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Shake It Off

Released as the lead single from her highly anticipated album 1989, Shake It Off finds Taylor Swift completing her transformation into a mainstream Pop superstar, all together forgoing her Country roots. This article explores one of the song’s many key…

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10 Things You Will (and Won’t) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

Hit Songs Deconstructed and Billboard collaborated on the following article which focuses on how the top hits of summer are crafted by songwriters, marketed by the labels, and why they connect with the listener. The on-line version was published on…

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Hit Song Choruses

The Hit Songs Deconstructed Top 10 Deconstructed Report provides an in-depth look at the compositional characteristics and techniques utilized to craft all of the songs that land within the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 each quarter. This article spotlights some…

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Wiggle

Clever, crass, comical and exceptionally well crafted. These are the four “c’s” that define Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg’s latest hit, Wiggle. This article shows how the melding of unique and familiar elements enabled the song to stand out and resonate amongst its mainstream contemporaries.

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R&B/Soul: Hit Songwriting Characteristics

Dance/Electronic, Hip Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B/Soul and Rock.  These are the five primary genres that comprise the songs that land within the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 from quarter to quarter. This article features a small number of highlights and takeaways…

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Penn’s Picks: Artist & Band Evolution: Vol.1

Most artists and bands have a point in their career where their sound and style evolves (or in some cases, devolves)  beyond what they were known for.  This can be brought about by boredom, the need to put food on…

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – September 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 September. TOP 10 PLAYLIST >>…

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Ain’t It Fun

Released as the fourth single from Paramore’s self-titled fourth album, “Ain’t It Fun” is one of the band’s most successful songs to date, peaking at #10 on the Hot 100 and hitting #1 on the U.S. Adult Top 40 and…

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The Rise (and Fall?) of R&B, Bass Rules the Top 10

During the second quarter of 2014, 23 songs charted within the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100.  13 were “new top 10 arrivals,” while the others were carryovers from Q1. Amongst the many hit songwriting trend shifts that took place…

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Penn’s Picks: Frontmen & Their Successors: Vol. 1 – Metal

In all genres, but especially Hard Rock and Metal, the frontman plays a pivotal role in defining a band’s image and sound. Vocalists such as David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Dianno, Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan were all…

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Music Charts – July 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 July. TOP 10 PLAYLIST >>…

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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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