Posts tagged "Max Martin"

Max Martin Hints At Katy Perry And Drake Collaboration

A ''Legendary'' Collab?

Pop super-producer Max Martin hints that Katy Perry and Drake may soon appear in a song together. MTV notes that the official website for his production company Maratone now lists a version of Perry’s song “Legendary Lovers” featuring Drake among his credits. Martin wrote and produced the song with the chanteuse, her longtime collaborator Bonnie McKee, Cirkut and Dr. Luke.

Legendary Lovers” is one of a few songs off Perry’s 2013 album, Prism, that are influenced by hip-hop. (Perhaps Drake will crib her flow from her sung-rap verses or pay off her vows to be a ride or die chick – who knows.) “Dark Horse” became an unexpected crossover hit for featured Three 6 Mafia ringleader Juicy J, while a “This Is What We Do” remix features rap’s most bizarre goofball RiFF RaFF. More »

7 Questions With Bebe Rexha: “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” Her Debut Album And The State Of Pop

7 Questions With Bebe Rexha
Bebe Rexha‘s no stranger to a mean pop hook: The burgeoning singer-songwriter is most famously responsible for penning Eminem and Rihanna‘s hit “The Monster” among other pop gems, as well as supplying her distinctive vocals on Cash Cash‘s inescapably catchy club smash, “Take Me Home.”

But Bebe’s got even more exciting things still hiding up her sleeves with her own upcoming debut LP, as evidenced by her crushing new single “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You,” a dark, devastating (and autobiographical!) heartbreak anthem.

We sat down with Bebe in our office to talk about her Melancholia-inspired “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” video (out today!), the story behind the song, her upcoming album and the state of pop music today. With collaborations and co-writes alongside everyone from Max Martin to David Guetta to Usher coming down the pipeline soon, Bebe had plenty to tell us about what’s coming next — and we’re more than excited to watch it all unfold. Read on! More »

Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’ Tracklist Reveals The Weeknd, A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Childish Gambino Features & Harry Styles-Penned Track

Well, surprise, surprise — it turns out Ariana Grande‘s sophomore LP My Everything (out August 25) will contain more features than not. Seven of the album’s 12 tracks are collaborations, two of which we of course already know about: the Iggy Azalea-featuring summer smash “Problem” and upcoming single “Break Free” with Zedd (co-produced by Max Martin). Also along for the ride with Ms. Grande’s latest are The Weeknd (who features on “Love Me Harder”), Big Sean (“Best Mistake”), Cashmere Cat (“Be My Baby”), Childish Gambino (“Break Your Heart Right Back”) and A$AP Ferg (“Hands On Me”).

In the Did Not See This Coming category is “A Little Bit Of Your Heart,” a song on the album that was written for Ariana by One Direction‘s Harry Styles. Two other big songwriting names in the mix are Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco, who whipped up “Why Try.”

Altogether, Max Martin and his team produced five of the tracks on My Everything, with Rodney Jerkins, Oak & Pop and Harmony & Tommy Brown working the knobs on other songs. See the LP’s full tracklist below. More »

Max Martin Produced “Most Of” Taylor Swift’s Next Album

When Taylor Swift first talked of her follow-up to 2012′s Red, she had two dream collaborators in mind. One of them was pop wunderkind Max Martin, who co-wrote Red‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

In its latest issue, Rolling Stone reports that Swift got her wish – Martin worked on “most of” her new album, according to Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta. As a result, he doesn’t expect country radio to take her Swift’s new material. “Taylor fans are going to love it,” Borchetta says. “Will country stations play a complete pop song just because it’s her? No. But when she comes to town, her friends at country radio will come and see her.” More »

Jennifer Lopez Unleashes Irresistible Max Martin-Produced Pop Anthem “First Love”: Listen

After setting the tone for her long-awaited 10th studio album with gritty buzz tracks “Same Girl” and “Girls”, Jennifer Lopez proved she could still keep it light and bubbly with infectious earworm “I Luh Ya Papi”. As undeniably catchy as that song is, the world’s most beautiful woman (according to Pitbull and most dudes with eyesight) lifts the bar for high-quality pop even higher on new single “First Love”.

Produced by Swedish maestro Max Martin, the surefire hit is an adorable pure-pop explosion that expertly straddles the divide between J.Lo’s urban roots and much-loved dance moments like “On The Floor” and “Dance Again”. Hell, there’s even a splash of 2000 classic “Waiting For Tonight” about the serotonin-raising chorus. Listen to Jenny’s irresistible new single after the jump. More »

Adam Lambert Teams With Max Martin For New Music

Adam Lambert is working with pop producer Max Martin (Backstreet BoysBritney Spears, Katy Perry) for his third album. According to rising pop artist Tove Lo, Lambert visited Martin and his songwriting team in Sweden and recorded a few songs during his visit. “When you hear the fully produced stuff from the studio, that’s one thing, but his voice is insane. I couldn’t believe it,” Lo said to Billboard, after having worked with Lambert herself.

Martin last worked with Lambert for his 2009 debut For Your Entertainment, where he co-produced two songs. Lambert has talked of his third album since last summer, although at the time he reduced such mentions to a footnote in part of a bigger announcement – he left RCA, the label that released his first two albums including 2012′s No. 1 record Trespassing. Since then, too, he has assured fans of new music while regularly appearing with Demi Lovato on Glee and prepping for a North American tour with Queen. More »

Ariana Grande Talks Working With Max Martin For Second Album

Ariana Grande plans to work on her second album with the same producers behind her promising debut Yours Truly: Harmony Samuels, Babyface, The Rascals and Tommy Brown. Prior to the Grammy Awards, however, she couldn’t help but gush over a new-to-her collaborator: Max Martin.

“I love working with him,” she said to MTV. “He’s like a mathematician. He knows music like math. It just makes sense to him.” Trust — at one point, every single fan of Britney Spears (“… Baby One More Time”), Backstreet Boys (“Quit Playing Games with My Heart”), Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Pink have all thought the exact same thing of Martin. More »

Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”: Review Revue

With new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, Taylor Swift leaves the country aesthetic behind and goes for a full-on pop makeover, thanks to producers (and co-writers) Max Martin and Shellback. Whether this is a one-off foray into glossier territory for her or a small taste of the full flavor of upcoming LP Red, critics had plenty to say about Swift’s new song. Head below for our review roundup, then let us know your own thoughts! More »

Marina And The Diamonds Gives Dating Advice On “How To Be A Heartbreaker”

Marina And The Diamonds offers another song from her self-destructive, self-interested alter-ego, the club tune “How To Be A Heartbreaker”, available on the US release of her sophomore album Electra Heart, due out tomorrow. On the track, Marina/Electra lists the various rules involved in heartbreaking, including “Have Fun” and “Don’t get attached to somebody you could lose.” It’s basically a how-to guide for emotional sadists. Check it out below. More »

Christina Aguilera’s New Max Martin-Produced Single Reportedly Out In August

Britney Spears. Katy Perry. Kelly Clarkson. Usher. All of these are artists who’ve worked with producer Max Martin. Even California rockers Maroon 5 enlisted the Swedish hit-maker to executive produce their new LP Overexposed. So it makes sense that Adam Levine‘s fellow Voice coach Christina Aguilera would eventually get around to entering a studio with the Midas Touch knob twiddler.

Billboard reports today (via a source) that Xtina is “working hard” on her follow-up to 2010 LP Bionic, and that her new single — a “club banger” helmed by Martin — is expected to be out in early August. The insider also notes that the chorus contains the lyrics “all I want to do is what you wanted.” More »