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I was 17 and just starting to get into songwriting when I first heard Sinéad O'Connor. Her music cut through everything else.
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This case was about more than Sheeran’s artistic integrity; it was about protecting the common musical ‘currency’ that underpins all songwriting.
The Eurovision Song Contest stage.
The UK has now chalked up a record 16 second place finishes. But what would it take to go one better and win the whole thing?
Stormzy performs during the 56th Montreux Jazz Festival.
Stormzy’s new album contains some deeply personal reflections on faith.
Literary devices abound in Taylor Swift’s body of work.
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Swift, like all writers, draws from her literary forebears to craft new works.
Loretta Lynn’s music articulated the fears, dreams and anger of women living in a patriarchal society.
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Through songs such as ‘The Pill,’ Lynn addressed issues confronting all women. The country star died on Oct. 4 at age 90.
Albarn has apologised ‘unreservedly and unconditionally’ to the US singer Taylor Swift after claiming she didn’t write her own songs.
Anyone involved in the creation of a song is a songwriter.
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He fearlessly pushed at artistic boundaries, and believed in the spontaneity of live performance; Freddie Mercury’s legend continues.
For Paul McCartney, songwriting involved a convergence of memory, experience and happenstance.
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The ‘Eureka!’ moment is a myth – an altogether naïve and fanciful account of innovation.
During their 1962 residency at Hamburg’s Star-Club, the Beatles had the opportunity of a lifetime: opening for Little Richard.
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When a 14-year-old Paul McCartney watched Little Richard in the hit film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It,’ he couldn’t have imagined that the two would one day take the stage together.
Roger Waters continues to perform ‘The Wall’ even after leaving Pink Floyd.
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The story of the album, which was released 40 years ago, is a classic tale of how bands struggle with unchecked egos and competing visions.
The Walker Brothers performing in 1965.
The music of Scott Walker was central to the Golden Age of songwriters. It has inspired a multitude since, from David Bowie to Thom Yorke.
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Most people have strong opinions on what makes a song good or bad. But is anyone actually right?
New research claims to have found a link between types of chords and the lyrics they are typically paired with.
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Cohen’s label declined to release the album containing Hallelujah, a song that has now inspired over 300 versions.
Leonard Cohen in 2008, just before he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Perhaps more clearly than Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen showed that songwriting can be a literary art. Within his apparently simple words lies a profound sense of playfulness and enigma.
A portrait of Indian poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore.
In 1913, an Indian literary giant named Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-white person to win the literature prize. He wrote over 2,000 songs and, like Dylan’s, they still resonate today.
To the chagrin of many, Bob Dylan has become the first singer-songwriter to win a Nobel Prize. But this James Joyce expert is fully in support.
Woody Guthrie’s tenancy in Fred Trump’s Beach Haven apartment complex coincided with a diagnosis of Huntington’s disease.
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‘Trump made a tramp out of me,’ Guthrie lamented, denouncing his landlord who barred black families and pocketed federal funds.
Men at Work were found liable for copying two bars from Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree – a ‘fair use’ exception would have prevented this.
A new book and documentary tell us more about the story behind Men at Work’s song Down Under – and the court case it eventually led to. They also prompt questions about current Australian copyright law.