your Songwriting Contest

16/09/2014

New songwriting contest launches

This is not just a song contest… this is Your Song Contest. Free to enter, too, which is always nice…
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The Doors

15/09/2014

The Doors to let fans feast on a new documentary

A documentary about The Doors will be released this November for the first time, 46 years after it was recorded…
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Camden Roundhouse

14/09/2014

Roundhouse 30/30 competition now open

The iconic London venue’s competition for young musicians enters its sixth year – just get your entries in before 1…
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Frank Turner

13/09/2014

Britain’s live music circuit threatened with ‘meltdown’

Noted songwriter Frank Turner has warned the UK Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, that Britain’s live music scene is facing ‘meltdown’…
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Robert Young Primal Scream

12/09/2014

Primal Scream guitarist Robert Young dies

Robert ‘Throb’ Young, a founding member of Primal Scream, has died suddenly. Fans took to Twitter to express their condolences…
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Orange Amplification Guitar Pack

11/09/2014

Orange Amplification launches complete guitar package

With Christmas approaching, the brightly coloured amp manufacturer reveals a new pack containing everything required to start playing the guitar…
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FKA Twigs

10/09/2014

Mercury Prize 2014: the nominations

The nominees for 2014’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize are announced, with the usual mix of big names and more leftfield choices…
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Damien Rice

09/09/2014

Damien Rice to release first album in 8 years

Irish songwriter Damien Rice announces the follow-up to his second studio album ‘Nine’, eight years after that record was released…
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Calvin Harris

08/09/2014

Calvin Harris has over one billion Spotify streams

Scottish DJ and songwriter Calvin Harris, is confirmed as the first British recording artist to achieve one billion Spotify streams…
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Garth Brooks

07/09/2014

Garth Brooks catalogue now available digitally

After years of holding out, the country superstar has finally made his work available online – and at bargain prices,…
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Focusrite iTrack Pocket

06/09/2014

Focusrite’s new YouTube sensation – the iTrack Pocket

Focusrite unveils iTrack Pocket for iPhone – a portable, stereo microphone and guitar interface for singer-songwriters to create and share…
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Iceage

05/09/2014

Iceage announce new album

Danish punk/alt-rock band release tracklisting for third studio long-player ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ and share new track ‘Forever’…
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Dan Wilson

04/09/2014

Dan Wilson to reveal more songwriting secrets

The award-winning songwriter announces ‘Words & Music’ UK tour of songs and stories, and releases new single ‘Love Without Fear’…
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George Harrison

04/09/2014

Six George Harrison LPs to be reissued

George Harrison’s first six solo albums, released between 1968 and 1975, have been remastered and are set to be reissued…
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In the beginning there was 'Gish' and in the end...

02/09/2014

Billy Corgan hints that Smashing Pumpkins’ next LP could be their last

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has given a strong suggestion that the band’s next album could be their final act…
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Tanglewood Premier Series

01/09/2014

Tanglewood updates Premier Series acoustics

Tanglewood revamps one of the company’s well-established ranges, the Premier Series, with four new acoustic guitars and an acoustic bass…
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Echo & The Bunnymen

31/08/2014

Echo & The Bunnymen announce UK tour

They’re playing nine dates in November and December – but fans in their hometown will have to wait a little…
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EurekaSound Hole Pickup Mount

30/08/2014

EurekaSound unveils innovative pickup mount

The Sound Hole Pickup Mount makes it possible to add a Strat-sized pickup to your acoustic guitar, without modification or…
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Bob Dylan

28/08/2014

Bob Dylan announces US tour

Bob Dylan is to undertake a 31-date tour of North America this fall, kicking off in Seattle on 17 October…
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Guy Thomas 'Songwriting: The Creative Process For Beginners' on Udemy

27/08/2014

New online course on ‘Songwriting: The Creative Process For Beginners’

Singer-songwriter and modern music professor at UCLA, Guy Thomas launches a new songwriting class on the Udemy online learning platform…
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Kate Bush

26/08/2014

11 Kate Bush albums to enter UK top 100

The legendary songwriter Kate Bush, is set to see 11 of her albums enter the UK top 100 this week…
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Prince

25/08/2014

Prince announces two new albums

3rd Eye Girl’s debut long player and Prince’s first solo album since 2010 will both drop on the same day…
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Stevie Wonder

24/08/2014

ASCAP honours legendary songwriters

Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Steven Sondheim and Stevie Wonder are to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards on 17 November…
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Chord SU26E ukulele

23/08/2014

Sapele electro ukulele coming from Chord

If a traveller acoustic guitar is still too large for true songwriting on-the-move, then maybe a ukulele is for you…
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Amy Winehouse

22/08/2014

Camden Market to get Amy Winehouse statue

A life-sized brass sculpture of the late singer-songwriter is to be installed in London’s famous Camden Market on 14 September…
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Gerard Way

21/08/2014

Gerard does it his way

Former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way has declared that his upcoming Reading/Leeds festival performances will not feature MCR songs…
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Camp Bestival hands

20/08/2014

Bestival is going global

The popular UK festival curated by Rob Da Bank is to expand, with new Bestivals in the USA and Europe…
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