What do Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Beyonce, and UK boyband Blue have in common? Well, they all got monster hits. But of course, behind those monster hits are the creative minds and among them are the producers. Ever heard of Max Martin? Well, if you are a huge 90s pop music fanatic who went gaga over songs like Get Down, Baby One More Time, and Bye Bye Bye to name few, then you should have heard the songs of Max Martin. He is the creative brain and hands, in short he is the producer who helped the earlier successes of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC. Max Martin had even collaborated with Pink.
Max Martin doesn’t have anything to do with Rihanna, Ne-Yo, and Beyonce today. But all three have their own Max Martin version and theirs is called the Stargate Duo. These production team is composed of two guys from Norway. Stargate was responsible for the backing tracks behind the successful Irreplaceable (which also influenced a later hit song for Chris Brown titled With You). Stargate was also responsible for the backing tracks of Ne-Yo’s So Sick. And the latest is Rihanna’s Take A Bow.
Don’t you notice all of these tracks have the same sound design elements. All of the three songs have that noticeable clapping beat on the backing tracks, right? Well, of course they sound the same since they all come from the same producer.
But my point is, the same thing that happened during the Max Martin is starting to come out again. We are being served with the same stuff over and over again. I mean like yeah, we love Ne Yo, we love Rihanna, and we LOVE Beyonce way too much, but we need to be creative here. I know the Stargate Duo are making money out of their stuff. But I hope they don’t give us too much of a cookie cutter music.
One of Stargate’s latest projects is the song for Shontelle – it’s called T-Shirt. I remember one time, I made a post about Shontelle’s T-Shirt song, and a comment poster said the song sounded like a crossover between Chris Brown’s With You and Jordin Spark’s “Tattoo…”. Check out the post here.
Well, that’s what we call commercialism. When something is selling hot, the tendency is, people will likely to serve you the same stuff over and over again, until we consumers get lost in boredom and oblivion.
I didn’t know though that Stargate was also behind the songs for the Brit boyband Blue. You know, the songs like All Rise, If You Come Back To Me, and stuffs. Huh! And Stargate also did the backing tracks for a not-so-popular but one of my fave boybands in the 90s – 5IVE. Remember them? 5IVE – five bad boys with the power to rock, blowing your mind, so we gotta get into, five, what you waiting 4, if you want it, 3, 2, 1, let’s hit it. Huh, those were the days.
Anyway, please share your thoughts on this, just post up your comment. Thanchu!
Oh, just a minute, check out this video on Billboard about this Stargate thing!
This data is based on the playlist of all the major market Top 40 stations in the United States. It’s not surprising to know that most of these songs are rhythmic.
Jonas Brothers’ Burning Up has just premiered, but thanks to the fan-fueled publicity it’s now enjoying high rotations. The Jonas Brothers are going the same track as Jesse McCartney is going right now. It seems that pop rock artists are going into more rhythmic songs now. Jesse’s trying to sound like a Chris Brown. Now Jonas Brothers want to sound like Justin Timberlake?!
PCD is still doing great in iTunes, hitcharts and playlist. The infectious song definitely is worth its current position.
Rihanna’s Disturbia should supposedly be earning more rotations since it came out ahead of the Jonas Bros’ new hit. Disturbia again is another big dance track. Reminds you of how Rihanna moved the world with Don’t Stop The Music. Click here to listen for yourself.
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