Tom Kelly, Acclaimed Songwriter, Speaks on Writing “Like a Virgin” for Madonna

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Back in the 1980s, Tom Kelly formed one half of a formidable songwriting tandem with Billy Steinberg. For several years running, they wrote #1 hit songs for artists like Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Heart, and Madonna. In this Renman Live segment, Tom recounts writing “Like a Virgin” and how he and Billy overcame a small case of writer’s block to pen one of the biggest (and at the time most taboo) pop songs of our time! Watch on to hear Tom tell the story behind “Like a Virgin.”


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Steve Rennie, longtime manager of Incubus and a driving force behind the band’s multi-platinum commercial success, has launched, an online gathering place for musicians and music professionals trying to ‘break in’ to the business. Full of exclusive content and video, the site is home to Rennie’s weekly web show Renman MB Live where aspiring artists gain “insider access” to the music industry. Each week, Rennie opens his office doors to aspiring artists from different musical genres, giving them his no-holds-barred feedback on what they are doing right – and wrong – on their journey to success. Guests on Rennie’s live webcast get the opportunity to tap into his 30+ years of music industry contacts from producers, to marketing executives, to signed bands who are calling in and dropping by the show. Talent is not enough – Renman’s “fuck the gatekeepers” approach empowers artists to smash through the barriers and do what he hopes they will do; “Dream It. Do It”.



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