Songwriting – ‘at the heart of great music’

Songwriting is a quarterly online magazine aimed at songwriters and at fans of song-led music – of all genres. We take advice from successful artists, producers and musicians to provide you with tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration to keep the music flowing, from writing lyrics and melodies to advice on how to promote yourself and your songs. Plus you’ll find interviews with big names, rising stars, and behind-the-scenes songwriters who will share their wisdom. Download the Songwriting app now…

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Relax: New survey settles music’s best year debate

1984 voted as the best year for music according to an independent study carried out by a British radio station…

River Nelson


River Nelson’s tips on staying resilient as a lyricist

The New Yorker draws on three decades as a hip-hop artist to offer some invaluable advice to any would-be wordsmiths…

How I wrote 'Labour Of Love' by Hue & Cry


How I wrote ‘Labour Of Love’ by Hue & Cry’s Greg and Pat Kane

From a Latin disco drumbeat to a politically charged lyric, here’s the story behind the 80s pop duo’s biggest hit…

The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby


Song Deconstructed: ‘Better As One’ by The Heavy

The West Country alternative punk band’s singer Kelvin Swaby reveals some surprising sociological and political observations behind their latest single…

Emma Stevens


On The Stereo #42

We single out some new songs from Emma Stevens, Von Spar, Liv Austen, Emma White, Michael Ray and Jordan Mackampa…

Carrie Underwood


Carrie Underwood breaks record at CMT Music Awards

There was plenty to celebrate at this year’s Country Music Television Awards with record-breaking artists and audiences drawing high praise…

Guy Chambers


How I wrote Robbie Williams’ ‘Millennium’ by Guy Chambers

Robbie’s writing partner talks us through the pair’s creative process and how it spawned their first No 1 single together…

How I wrote 'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers


How I wrote ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz

The frontman explains how their breakthrough hit single was inspired by a decidedly uninspiring period spent living in New York…

SongFest 2019


Discounted tickets for SongFest 2019 in Wareham and Crewe

Songwriting Magazine is proud to be sponsoring ‘a micro-music-festival that celebrates really good songs and the folks who write them’…

Lady Antebellum


On The Stereo #41

Here we select some superb new tracks from Lady Antebellum, Iiola, The Adelaides, James Rose, The Rising and HD Hausmann…


HMV announces Vinyl Week details

As HMV prepares to celebrate Vinyl Week, the company’s focus towards the platform is positively affecting profit margins in 2019…

Scott Lavene


Diary Of A Songwriter: Scott Lavene

Our latest diarist overcomes his existential angst in order to have a hugely productive week, complete with mass muesli consumption…

Kawala by Sarah Louise Bennett


Introducing… Kawala

We get to know an alt-indie duo from London who skilfully capture their energetic live shows in their studio recordings…

Richard Ashcroft


Ivor Novello Awards 2019: Richard Ashcroft settles dispute and winners in full

Bitter Sweet Symphony song royalties will be paid to The Verve’s frontman as long battle finally comes to an end…

Barry Blue


Barry Blue’s tips on surviving for 50 years as a songwriter

The legendary British songwriter and producer offers some wise words for anyone wanting a lasting career in the music-making business…

Jess Clinton by Liz Maney


On The Stereo #40

Our updated playlist now includes songs from Jess Clinton, Tegan Marie, The Black Keys, Hunter Phelps, Meursault and Tom Hannay…

Eagle-Eye Cherry


How I wrote ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle-Eye Cherry

When this pop-rock classic landed on both sides of the Atlantic it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for its creator…

Black Deer Festival and Orange Amps competition


Orange Amps and Black Deer Festival competition

There’s still time to enter for the chance to win a £1,000 guitar amplifier and play at the Kent-based festival…

Alex Toth. Photo: Michael Leviton


Diary Of A Songwriter: Alex Toth

Things get increasingly meta when this diary entry from the Tōth man form the basis of a brand new song…



On The Stereo #39

We appreciate brand new tracks from Binky, Roo Panes, Joan As Police Woman, Riley Smith, Eleri Angharad and Molly Sarlé…

The Lighthouse Family's Paul Tucker


Interview: Lighthouse Family’s Paul Tucker

Finally returning with a new album, we catch up with the pop-soul duo’s songwriter still searching for his Holy Grail…

Isaac Hayes


Reissues to celebrate 50 years of Stax and Black Music Month

Craft Recordings’ campaign to honour Memphis soul music will include three Record Store Day exclusives, vinyl releases and digital reissues.…


Songs In The Key Of… Tucson, Arizona

Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez of XIXA assume the role of tour guides as we head into the Arizonan desert…

Midnight Oil


How I wrote ‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst

Detailing the plight of Australia’s First Nations people, this rock anthem found an international audience upon its release in 1987…

Emeli Sandé


Songwriters see a rise in royalty payments

Songwriters and composers are making more money from their music as the PRS starts collecting royalties from social media platforms…

Husky Loops by Henry Gill


On The Stereo #38

Releases we’re enjoying from Husky Loops, Danielle Bradbery, Man With A Mission, Lawrence Taylor, The Catenary Wires and Eleni Drake…

How I wrote 'Graffiti' by Maximo Park


How I wrote ‘Graffiti’ by Maxïmo Park’s Duncan Lloyd

The guitarist recalls creating a song that helped his Newcastle-based band reboot the UK indie-rock scene in the post-Britpop years…

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019


Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019 edition out now

Our latest issue features Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Monroe, Chris Difford, Howard Jones, Tim Burgess, Nile Rodgers, Fiona Bevan and more…

Jorja Smith


The nominees for the Ivor Novello Awards 2019 are…

The annual songwriting awards are one of the most coveted and prestigious prizes in the British and Irish music industry…


A new songwriting festival is coming to Shetland

A new educational songwriting event will debut on the Scottish island with the aim of attracting the best UK songwriters…

Bailey Bryan's Songwriting Survival Kit


Bailey Bryan’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter reveals her must-have items which include an old classical guitar, some spicy snacks and hot drinks…

ATCE Winter 2018


The Album That Changed Everything (Winter 2018)

Some of our favourite past Songwriting interviewees reveal the seminal albums that have inspired them the most over the years…


Madonna announces details of her new album

After much speculation and rumour, Madonna confirms the details of her latest album Madame X to be released in June…