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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Max Martin Makes Me Feel Like I'm Living A Teenage Dream

This literally has to be be Max Martin's most prolific time period, hit-wise, since 1999/2000, no? In glancing over the current Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Swedish songwriter-producer has zillion-dollar hands all over the following:

* Katy Perry's "California Gurls" (#2, co-wrote/co-produced)
* Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" (#3, co-wrote)
* Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" (#12, co-wrote/produced)
* Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (debuts at #20, co-wrote)
* Adam Lambert's "If I Had You" (#69, co-wrote/co-produced)

I totally forgot to mention that "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" entered the Hot 100 at #19 last week—forgive me, I was still blinded by thoughts of Enrique Iglesias losing his pants. (And congrats to him for "I Like It" moving up to #6, thereby breaking the rut of the dreaded #8 that so often plagues pop stars.)

I have to say, hearing "Dynamite," "Teenage Dream" and "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" on the radio on a daily basis just makes me smile. And P.S., Max—I know you're notoriously press-shy, but get some new headshots already! We've all been using the same ones (plus the above frowny pic of you) for half a decade now.

Alright, onward to Kylie Minogue Aphrodite watch, now in week three—and it's looking pretty dire.  The album's path on the chart to date is now #19-89-190. Girl, get your Aussie butt over here and do some promotion, already. This ain't Body Language!

Over on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart, Kylie's "All The Lovers" moves up one position to #3.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Love The Way You Lie" - Eminem feat. Rihanna *2 weeks*
2. "California Gurls" - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
3. "Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
4. "Airplanes" - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
5. "Billionaire" - Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
6. "I Like It" - Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
7. "Cooler Than Me" - Mike Posner
8. "OMG" - Usher feat. will.i.am
9. "Find Your Love" - Drake
10. "Ridin' Solo" - Jason Derulo

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  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    It's crazy. I never would have guessed ten years ago that Max would be having arguably even more success on the singles chart--with a totally different sound--than he was right then.

    Of course, if you asked me post-"Ur So Gay" if I'd be anticipating the new Katy Perry album, I'd have said you were crazy, too.

    I kind of wish someone else was singing Usher's "DJ's Got Us Fallin' In Love," though. Which is weird, because I wish Usher was singing Ne-Yo's "Beautiful Monster." Maybe we can just arrange some big song swap?

    "Dynamite" is so much fun on the radio and I hope "If I Had You" keeps rising.

  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger Damian said…

    Max will always be one of my biggest obsessions but closer to the middle of year I started to think he'll hardly get 3-4 hits in 2010 but surprisingly it turned to such successful I can't even remember. Sure I'm glad and Dynamite+DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love+Teenage Dream (with addition of Ne-Yo's Hurt Me) are the most played in my player these days.

  • At 1:23 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    If only Denniz PoP was still around to collaborate with Max on some awesome poptastic songs :(

  • At 9:57 PM, Blogger rcLoy said…

    So, Max Martin is the god that I should have worshiped eh?

  • At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Richard said…

    Here, I don't really believe this will work.
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