Staying Power vs. Top 10: 2021

While charting in the Hot 100 Top 10 is certainly a notable achievement, being able to remain there for a significant duration is a feat that far fewer songs achieve. In 2021, only about one-third of ...

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#1 Hit Focus: 2021

When it comes to Hot 100 #1 hits, 2021 was the year of pop, retro, love/relationship-themed lyrics, and a rise of traditional instruments including electric guitar, bass and acoustic piano. Of the 71 ...

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The Next Generation of Female Rockers

2021 saw a notable increase in rock-influenced Hot 100 Top 10 hits, up from 15% in 2020 to a quarter in 2021. Among them are diverse songs including Kanye’s Jail, Glass Animals’ Heat Waves, The Ki...

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Columbia’s Record-Breaking Year: The Techniques Behind Their #1 Hits

Columbia Records reached a new milestone in 2021 with a whopping 33 weeks at #1, the most in the label’s history and third most for any label in Hot 100 history.The label owes this achievement ...

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‘Tis the Season for Ballads

Maybe it’s the cold. Maybe it’s the shorter days. Maybe it’s people not getting out as much. But something about this time of the year makes people want to curl up and listen to ballads. As we h...

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Under The Hood: November 2021

In this month’s edition of Under The Hood, we’re taking a look at the characteristics and trends behind November’s 14 Top 10 hits. The month’s top artist was Ed Sheeran with his two hits Bad H...

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Heat Waves: Multipart Intro Technique

Heat Waves’ intro clocks in at a super-lengthy 41 seconds and 14 bars in length, making it the longest non-hip hop Hot 100 Top 10 intro in over five years. But in a world of waning attention spans, ...

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Doja Cat: The Making of a Modern-Day Superstar

Doja Cat is the epitome of the modern-day superstar. In a world where achieving a delicate balance between being unique and capitalizing on the mainstream trends of the day is a key ingredient to succ...

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The S.A.M. Principle: Masterclass Excerpt

When writing and producing a song with hit potential in today’s marketplace, every aspect of the song – from melody and hooks, to lyrics and rhymes, to arrangement and production – must ...

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