NBC's Songland Podcast

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On Songland’s podcast we wanted to give the guest artists and winning songwriters from Songland the opportunity to go even deeper into the intimate and mysterious art of songwriting as they see it. Listen as they tell the fascinating stories of their songs’ creation in never-before-heard detail, and further peel back the curtain on this magical process. Songland's podcast debuted with the release of four introductory episodes, one with each of the three producers on the show, Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, U2); Ester Dean (Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry); and Shane McAnally (40 #1 Country Hits), 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. Subsequent episodes feature will.i.am telling how the Black Eyed Peas “Where’s the Love” got a last-minute addition from Justin Timberlake; John Legend and winning writer Tebby Burrows going deep into Tebby’s winning song “We Need Love”; Kelsea Ballerini and Darius Coleman taking us through the evolution of her new hit “Better Luck Next Time”; the Jonas Brothers and Able Heart on “Greenlight”; Meghan Trainor on “All About That Bass”; Aloe Blacc on “The Man”, and much more.. Join us for NBC’s Songland Podcast, a production of the iHeart Radio Podcast Network. You will never hear your favorite songs the same way again.

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One Republic and JT Roach on “Somebody To Love”
In this season one finale, Ryan Tedder talks about his unique jump from the Songland producer panel to the guest artist’s chair, as he and bandmate Zach Filkins open One Republic for the first time to outside songwriters.  And winning writer JT Roach talks about how he studied One Republic’s “Counting Stars” in his early days as a songwriter, and the surreal thrill of bringing it full circle as he lands that historic guest writer spot on the new One Republic record, with his smash ‘Somebody to Love’.
Sep 12, 2019
Special Season 1 behind-the-scenes recap with Audrey Morrissey and Ester Dean
Songland show-runner and co-creator Audrey Morrissey and producer-panelist/pop hook phenomenon Ester Dean take us behind the scenes for the inception and remarkable first season of this groundbreaking show.  Hear first-hand how the seemingly impossible was accomplished: a truly intimate, safe space, where established artists and young writers alike felt comfortable enough to be themselves at their most vulnerable and creative, all inside a national television show.
Sep 05, 2019
Leona Lewis on “Thank You” and Rozee on “Solo Quiero (Somebody to Love)”
Pop songstress and siren Leona Lewis takes us behind her haunting and heartfelt ode “Thank You”, and winning writer Rozee talks through the remarkable evolution of her song “Solo Quiero (Somebody to Love)”, which started out as a guitar ballad called “Fighting for Us”, and ended up, under the brilliant tutelage of Ryan Tedder, as the Leona-Lewis-led Latin pop smash you will hear at the end of the show.
Aug 29, 2019
Old Dominion and Katelyn Tarver on “Young”
Katelyn Tarver takes us through the evolution of her bittersweet winning song “Young”, which not only was selected by country hitmakers Old Dominion as their next single, but also landed in the new national Jeep advertising campaign -- a remarkable pair of achievements for a young songwriter.  With foreword on songwriting by Old Dominion.
Aug 22, 2019
Macklemore on “Thrift Shop” and IRO on “Shadow”
Superstar rapper/songwriter Macklemore takes us through his seminal hit ‘Thrift Shop’, with some surprising points of inspiration; and winning writer IRO talks about coming up as a busker in New York before writing his winning song “Shadow”, which landed him not only Macklemore’s next record, but also on stage with Macklemore in front of 40,000 people in Brazil, just a few short weeks after the two met for the first time on Songland.
Aug 15, 2019
Aloe Blacc and Kyle Williams on “The Man” and “Just Getting Started”
Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Aloe Blacc breaks down his hit featured in the classic Beats by Dre commercial, “The Man”, and he and Kyle discuss Kyle’s winning song that will be featured in the new Fast and Furious franchise film directed by David Leitch, “Hobbs and Shaw”.
Jul 03, 2019
Meghan Trainor and Kole on “All About That Bass” and “Hurt Me”
Grammy winning songwriter and pop star Meghan Trainor tells the story of her mega-hit “All About That Bass” and how it pulled her from a career writing songs for others into stardom in her own right; and winning writer Kole takes us through the evolution of “Hurt Me”, the song that elevated her from long-time fan of Trainor’s to friend and studio collaborator.
Jun 26, 2019
The Jonas Brothers and Able Heart on “Greenlight”
The Jonas Brothers, currently roaring back with a brand new album, together with winning writer Able Heart, show how an unknown writer can come out of nowhere with a huge record as they take us through Heart’s banger “Greenlight”.
Jun 19, 2019
Kelsea Ballerini and Darius Coleman on “Better Luck Next Time”
Country mega-star Kelsea Ballerini and winning songwriter Darius Coleman discuss the evolution of Darius’s haunting “Better Luck Next Time”.
Jun 12, 2019
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.
Jun 05, 2019
John Legend and Tebby Burrows on “We Need Love”
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!
May 29, 2019
Dave Stewart on “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics
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. .
May 21, 2019
Ester Dean on “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj
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. .
May 21, 2019
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. .
May 21, 2019
Ryan Tedder on “XO” by Beyonce
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.
May 21, 2019