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Songwriter Flubs- Part 2



Thinking Your Most Recent Song Is Your Best Song Yet. 

It’s a curse, I swear. I’ve fallen prey to this nasty little reality slap many times. Write another tune. The song in between will give you a little perspective. Your last song is rarely your best, even though you may think so at the time. I’ve seen seasoned songwriters make this error too! You’re not alone. I’ve seen over zealous professional songwriters burst into their publisher’s offices only to have

the “newest hit song” land as flat as a fart in church. Oh, the agony of defeat. Denied! Take your time. We’re all human. Granted, we all get tired of listening to our old songs. And a new song will really light up our skies, but use that fire to write another one, and quickly! Then in your creative hours, look again. Are your lyrics clear? Is everything as it should be? How about a better melody? What can be improved? I’ll bet it can. Yeah, put some time and space between your songs.

Author: David Harper

Spotify Lands EMI Deal, Closes In On U.S. Launch

Word of Spotify’s sleek and uber-functional music service first started perking up ears on this side of the pond a few years ago, but the U.S. has been a hard nut to crack for the company, which was founded in Stockholm in 2006. While other streaming services like Rdio popped up in 2010 – scoring licensing agreements with all four major labels – Spotify has hit obstacle after obstacle, including when a key developer left Spotify for Facebook last August.

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R&B Grammy Nominations

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
For a solo vocal performance.  Singles or Tracks only.
  1. GONE ALREADY
Faith Evans
[E1 Music]
  2. BITTERSWEET
Fantasia
Track from: Back To Me
[J Records / 19 Recordings LLC / S Records]
  3. EVERYTHING TO ME
Monica
Track from: Still Standing
[J Records]
  4. TIRED
Kelly Price
[My Block/ Sang Girl!/ Malaco]
  5. HOLDING YOU DOWN (GOING IN CIRCLES)
Jazmine Sullivan
[J Records]
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
For a solo vocal performance.  Singles or Tracks only.
  1. SECOND CHANCE
El DeBarge
[Geffen]
  2. FINDING MY WAY BACK
Jaheim
Track from: Another Round
[Atlantic]
  3. WHY WOULD YOU STAY
Kem
[Universal Motown]
  4. WE’RE STILL FRIENDS
(Kirk Whalum &) Musiq Soulchild
Track from: Everything Is Everything
[Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue]
  5. THERE GOES MY BABY
Usher
Track from: Raymond V Raymond
[LaFace/Jive]
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals.  Singles or
Tracks only.
  1. LOVE
Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller
Track from: We Got This
[Raw Venture Records & Tapes, Inc.]
  2. TAKE MY TIME
Chris Brown & Tank
Track from: Graffiti
[Jive Records]
  3. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
[Island/Def Jam Recordings]
  4. SHINE
John Legend & The Roots
Track from: Wake Up!
[G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records]
  5. SOLDIER OF LOVE
Sade
Track from: Soldier Of Love
[Epic/Sony Music]
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals.
Singles or Tracks only.
  1. WHEN A WOMAN LOVES
R. Kelly
[Jive Records]
  2. HANG ON IN THERE
John Legend & The Roots
Track from: Wake Up!
[G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records]
  3. YOU’RE SO AMAZING
Calvin Richardson
[Shanachie Entertainment/Numo Records]
  4. IN BETWEEN
Ryan Shaw
Track from: In Between
[45 Records]
  5. GO [LIVE]
Betty Wright
[MsB Records]
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals.
Singles or Tracks only.
  1. LITTLE ONE
Bilal
Track from: Airtight’s Revenge
[Plug Research Music]
  2. F*** YOU
Cee Lo Green
[Elektra]
  3. ORION
Carolyn Malachi
[Carolyn Malachi/Smart Chicks Inc.]
  4. TIGHTROPE
Janelle Monáe & Big Boi
Track from: The ArchAndroid
[Bad Boy/Wondaland/Atlantic]
  5. STILL
Eric Roberson
[Blue Erro Soul]
Best R&B Song
A Songwriter(s) Award.  (Artist names appear in parentheses.)  Singles or Tracks only.
  1. BITTERSWEET
Charles Harmon & Claude Kelly, songwriters (Fantasia)
Track from: Back To Me
[J Records/19 Recordings/S Records; Publishers: Chuck
Harmony’s House/Normaharris Music Publishing/Strauss Co./EMI
April Music,Studio Beast Music/Warner Tamerlane Publishing,
3M Holdings]
  2. FINDING MY WAY BACK
Ivan “Orthodox” Barias, Curt Chambers, Carvin “Ransum”
Haggins, Jaheim Hoagland & Miquel Jontel, songwriters
(Jaheim)
Track from: Another Round
[Atlantic; Publishers: Tetragrammation Music/Universal Music,
Nivrac Tyke Publishing, Miquel Jontel Publishing, Curt
Chambers Publishing, Jasane Dramma Publishing]
  3. SECOND CHANCE
E. Debarge & Mischke, songwriters (El DeBarge)
[Geffen; Publishers: myElmusic, mischemusic/Universal Music]
  4. SHINE
John Stephens, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)
Track from: Wake Up!
[G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records;
Publisher: John Legend Publishing]
  5. WHY WOULD YOU STAY
K. Owens, songwriter (Kem)
[Universal Motown]
Best R&B Album
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.
  1. THE LOVE & WAR MASTERPEACE
Raheem DeVaughn
[Jive]
  2. BACK TO ME
Fantasia
[J Records / 19 Recordings LLC / S Records]
  3. ANOTHER ROUND
Jaheim
[Atlantic]
  4. WAKE UP!
John Legend & The Roots
[G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records]
  5. STILL STANDING
Monica
[J Records]
Best Contemporary R&B Album
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.
  1. GRAFFITI
Chris Brown
[Jive]
  2. UNTITLED
R. Kelly
[Jive]
  3. TRANSITION
Ryan Leslie
[Universal Motown]
  4. THE ARCHANDROID
Janelle Monáe
[Bad Boy/Wondaland/Atlantic]
  5. RAYMOND V RAYMOND
Usher
[Jive]

