The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell unveils the secrets to climbing the charts and reaching success in today’s ultracompetitive music industry. Eric Beall supplies his firsthand knowledge of today’s record business, as well as interviews with successful writers, producers, and executives from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, country, adult contemporary, and R&B. The result: a proven approach to constructing songs that open doors, create careers, and communicate to listeners around the world. Key areas explored include: •How does a song become a hit? •What makes a song a single? •Is there a formula for creating a hit? Fun and practical exercises provide opportunities to hone skills and expose specific talents, helping songwriters combine their unique voices to the demands of the commercial marketplace. Filled with fresh ideas that will spark beginners and veterans alike, this book will lead the way toward the industry’s ultimate challenge: the creation of that chart-topping hit song. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Presents an approach to opening doors in today's music industry, explaining how a song becomes a hit, what makes a single, and the formula for creating a hit, with exercises to hone skills and expose talents.
The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
Author: Jason Blume
Publisher: Billboard Books
"What' s the secret to writing a hit song? It' s as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6! Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Successpresents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with such key aids as the three-step lyric writing technique used by the pros; lyric, melody, and demo checklists; and tools for self-evaluation - plus many other exercises that work. Blume' s warm, humorous style features motivational anecdotes and entertaining stories of how hit songs came to be written and recorded. Get Six Steps to Songwriting Success, and get on the charts!"
For Stacy Horn, regardless of what is going on in the world or her life, singing in an amateur choir—the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York—never fails to take her to a place where hope reigns and everything good is possible. She’s not particularly religious, and her voice is not exceptional (so she says), but like the 32.5 million other chorus members throughout this country, singing makes her happy. Horn brings us along as she sings some of the greatest music humanity has ever produced, delves into the dramatic stories of conductors and composers, unearths the fascinating history of group singing, and explores remarkable discoveries from the new science of singing, including all the unexpected health benefits. Imperfect Harmony is the story of one woman who has found joy and strength in the weekly ritual of singing and in the irresistible power of song.
An Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher
Author: Eric Beall
Publisher: Berklee Press
(Berklee Press). Making Music Make Money will educate songwriters, as well as aspiring music business entrepreneurs in the basics of becoming an effective independent music publisher. Topics include a discussion of the various roles a publisher plays in the music business: collection, administration, protection, exploitation and evaluation. A major emphasis is placed on the exploitation process, and the importance of creating a sound business model for a new publishing venture. Eric Beall is a Creative Director for Zomba Music Publishing, as well as a former songwriter and record producer. In his role at Zomba, Eric has signed and developed top writers including Steve Diamond, KNS Productions, and Riprock & Alex G. and has coordinated and directed Zomba writers in the development of material for Jive Records pop superstars like Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and Aaron Carter. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music.
The insider’s guide to becoming an insider. Want to become a record producer? Get this book. It’s the authoritative, up-to-the-minute guide to getting what it takes to become a success in today’s exciting, hyper-competitive music business. For musicians interested in hands-on record production, for aspiring pros, for anyone with an interest in the business aspects of producing, author Megan Perry has the full inside story. With full information on developing skills, building a clientele, and managing a business, plus interviews from industry insiders and tips on negotiating with record labels, artists’ managers, and artists themselves, How to Be a Record Producer in the Digital Era is the go-to guide for any aspiring music pro. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Simple techniques for creating catchy lyrics and memorable melodies! Nearly everyone can hum the melody or remember the words to a hit song. Clever word play, catchy melodies, and thoughtful imagery can create an impression that lasts long after a song has ended. The Everything Songwriting Book provides amateurs and seasoned professionals alike all they need to create, perform, and sell hit songs. Learn how to develop an idea, formulate a rhyme scheme, incorporate unique phrasing, and follow through to the final note. Professional songwriter and consultant C.J. Watson packs this book with clever tips and tricks for overcoming writer's block, creating a "hook," and recording and selling a song to a recording company or performer. This user-friendly guide also shows how to: Tap into the common elements of hit songs Incorporate instruments into songwriting Understand music theory Spot songwriting trends and write for a specific market Produce a song Know essential copyright law and other legal basics Get compositions into the right hands Complete with expert advice and practical pointers, The Everything Songwriting Book is sure to guide and inspire burgeoning songwriters at any level.
