Skip to main content
Got a tip?

Pop’s Top 35 Hitmakers

Anatomy of a Hit: Bruno Mars’ ‘Locked Out of Heaven’

The song's producers recall how the No. 1 tune, which the singer performed with Sting on Sunday's Grammy Awards, came to be.

Flying Helicopter High With Grammy Nominee Diplo (Exclusive Photos)

The producer-DJ, No. 12 on THR's Top Hitmakers list, lets us ride shotgun on his whirlwind four-city tour.

Anatomy of a Hit: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop’

The Seattle duo, along with guest vocalist Wanz and manager Zach Quillen, recall how the No. 1 song came to be.

Stitcher to the Pop Stars: Rihanna’s Vocal Producer Reveals His Process

Kuk Harrell co-wrote "Umbrella," sweetened "We Found Love" and worked on Beyonce's Grammy-winning "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)."

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

"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.

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

The 37-year-old London producer has become a go-to for artists looking to switch-up their sound.

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

The singer/songwriter/producer/jack of all trades is No. 16 on THR's hitmaker's list.

KCRW’s Jason Bentley: ‘Being a Tastemaker Is Something I Take Very Seriously’ (Q&A)

"Shazam actually calls us all the time to ID songs," says the 20-year radio veteran and station music director.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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…