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MOBO nominations announced

The nominations for the 16th MOBO awards were unveiled at a ceremony in London last night. Jessie J led the way, receiving five nominations.

A day at the Ivors

M went along to the Ivors and spent the day chatting to a mixture of nominees and winners who all gave us their unique take on the art of songwriting.

Pictures from the 56th Ivor Novello Awards

M magazine was at the 56th Ivor Novello Awards took place on 19 May at Grosvenor House in Mayfair. Photographer Mark Allan was on hand to capture the afternoon on camera. Watch our gallery to see who was there and who won the prizes.

Songs That Sell

Welcome to the world of syncs, music imaging and sonic branding– a constantly shifting universe of buzzwords and ad-speak. Gordon Masson sifts through the jargon to discover what the evolving ‘sync’ business can offer songwriters and publishers in 2011.

The 56th Ivor Novello Awards nominations

UK rapper and singer Plan B and rock band Everything, Everything (pictured) lead the nominations for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers revealed this morning. Both are up for two awards each - Plan B is nominated in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work section for She Said and is pitted against Everything Everything in the Album Award category. Everything Everything are also nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically with MY KZ, UR BF.

PRS for Music CEO Robert Ashcroft on the big picture

PRS for Music CEO Robert Ashcroft on recent developments in the UK music industry Since the beginning of the year the music industry has been back at the top of the news agenda.  While the news itself may not always have been positive, the interest the public, government and press continue to show demonstrates the vital role our industry plays in the life of the nation. …

Adele matches Beatles record

Buoyed by her performance at the BRIT Awards last week, Adele has two top-five albums and top-five singles in the charts at the same time, matching a record only held by The Beatles. Adele’s single Someone You Like beat Lady Gaga and Rihanna to the top of the singles chart yesterday, while Rolling In The Deep moved up from number five to four.

Mike Hough

19-year-old Mike Hough has made a huge impact in the UK and internationally through an In an unorthodox route: recording covers of renowned songs from the comfort of his own home. East London born Mike began broadcasting the recordings on his YouTube Channel across the globe - leading to recognition from not only millions of online viewers but also major acclaim from the artists whose songs he had covered.