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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics

 

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics

For most bands, the songwriting is the key factor in their success. And while we certainly don’t want to underplay the importance of writing unique music, it is the lyrics that often make the difference between remarkable and unremarkable songs.

So what makes a great, remarkable lyric? Below are a list of five common mistakes that you should avoid when writing lyrics, as doing so will strengthen the overall quality of your songs:

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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: March 23, 2012

 


Top Stories

EMI has sued Lil’ Wayne’s record label Cash Money over the royalty payments from the rapper’s recently released Tha Carter III. This is the second time EMI has sued Cash Money – in 2009 the label was accused of not paying, which they admitted to and ultimately paid out $1.5 million to EMI.

UK-based artist DJ Denver is accused of taking part in a major iTunes scam in which he uploaded his music to the digital music store and used thousands of stolen credit cards to purchase his songs so that he would receive the royalties for each sale.

Sony/ ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Martin Bandier has signed a new long-term contract to remain in his current position.

The venture capital investment firm Beringea has invested $1.57 million into Eagle-i Music, a music publishing subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment Group who represents artists such as The Rolling Stones and The Doors. Eagle-i Music has signed over 20 new deals in its first month of operation.

Europe

Russia’s largest music publishers and labels have boycotted Nokia and Samsung for allegedly failing to pay music license fees, of which they are owed $40 million.

An EU court has ruled that dentists are immune to paying fees for the music that is play during surgery since it is not broadcasted to the public.

Movistar, a new music publishing company started by Telefonica, has been launched to focus on music for film soundtracks.

Plans to update the music copyright laws in the UK are likely to result in an additional £7.9bn paid to the UK economy.

Jeremy Fabinyi, formerly of PRS, will leave Europe as the newly appointed CEO of the AMPAL (Australian Music Publishers Association) starting April 10th.

New Deals

San Francisco-based electro-pop duo Seatraffic have signed an exclusive licensing deal with dms.FM – also part of Downtown Music (Songtrust’s parent company).

Centricity Music Publishing has signed a new deal with songwriter Sam Mizell who has seven #1 singles and was Billboard’s #1 Christian Songwriter in 2008.

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What Is Essential To A Good In-Home Recording?

 


With budgets shrinking and recording equipment becoming more and more affordable, in-home recording has become a very viable solution for many musicians to make high-quality recordings. However, there are so many different ways to rig together an in-home recording studio, that many musicians may find themselves lost in the mix (no pun intended).

So, this week’s Open Mic discussion is focused on which components of an in-home recording set up are crucial for any musician.

We want to hear from you about what equipment you use, where you record, and any techniques you use to record that you feel are essential to the overall success of the recording project. Here are some ideas to get you started:
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Feature Client: Taylor Thrash

 


Taylor Thrash is a singer/songwriter from Dallas, TX who recently released his first EP. Taylor’s new upcoming pop album Step Forward will be released Spring 2012.

How did you get started in the music industry?

When I was 18, I started college as a songwriting major. Two weeks in to school, a record label in Los Angeles asked me to move out to LA and build a band around me. I dropped out of school and moved to LA to become a singer and songwriter. The best part about that was the fact my parents didn’t freak out. Continue reading

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4 Key Considerations To Forming A Band

 

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So you’ve been writing songs, or maybe you want to start writing songs, and you’ve been hoping for a band to be the vehicle for those songs to thrive.

Working in a group dynamic brings its own set of challenges that needs to be discussed thoroughly with the full band before kicking off, so that they don’t become a nuisance (or worse) later on. Before you dive right in and start writing with your newfound band, there are a few important things to consider:

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