The million dollar reason why songwriting is where the money is: Lessons from Whitney & Dolly

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If you know anything about how music generates income you know music publishing is where the money is. Some of the most financially successful folks in the music industry are some of the most little known.

They are the composers of the songs all of those famous performers sing. Case in point. Most of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits are written by other people. True, some are not only notable but noteworthy. For example, Dolly Parton wrote I Will Always Love You, Robert “R” Kelly wrote I Believe I Can Fly and Diane Warren wrote I Didn’t Know My Own Strength, for example.

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