Writing great songs is not enough. To make money, songwriters need a firm, realistic grasp of how songs generate income. This Business of Songwriting is the first book to demystify the process of doing business as a songwriter. Author Jason Blume, an industry veteran with twenty years on both sides of the desk, starts by defining terms; then walks readers step-by-step through the process of starting and operating a publishing company; teaches how to pitch songs to publishers, artists, managers, A&R representatives, and producers; offers a detailed explanation of how the singles and album charts work; and throughout, provides valuable information about how to make money writing songs. This Business of Songwriting is a one-volume resource that teaches the skills and knowledge every songwriter needs to succeed.
Learn how the industry works, and how to tip the odds in your favour and get your beats heard. Multi-platinum producer Sahpreem King of Miami's South Beach club scene gives you his expert guide to the games of Hip Hop production, exposing the pitfalls and giving you a step-by-step approach to developing your profile and getting your unique sound out into the ears of your audience. You will learn... What a producer really does How to set up you lab and get the sounds from your head into the speakers Who to trust, and how to build your team Promotion and marketing Networking Money and accounting The secrets of A&R - what they don't want you to know Getting published
A compilation of essays, commentary, insights, and practical information from sixty leading Hollywood insiders furnishes helpful advice for independent filmmakers, with contributions by Christine Vachom, Geoff Gilmore, Bill Condon, Roger Ebert, Richard Pena, and other filmmakers, directors, critics, and producers. Original.
From Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down," this passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society. In a fast-paced narrative, Nelson George’s book chronicles the rise and fall of “race music” and its transformation into the R&B that eventually dominated the airwaves only to find itself diluted and submerged as crossover music. From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Nelson George, supervising producer and writer of the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down, Hip Hop America is the definitive account of the society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media. From the Trade Paperback edition.
"An utterly satisfying examination of the business of popular music." —Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic There’s a reason today’s ubiquitous pop hits are so hard to ignore—they’re designed that way. The Song Machine goes behind the scenes to offer an insider’s look at the global hit factories manufacturing the songs that have everyone hooked. Full of vivid, unexpected characters—alongside industry heavy-hitters like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Max Martin, and Ester Dean—this fascinating journey into the strange world of pop music reveals how a new approach to crafting smash hits is transforming marketing, technology, and even listeners’ brains. You’ll never think about music the same way again. A Wall Street Journal Best Business Book
The Music Powers book, and the Multi-Media eBook in essence, is one of the best reference books available for urban talent to make better choices to get in the music business, and also succeed in the music industry. The book features exclusive inside advice and tips from Grammy winners, Grammy nominees, to history-making Billboard #1 Hit songwriters, producers, labels, and production companies. Music Powers is also the only book for both new and established producers about the new music industry trade of ?Selling Beats? for Hip Hop. The book features exclusive production tips, record deal information, and indie label advice from DJ Toomp (Producer for T.I., Boyz In Da Hood, Ludacris), Mr. Collipark (Collipark Records/TVT, Producer for Ying Yang Twins, David Banner, Young Jeezy); information about recording & mixing from the 2x-Grammy-Winning Mix-Engineer of India.Arie, Outkast, TLC, and Madonna - Alvin Speights; as well as Music Production and Songwriting advice from Songwriter/Producer extraordinaire - Manuel Seal, Jr., who emerged once again, along with Jermaine Dupri with the #1 hits: ?We Belong Together? performed by Mariah Carey, and "My Boo" performed by Usher & Alicia Keys.
