behind the song

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Behind The Song: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’

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.

01/14/2014

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Behind the Song: Darius Rucker’s ‘Wagon Wheel’

“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.”

01/09/2014

(James K. Lowell)

Behind The Song: Lorde’s ‘Royals’

“I think one of the first lines I wrote from that song,” Lorde told Radio.com, “which was, ‘We’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams,’ was in a diary that I had when I was like 11 or 12, so young.”

01/08/2014

(Anthony Mandler for Interscope Records)

Behind the Song: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

One thing is clear: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the most talked about song of the summer and now it’s up for 4 GRAMMYs including Record of the Year. Thicks says it’s all due to Pharrell and a rather racy video.

12/10/2013

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Behind The Song: Carrie Underwood “Blown Away”

After the uptempo pop fun of “Good Girl,” the first single from her 2012 album Blown Away, Carrie Underwood chose a song of a different color for her next one. And by different color we mean something much […]

02/05/2013

Matt Bellamy (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Behind The Song: Muse’s “Madness”

Although they’re a mere trio, the larger-than-life sounds produced by British prog-rockers Muse carry the weight of bands twice their size. An arena rock band to the core, Muse’s musical dexterity has earned them comparisons to Rush and Queen.

01/31/2013

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Behind The Song: Jack White “Freedom At 21”

While the mention of Jack White typically elicits visions of blistering guitar lines and dusty blues, the Detroit-native also boasts a far less obvious influence: the band KISS. Where KISS produced a myriad of products […]

01/16/2013

Taylor Swift

Behind The Song: Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

From country ballads to frenzied dubstep and vibrant dance-pop concoctions, Taylor Swift’s latest album Red is a variety pack of emotion and energy. Yet one thing that binds so many of her songs together is their undeniable catchiness. She […]

01/16/2013

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Behind The Song: Hunter Hayes “Wanted”

Hunter Hayes‘ GRAMMY nominated song “Wanted” began simply as a way to tell a girl he was interested. “‘Wanted’ is very much a love letter. It was written basically just to tell a girl how […]

01/16/2013

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Behind The Song: Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know”

It was hard to go anywhere in 2012 without hearing Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It comes as no surprise the track has been nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop […]

01/16/2013

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