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A crowd of mostly females piled into the Dolby Ballroom last Friday to attend the ASCAP Expo’s “Women Behind Music: Playing for Keeps” panel. Moderated by ASCAP’s VP of Urban, Creative Services, Nicole George-Middleton, the panel was headed up by four industry notables: Tina Davis, co-founder & artist manager, Chris Brown Entertainment & Phase Too Management; Ethiopia Habtemariam,EVP & head of urban music at Universal Publishing Group; songwriter and performer Ledisi; and Jill Scott, songwriter, performer and actress.
Four urban hit makers -- producer Boi-1da, DJ Camper, DJ Mustard and producer Harmony Samuels -- came together to discuss songwriters with the secrets of creating some of contemporary hip-hop’s most successful tunes at ASCAP Expo
A room full of eager songwriters piled into the Mt. Olympus Ballroom of Hollywood's Lowes Hotel on Friday, all hoping to pick up a few tips and tricks from ASCAP's VP of Membership/International and songwriting veteran, Ralph Murphy. Over the course of an hour, Murphy guided the audience, mostly songwriters, through a series of lessons, both specific and general, about writing the perfect hit.
In an interview with Billboard at Coachella, Diplo gives an update on his recent projects, which include the release of Major Lazer’s sophomore album, studio time with Chris Brown and Sia, and upcoming Mad Decent block parties.
Oliver Sim of The xx says the band is already making progress on the follow-up to 2012's "Coexist." "We started writing and we're currently trying to write on the road, which is something we've never been able to do."