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#GrammyWeekend: BMI’s ‘How I Wrote That Song’


On Saturday, February 11 Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®) celebrated the 10th anniversary of How I Wrote That Song® at 1 Oak Los Angeles. The popular pre-GRAMMY event, sponsored by Swisher Sweets, brought together some of the hottest hitmakers in the industry. DJ’d by Mannie Fresh and moderated by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, this year’s panel featured rap superstar Fat Joe, GRAMMY Award-winning music producer Alex Da Kid, country songwriting sensation Dallas Davidson and prolific singer-songwriter Lauren Christy.


Fans had the chance to listen as the panelists discussed everything from their creative process and biggest inspirations to collaborating with artists and producers of different genres. Alex Da Kid talked about his work with Imagine Dragons on the smash hit “Demons” and X Ambassadors on the catchy single “Renegades,” which peaked in the top ten in ten countries. Lauren Christy discussed her work on Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” and Iggy Azalea’s “Team” before treating the audience to a performance of “Complicated,” her hit song with Avril Lavigne. Dallas Davidson also got in on the action with an acoustic version of the number one single “Gimmie That Girl” written by his songwriting team, The Peach Pickers and recorded by country singer Joe Nichols. Davidson also opened up about collaborating with Blake Shelton on “Boys ‘Round Here” and penning Lady Antebellum’s “Just A Kiss,” which debuted and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Fat Joe kept the crowd entertained with witty insight on working with producer Scott Storch on his smash hit and first number one record, “Lean Back” and also spoke about the making of the GRAMMY-nominated single, “All The Way Up.”

For ten years BMI’s How I Wrote That Song ® has provided aspiring songwriters with the unique opportunity to learn about the art of songwriting, producing and performing straight from the industry’s hottest GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning artists.Previous participants have included Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Nas,, RedOne, Zac Brown, Cee Lo Green, B.o.B, Kara DioGuardi, Seal, Luke Laird, Claude Kelly, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Wilson, Common, Colbie Caillat, Linda Perry, Salaam Remi, Rev Run, RZA, The Madden Brothers and more.

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BMI Media Event with Justine Skye, Chino & Nacho and Daughtry


On last evening, Performing Rights Organization, BMI held an exclusive Media Event at their NYC headquarters featuring performances by Justine Skye, Chino & Nacho and American Idol alum, Daughtry.

Attendees enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and speciality cocktails all while networking, and getting familiar with other media outlets paired with most of the BMI staff who welcomed everyone with a warm greeting.

First to hit the stage was our talented Fly Girl, Justine Skye who shared a new song she had been working on along with her current hit “Yours”.


Next up was Pop/Latin duo Chino & Nacho who perform a number of their hit tracks.


And last but not least, Daughtry hit the stage delivering his profound vocals.


Superb talent was definitely in the room!


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#GrammyWeek: BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” Panel featuring Ester Dean, Rick Ross, Mannie Fresh, David Hodges & Natalie Hemby

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, held its annual pre-GRAMMY event, “How I Wrote That Song,” on February 7th at 1Oak in West Hollywood.
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The list of illustrious panelists included GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop magnate Rick Ross, GRAMMY-nominated scribe Ester Dean, GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter & producer David Hodges, multiplatinum, GRAMMY-nominated producer Mannie Fresh and country music’s number-one-hit wordsmith Natalie Hemby.
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Moderated by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, panelists shared their secrets to success in the process of writing, producing and performing hit songs. Each panelist also revealed the personal stories behind their greatest and most memorable hits.
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A special shout-out goes to Ester Dean! We absolutely love her here at SFPL! If you’re not familiar with how many hit songs this chick has written and produced, just Google her. You will be quite shocked! She’s a beast with the pen!
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Fly News: The Michael Jackson Estate Renews Agreement with BMI



The global leader in music rights management, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), is proud to announce that the estate of global supernova Michael Jackson has renewed its agreement with BMI for representation of the public performances of his incomparable music catalogue. Check out more below…

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Christopher “LUDACRIS” Bridges to be Honored with the President’s Award at the 2014 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, will present the President’s Award to Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held Friday, August 22, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The star-studded event draws the entire entertainment community together to celebrate the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed r&b/hip-hop songs of the previous year. Check out more below…


[New Music] LaJon – “Definition of Lovers Lost” (EP)

BMI and have collaborated to present soul singer LaJon’s debut EP release “Definition of Lovers Lost”. 

As BMI’s first “Know Them Now” video songwriting contest winner and’s emerging artist, LaJon, 22, has garnered a huge following of supporters who have patiently awaited the release of this EP, well, the wait is over!


“This EP is extremely conceptual,” said LaJon. “It’s a journey. A travel through a young man’s mind as he finds and loses love all while remaining optimistic that he will find love again. This body of work is very real to me because these songs come from real places and experiences and I think that’s what makes for the best music – an emotional attachment.”

Download EP Here.

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[Video] @WardellMalloy x @Ian_Holder x @ClaudeKelly @BMI Conversation

BMI‘s Ian Holder and Wardell Malloy host BMI hit songwriter Claude Kelly. Check it out as Claude gives us an insight on how he got started in the industry.

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[Last Night In NYC] BMI Presents: “Know Them Now” Showcase

On last night, SFPL attended the BMI Presents: “Know Them Now” Showcase. The event was held at NYC’s Canal Room, which showcases unsigned and signed upcoming acts.