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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.

Vance Joy – ISC 2014 winner

03/05/2015

Joy for the ISC winner

Million-selling ‘Riptide’ earns Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy the Grand Prize in last year’s International Songwriting Competition (ISC), announced this week…
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Kurt Cobain

02/05/2015

Kurt Cobain solo recordings to be released this summer

‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ director says that Cobain’s solo recordings from the film are to be released this summer…
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B.C. Rich Acoustic Guitars

01/05/2015

B.C. Rich launches new acoustic line

The long-established American guitar manufacturer returns to its roots, bringing a collection of five new acoustic guitars to the market…
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Amana Melome

30/04/2015

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Save My Soul Tonight’ by Amana Melome

This week’s Thursday exclusive comes in video form, and is a laidback slice of neo-soul from Stockholm singer-songwriter Amana Melome…
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SongDoor

29/04/2015

SongDoor songwriting contest opens for entry

The SongDoor 2015 International Songwriting Competition is now open for submissions, with awards being given to entrants across six categories…
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Deftones

28/04/2015

Deftones to release new album this September

The cult alt-metal act Deftones have announced that they are set to release their eighth studio album this coming September…
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The Replacements

27/04/2015

The Replacements debut new song

The US legends have been performing a new song called ‘Whole Foods Blues’ and have hinted at a new album…
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Josh Groban

26/04/2015

Josh Groban tops the UK album chart

Josh Groban has claimed his first UK No 1 album, pushing last week’s chart topper Paul Simon into second place…
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Blur

25/04/2015

‘Ill feeling’ prior to Blur reformation

Blur’s Alex James has revealed there was ill feeling between the band members prior to their reformation and new album…
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Taylor Grand Concert acoustic guitar

24/04/2015

Taylor Guitars continues its maple musical revival

The California-based guitar manufacturer expands its maple 600 Series acoustics with the new 612ce and 612ce 12-Fret Grand Concert models…
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Animal Reporters

23/04/2015

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Little Mama’ by Animal Reporters

This week’s Thursday track exclusive comes courtesy of Animal Reporters, five New York City-based purveyors of funk- and blues-infused rock…
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AKG C314

23/04/2015

AKG unveils C314 condenser mic

AKG reveals a new dual-diaphragm condenser microphone, at Musikmesse 2015, with four selectable polar patterns and an overload LED indicator…
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George Ezra

21/04/2015

Ivors 2015 nominations are revealed

Sam Smith, Clean Bandit, Royal Blood, George Ezra and Alt-J among those in the running for statues come 21 May…
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Radio 1 Big Weekend

20/04/2015

Final line-up for Radio 1’s Big Weekend announced

The line-up for Radio 1’s big weekend in Norwich has been announced, with Foo Fighters and Muse topping the bill…
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Paul Simon

19/04/2015

Paul Simon scores first UK No 1 album for 25 years

Paul Simon receives high recognition for his greatest hits compilation, with the LP hitting No 1 in the UK charts…
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Lou Reed

19/04/2015

Lou Reed would have been ‘delighted’ at Hall of Fame entry

Lou Reed’s sister states the legendary songwriter would have been ‘amused but secretly delighted’ by becoming a Hall of Famer…
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Stuart Epps

17/04/2015

2015 UK Songwriting Contest opens for entries

This year’s UKSC competition launches with a grand prize of working with, and being mentored by, British producer Stuart Epps…
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Survival Float

16/04/2015

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Shove’ by Survival Float

This week’s Thursday exclusive is a wistful, contemplative little number coming courtesy of a piano-playing Chicago songwriter called Survival Float…
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Gibson Brands Les Paul Reference Monitors

15/04/2015

Gibson showcases new Les Paul reference monitors

4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch studio speaker systems get the iconic Les Paul treatment, in Cherry, Cherry Burst, and Tobacco Burst…
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BluGuitar

14/04/2015

BluGuitar unveils new line of guitar cabinets

The NANOCAB and FATCAB are to be launched at this week’s Musikmesse trade fair by the BluGuitar founder Thomas Blug…
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