Country mega-star Kelsea Ballerini and winning songwriter Darius Coleman discuss the evolution of Darius’s haunting “Better Luck Next Time”.
will.i.am tells the story of writing the Black Eyed Peas hit “Where’s the Love”, and the surprising last-minute turn the song took when Justin Timberlake heard it and was inspired to write a part.. And winning songwriter Adam Friedman talks about the journey his song “Be Nice” made, from a cathartic hang-out with friends, through the alchemy of Songland, to become the next Black Eyed Peas single.
In this recap of the Songland Premiere episode, multi-grammy-winning superstar John Legend and winning songwriter Tebby Burrows take us through the birth and amazing Shane McAnally-led evolution of her song “We Need Love”. Hear the full John Legend version at the end of the episode!
John Legend’s new release “We Need Love”, winning song from the premiere episode of NBC’s Songland.
In this first introductory episode, Dave Stewart, co-founder of Eurythmics, iconic songwriter and record producer, and co-creator and executive producer of Songland on NBC, a new show all about the intimate and mysterious art of songwriting, talks about what inspired him to create this groundbreaking new show, and also tells the creation story of one of his own hit songs, the classic “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics, written with Annie... Read more
Ester Dean has written hits for Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher, Katy Perry, and Christina Aguilera to name just a few, and is one of the three writer-producers on NBC’s Songland. In this pre-season introductory episode, Ester talks about how she got to the top of the songwriting game, and takes us through the story of being called to the studio in the middle of the night to write “Superbass” for Nicki Minaj. .
Shane McAnally has had one the best writing careers in the history of country music, having written 39 #1 hits and counting, for artists such as Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, Midland, Little Big Town, Jo Smith to name a few, and is one of the three writer-producers on NBC’s Songland. In this pre-season introductory episode, Shane talks about writing from personal experience on “Mama’s Broken Heart,” a song he wrote with Kac... Read more
Ryan Tedder has had a truly remarkable career as a songwriter, with a veritable hall-of-fame roster of top talent, including Adele, Paul McCartney, U2, The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Sam Smith, and many, many more, but also as the lead singer and principle writer for his band One Republic. In this pre-season introductory episode, Ryan tells the story of writing “XO” for Beyonce, and what it means to him to be a part of ... Read more