Music Business Roundup: BMI’s Record-Breaking Year, U2 Backlash, and Clear Channel Rebrands

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Each week on Songwriter U, Songspace recaps the top stories in the world of music business. Here’s everything you need to know from the week ending on September 19th. BMI Reports Record Revenue Performance rights organizations continue to operate in an environment of uncertain digital trends and regulation, but the money keeps coming in. Last week BMI announced […]

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Music Business Roundup: Apple Releases New Products, Twitter Tests ‘Buy’ Button, and Garth Brooks Launches ‘Ghost Tunes’

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Each week on Songwriter U, Songspace recaps the top stories in the world of music business. Here’s everything you need to know from the week ending on September 12th.

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U2: “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”

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U2 “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” Rating: 3 stars out of 5 When U2 announced the release of their new album, Songs of Innocence, at an Apple press conference in Cupertino, California, the context surrounding it seemed to trump any actual music they had to offer. The album is being offered for free for one […]

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Guitar 101: What You Don’t Know

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Since I’m getting old now, I thought I’d tell you about the most important things that you need to know and put them all together, just in case I become debilitated before the next article. In this issue, I’d like to cover several topics that are all related. I’ve been playing guitar professionally since 1966, […]

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U2, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”

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“I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” That Martin Luther King Jr. quote […]

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“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Darlene Love

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“(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home“ As the decades pass, we tend to think less frequently of Christmas carols when considering Christmas music, though many carols are melodic marvels that have endured for centuries. But numerous contemporary Christmas songs, such as John and Yoko’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” or Sara Bareilles’ “Love Is Christmas,” have […]

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Track Review: U2, “Ordinary Love”

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U2 “Ordinary Love” Rating: dos out of catorce stars For discerning U2 fans and cautious apologists — and completists who weren’t warded off with How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and No Line on the Horizon — the arrival of a new track from Bono and the boys is met with as much trepidation as […]

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Various Artists: Released! — The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

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Various Artists Released! — The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 (CD/DVD) (Shout!Factory) Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Plowing through over 16 hours of music, documentary footage, interviews, home movies, videos and background information in this mammoth 6 DVD set (also available as a slimmed down double CD) of Amnesty International concerts from the titular years, it […]

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Alex Da Kid On Discovering Imagine Dragons And Crafting Tracks For Rihanna, Eminem, U2

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Chris Rock once said that the music business is “fickle, fickle, fickle. You’re here today… then gone today!” Navigating the rough waters of the present-day, ever-changing industry can be exceedingly difficult, but Alex da Kid has apparently managed to break through unscathed. Born and raised in England, Alex has improbably dominated multiple genres of music, […]

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Tworopa: U2’s Zooropa 20 Years Later

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As college students in the 1990s, American Songwriter contributor Stephen M. Deusner and Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-sociologist Brady Potts spent hours arguing the merits and demerits of U2, in particular the Irish quartet’s divisive 1993 album Zooropa. Deusner hated it; Potts loved it. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the Irish band’s eighth album, the two […]

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Video Premiere: Bambi Lee Savage, “Nearly Gone”

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Bambi Lee Savage has been one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets for nearly three decades. A Florida native, she played with a string of underground punk bands during the ‘80s before moving to Berlin, where she worked as an audio engineer on landmark albums like U2’s Achtung Baby and Nick Cave and the Bad […]

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Bono Joins Glen Hansard At Intimate New York City Show (Video)

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Last night at the The Living Room in New York City, U2 frontman Bono dropped in on his fellow Irishman Glen Hansard, and joined him for a song. Uber-music fan Billie Joe Sheehan was one of the lucky few who caught the Bono guest appearance. Here’s her report. Over the years, I’ve seen hundreds of […]

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