We’ve all read and heard the names over and over who are contributing songs and production talents to what we feel is the most anticipated album/CD in history, right? We’ve heard about Rob Cavallo, Claude Kelly, Dr. Luke, Linda Perry, Ryan Tedder and Max Martin, in addition to performers Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Pink, Lady Gaga, Muse, and even Adam’s own very close friend Alisan Porter. It sounds like Hollywood is tripping over themselves to work with Adam, right? But who are these people? While most of us know Pink and Lady Gaga, and some of us even know Muse and Justin Hawkins, I really don’t know about the others, do you?
So while we wait for the “For Your Entertainment” release on November 23, let’s learn about Max Martin. I found the following article, and thought you you might like to know too! It’s not an Adam-driven article, but it does mention him in the end, that you’ll reach if you click on the link. There’s even some delicious videos taking us back to the dreamy sounds of Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson and an innocent Britney Spears; careers in which Max Martin had an instrumental role in. We’ve all educated ourselves on so much new information since the birth of IdolAdam, so here’s one more piece to add to our AdamKnowlege.
From PopEater by Steve Baltin.
Sure, it was Katy Perry who kissed a girl and Britney Spears who sang “Livin’ in sin is the new thing,” but the words are actually those of Max Martin, a 38-year-old Swedish producer that some would argue is the biggest pop songwriter in the world.
“He was the guy who ushered in teen pop being more like a form of creative expression,” Ann Powers, pop music critic for the L.A. Times tells PopEater. “Look at [producers] Stargate, Ryan Tedder — they wouldn’t exist without Max or the success he had. There’s been a huge shift in the 21st century towards appreciating mainstream pop and I would base that as a shift to when Max Martin started.”
If these sound like heady claims, just ask one of the artists most closely associated with Martin’s rise and career. “I’ve always credited Max with being the godfather, the Berry Gordy of the Backstreet Boys,” BSB member Howie Dorough says. “He helped us establish our sound and some of our biggest hits have come from him, so we will always be indebted to Max. He truly could be the sixth Backstreet Boy.”
So who is this man with the Midas touch when it comes to writing hits? Born in Stockholm, Martin actually started his music career as the frontman of glam-metal act It’s Alive in the mid-’80s. The band was signed to Cherion Records, a label owned by Denniz Pop, who recruited Martin to become a producer/songwriter after It’s Alive proved to be the only thing Martin was involved in that didn’t top the charts.
For more, including videos by Max Martin’s successes Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears, click here.