Extra Extra!! LIVE THE EXPERIENCE” TALENT SHOWCASE



STUDIO 12 ENTERTAINMENT IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE 
ITS FIRST… 
“LIVE THE EXPERIENCE” 
TALENT SHOWCASE
MARCH 6TH, 2011.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Studio 12 Entertainment is thrilled to present live performances by Philadelphia artists that represent Rock/Roll, Hip Hop/Pop, R&B/Acoustic Solo/Neo Soul and Coffee House Folk music. The selected Artists will bring their best performances and compete for the winning prize Title and Cash Prizes.

The Arts Garage is partnered with Studio 12 Entertainment to bring you  a great show, good food and exciting drink specials. Featuring the exotic “S12” cocktail, a must try!!

You will see amazing performances and tickets are only $15.00 for performance and $25 for show and buffet.

This is going be taped and maybe aired on one of the networks. Studio 12 Entertainment is a Record Label and Entertainment industry and partnered of

Get Go Productions Artist Development Company”.

A huge thanks to The Arts Garage for hosting this exiting and fabulous event.
 If you represent Philadelphia Fashionable and Fabulous, then you should be here. For ticket information go to www.studio12entertainment.com or email studio12ent@gmail.com

We thank you and look forward to seeing you!
Pam Woodland and Tyrice Leslie
Studio12 Entertainment, LLC.

Songwriter Flubs – Part 1

Mistake 1: Spending Good Money Demo-ing Bad Or Average Songs. 


This recurring event might be due to hungry recording studios wanting new business, or, it might be over-anxious, newbie songwriters not knowing any better, but here’s the deal on this one: If you can’t play the song on a piano or a guitar—all by your little songwriter self—and make it sound good, it ain’t that good. Hits are hard to destroy. They just have a certain something, a momentum, and they keep flowing. Miss a chord? No problem. Sing a note out of tune—so what? Hit songs just sail like a boat on smooth waters. And it’s better to take your time and keep rewriting until the magic
comes. Reschedule that recording session into next month. Really, if the song doesn’t move you in its rawest, stripped-down form, don’t expect it to move you after you get past the initial rush of having good musicians playing it. I know you’re anxious to hear how beautiful it’s going to sound, but don’t fool yourself into thinking something will magically take place in the studio. It
won’t. 

In fact, I’ve found that the more time I spend thinking about musical hooks, lead lines, interludes, intros and outros, the better. Depending on the studio musicians for a miracle is a risky proposition. If you can’t at least sing them some ideas, you’re inviting failure in the studio. The song will probably go to tape (or hard disc) and do very little for your sensibilities in the long run. And you’ll regret it until you can scratch up enough cash to re-record your song again
properly. So take your time. And every day that goes by, you’ll have another chance to listen again and reevaluate. A little more time and thought never hurt a song.

Author: David Harper