The Hit Songs Deconstructed Essentials Report
The Essentials Report is a streamlined version of the PRO report, providing you with high-level takeaways of the songwriting and production techniques that make today's hits so successful. After reading these reports you will come away with a full understanding of how these hits were written and produced, and gain a host of effective songwriting and production techniques to add to your toolbox.
Body Like a Back Road Essentials
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 backin 2013. It performed exceptionally well on the Country charts as well – much to the chagrin of Country purists – hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in late February 2017 and remaining there for 16+ consecutive weeks. Body Like A Back Road Essentials takes a look at the songwriting and production techniques that influenced the song’s widespread success.
Shape of You Essentials
Released as one of two lead singles from his 2017 album, ÷ (Divide), Shape Of You has gone on to become one of the biggest hits of Sheeran’s career, peaking at #1 on almost 50 charts throughout the world. So what is it about the song that made it so successful? Shape Of You Essentials takes you on a deep dive into the myriad of songwriting and production techniques that contributed to the song’s global success.
Starboy was the first single released from The Weeknd’s 2016 album of the same name. A collaboration with EDM superstars Daft Punk, this dark, moody, cocky song struck a chord with listeners, landing in the Top 10 on over 40 charts throughout the world, and peaking at #1 on over 20. Starboy Essentials takes a deep dive into the compositional and production characteristics that made the song so engaging and memorable.
I Don’t Want to Live Forever Essentials
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. It was released without notice on iTunes in early December 2016 and, since then, has landed in the Top 10 on over 30 charts throughout the world. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Deconstructed reviews the songwriting and production techniques that made this meticulously crafted Taylor Swift / Zayn Malik duet a global success.