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Stay Deconstructed

Released in February 2017, "Stay" is a collaboration between EDM DJ/producer Zedd and vocalist Alessia Cara, whose emotive vocals bring the lovelorn lyrics to life. While the song possesses many characteristics that enable it to easily connect with a wide mainstream audience, it’s the atypical…

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Body Like A Back Road Deconstructed

Released in February 2017, Sam Hunt’s "Body Like A Back Road" was the first Country single to land in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 since the Florida Georgia Line / Nelly collaboration "Cruise" back in 2013. It performed exceptionally well on the Country…

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I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Deconstructed

Written for the blockbuster film "Fifty Shades Darker", "I Don’t Wanna Live Forever" marks the return of Taylor Swift for the first time since her 2014 album, "1989". The song was written by Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew, with Antonoff producing the track.…

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Shape Of You Deconstructed

It’s safe to say that Ed Sheeran made the right decision when he chose to keep "Shape Of You" for himself as opposed to pitching it to other artists (Rihanna was one that he had in mind). Released as one of two lead singles from…

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Starboy Deconstructed

"Starboy" was the first single released from The Weeknd’s 2016 album of the same name. A collaboration with EDM superstars Daft Punk, this dark, moody, cocky song struck a chord with listeners, landing in the Top 10 on over 40 charts throughout the world, and…

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Side To Side Deconstructed

Released in August 2016, "Side To Side" was the third single released from Ariana Grande’s third studio album, "Dangerous Woman." Co-written by an all-star team of hitmakers, one of whom is Max Martin, "Side To Side" possesses an array of standout features that contributed to…

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Closer Deconstructed

Released in July 2016, "Closer" was the third single from The Chainsmokers' EP, "Collage." It features a duet between Andrew Taggart and Halsey, who depict two exes that hook up following a multi-year hiatus. While "Closer" possesses many of the core characteristics found in hit…

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We Don’t Talk Anymore Deconstructed

"We Don’t Talk Anymore" is the third single released from Charlie Puth’s debut studio album, "Nine Track Mind." It was written by Puth, Jacob Kasher, and the song’s featured artist, Selena Gomez. This meticulously well-crafted song is a playbook of hit songwriting techniques. It features…

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Cold Water Deconstructed

"Cold Water" is the lead single from Major Lazer’s forthcoming album, "Music Is The Weapon." Its success can be attributed in part to stellar craft, a strong blend of familiarity and originality, and good timing. Its infectious blend of tropical, dance/club and electropop influences were…

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Don’t Let Me Down Deconstructed

Released back in February 2016, "Don't Let Me Down" has gone on to land in the Top 10 on over 30 charts throughout the world, peaking at #1 on the Billboard US Dance/Electronic Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts, as well as the Official Charts…

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No Deconstructed

"No" is the lead single released from Meghan Trainor’s sophomore Epic Records album, "Thank You." Co-written by Meghan Trainor, Ricky Reed, and Jacob Hindlin, it is a result of the label’s insistence that the album needed a single, and it needed to be sassy. Mission…

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When Doves Cry Deconstructed

Written, performed, and produced by the late, great, Prince Rogers Nelson, "When Doves Cry" is as every bit eclectic as the man himself. From its 33-second multi-part intro, to its wide-ranging mix of sub-genres, to its lack of a bass line, "When Doves Cry" pushed…

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Stressed Out Deconstructed

"Stressed Out" is the fourth single released from Twenty One Pilot’s 2015 album, "Blurryface." Since its release, the song has gone on to become a global hit landing in the Top 10 on over 20 charts throughout the world. Written by Twenty One Pilot’s front…

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Hotline Bling Deconstructed

Released in July 2015, Drake’s "Hotline Bling" has gone on to become a global success, landing in the Top 10 on over 20 charts throughout the world. It is expertly crafted and features an abundance of clever characteristics and non-typical elements that heighten the song’s…

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Same Old Love Deconstructed

"Same Old Love" was the second single released from Selena Gomez's latest studio album, "Revival." It was co-written by an all-star team of hitmakers including Charli XCX, Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen of Stargate, Benny Blanco, and Ross Golan. Among the many factors that contributed…

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