THR Names Music's 35 Top Hitmakers
This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
"There's never a song that's too hard to arrange," the Sweden-born Anders, 37, has said of his freakish ability to remix, well, anything into an instant iTunes hit. With more than 51 million songs and 13 million albums sold worldwide, Anders, guided by Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and music supervisor PJ Bloom, has placed the Fox show's cast in such solid-gold company as Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The actors can now say they've performed the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- 203 tracks -- surpassing records by Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Anders, who produced 2012's Rock of Ages soundtrack (yes, he helped teach Tom Cruise how to sing), recently oversaw yet another Glee milestone: On Jan. 30, the Fox series, in its fourth season, recorded its 500th musical performance -- the Isley Brothers classic "Shout."Click here to read THR's complete Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers list.