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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.

Neil Young

30/04/2016

Neil Young live album coming

Legendary Canadian songwriter will release a live album this June which will include songs recorded from his tour last year…
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ICMP

29/04/2016

Win an ICMP songwriting scholarship

Working with Shure, Focusrite and Taylor Guitars, the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is offering a very impressive songwriting scholarship…
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Blink 182

28/04/2016

Blink 182 announce album release date

Veteran American pop-punk trio will release their first album to feature the Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba on 1 June…
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James McCartney

28/04/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Ballerina’ by James McCartney

Songwriting is delighted to bring you the premiere of a second track from James McCartney’s forthcoming album ‘The Blackberry Train’…
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Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay

27/04/2016

Ernie Ball announces 40th anniversary StingRay

One of the world’s most iconic and successful bass designs – nicknamed ‘Old Smoothie’ – is now available for pre-order…
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Treetop Flyers

27/04/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Dance Through The Night’ by Treetop Flyers

This week’s second exclusive is this ‘live in the studio’ video from Treetop Flyers, who play in London next week…
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The Beatles

26/04/2016

Unseen footage of The Beatles published

Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive have released previously unseen footage of The Fab Four preparing for a TV performance…
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Dolly Parton

25/04/2016

Dolly Parton tour dates announced

Legendary country music songwriter will embark on her most extensive North American tour for more than twenty years this June…
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Nagavalli

25/04/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Reach Out’ by Nagavalli

This week’s Monday track exclusive is the first ever video by Indian singer-songwriter Nagavalli, who is based in Austin, Texas…
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Nektar Impact GX49

24/04/2016

Nektar introduces new USB keyboards

Impact GX49 and GX61 instruments tailored to composition and performance, feature DAW integration and MIDI controller functionality with iOS devices…
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Ivan Proctor

23/04/2016

ACM announces 2016 BASCA scholarship

With one lucky student having their courses fees funded in their entirety, ACM is looking out for a songwriting superstar…
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PJ Harvey

22/04/2016

PJ Harvey scores first UK No 1 album

English songwriter sits atop the UK albums charts, after The Hope Six Demolition Project relegated Adele’s 25 to No 2…
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Steve Young

22/04/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Back To Mine’ by Steve Young

Our third exclusive this week is the new video from guitar-toting British singer-songwriter Steve Young, ahead of his debut album…
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Prince in Brussels, Belgium in 1986

21/04/2016

Prince is confirmed dead, aged 57

The music world is reeling at the news that the legendary songwriter has been found dead at his Minnesota home…
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Freddie Mercury

20/04/2016

Own Freddie Mercury’s notebook

A notebook used by Freddie Mercury between 1988 and 1990 is to be put up for auction this coming June…
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Blair Dunlop

20/04/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Temper Your Smiling’ by Blair Dunlop

Today, Songwriting is delighted to bring you the world premiere of this brand new video by UK singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop…
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Jamie Lawson

19/04/2016

2016 Ivor Novello Awards nominees announced

Ed Sheeran, Roots Manuva, Years & Years and Jamie Lawson among those with a chance of winning an Ivor Novello…
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Kurt Cobain

18/04/2016

Kurt Cobain’s guitar from Nirvana’s last tour up for auction

Black-and-white Fender Stratocaster used by the Nirvana frontman as part of the cathartic and destructive close to the band’s performances…
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Talkie

18/04/2016

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Ricky’ by Talkie

Do you miss the bright ‘n’ breezy power pop of the late 70s? Then you’ll love this week’s Monday exclusive……
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UK Songwriting Contest

17/04/2016

The 2016 UK Songwriting Contest is open

The annual competition is now open for entries, with new prizes including music gear, guaranteed gifts and coaching from songwriters…
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