An Inside Look at the Techniques Utilized in Crafting ‘Shape of You’

Hit Songs Deconstructed founders Dave and Yael Penn sit down with Billboard’s Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, for an inside look at some of the songwriting techniques utilized in crafting Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You".

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Maximizing the Impact of a Chorus: Side To Side Case Study

Of all the sections in a hit song, it’s the chorus that is typically the most infectious, engaging and memorable. While the appearance of simplicity is key to ensure that it easily connects and resonates, the construction and implementation is anything but.

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Returns to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast

Sitting down with Billboard’s Co-Director of Charts, Gary Trust, Hit Songs Deconstructed founders Dave and Yael Penn discuss their new IMMERSION hit songwriting searchable database, trends, the craft behind “Don’t Let Me Down,” “No,” and “When Doves Cry” and more.

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Stressed Out’s Hooks & Infectious Grooves

Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots wrote their 2013 album "Vessels" without “knowing whether or not people were going to hear it.” That album proceeded to go gold in the U.S. Their newest album, "Blurryface", went platinum. The 3rd single from "Blurryface", “Stressed Out”, peaked…

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Stressed Out’s Hooks & Infectious Grooves

Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots wrote their 2013 album "Vessels" without “knowing whether or not people were going to hear it.” That album proceeded to go gold in the U.S. Their newest album, "Blurryface", went platinum. The 3rd single from "Blurryface", “Stressed Out”, peaked…

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Ex’s & Oh’s, Same Old Love, Sorry, & Stitches: Hooks, Clever Elements & WOW Factors

During the fourth quarter of 2015, 21 songs charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, each possessing a unique sound and vibe traversing 5 primary genres and 20 sub-genres. Despite the differences between them, the key characteristic that they all have in common…

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Ex’s & Oh’s, Same Old Love, Sorry, & Stitches: Hooks, Clever Elements & WOW Factors

During the fourth quarter of 2015, 21 songs charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, each possessing a unique sound and vibe traversing 5 primary genres and 20 sub-genres. Despite the differences between them, the key characteristic that they all have in common…

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Billboard Hosts Hit Songs Deconstructed on Their New Chart Beat Podcast

Hit Songs Deconstructed’s founders Yael and David Penn recently sat down with Billboard’s Co-Director of Charts, Gary Trust, for their new podcast, Chart Beat. In this 52-minute podcast. they reveal the Hit Songs Deconstructed backstory, discuss why it’s such a valuable tool to songwriters, producers…

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Hello’s Vocal WOW Factors & Soaring Power

Adele spent over three years in silence. Not literally, of course. However, prior to the release of "Hello", Adele hadn’t released a song since 2012. Since its release, the song topped over 40 charts throughout the world, and its accompanying music video scored over a…

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