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Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers

Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers

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  1. Anatomy of a Hit: Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven'

    1:45 pm PST 02/11/2013
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    The song's producers recall how the No. 1 tune, which the singer performed with Sting on Sunday's Grammy Awards, came to be. READ MORE

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  2. Flying Helicopter High With Grammy Nominee Diplo (Exclusive Photos)

    8:00 am PST 02/09/2013
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    The producer-DJ, No. 12 on THR's Top Hitmakers list, lets us ride shotgun on his whirlwind four-city tour. READ MORE

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  3. Anatomy of a Hit: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop'

    10:00 am PST 02/08/2013
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    The Seattle duo, along with guest vocalist Wanz and manager Zach Quillen, recall how the No. 1 song came to be. READ MORE

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  4. Stitcher to the Pop Stars: Rihanna's Vocal Producer Reveals His Process

    11:00 am PST 02/07/2013
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    Kuk Harrell co-wrote "Umbrella," sweetened "We Found Love" and worked on Beyonce's Grammy-winning "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." READ MORE

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  5. Hit-Boy, the Go-To Producer for Kanye West and Jay-Z, Lives Up to His Nickname (Q&A)

    7:30 am PST 02/07/2013
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    "I just want to show the world that you don't have to be boxed in," says Chauncey "Hit-Boy" Hollis, who's ranked No. 31 on THR's list of Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers. READ MORE

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  6. Mark Ronson: Meet the Man Behind Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars' Most Infectious Hits (Q&A)

    7:17 pm PST 02/06/2013
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    The 37-year-old London producer has become a go-to for artists looking to switch-up their sound. READ MORE

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  7. Pharrell Williams on Mentor Hans Zimmer, Working With Miley Cyrus (Q&A)

    6:55 pm PST 02/06/2013
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    The singer/songwriter/producer/jack of all trades is No. 16 on THR's hitmaker's list. READ MORE

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  8. KCRW's Jason Bentley: 'Being a Tastemaker Is Something I Take Very Seriously' (Q&A)

    6:45 pm PST 02/06/2013
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    "Shazam actually calls us all the time to ID songs," says the 20-year radio veteran and station music director. READ MORE

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  9. The Drake Dream Team: How Noah '40' Shebib's Slow Jams Took Over Top 40 (Q&A)

    4:15 pm PST 02/06/2013
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    The producer/engineer, ranked 22nd on THR’s hitmakers list addresses the rapper’s next release, mixing business and friendship, and their unique relationship with their label. READ MORE

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  10. Alex Patsavas: The Industry's Premier Music Supervisor on Choosing Songs for TV and Movies (Q&A)

    3:30 pm PST 02/06/2013
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    The curator of the music for the "Twilight" franchise, new film "Warm Bodies" and such TV series as "Mad Men" and "The Carrie Diaries" is inseparable from her target audience. READ MORE

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  11. Bonnie McKee on Writing Hits for Pop's Leading Ladies: 'Britney Spears Is Just All Sex, All Day' (Q&A)

    2:30 pm PST 02/06/2013
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    Pop divas look to THR's No. 8 Hitmaker for their next chart-topper. Now, the award-winning songwriter is taking her turn at a solo career. READ MORE

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  12. Hitmaker Ester Dean on Songwriting, Fighting and Eating Hot Dogs (Q&A)

    9:10 am PST 02/06/2013
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    The chart-topping songwriter -- whose hits include Rihanna's "Rude Boy" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" -- has expanded her world to include roles in voice acting ("Ice Age: Continental Drift") and feature film ("Pitch Perfect"). So what's next? READ MORE

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  13. THR's Hitmakers 2013: The Creative Minds Behind Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Flo Rida's Biggest Singles

    8:05 am PST 02/06/2013
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    "Teenage Dream," "Locked Out of Heaven," "I Cry" -- the secret ingredient in these pop hits is behind the scenes: the songwriters, producers, A&R executives and multihyphenate artists who help create those irresistible hooks. READ MORE

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  14. THR Names Music's 35 Top Hitmakers

    8:05 am PST 02/06/2013
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    Behind the songs of Katy Perry, Rihanna, Pink and Taylor Swift are the songwriters, producers and execs that make it all possible. READ MORE

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  15. THR's Hitmakers 2013: How Producer Max Martin Sold 135 Million Songs

    8:00 am PST 02/06/2013
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    The Swedish phenom who tops THR's inaugural list is responsible for Britney Spears, 'N Sync and Pink's greatest hits. READ MORE

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  16. How Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Was Born and Other Stargate Revelations (Q&A)

    8:00 am PST 02/06/2013
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    The production team behind Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” and Katy Perry’s “Firework”are ranked No. 9 on THR’s Hitmakers list. READ MORE

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  17. OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder on Hitmaking, Writer's Block and the Song That Got Away (Q&A)

    8:00 am PST 02/06/2013
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    "When a song doesn’t go as far as you anticipate, it’s soul crushing," says the in-demand producer and award-winning songwriter, who is No. 6 on THR's Hitmakers list. READ MORE

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  18. Dr. Luke: 'I'm Always Petrified That This Is My Last Good Song' (Q&A)

    8:00 am PST 02/06/2013
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    The man who's had a hand in more than 40 smashes since 2004 is No. 2 on THR's Hitmakers list. READ MORE

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  19. Ne-Yo on Today's Pop Hits: 'There's Simple and Then There's Stupid' (Q&A)

    8:00 am PST 02/06/2013
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    His first and last hit have the same name ("Let Me Love You") and it's no coincidence, says the R&B singer, in-demand songwriter and A&R executive. READ MORE

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