‘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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Complimentary ‘Starboy’ Essentials Report

To celebrate the launch of our new Essentials Reports, we are offering the Hit Songs Deconstructed community a complimentary copy of Starboy Essentials. Download your free report today!

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Launches New Webinar Series

During this live, interactive webinar led by Hit Songs Deconstructed founder, David Penn, you will take a deep dive into the songwriting and production techniques that made Shape of You a global success.

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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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An Inside Look at the Techniques Utilized in Crafting ‘Shape of You’

Hit Songs Deconstructed founders Dave and Yael Penn sit down with Billboard’s Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, for an inside look at some of the songwriting techniques utilized in crafting Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You".

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Maximizing the Impact of a Chorus: Side To Side Case Study

Of all the sections in a hit song, it’s the chorus that is typically the most infectious, engaging and memorable. While the appearance of simplicity is key to ensure that it easily connects and resonates, the construction and implementation is anything but.

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Hit Songs Deconstructed Returns to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast

Sitting down with Billboard’s Co-Director of Charts, Gary Trust, Hit Songs Deconstructed founders Dave and Yael Penn discuss their new IMMERSION hit songwriting searchable database, trends, the craft behind “Don’t Let Me Down,” “No,” and “When Doves Cry” and more.

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Stressed Out’s Hooks & Infectious Grooves

Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots wrote their 2013 album "Vessels" without “knowing whether or not people were going to hear it.” That album proceeded to go gold in the U.S. Their newest album, "Blurryface", went platinum. The 3rd single from "Blurryface", “Stressed Out”, peaked…

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Ex’s & Oh’s, Same Old Love, Sorry, & Stitches: Hooks, Clever Elements & WOW Factors

During the fourth quarter of 2015, 21 songs charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, each possessing a unique sound and vibe traversing 5 primary genres and 20 sub-genres. Despite the differences between them, the key characteristic that they all have in common…

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Billboard Hosts Hit Songs Deconstructed on Their New Chart Beat Podcast

Hit Songs Deconstructed’s founders Yael and David Penn recently sat down with Billboard’s Co-Director of Charts, Gary Trust, for their new podcast, Chart Beat. In this 52-minute podcast. they reveal the Hit Songs Deconstructed backstory, discuss why it’s such a valuable tool to songwriters, producers…

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Hello’s Vocal WOW Factors & Soaring Power

Adele spent over three years in silence. Not literally, of course. However, prior to the release of "Hello", Adele hadn’t released a song since 2012. Since its release, the song topped over 40 charts throughout the world, and its accompanying music video scored over a…

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Hotline Bling’s “Mute Button” Technique & False Lyrical Beginning & Ending

While "Hotline Bling's" video and Drake’s unique, widely parodied dance moves certainly helped expose the song to the masses, it's the strength of the song itself that keeps people listening. When you dig down deep, you’ll find that it contains a host of clever compositional…

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Hello, Hotline Bling, & Same Old Love: Genre Fusion Techniques

It all sounds the same. Homogenized. Unadventurous. That’s what many people think about today’s mainstream music. However, when you look more closely at the songs that top the charts, it becomes apparent that nothing could be further from the truth. In this article, excerpted from…

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Highlights From Our Q4 Trend Report

Did female vocals finally make a comeback? Which retro influences were the most popular - the 60s, 70s or 80s? Did the prominence of Hip Hop/Rap increase or decrease? Our latest Hit Songs Deconstructed Trend Report takes a look at the compositional characteristics that define…

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To Bridge Or Not To Bridge?

Hit songwriter and educator Jason Blume interviewed David Penn, Hit Songs Deconstructed co-founder and editor-in-chief, for this article on the latest structural trends defining today’s chart-topping hits. This article was published by BMI's MusicWorld on January 7th.

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