‘The best advice I’ve ever been given? People rejecting me over and over…’

Ricky Reed, Grammy-winning producer for Lizzo, Twenty One Pilots, Kesha and lots more, discusses overcoming the music industry doubters, his approach to production, and the best piece of career (non) advice he’s ever been given…
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‘A great song is like a great script, somebody has to curate the vision.’

Atlantic Records’ in-house producer Ebonie Smith discusses how she approaches production, lessons learned across her career, and why she’d like to do away with the term ‘urban’
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Student Spotlight: Alexandra Badoi (Armada Music, Black Hole Recordings)

Here at Point Blank, we pride ourselves on the success of our students. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to success stories and that’s why we publish a monthly Student Success feature. For this instalment, we are shining a spotlight on a certain Point Blank alumni you may be familiar with. Alexandra Badoi is a […]

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Just Got My Spotify Mechanical Royalty Check In the Mail — $11.06 for 32,222 Plays

Kerry Muzzey is a prolific composer whose work appears in major TV shows, Hollywood film trailers, and Broadway productions.  Earlier this week, Muzzey got his mechanical royalty check from Spotify. After failing to pay mechanical royalties entirely — … Continue Reading

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‘It should be standard for songwriters to get a share of master rights.’

Nonstop Management founder Jaime Zeluck Hindlin discusses her first year in business and the biggest challenges faced by songwriters today
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Lizzo Adds ‘Truth Hurts’ Songwriter Credit Based On A Tweet

Lizzo has added a songwriting credit to her mega-hit "Truth Hurts," effectively admitting that the lyric "I just took a DNA test / Turns out I’m 100% bitch," which is at the core of the track, came via Twitter. British singer Mina Lioness has been in months-long battle with Lizzo,… Continue Reading

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Pandora Adds Detailed Song Credits As Recording Academy Plots ‘Behind the Record’ Campaign

Pandora has added full detailed song credits to users across all tiers of its service on the web and on new desktop apps for Mac and Windows. Starting today, the first few credits are visible on a song’s Pandora details page. To view the full list of credits, users click… Continue Reading

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It Bears Repeating: Why Repetition In Music Is A Good Thing

While on of the main complaints about satellite and broadcast radio is that the same songs get played over and over again, numbers suggest there’s a major disconnect between what people say they don’t want, and what they actually enjoy listening to, and that musical repetition is actually a good… Continue Reading

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‘If we want to build value in this industry, we have to tell the real stories of how music is made.’

Genius’ Director of Content Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Milch discusses music industry bugbears and addresses the Google dispute
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10 Unlikely Blogs Where Songwriters Should Seek Inspiration

Staying inspired as songwriter can be difficult, and while many artists draw on sources like stories or personal life experiences, wells of inspiration can appear in many different forms even, as evidenced here, blogs! This piece suggests ten unlikely blogs that can, in their own unique way, get the creative… Continue Reading

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