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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.

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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Focusrite Scarlett Solo

19/08/2014

Focusrite unveils Scarlett Solo USB interface

Focusrite’s most affordable audio interface to date is compact and simple, but still capable of recording two audio inputs simultaneously…
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Johnny Cash

18/08/2014

Johnny Cash’s childhood home is opened to the public

The man in black’s childhood home has been opened to the general public, in a bid to revitalize the town…
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Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible

17/08/2014

Manic Street Preachers consider Holy Bible anniversary shows

Manic Street Preachers are considering playing shows to mark the 20th anniversary of their cult third album ‘The Holy Bible’…
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Belle & Sebastian Could Have Been

16/08/2014

Belle & Sebastian announce reissues

Bulk of band’s back catalogue to be reissued on vinyl, under the banner ‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’…
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Bjork

15/08/2014

Bjork announces ‘Biophilia’ dates

Björk has released dates for screenings of her documentary film, which gives insight into the performance of her latest album…
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USC at ICMP

14/08/2014

Trans-Atlantic collaboration for songwriting students

Students from California’s USC visited The Institute in North London for two weeks of writing, learning, collaborating, performing and networking…
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Do I Have A Hit Song?

13/08/2014

‘Do I Have a Hit Song?’ TV talent show launched

Songwriting competition talent show due to premiere on IndiMusicTV this year, with the producers looking for independent songwriters to feature…
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Propellerhead Reason 8

12/08/2014

Propellerhead unveils Reason 8

Stockholm-based software developer introduces another improved version of its flagship music production platform, with streamlined workflow for songwriters and producers…
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Leonard Cohen

11/08/2014

Leonard Cohen to let fans celebrate his birthday with a new album

Leonard Cohen is set to give his fans something to celebrate, by releasing a new album just after his birthday…
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Morrissey

10/08/2014

Morrissey alleged to have been dropped

It has been reported that Morrissey has been dropped by Harvest Records, following the release of his most recent album…
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Nick Drake

09/08/2014

Authorised Nick Drake biography coming soon

The first authorised biography of the tragic singer-songwriter will be published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his death…
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Gretsch G6137TCB Panther in Flagstaff Sunset

07/08/2014

Gretsch unleashes new summer guitar range

Four new guitars arrive from Gretsch including limited edition Panther, Jim Dandy Flat Top and two Honey Dipper Special resonators…
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Berkleemusic.com

06/08/2014

Berklee alumna launches SongwriterLink for collaborations

Graduate of Berklee College Of Music develops a songwriting collaboration platform to match songwriters with other writers, lyricists and producers…
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Epiphone Pro-1 Collection guitars

05/08/2014

Epiphone and Gibson “reinvent” the acoustic guitar

The new Epiphone Pro-1 represents “the world’s first affordable guitar collection that’s designed by professionals to be easy to play”…
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Johnny Depp

04/08/2014

Johnny Depp contributes to new ‘lost’ Bob Dylan lyrics album

Johnny Depp joins a clutch of stars, including Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello, contributing to a new Bob Dylan album…
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British music

03/08/2014

2013: a bumper year for British music

Figures from the British Phonographic Institute reveal that one in eight albums sold globally last year were by UK artists…
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Lorde

02/08/2014

Lorde altering her songwriting approach

New Zealand songwriter Lorde has explained that she’s working on her songwriting process, as she doesn’t want to be repetitive…
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Philp Selway

01/08/2014

Radiohead’s Philip Selway goes solo (again)

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway has released a sci-fi video for new song ‘Coming Up For Air’, his latest solo effort…
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RØDE NT-USB microphone

31/07/2014

RØDE offers studio-grade mobile recording with new mic

Australian manufacturer RØDE announces the NT-USB – a studio-quality microphone with USB interface, aimed at singer-songwriters looking to record on-the-go…
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Nirvana

30/07/2014

Chad Channing happy for Nirvana reunion

Nirvana’s original drummer Chad Channing, has explained that he would be very happy to reunite with his former band members…
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Here Lies Love

27/07/2014

Byrne/Fatboy musical to open in London

‘Here Lies Love’, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical about Imelda Marcos, opens at the National Theatre on 30 September…
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Sam Duckworth

26/07/2014

Shure announces the winner of 2014 Songwriting Award

Sophie Coran is selected by Sam Duckworth (AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) to win this year’s Shure Songwriting Award…
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Stevie Nicks

25/07/2014

Stevie Nicks announces new solo album

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks announces a new solo album, a selection of unreleased material previously only available in bootleg form…
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Nashville songwriters

24/07/2014

Nashville songwriters star in new YouTube series

Just launched today, The Songwriter {Nashville} is a series of mini-documentaries exploring the working lives of Nashville songwriters (funnily enough)…
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Roland Blues Cube guitar amplifiers

23/07/2014

Roland introduces new Blues Cube guitar amps

Announcing two new 1×12″ gig-ready combo amplifiers from Roland Corporation – the 80-watt Blues Cube Artist and 60-watt Blues Cube…
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Billy Joel

23/07/2014

Billy Joel to be honoured in US

Billy Joel is to receive the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize, one of the highest honours in the US music…
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Radiohead

21/07/2014

Writing for new Radiohead album underway

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood have begun exchanging ideas, as they start writing what will be Radiohead’s ninth studio album…
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