NBC’s Songland Podcast is the companion to NBC's Songland, a ground-breaking new contest show all about the intimate and mysterious art of songwriting. On Songland you will get a first-ever look behind the curtain at how hit songs are really born. Up-and-coming songwriters will compete to have their song chosen by a guest star recording artist, and will be aided by a songwriter-producer panel made up of the top songwriting talent in the business, Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, U2); Ester Dean (Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry); and Shane McAnally (39 #1 Country Hits). You will see songs transformed in real time before your eyes, just as they are in today’s top writing rooms, and witness the true alchemy that is songwriting.
On Songland’s podcast we wanted to give the guest artists and winning songwriters from Songland the opportunity to go even deeper into the magic of this process as they see it, and to tell you more about their own history and habits as songwriters. They will talk us through the creation of a song of their own, revealing their process in never-before-heard detail. And you’ll get to hear more about why the guest artist chose the song they did on Songland, and what it was like for them being a part of this ground-breaking show. You’ll also get to hear from the winning writer on each show about what it was like to hear their song molded and shaped into a hit on the spot by the top talent in the business.
Songland's podcast debuted with the release of four introductory episodes, one with each of the three producers on the show, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, and Shane McAnally, and also one featuring Dave Stewart, co-creator and executive producer of Songland, who also happens to have a string of number one hits of his own as a songwriter, including of course his many hits with Eurythmics, but also with No Doubt and many others since. These four are some of the top songwriters in the business, and they tell us about how they got there, and walk us through a song of their own as well: Dave Stewart talks about writing and recording ‘Sweet Dreams’ with Annie Lennox in their practice space above a framing factory in less than an hour; Ryan Tedder about finishing the track for Beyoncé’s ‘XO’ on an airplane, and coming up with the final hook on a jog through an Australian park; Ester Dean describes getting a middle-of-the-night phone call from Nicki Minaj to work on ‘Superbass,’ and Shane McAnally talks about writing from a very personal story for Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’, which went on to become a #1 hit for Miranda Lambert.
Join us for NBC’s Songland Podcast, a production of the iHeart Radio Podcast Network. You will never hear music the same way again.
will.i.am on “Where’s the Love” and Adam Friedman on “Be Nice”
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!
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 Lennox in a practice space above a frame shop in under an hour. .
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 on “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Kacey Musgraves
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 Kacey Musgraves, and a big hit for both Musgraves and Miranda Lambert. .
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 this groundbreaking new show as one of the three writer-producers.