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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.

Show Of Hands

18/01/2017

Show Of Hands announces Royal Albert Hall special

Folk legends plan fifth ‘Big Gig’ with several special guests, including Miranda Sykes, Rex Preston, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin…
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The WizBangs

17/01/2017

EXCLUSIVE! ‘I’ll Find A New Love, Too’ by The WizBangs

Today’s exclusive is from a father and sons pop-rock trio who channel the spirit of 60s’ rockabilly and roots rock…
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Ed Sheeran

16/01/2017

UK Songwriting Chart – 13 January 2017

With Royalty Exchange’s help, we reveal the top 20 songwriters behind the biggest hits on this week’s Official Singles Chart…
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Selfie-taking Panda

15/01/2017

The Week In Review (9-15 Jan)

We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week…
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14/01/2017

Fender’s American Professional Series set to debut

Next week’s NAMM 2017 show will see the introduction of a new flagship collection of professional-grade electric guitars and basses…
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Music Census

13/01/2017

Universities announce first music UK census

Three top universities are to hold a census of the UK’s live music scene, described as a Springwatch for music…
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Ed Sheeran, Divide

12/01/2017

Ed Sheeran confirms new album

Superstar singer-songwriter officially announces the release of “divide”, after breaking Spotify one-day streams record with new single ‘Shape Of You’…
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George Michael

11/01/2017

US Songwriting Chart – 14 January 2017

George Michael’s songwriting legacy tops this week’s chart recognising the songwriters behind the biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100…
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Equality

10/01/2017

UK music industry remains male dominated

New diversity study shows that white men continue to hold the majority of senior positions in the UK music industry…
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HeadRush

09/01/2017

HeadRush reveals high-tech Pedalboard

New brand releases guitar amp and FX modelling processor with interactive seven-inch touch display, effects presets, looper and quad-core DSP…
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Week In Review

08/01/2017

The Week In Review (2-8 Jan)

We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week…
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Greg Kurstin

07/01/2017

UK Songwriting Chart – 6 January 2017

With Royalty Exchange’s help, we reveal the top 20 songwriters behind the biggest hits on this week’s Official Singles Chart…
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BBC Sound Of 2017

06/01/2017

BBC announce Sound Of 2017 winner

The results of the BBC’S Sound Of 2017 poll have been announced… and the winner is soul singer Ray BLK…
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Richie Sambora and Orianthi

05/01/2017

The NAMM Show welcomes Richie and Ronnie

NAMM 2017 hosts rock duo Richie Sambora & Orianthi, plus Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes celebrate Lennon Bus’ 20th anniversary…
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José Feliciano

04/01/2017

US Songwriting Chart – 7 January 2017

Our Hot Hitmakers partnership with Royalty Exchange recognises the top songwriters behind the biggest hits on this week’s Hot 100…
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The PrimaDonna Reeds

03/01/2017

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Red Stilettos’ by The PrimaDonna Reeds

Our very first exclusive of 2017 comes courtesy of a US power-pop troupe with classical training and a rock attitude…
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Hofner Ignition bass guitars

02/01/2017

Hofner releases pair of Ignition basses

The iconic violin bass maker announces two new Ignition guitars – the Black Club and the Sunburst ‘Cavern’ Violin models…
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Ray Davies

31/12/2016

Ray Davies is knighted

The New Year Honours List sees The Kinks’ songwriter and frontman awarded a knighthood for his service to the arts…
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Dan Auerbach

30/12/2016

The Black Keys’ frontman to release new album

Singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach has announced that he will be releasing a long-awaited new solo album in Spring 2017…
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Robin Pecknold

29/12/2016

Fleet Foxes frontman working on new solo album

Frontman Robin Pecknold has confirmed to fans of the band that he is currently working on a new solo album…
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