Stupid Love: Hook MAXimization

Lady Gaga's Stupid Love is a hook-filled hit co-written by an all-star team of hit makers including melodic math master Max Martin, Bloodpop, Tchami and Ely Rise. The result of this collaboration is a...

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Dance Monkey: Maximizing Engagement through Arrangement

Dance Monkey’s instrumental arrangement is in and of itself a masterclass on how to capitalize on trends, achieve a unique yet universally appealing vibe and create a dynamic and engaging listening ...

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Techniques Spotlight: Don’t Start Now’s Intro

A methodically thought out intro can achieve so much more than just grabbing the listener’s attention. Whether it adheres to trends or goes against them, heightens familiarity or does the unexpected...

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Highlights from The State of the Hot 100 Top 10: 2019 in Review

In 2019, there were 58 songs, 57 credited performing artists, 236 credited songwriters, 90 credited producers, and 14 record labels that landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.While in 2018 th...

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2019 #1 Hit Focus

In 2019, 58 songs landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Of them, only 15 occupied the coveted top spot. Many of 2019’s number ones possess a blend of unique and standout qualities t...

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Truth Hurts’ Lyrics & Rhymes

Truth Hurts is a love/relationship, empowerment and boasting-themed song about a protagonist (Lizzo) who is demoralized through a failed relationship but ultimately emerges confident, empowered and re...

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Technique Spotlight: Bad Guy’s Prosody

Bad Guy is the fifth single released off of Billie Eilish’s debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The song quickly became the edgy Pop princess’s most successful single t...

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Spotlight Series Interview: Chris Sampson

In this episode of Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Spotlight Series, we sit down with recording artist, performer, producer, songwriter, author and educator: Chris Sampson. During our talk with Chris,...

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Postmodernist Pop: The Song Sommelier

Postmodernist Pop We’ve noticed an element in pop – a growing element – that does not concern itself with these rules, much. This pop is being made by more single-minded, visionary individuals. ...

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