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Monday, January 27, 2014

The most successful musician you've probably never heard of


Pop quiz: Who has been the most influential and powerful person in pop music over the last 20 years? 

Britney Spears? Madonna? Michael Jackson? Beyonce? Simon Cowell? Sure, these people have all been extraordinarily successful, but what if we told you that there's one man whose musical accomplishments easily trumps all of these artists? And what if we told you that most people have probably never even heard of this person and definitely wouldn't recognize him walking down the street? Sounds impossible right? Well, if at any point in the last 20 years you've heard a song from The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, N'Sync, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Ace of Base, Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Justin Bieber… then you've unwittingly been subject to the creations of a Swedish born musical genius who goes by the name of Max Martin. Believe it or not, over the past 15-20 years Max Martin has been the brains, ears and talent behind virtually every hit pop song that has been released to the screaming masses. He's personally responsible for churning out more Billboard singles than Michael Jackson and Madonna COMBINED.


mrzee said...

To the best of my knowledge, I've never heard a song by any of those people you listed. Most of them I've never even heard of. :-)

Richard K said...

I'm only familiar with a couple of them myself, but apparently, they're very big with the kids...