Everything You Need to Know from the Best in the Business
Author: Lara M. Schwartz,Brett Ratner
Worldwide tours, internet downloads, international album distribution--the global market for music is expanding with lightning speed and that means big opportunities for everyone in the music business. The main obstacle? Lack of knowledge. The world market is packed with opportunity, but it's also full of cultural, regulatory, administrative, legal, political and logistical pitfalls. This Business of(tm) Global Music Marketing offers a map of the world, with full information on how to break into the global market, how to distribute records abroad, how to find an audience, how to package records to appeal to local markets, how to establish partnerships with foreign businesses, how to deal with different rules of trade and much more. A companion volume to author Tad Lathrop's top-selling This Business of(tm) Music Marketing and Promotion, This Business of(tm) Global Music Marketing offers everyone in the music business a chance to go global.
A Communicator's Guide to the Internet Age—News, Talk, Information & Personality for Broadcasting, Podcasting, Internet, Radio
Author: Valerie Geller
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Beyond Powerful Radio is a complete guide to becoming a powerful broadcast communicator on radio or internet! This how-to cookbook is for broadcasters who want to learn the craft and improve. This practical and easy-to-read book, filled with bullet lists, offers techniques to learn everything from how to produce and host a show, to news gathering, coverage of investigative and breaking stories, writing and delivering the commercial copy and selling the air time. With contributions from over 100 top experts across all broadcast fields, Beyond Powerful Radio offers techniques, advice and lessons to build original programming, for news, programming, talk shows, producers, citizen journalism, copy writing, sales, commercials, promotions, production, research, fundraising, and more. Plus: Tips to assemble a winning team; to develop, build, and market your brand; get your next job in broadcasting, effectively promote your product; increase sales; write and produce commercials; raise money with your station; deal with creative burnout and manage high ego talent; and to research and grow your audience. Never be boring! Get, keep, and grow audiences through powerful personality, storytelling, and focus across any format. Tried-and-true broadcast techniques apply to the myriad forms of audio broadcast available today, including Web radio and podcasting. While the technology and delivery systems change, the one constant is content! Listeners, viewers, and surfers want to be entertained, informed, inspired, persuaded, and connected with powerful personalities, and storytellers. A full Instructor Manual is available with complete lesson plans for broadcast instructors - course includes Audio Production/Radio Programming/Management/Broadcast Journalism. The Instructor Manual is available for download here: http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780240522241/
Proven techniques for songwriting success This friendly, hands-on guide tackles the new face of the recording industry, guiding you through the shift from traditional sales to downloads and mobile music, as well as how you can harness social media networks to get your music "out there." You get basic songwriting concepts, insider tips and advice, and inspiration for writing — and selling — meaningful, timeless songs. Songwriting 101 — get a grip on everything you need to know to write a song, from learning to listen to your "inner voice" to creating a "mood" and everything in between Jaunt around the genres — discover the variety of musical genres and find your fit, whether it's rock, pop, R&B, gospel, country, or more Let the lyrics out — master the art of writing lyrics, from finding your own voice to penning the actual words to using hooks, verses, choruses, and bridges Make beautiful music — find your rhythm, make melodies, and use chords to put the finishing touches on your song Work the Web — harness online marketing and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to get your music heard by a whole new audience Open the book and find: What you need to know before you write a single note Tips on finding inspiration Ways to use poetic devices in lyrics Computer and Web-based shortcuts and technologies to streamline songwriting A look at famous songwriting collaborators Writing for stage, screen, and television How to make a demo to get your song heard Advice on how to make money from your music Learn to: Develop your songwriting skills with tips and techniques from the pros Use social networking sites to get your music out to the public Break into the industry with helpful, how-to instructions
Discover the recording secrets of our generation's guitar heroes: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Ted Nugent, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Steve Morse, Jeff Beck, Leslie West, Robin Trower, Tommy Emmanuel--a total of 30 outstanding players in all. Detailed interviews with these guitar greats explore each performer's recording techniques and offer practical advice for replicating the unique tone for which each is known. Rounding out the text, multi-Emmy award-winning composer, recording artist, producer, and author Brian Tarquin offers a wide range of hands-on information covering topics such as recording gear, mixing techniques, and guitar and amp choices. The result is a text that empowers guitarists of any skill to take their music to the next level!