The ASCAP Expo will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The event will take place on April 30th through May 2nd, and it will feature some of music’s biggest songwriters and producers. Some of the hitmakers include Da Internz (Rihanna, John Legend, and Nicki Minaj), Darrell Brown (Keith Urban and LeAnn Rimes), Savan Kotecha (One Direction, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J), Jesse Shatkin (Pink and Sia), and Greg Kurstin (Ellie Goulding, Sia, and Kelly Clarkson). More songwriters, producers, and performers will be announced at a later date.
Greg Kurstin worked on Sia‘s entire 1000 Forms of Fear album, including “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” “Big Girls Cry,” “Hostage,” “Eye of the Needle,” “Free the Animal,” and more. The album topped the album’s chart in the US, Canada, and Australia, and it has sold over 170,000 copies in the United States. The nominees for the 2015 APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) Music Awards have just been revealed. Sia’s “Chandelier” is nominated for Song of the Year, Pop Work of the Year, and Most Played Australian Work. Kurstin also wrote, produced, and engineered songs for Kelly Clarkson’s new album, Piece By Piece. Some of the songs he worked on include “Heartbeat Song,” “Piece by Piece,” “Someone,” “I Had a Dream,” and more. Sia and Kurstin co-wrote a song together entitled “Let Your Tears Fall,” which is featured on Clarkson’s new project.
The pop singer said she immediately fell in love with “Let Your Tears Fall” when Kurstin sent it to her. Sia provided her vocals on the demo version, and Clarkson really respected the song’s vocal arrangements. The pop singer stated that she and Sia have different vocal styles, but they both have a passion for vocal range. Clarkson acknowledged that most songwriters don’t arrange songs that have a lot of strong vocal arrangements, but she loves that Sia writes “rangy” records. Clarkson’s Piece by Piece album was released on February 27th. To date, two singles have been dropped from the project including “Heartbeat Song” and “Invincible,” which was written by Sia. The 13-track album features a guest appearance from Academy Award winner John Legend.
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