The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory
There's a reason today's ubiquitous pop hits are so hard to ignore--they're designed that way. The Song Machine goes behind the scenes to offer an insider's look at the global hit factories manufacturing the songs that have everyone hooked. Full of vivid, unexpected characters--alongside industry heavy-hitters like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Max Martin, and Ester Dean--this fascinating journey into the strange world of pop music reveals how a new approach to crafting smash hits is transforming marketing, technology, and even listeners' brains. You'll never think about music the same way again.
A Wall Street Journal Best Business Book
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Through immersive anecdotes and witty observations...we learn it's not just the 'song machine' that's brilliant but also the people churning the gears.--Isabella Biedenharn
Well researched...[Seabrook] takes us inside the troubled modern music business.--Touré
Fascinating...lively, entertaining and often insightful, of interest both to pop mavens and to those who couldn't imagine caring about the latest hits.--Christopher Carroll
A fascinating look at how the catchiest pop hits are manufactured...You'll never hear Katy Perry the same way again.
Revelatory. This thorough dissection of the anatomy of a hit belongs on any listener's bookshelf.