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Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and the Sony labels should have 2012 operating profit of over $1 billion. Those expecting the end may have a while longer to wait.
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If you are not aware, at Hit Songs Deconstructed they attempt to break down individual songs to explain WHY they are mainstream hits... and from what we've seen they do a great job!
Here's a recent sample. For more go to HitSongsDeconstructed.com
Written by Pink and Greg Kurstin, Blow Me (One Last Kiss) was the first single released from the forthcoming album, The Truth About Love, and proves that Pink hasn’t lost a step since her previous top-charting hits, Raise Your Glass and F**kn' Perfect.
This Pop/Rock/Dance gem is chock full of “hit qualities” that can be incorporated into one’s arsenal of songwriting/producing techniques, including:
• A Powerful, Clever Title Speaks Volumes
Before someone listens to a song, the first thing they see is the title. Does it capture their attention? Is it evocative? Is It controversial? Does it sum up the entire nature of the story? Does it pique their interest enough to at least take a listen? Blow Me (One Last Kiss) achieves all of the above, all the while coming across in a manner that is 100% "Pink" in nature.
• Two Payoffs Are Better Than One
If Blow Me (One Last Kiss) only possessed the first part of the chorus ("I think I’ve finally had enough…"), the listener would have been quite happy with the payoff from a lyrical, sonic and melodic standpoint. What they got, however, is a “double payoff” via the inclusion of the “just when it can’t get worse...” section that both took the lyrical content in a new direction as well as bringing the intensity of the song to a rousing peak.
• Dynamic Variation Is The Key To Engagement
There’s nothing less engaging than a song that maintains a “linear” sonic vibe from section to section. Your melody and lyrics might be great, but if you don’t “keep the listener on their toes,” their attention is eventually going to start to wander. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) makes great use of MTI (momentum, tension, intensity) level fluctuations throughout the entire song brought about via the nature of the vocals AND the backing music. What you get is a song that holds your attention from start to finish.
Here's a video from American Idol finalist Casey Abrams talking about how much fun and silliness was had writing his new single "Get Out" with MLS discovery Jason Reeves and Rune Westberg.
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The #1 hit in the US this week on the Top 40 Chart (according to Mediabase) is Katy Perry's Wide Awake. Her audience (meaning the pairs of ears that heard her song once) was 100 million. If you drop to #10 Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart A Break", the audience is half of that and at #20 Group Love has only 15 million in audience.
This disparity (100 million vs. 15 million) in the Top 20 shows that the Top 40 should really be called the Top 5 (i.e. The Hits vs. Everything Else).
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that listens to Top 40 Radio that they play the same 5 songs over and over, thus the numbers being what they are.
That said, it sure is nice when one of the Top 5 is yours. Let's go find one!
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David Geffen has 'never carried a cell phone, has never texted anyone and doesn't own an ATM card'
The newest subject of the American Masters series on PBS, Geffen will open up on how he helped lay down the foundation for modern day music, film and philanthropy. He recently held a news conference and addressed some of the topics that will be covered in the acclaimed series. Check it out!
Read more from David Geffen here