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Pop’s Top 35 Hitmakers

THR Names Music’s 35 Top Hitmakers

Behind the songs of Katy Perry, Rihanna, Pink and Taylor Swift are the songwriters, producers and execs that make it all possible.

THR’s Hitmakers 2013: How Producer Max Martin Sold 135 Million Songs

The Swedish phenom who tops THR's inaugural list is responsible for Britney Spears, 'N Sync and Pink's greatest hits.

How Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ Was Born and Other Stargate Revelations (Q&A)

The production team behind Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" and Katy Perry's "Firework"are ranked No. 9 on THR's Hitmakers list.

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

"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.

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

The man who's had a hand in more than 40 smashes since 2004 is No. 2 on THR's Hitmakers list.

Ne-Yo on Today’s Pop Hits: ‘There’s Simple and Then There’s Stupid’ (Q&A)

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.