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Hamilton Leithauser has released his first solo album after more than a decade as The Walkmen's acclaimed frontman. The recording showcases his unique vocals in an array of settings ranging from moody, minimalistic night music to raucous 1970s-inspired rock, blending moody lyrics with uplifting melodies.

As an engineer, ASCAP writer Jesse Shatkin has made his mark on songs for Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry. These days he's stepping out as a songwriter - and considering the success of his Sia co-write "Chandelier," we're going to be hearing a lot more from Shatkin in the near future. We asked him about his journey so far.

David Ryan Jordan has been promoted to Associate Director of the International Membership team in ASCAP’s London office, it was announced by VP of Membership, International, Seán Devine.

ASCAP is greatly encouraged by the recent Supreme Court 6-3 decision reversing the Second Circuit in the Aereo case. The decision reinforces the fundamental principle that creators and copyright owners deserve to be fairly compensated.

Top honors were given to hip-hop music mogul Jermaine Dupri, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, producer Mike-WiLL Made-It and publisher Warner/Chappell Music. The top rap, R&B/hip-hop and gospel music of 2013 was also honored.

ASCAP's 29th annual Film & Television Music Awards paid special tribute to Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, and honored composers of the top box office film music, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2013.

As part of its go-forward strategy, ASCAP recently partnered with Equinix, migrating its data center operations to a new state-of-the-art facility with increased storage, power and speed to maximize the processing of ASCAP performances.

Today (June 25th), ASCAP President Paul Williams delivered to Congress a call for music licensing reform. We urge all music creators to watch a live stream of the hearing and read his testimony here now.

ASCAP composer member Mary Rodgers, a longtime Board member of The ASCAP Foundation and a member of the ASCAP Board from 1995 to 1999, died at her Manhattan home on June 26 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA) to the Department of Justice’s review of the ASCAP Consent Decree, there is much at stake today in the world of music creators. ASCAP’s Music Advocacy Project page is a great resource that gives you the facts on the issues and a way to join our music advocacy efforts.

ASCAP member Horace Silver, one of the most influential pianists and composers in modern jazz, died at his New Rochelle, NY home on Wednesday, June 18th at the age of 85. He will be remembered as a leader of the hard bop school, and as the composer of jazz classics like "Song for My Father."

Singer-songwriter-preacher Bryan Andrew Wilson’s fifth solo project, The One Percent, is his most ambitious offering yet. Born into a musical family and singing with gospel stars since the age of 10, Wilson blends a mix of modern soul, funk and gospel styles in songs full of infectious arrangements and personal lyrics.

Since Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) first introduced the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 4079) in February, there has been growing bipartisan support for the bill. Here is the full list of representatives who have signed on as co-sponsors, as well as a growing list of supporters of the newly introduced Senate version of the bill (S. 2321).

A musical celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of ASCAP will be a featured segment at the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, slated for Thursday, June 12th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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