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THR Names Music's 35 Top Hitmakers

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    Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers
    Henry 'Cirkut' Walter

    This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    As Dr. Luke's right-hand man and main production partner, Henry "Cirkut" Walker's star is rising. A banner 2012, during which he had credits on Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been,” both out in the month of May, he says, marked a milestone the 26-year-old only hopes to repeat one day: "Having two songs with two of the biggest artists in the world out at once." With fingerprints all over Ke$ha's Warrior, as well as a number of songs on Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and Adam Lambert's Trespassing, Walker says the fundamentals of hard work and discipline, without taking things too seriously, have been key to his ascent. "It definitely feels great to have a hit," he says. "There is something to be said for a song being recognized universally and appealing to such a wide variety of people and having such a massive impact that you just can’t deny."

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