Hello Deconstructed

"Hello" marks Adele’s return to the charts following a multi-year hiatus. And what a return it is. "Hello" spent eight consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and has topped the charts in over 30 countries throughout the world. The reason for the song’s…

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What Do You Mean Deconstructed

Justin Bieber teamed up with “Boyfriend” collaborator, LA-based producer MdL for his Summer 2015 hit “What Do You Mean.” The song debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a career high for Bieber, and was the 23rd song ever to do so. “What Do…

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Wildest Dreams Deconstructed

Taylor Swift teamed up with Pop powerhouse duo Max Martin and Shellback for her dreamy Pop Ballad, "Wildest Dreams." The song fuses sultry, low range alto vocals with Swift’s well-established soprano on top of strings, synths, piano and even a heartbeat, all of which accentuate…

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Cheerleader Deconstructed

OMI’s 2013 single “Cheerleader” found its way to the top of the charts in August 2015 in the form of a remix from young German DJ/producer Felix Jaehn. This remix pairs OMI’s Reggae style with the sounds of today’s clubs, priming the song for mainstream…

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Can’t Feel My Face Deconstructed

Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) hooked up with Max Martin and his team of hitmakers to craft a song with hopes of superstardom. Mission accomplished. The result was Can’t Feel My Face. The song’s infectious combination of “hazy” and grooving Funk vibes hold the listener…

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Shut Up And Dance Deconstructed

Released as the lead single from Walk The Moon’s sophomore major-label album, "Talking Is Hard," "Shut Up And Dance" has catapulted the band into international stardom. The reason for the song’s success is simple – it contains all of the characteristics that you would expect…

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Sugar Deconstructed

Released as the second single from Maroon 5’s “V” album, “Sugar” features the stellar craft fundamentals that you would expect Adam Levine and his team of hitmakers to deliver. Among the many characteristics that contributed to the song’s success are exceptionally infectious melodies, the perfect…

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Love Me Like You Do Deconstructed

Featured within the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie and sung by Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do has gone on to become a global phenomenon. To-date the song has charted within the top 10 on almost 50 charts throughout the world, hitting #1 on…

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Uptown Funk Deconstructed

Many key factors contributed to the Uptown Funk's massive success. Some of the most important include an abundance of hooks, payoffs and standout moments, a clever and engaging narrative, a multitude of vocal types, and a fun, retro late 1970’s/early 1980’s Funk, Hip Hop/Rap, Dance…

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Blank Space Deconstructed

Released as the second single from Taylor Swifts's 1989 album, Blank Space follows in the footsteps of Shake It Off, further reinforcing her stature as a mainstream Pop superstar. Co-written by Max Martin, Shellback, and Taylor Swift (all of whom wrote Shake It Off), Blank…

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Animals Deconstructed

Back to Top Written by team Levine, Blanco and Shellback, Animals was the second single released from Maroon 5’s latest album, “V”. Not surprisingly, the song contains everything that you would expect to find in a mainstream chart-topping hit:  Ultra…

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All About That Bass Deconstructed

The massive success of All About That Bass is due in part to a number of key factors, all of which are explored in-depth within the report. Some of these include the meticulous fusion of retro and current elements, a plethora of hooks, payoffs and…

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Shake It Off Deconstructed

Released as the lead single from her highly anticipated 1989 album, Shake It Off finds Taylor Swift completing her transformation into a mainstream Pop superstar, all together forgoing her Country roots. Co-written with two of today's hottest Pop hitmakers/producers Max Martin and Shellback, Shake It…

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Wiggle Deconstructed

Clever, crass and comical. These are the three "c's" that define Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg's latest hit, Wiggle. Love it or hate it, one thing can't be denied - Wiggle is exceptionally well crafted and achieves exactly what it was meant to do -…

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Summertime Sadness Deconstructed

As an artist, having 1 version of your song land in the top 10 throughout the world is a cause for celebration. However, doing it twice with 2 versions of the same song is a MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT. This is exactly what Lana Del Rey achieved…

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