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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.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD-A and EZ Voice for Android

22/11/2014

Vocal recording and processing solution for Android

IK Multimedia brings real-time vocal digital processing to Samsung devices with the EZ Voice app and new iRig Mic HD-A…
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Billy Joel

21/11/2014

Billy Joel receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Songwriter Billy Joel has been awarded the noted Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, in recognition of his contribution to songwriting…
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Sarah McGowan

20/11/2014

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Indian Summer’ by Sarah McGowan

Another great musical exclusive for you today as we premiere ‘Indian Summer’, the new single by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sarah McGowan…
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Babes In Toyland

19/11/2014

Babes In Toyland are to reunite

The much loved early 90s’ punk trio Babes In Toyland have confirmed they’re to reunite for a gig next February…
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Fishman acoustic analog preamps

18/11/2014

Fishman releases new Platinum acoustic analog preamps

Acoustic amplification specialists take a fresh look at the Platinum range to create the Pro EQ and Stage all-analog preamps…
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Band Aid 2014

17/11/2014

Band Aid single raises £1M in five minutes

Band Aid’s new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ reportedly made over £1M within first five minutes of release…
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Laurel Canyons

16/11/2014

Laurel Canyons touring this month

Rising indie four-piece Laurel Canyons are set to head out on tour with fellow Sheffielders The Crookes later this month…
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Patti Smith

15/11/2014

Patti Smith to play Vatican concert

The legendary punk poet/songwriter will appear in the Vatican Christmas concert at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome on 13 December…
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Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Pack

14/11/2014

Focusrite compiles studio recording set-up

The new Scarlett Solo Studio Pack with interface, mic, headphones, cable and software, for musicians and songwriters to record anywhere…
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Foo Fighters

13/11/2014

Foo Fighters announce UK live dates

Dave Grohl and co will play five shows in May and June 2015 in support of new album ‘Sonic Highways’…
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Gretsch G9520-BRB Jim Dandy Flat Top

12/11/2014

Gretsch releases limited edition ‘Jim Dandy’ flat top acoustic

The Fender brand announces the release of a second-edition limited release instrument, faithful to the retro Gretsch ‘Rex’ parlor guitars…
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Fender FA-300CE Acoustic/Electric Guitar Pack

11/11/2014

Fender releases new acoustic-electric pack

The venerable US guitar maker unveils the FA-300CE Acoustic/Electric guitar pack with SLIDE interface plus AmpliTube and Rock Prodigy software…
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Fleetwood Mac

10/11/2014

Fleetwood Mac announce European tour

Fleetwood Mac announce a European tour with UK dates – and it seems the rumours about Glastonbury just won’t die…
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How writing sessions may have gone down, if Bob Dylan had been able to convince The Beatles and Rolling Stones to write a record with him

09/11/2014

Dylan wanted to make a record with The Beatles and Rolling Stones

Producer Glyn Johns has declared that Bob Dylan sought to make a record together with The Beatles and Rolling Stones…
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One Direction

08/11/2014

Stars line-up for Band Aid 30th anniversary single

Bob Geldof is assembling another all-star line-up to record another charity single, 30 years on from the original Band Aid…
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The Holy Bible

07/11/2014

Manic Street Preachers album to get 20th anniversary reissue

Manic Street Preachers have announced details of a special 20th anniversary edition reissue of their legendary album ‘The Holy Bible’…
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James Robinson

06/11/2014

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Start A Fire’ by James Robinson

Another great song exclusive for you today, as we present the public debut of ‘Start A Fire’ by James Robinson…
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Peggy with banjo

05/11/2014

Peggy Seeger to receive Women In Music Award

Folk songwriter Peggy Seeger is to be honoured this month with the inaugural ‘Women In Music Award for Creative Inspiration’…
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Spice Girls

04/11/2014

Spice Girls song “most recognisable of last 60 years”

Are you a ‘Wannabe’ pop songwriter? Then you might want to take a leaf out of the Spice Girls’ book……
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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason

03/11/2014

U2 “devaluing music”, says Nick Mason

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason accuses U2 of devaluing music by giving their album ‘Songs Of Innocence’ away on iTunes…
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Nine Inch Nails

02/11/2014

Trent Reznor is working with Apple on new music products

Nine Inch Nails frontman and songwriter Trent Reznor has revealed that he has been designing new music products with Apple…
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Kurzweil Forte

01/11/2014

Kurzweil Forte premium stage piano arrives in the UK

Distributor Sound Technology bring us the new Kurzweil Forte – the most advanced keyboard ever to bear the manufacturer’s logo…
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Fingerstyle Folk Acoustic Guitar

31/10/2014

In Session Audio releases Fingerstyle Folk Acoustic Guitar

Nashville-based software creators develop a new folk acoustic guitar loop library with sounds ranging from 60s to modern neo-folk styles…
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Songwriting app

30/10/2014

Songwriting Magazine now available in app form!

Exciting news! Your favourite online songwriting resource is now available as a virtual magazine app for all leading mobile platforms…
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Young Fathers

29/10/2014

Young Fathers win the 2014 Mercury Music Prize

The 2014 Mercury Music Prize is claimed by the Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers, for their debut studio album ‘Dead’…
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Will & The Won'ts

28/10/2014

EXCLUSIVE! Will & The Won’ts premiere new track ‘Get Out’

Hot new LA-based country-blues-rock trio Will & The Won’ts unveil their brand new track ‘Get Out’ exclusively at Songwriting today…
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The Songwriting Experiment

26/10/2014

Take part in The Songwriting Experiment

Roundhouse offers songwriters aged between 16-19 years old the chance to bring their skills together with Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition…
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M-Audio M-Track audio interfaces

25/10/2014

M-Audio upgrades the M-Track range

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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