How Do You Craft a Top 40 Hit?
June 1, 2011 10:58 AM Subscribe
What is the recording process like for a typical Top 40 popular song?
posted by amicamentis to media & arts (14 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I am curious about how a hit song is made. I understand that there are probably a lot of variations and would appreciate information about any of them. For a song's genesis - how does that work? A songwriter makes a demo tape (or mp3), right? Are the demo tapes for popular songs available anywhere? Are songwriters independent contractors or do they typically work for one label? Who exactly is the song pitched to? Does the singer hear it?
During the actual recording process, what happens there? Who is physically in the room? Do they sing the whole song at once or is it recorded in fragments? Do they sing certain parts in a variety of ways and decide later which is the best? Does a "featured" singer have to be around at this time or can they add them in later?
I am interested less in artists that take a lot of control over their work and more interested in Britney Spears-esque songs that are (what I would imagine) more routine and standardized in their creation.
Also: how have the techniques used today changed over the years?