41 Min Released Nov 19, 2015

24. Searching for Max Martin

The most omnipresent figure in pop music is also the most elusive: Karl Sandberg, AKA Max Martin, the mad Swedish genius who’s ruled the charts for 20 years. With the help of New Yorker writer John Seabrook, author of The Song Machine, and comedian Chris Duffy, host of You’re The Expert, we go deep into a 21st century pop classic to try and locate the secret formula behind Max Martin’s success.

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Taylor Swift – Blank Space
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Kelly Clarkson – Since You Been Gone
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
Katy Perry – California Girls
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together
Ariana Grande – Problem
N’Sync – It’s Gonna Be Me
Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
Icona Pop (ft. Charlie XCX) – I Love It
Tove Lo – Talking Body
Backstreet Boys – We’ve Got It Going On

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