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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.

Kanye West & Common

20/04/2014

Kanye West and Common create over 20,000 jobs for Chicago’s youth

Working together with his fellow rap artist Common, Kanye West has helped to create over 20,000 jobs for Chicago’s youth…
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Berklee College Of Music – American Roots Weekend

20/04/2014

Berklee plans to hosts its first American Roots Weekend

Berklee College Of Music’s string instructor Joe Walsh will host a summer session for the American Roots Program this June…
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Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano

19/04/2014

Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano wins International Award

The musical instrument giant’s new digital piano takes home this year’s Musikmesse International Press Award for the best Stage Keyboard…
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Record Store Day

18/04/2014

Official Record Store Chart list revealed

Arctic Monkeys beat an abundance of pop artists to top The Official Record Store Chart list with fifth album ‘AM’…
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cassette survey

17/04/2014

Physical music formats still part of youth culture

A new survey says that one in 10 young people have bought a music cassette tape in the last month…
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Paul Weller

16/04/2014

Weller announces London gigs, new compilation

Second installment of Paul Weller’s greatest hits is out 2 June, with the Modfather playing two London shows to promote…
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Nirvana

15/04/2014

Lorde and St Vincent have ‘spirit’ of Nirvana

Krist Novoselic says Lorde and St Vincent were recently chosen to front Nirvana because they exemplified what Nirvana was about…
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Pulp

14/04/2014

Pulp film to premiere this June

Pulp are to hold the European premiere of their immortalisation in film this June 7, at the 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest…
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Shure 2014 National Open Mic Night

13/04/2014

Shure announces venues for National Open Mic Night

The annual US event brings aspiring singers, songwriters, musicians and spoken word artists together to celebrate the manufacturer’s 89th anniversary…
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Bonnaroo 2014

12/04/2014

Wayne Coyne and Billboard look for acts to play Bonnaroo

Two slots at this year’s Bonnaroo music festival are up for grabs, courtesy of Billboard and the Flaming Lips songwriter…
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Nirvana

11/04/2014

Nirvana inducted into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and others join surviving Nirvana members on stage for their induction ceremony in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center…
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Mark Cawley – UKSC

09/04/2014

2014 UK Songwriting Contest opens for entries

This year’s UKSC competition kicks off with an additional grand prize of getting to co-write with hit songwriter Mark Cawley…
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PRS for Music

08/04/2014

PRS announces ‘record’ royalty earnings

Good news for songwriters and artists in the UK as PRS announces it collected revenues of £665.7 million in 2013…
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Sam Smith

07/04/2014

Sam Smith announces autumn UK headline tour

The BRITs Critics Choice Award winner, Sam Smith has announced he’ll embark on a nine date, autumn, UK headline tour…
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Ed Sheeran

06/04/2014

Ed Sheeran confirms release date and title of album number two

Ed Sheeran has taken to Twitter to confirm the release date and the title of his long awaited second album…
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Abbey Road Studios

06/04/2014

Chance to win tickets to Abbey Road Studios

Garritan and Time+Space mark the release of the new Abbey Road virtual piano with an opportunity to visit Studio Two…
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Kasabian

04/04/2014

Kasabian announced as Glastonbury headliners

Glastonbury has added 87 names to the line-up, including Jack White, Jake Bugg, Pixies – and Kasabian as Sunday’s headline…
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Songwriting Live – April '14 (generic)

03/04/2014

Songwriting Live, Bristol (29 April ’14)

Our series of regular songwriter showcases and Q&A sessions continues in the intimate surroundings of Clifton’s Fringe Bar in Bristol…
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David Gray

03/04/2014

David Gray announces UK tour dates

The chart-topping singer-songwriter is to play a string of eight live dates in June and July to promote new album…
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Nick Drake

02/04/2014

Unheard Nick Drake and Beverley Martyn collaboration revealed

A previously unheard track written by Nick Drake with musician friend Beverley Martyn premiered today with The Independent. Listen here.…
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Michael Jackson

01/04/2014

Posthumous Michael Jackson album coming in May

‘Xscape’ will comprise eight tracks featuring Jackson’s unreleased vocals, with production from Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins and other big-name contemporary producers…
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Glastonbury 2014

31/03/2014

Glastonbury festival 2014 resale dates announced

Glastonbury festival have revealed that tickets for this year’s festival will go on resale on April 24 and April 27…
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Black Sabbath

30/03/2014

Black Sabbath to headline Barclaycard British Summer Time

Seminal metal act, Black Sabbath have been named as the third headliners of this summer’s Barclaycard British Summer Time festival…
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Global Rockstar 2014

29/03/2014

AKG’s search for the Global Rockstar 2014 begins

The world’s largest online music contest, presented by Harman’s AKG, is open to submissions of original songs from independent musicians…
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Fleetwood Mac in 1976

28/03/2014

Christine McVie returns to Fleetwood Mac

The singer and keyboardist’s return completes the ‘Rumours’-era member line-up in time for upcoming world tour and possible new album…
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Smashing Pumpkins

28/03/2014

Smashing Pumpkins go into the studio

Recording has started this week as Smashing Pumpkins sign a deal with Sony to release two new albums next year…
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Peavey ValveKing Series

26/03/2014

Next generation of ValveKing guitar amps from Peavey

Peavey Electronics announce new ValveKing Series amplifiers consisting of a 20W Combo, 50W Combo, 100W Head and 20W Micro Head…
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The Rolling Stones

25/03/2014

Rolling Stones to headline Roskilde

The veteran rockers will co-headline the famous Danish rock festival alongside previously announced bill-toppers Arctic Monkeys, it was announced yesterday…
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The Pixies

24/03/2014

Pixies to release first new album in 23 years

The legendary alternative rock group the Pixies have announced that they will release their first new album for 23 years…
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Madness

23/03/2014

Suggs is writing a new Madness album

Suggs has confirmed that he is currently writing songs for a new Madness album, due before the close of 2014…
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