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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.

Latest Episodes

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.

24 MINMAY 21
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Ryan Tedder on “XO” by Beyonce

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. .

14 MINMAY 22
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Shane McAnally on “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Kacey Musgraves

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. .

17 MINMAY 22
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Ester Dean on “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj

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. .

17 MINMAY 22
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Dave Stewart on “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics

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!

18 MINMAY 29
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John Legend and Tebby Burrows on “We Need Love”

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.

40 MINJUN 5
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will.i.am on “Where’s the Love” and Adam Friedman on “Be Nice”

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”.

25 MINJUN 12
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Kelsea Ballerini and Darius Coleman on “Better Luck Next Time”

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”.

23 MINJUN 19
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The Jonas Brothers and Able Heart on “Greenlight”

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.

34 MINJUN 26
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Meghan Trainor and Kole on “All About That Bass” and “Hurt Me”

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”.

29 MINJUL 3
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Aloe Blacc and Kyle Williams on “The Man” and “Just Getting Started”

Latest Episodes

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.

24 MINMAY 21
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Ryan Tedder on “XO” by Beyonce

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. .

14 MINMAY 22
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Shane McAnally on “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Kacey Musgraves

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. .

17 MINMAY 22
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Ester Dean on “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj

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. .

17 MINMAY 22
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Dave Stewart on “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics

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!

18 MINMAY 29
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John Legend and Tebby Burrows on “We Need Love”

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.

40 MINJUN 5
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will.i.am on “Where’s the Love” and Adam Friedman on “Be Nice”

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”.

25 MINJUN 12
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Kelsea Ballerini and Darius Coleman on “Better Luck Next Time”

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”.

23 MINJUN 19
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The Jonas Brothers and Able Heart on “Greenlight”

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.

34 MINJUN 26
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Meghan Trainor and Kole on “All About That Bass” and “Hurt Me”

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”.

29 MINJUL 3
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Aloe Blacc and Kyle Williams on “The Man” and “Just Getting Started”