This is a stunning in-depth article about the producers and songwriters who are credited with creating some of the decade’s biggest pop songs.
It focuses mainly on Ester Dean, a singer-songwriter who had a mild hit with her single “Drop It Low” in 2009; it details her creative process and the struggle between handing her songs over to stars and wanting to carve out a career for herself. She’s behind such hits as “S&M,” “Superbass,” “Rude Boy,” and “What’s My Name?”
Fun fact: when “Superbass” was first released, Dean was credited as a featured artist on the track (she sings the chorus all by herself) but when the song hit it big, all mentions of her name disappeared from the marketing campaign.
Seriously though, read this article. It was fascinating to see how so many of our Top-40 hits are crafted by such a small, elite group of masterminds.