The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs That Sell

The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs That Sell

How to Create Hits in Today's Music Industry

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell unveils the secrets to climbing the charts and reaching success in today’s ultracompetitive music industry. Eric Beall supplies his firsthand knowledge of today’s record business, as well as interviews with successful writers, producers, and executives from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, country, adult contemporary, and R&B. The result: a proven approach to constructing songs that open doors, create careers, and communicate to listeners around the world. Key areas explored include:

•How does a song become a hit?
•What makes a song a single?
•Is there a formula for creating a hit?

Fun and practical exercises provide opportunities to hone skills and expose specific talents, helping songwriters combine their unique voices to the demands of the commercial marketplace. Filled with fresh ideas that will spark beginners and veterans alike, this book will lead the way toward the industry’s ultimate challenge: the creation of that chart-topping hit song.

Baker & Taylor
Presents an approach to opening doors in today's music industry, explaining how a song becomes a hit, what makes a single, and the formula for creating a hit, with exercises to hone skills and expose talents.

McMillan Palgrave
Ask any record company A&R person, artist manager, or record producer what they’re looking for, and you’ll only get one answer: “Hits! We need hits!”
Through a combination of text and interviews with top music executives, producers and songwriters, this book will teach aspiring songwriters how to construct the kind of songs that open doors, create careers, and communicate to listeners around the world. By offering a definition of a “hit” that is specific, musical, and also attuned to the realities of the radio and record business, the book will develop and focus readers’ songwriting skills, and enable them to respond successfully to the call for "hits only, please."
Most importantly, this book will unveil the formula that creates a successful song—that perfect
balance between the comfort of the familiar and the shock of the unexpected. Drawing upon the advice of successful writers from the past and present, the wisdom of experienced A&R professionals, and the author’s first-hand knowledge of both the creative process and the demands of the record business, it will demystify the music industry’s ultimate challenge: the creation of that chart-topping, “breakthrough” song.

Book News
Beall, an experienced A&R executive for leading music publishers, has designed this guide for songwriters who want to craft material that will meet the demands of the commercial marketplace. The author uses interviews with successful writers, producers and executives to reveal the secrets that open doors in a very competitive industry, and he has developed practical exercises that will help budding songwriters create the titles, hooks, rhythms and melodies that will appeal to contemporary audiences. A section analyzes the components that allow a song to become a hit such as radio airplay, the science of marketing singles and how to target an audience in advance. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Pub., c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780823099542
Branch Call Number: 780.2373 BEA
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,23 cm.


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