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Problem

Released as the lead single from Ariana Grande’s forthcoming sophomore album, Problem is hands down one of the “hookiest” and expertly crafted Pop songs to come around in quite some time. Every aspect of the song is primed for maximum…

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Genre Fusion: Standing Out from the Pack

Homogenized, unoriginal, and run of the mill.  These are just some of the terms that you’ll hear more often than not used to describe the current state of the mainstream music scene. While this may certainly ring true for the…

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – Month In Review

The weekly Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts provide unique insight into today’s hit songwriting trends by spotlighting the characteristics driving the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. This report shows the trends for the month of June. TOP 10 PLAYLIST >>…

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Intros of the Ages

What do artists from the 1950′s such as The Big Bopper, Elvis and Little Richard have in common with today’s hitmakers such as Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo and Katy Perry?  Some of their most notable hits feature the same proven…

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JJ Appleton on Composing for Film, TV and Advertising

In this presentation from the Music Industry Meetup NYC, JJ Appleton discusses the creative, technical and business skills needed for the world of advertising, TV and film composition.

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Penn’s Picks: Intros of the Ages: Volume 1

The nature of hit songs may change throughout the years, but the core craft fundamentals that make them so infectious, engaging and memorable remain exactly the same. A perfect case-in-point is the intro. Whether its plugging a featured artist, hitting…

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Noteworthy Findings From Our Q1 Trend Report

Solo male vocals dominate, late hitting choruses are on the rise, the synth is in decline and one word titles reign supreme. These are just some of the findings from our Q1 Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend Report. The full report…

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Do I Wanna Know

Released as the second single from their latest album (“AM”), “Do I Wanna Know” finds the Arctic Monkeys at the forefront of the Retro Psych trend currently traversing the airwaves. The band’s peers in this particular style include Cage The…

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David Penn’s Presentation – Inaugural Music Industry Meetup NYC

David Penn, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hit Songs Deconstructed, shares his hit songwriting tips, techniques and trends culled from the songs that are currently topping charts.

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How to Make a Hit Song Through Collaboration

When thinking about a hit song, whether past or present, it may be easily unnoticed as to how many elements have built up in order to successfully create that record. During the process of deconstruction it’s understood that perhaps up…

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NMS Presents The Beginning Of A New Music Business

Our friends at the New Music Seminar (NMS) are returning to New York next month and this year’s main theme is: “The beginning of a brand new music business.” We’ve arranged for Hit Songs Deconstructed Readers to save 20% off…

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Penn’s Picks: Garage/Psych Volume 1

With the retro Psych/Garage trend in full effect, I thought it would be fun to kick off the inaugural Penn’s Pick Playlist with a look back to where it all began – the 1960s. Chances are that you’re already familiar…

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Penn’s Pick: Devo – Gut Feeling

NYC 1977 France 1978 Band: Devo Song Gut Feeling Writers: Mothersbaugh, Casale Year Released: 1978 Genre: New Wave/Punk/Garage Why it’s a “Penn’s Pick”: February 17th brought some sad news in the world of Devo, with the announcement that founding member…

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Penn’s Pick: The Doors – Not To Touch The Earth

Band: The Doors Song/Album Not To Touch The Earth / Waiting For The Sun Writers: Densmore, Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek Year Released: 1968 Genre/Sub Genre: Rock / Heavy, Dark, Foreboding Acid Rock Why it’s a “Penn’s Pick”: Founded in 1965, The…

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Penn’s Pick: Lee “Scratch” Perry – Roast Fish & Cornbread

Artist: Lee “Scratch” Perry Song/Album: Roast Fish & Cornbread / Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread Writers: Lee Perry Year Released: 1978 Genre: Reggae Why it’s a “Penn’s Pick”: The mark of a great producer lies not only in…

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