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Olivia Rodrigo Signs With Sony Music Publishing

Olivia Rodrigo, the breakout music star of 2021, has signed with Sony Music Publishing, the company announced on Wednesday (August 4). It is her first publishing deal. While she was already well-known for her role as Nini on “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” Rodrigo’s career quickly lofted into the stratosphere with the release of her ubiquitous song “Drivers License” in January and her debut album, “Sour,” in May. The album is the biggest debut of 2021 to date, and broke the record for the most-streamed album in a week by a female artist in Spotify history. In addition to becoming...
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Twin producer and songwriting duo Carly and Martina drop alt-pop offering "Heartbreak"

Chicago-raised singer-songwriter and producer duo Carly and Martina drop alt-pop offering “Heartbreak,” bringing together nostalgic bass riffs with sweeping melodies in a lyrical tale about loving someone with every bit of your heart. Opening with sultry guitar sonics, the offering quickly pulls you with its rich instrumental arrangement right from the first notes as the sweet syrupy soundscape settles over your heart.
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Tommy Shaw: Styx's Crash of the Crown reflects on our nation's issues

Styx music is undeniably Styx music, no matter what decade it's from or which generation hears it. That's certainly the case for Crash of the Crown, the latest album from the band with Montgomery rocker Tommy Shaw, who first joined them in 1975. It was released June 18 on the band's label Alpha Dog 2T/UMe.
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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Launches ‘Starship Casual’ Newsletter

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has started Starship Casual, a new newsletter on the Substack platform. Paid subscribers will be able to read posts from Tweedy about the songwriting process, stories from the road, record and book recommendations, an advice column and more. The launch of Starship Casual comes after Jeff...
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Danielle Wertz at Art Boutiki

Jazz is on the upswing and vocalist Danielle Wertz is just the person to get us all back into the swing of things. Since relocating to California from D.C. in 2017, Wertz has garnered both local and national acclaim for her dulcet vocals and powerhouse songwriting. This weekend, she makes one of her first appearances since February 2020 with a dual in-person/online show from Art Boutiki, performing songs from her debut album “Intertwined,” like the autumnal “Beautiful Love,” as well as dusky, smoke-eyed piano ballads like “Something to Live For.”

Jeff Tweedy Launches Substack Newsletter

Jeff Tweedy is starting a newsletter. The Wilco leader, who has two books under his belt already with How To Write One Song and Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), will send out the first entry of Starship Casual tomorrow, to coincide with the start of Wilco’s four. Per a press release, the newsletter will include “unreleased music, record and book recommendations, thoughts on the process of songwriting, tour stories, and more.” He goes deeper on what to expect from it here.

Coast 2 Coast Closeup – Sharon Marie White

Sharon Marie White grew up in the small town of Napinka, Manitoba and now resides in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, Alberta. At the age of 14 she learned how to play the guitar and from that point she spent most weekends around southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan playing gigs all over the provinces.

The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Concept Album Sets September Release

Songwriting duo Barlow & Bear — Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear — have announced that they will be releasing their concept album, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, on September 10. The album consists of 15 original songs, inspired by the first season of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton (which is based...

‘Songwriting is selfish for me’: Dean Lewis in his own words

Dean Lewis has opened up about his songwriting process, saying unlike other artists – who claim to write for other people – his process is all about him and his feelings. He noted that when he attempted to make his writing more inclusive, on the advice of others – and not make it about “I” and “me” – it fell flat.
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Carly Pearce at the Grand Ole Opry: 5 Moments We Knew She’d Be a Star

Carly Pearce will become the newest Grand Ole Opry member on Tuesday evening (Aug. 3), but she's had Opry dreams for years. “My number one goal is to play the Grand Ole Opry," the singer told CBEX's Chris Burkmenn in a 2015 interview. She certainly blew that goal out of the water: Pearce made her Opry debut as an unsigned artist that year, and since then has hit the hallowed stage more than 80 times.
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Jordan Reynolds Launches Songwriting Website Bettersongs.com

The Grammy Award-winning songwriter looks to guide developing artists. write their best songs and take the next step in their music career. Nashville, TN: Jordan Reynolds launches bettersongs.com as a place for budding musicians to develop their craft. Throughout his career, Jordan has gone on to work with dozens of artists, including Justin Bieber, Dan+Shay, and LANY. With his growing successful career, Jordan looks to give back to the songwriters trying to make their dreams a reality.
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Singer-songwriter Frances Drost gives back to Friendship Hose Co.

A Newville area singer-songwriter is using her talents to raise funds for a community group that responded in her family’s hour of need 35 years ago. In 1986, when Frances Drost was 20, the barn on her family’s farm caught fire. Newville’s Friendship Hose Co. responded to the blaze. Now, Drost will donate part of her winnings from the Global Rising Song Contest, a crowdfunding songwriting competition, toward the company’s purchase of a new fire engine.

The Artist Speaks: Drew Beskin

KZMU Music Director Crystal Bunch interviews artist Drew Beskin. Drew's album, Problematic for the People was recently released. Drew talked to KZMU about what is next for him and the songwriting process for this album.
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Jessie Jo Dillon: 5 Songs That Shaped the Songwriter

When your last name is Dillon, country artists expect songwriting superiority. Fortunately, Jessie Jo Dillon is living up to expectations. Jessie Jo, the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Dean Dillon, has forged her own path as one of Nashville’s top songwriters. The two-time Grammy-nominated tunesmith has penned...