Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

Multiple GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize Winner Kendrick Lamar Signs With BMI


From News, posted 4.29.19. BMI is incredibly pleased to announce that multiple award-winning superstar and Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records recording artist Kendrick Lamar has signed a long-term deal with the performing rights organization to represent his critically-acclaimed catalog of music worldwide. Lamar joins BMI’s growing roster of more than 900,000 songwriters, composers and music…Read more...

What’s the most important part of a demo – the vocal or the production?


From The Weekly, posted 4.16.19. Just as genres are different, so are the musical elements that best support them on a demo. BMI’s Creative team listens to music all day every day. Here’s what they had to say about what makes them turn up the volume on a demo. MaryAnn Keen, Creative, Nashville (Country) …Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Nipsey Hussle


From News, posted 4.01.19. BMI is mourning the loss of Nipsey Hussle, a phenomenal rapper, songwriter, philanthropist and dedicated community activist who passed away Sunday at the age of 33. Originally from the Crenshaw district of South Los Angeles, Hussle’s name quickly rose to prominence on the back of various influential mixtapes, notably the…Read more...

In and Out of the Studio With the Highly Sought-After Lido


From MusicWorld, posted 3.20.19. Lido, the songwriter and producer revered for his drum work and stunning remixes, has come a long way from his tiny hometown in Norway. Having discovered gospel music through his father, Lido—born Peder Losnegård—had his musical sensibilities shaped by annual sojourns to the U.S. to see gospel performed in the…Read more...

BMI Congratulates Its 2019 GRAMMY Winners


From News, posted 2.11.19. Music’s biggest night returned to Los Angeles’ Staple Center, last night, for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and true to form, a robust showing of BMI affiliates went home with the gold.  Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This is America” made history by being the first rap song to win both…Read more...

BMI Writers Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall & John Prine to be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame


From News, posted 1.15.19. BMI is exceptionally proud of its affiliates being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2019. As announced on Saturday, January 12, the Hall will soon welcome in BMI songwriters Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall and recent BMI Troubadour Award recipient John Prine. Dedicated to honoring the contributions of…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 12.13.18. BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In…Read more...

Billboard Honors BMI’s Alison Smith, Cyndi Lauper, SZA & Kacey Musgraves at 2018 Women in Music


From News, posted 12.07.18. Billboard held its annual Women in Music event on Thursday, December 6, at Pier 36 in New York City, celebrating several talented BMI songwriters and BMI Executive Vice President, Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services, Alison Smith, along with others whose impact on the music industry is indisputable. Longtime BMI…Read more...

Guidance from “Girl Wonder”: Songwriter/Producer Makeba Riddick-Woods Opens Up About Her Success


From The Weekly, posted 10.30.18. As careers in songwriting go, Makeba Riddick-Woods’ is a tough one to top. Since first starting out as a songwriter/producer in 2005, she’s written or produced chart-topping hits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Toni Braxton, Eminem, T.I., Solange Knowles, Rita Ora, Kellis, Jessica Simpson, Fantasia, Katharine…Read more...

BMI’s “Know Them Now” Showcase Brings Hip-Hop’s Most Promising New Acts to New York City


From News, posted 10.10.18. BMI presented the Know Them Now showcase at legendary venue S.O.B.’s in New York City, Monday night. The event featured some of BMI’s most promising songwriters and producers currently breaking through New York’s music scene. BMI’s Omar Grant kicked off the proceedings by introducing the evening’s host, radio personality Noodles,…Read more...

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