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The song machine : inside the hit factory

The song machine : inside the hit factory

Author: John Seabrook
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Here's a reason hit songs offer such guilty pleasure--they're designed that way. Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today's songs bristle with them: a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly processed  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Narrative non-fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Seabrook
ISBN: 9780393241921 0393241920 9781448191017 1448191017
OCLC Number: 902661497
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 338 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A Hook: The bliss point. You spin me round ; A continuity of hits --
First verse: Cheiron : Mr. Pop: and the Metalhead. Inside the box ; "The sign" ; Big Poppa ; Martin Sandberg's terrible secret ; Britney Spears : hit me baby ; "I want it that way" --
Chorus The money note : the ballad of Kelly and Clive. My ancestral hit parade ; The dragon's teeth ; The doldrums ; American Idol ; "Since u been gone" --
Second verse: Factory girls : cultural technology and the making of K-pop. "Gee" --
Chorus: Rihanna : track-and-hook. "Umbrella" ; "Ester Dean: On the hook" ; Stargate: those lanky Norwegian dudes ; "Rude boy" --
Bridge: Dr. Luke : teenage dream. Speed chess ; Katy Perry : altar call ; Melodic math ; Kesha : teenage nightmare --
Chorus: Spotify. The moment space --
Outro: Songworm. "Roar."
Responsibility: John Seabrook.


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