behind the song
When your first single from your debut album shoots up the charts, puts the competition in a stranglehold and doesn’t let go for seven weeks in a row, you’ve got reason to brag. And boy, does “Fancy” do just that.
To the surprise of many, Jack White’s GRAMMY-nominated solo jam “Lazaretto” is based on a hip-hop classic.
Watch Pharrell Williams talk about the creation of ‘Happy,’ and how the world’s response has affirmed his faith in humanity.
When Taylor Swift sat down to write her now three-time GRAMMY nominated hit “Shake It Off,” she wanted to create a song that brought the wallflowers to the dance floor.
‘Chandelier’ is a classic case of a happy accident, a spontaneous flash of inspiration that turned into one of the biggest and most pervasive hits of 2014.
Paramore’s song “Ain’t It Fun” didn’t just help Hayley Williams grow up, it also earned her and her bandmates a GRAMMY nomination.
Meghan Trainor is bringing booty back.
“It’s drama, and it’s dark,” said Underwood about “Two Black Cadillacs,” her ACM Award-nominated song. And, she added, “you have to listen to the whole thing,” because you’ll be “sucked in.”
Some songs can take a bit of time to really sink in and win over fans as well as the artists. That wasn’t the case, though, with “Mine Would Be You,” the No. 1 hit from Blake Shelton.
“She couldn’t even say it — she couldn’t say ‘I drive his truck.’ She was like, ‘no, I don’t want to do it today.’ And I was like, ‘oh yeah we are!'”
Songwriter Chase Rice and both Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line go ‘behind the song’ and talk about the origins of FGL’s first No. 1 hit “Cruise,” which has been nominated for Two ACM Awards.
“It was our first single for our sophomore release, which some say is the most scrutinized piece of music an artist ever puts out,” Kimberly Perry told Radio.com. Now the video for the song has been nominated for an ACM Award.
Songwriter Jimmy Robbins and singer Keith Urban talk about the origins of “We Were Us,” the No. 1 duet between Urban and Miranda Lambert that has been nominated for Vocal Event of the Year at the ACM Awards.
“‘Boys Round Here’ pretty much represents who I am as a human being,” Shelton said of his ACM Award-nominated hit. Songwriter Dallas Davidson and producer Scott Hendricks offer details on the story behind the song.
“I feel like women in my grandmother’s generation were expected to put on a pretty face and not really show their crazy sides,” Kacey Musgraves said, describing the ideas behind the three-time ACM-Award nominated song she cowrote with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. “Now, it’s a bit different.”
It’s a moody anthem that serves as the closing song on his 2013 album’ Two Lanes of Freedom.’ McGraw was drawn to it’s “timeless” quality.
“When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ because I’m out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with. I’m really glad that was my first thing to say to the world.”
“‘Crazy’ was just my way of saying, ‘That’s real love. When you feel like you’ve gone crazy. That’s when you’ve actually gotten something right.’”
Frontman Ezra Koenig on about how their hit single from the GRAMMY-nominated ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ went through a rough ugly duckling stage until they figured out that vocal effect—you know the one.
“When I heard ‘Wagon Wheel’ at my daughter’s high school talent contest, I just thought, ‘Man some day I’m going to cut the song for a record.’ It was one of those lightning bolt things that I can’t even explain.”