The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell unveils the secrets to climbing the charts and reaching success in today’s ultracompetitive music industry. Eric Beall supplies his firsthand knowledge of today’s record business, as well as interviews with successful writers, producers, and executives from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, country, adult contemporary, and R&B. The result: a proven approach to constructing songs that open doors, create careers, and communicate to listeners around the world. Key areas explored include:
•How does a song become a hit?
•What makes a song a single?
•Is there a formula for creating a hit?
Fun and practical exercises provide opportunities to hone skills and expose specific talents, helping songwriters combine their unique voices to the demands of the commercial marketplace. Filled with fresh ideas that will spark beginners and veterans alike, this book will lead the way toward the industry’s ultimate challenge: the creation of that chart-topping hit song.
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale; May 2010
- ISBN: 9780307875181
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell
- Author: Eric Beall
Imprint: Billboard Books
In The Press
"Nobody tells it better than Eric Beall. His books are a must-have for any up-and-coming music professional."
—Daniel O’Donoghue, The Script/writer of the #1 UK hit, "We Cry"
"Like a great song you can’t get out of your head, this is an uplifting and encouraging work every songwriter can return to again and again to stay on course to writing the career-making song!"
—Peter Bliss, songwriter/producer for artists including Barbra Streisand and *NSYNC; Professional Activities Coordinator, Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Eric has a unique way of shedding light on the not-so-glorified aspects of coming up with a hit record. It’s about creativity and science."
—Tony Rich, Grammy-winning artist, songwriter, and producer
"This book should be part of every songwriter’s arsenal."
—Jason Blume, hit songwriter with more than 50 million album sales and author of 6 Steps to Songwriting Success, Inside Songwriting, and This Business of Songwriting
About The Author
ERIC BEALL, an experienced A&R executive for leading music publishers, including Zomba Music, Sony ATV, and Shapiro Bernstein, has written and produced pop hits for Joey Lawrence, Martha Wash, Diana Ross, and many others.