If you were an A&R at a big label seeking to sign big new pop bands and to find new monster hits for the current roster of pop acts, how many songs do you think you would have to listen to before you hear a hit that meets your criteria? 8? 10? 100? More?
If everyone you speak to tells you they have a song you have to hear, that it’s the greatest hit since Hotel California, but they almost never live up to the hype, how would you manage your time? Would you promise to listen to anyone who submits material to you? How many hours per day would you dedicate just to hearing new music? How would you reduce the listening load and decrease the number of duds you have to hear before you hear a hit?
Spotting emerging talent and great songs that often need more polishing before being embraced by the masses is a tough job. Granted, it’s not like curing cancer but it’s nevertheless risky, challenging, and high stakes.
If you like pop music, take a listen to the following selection of 8 songs and tell me which one(s) you think are hits. Pretend you are in the A&R chair.
As always, below are some of the songs I’ve stumbled across this past week. Personally, I have favorites among them but generally speaking I hear merit in them all. You can hear some of my previous selections here.
“My Mind Wants To Go Back To You” by The Far Removed
“We Own The Night” by Brooke Turner
“Twice The Speed of Sound” by Reed Waddle
“Never Want To Wake Up” by Cat Cork
“Late Night” by Stlcontact
“Great Josephine” by norkjen
“Life of the Party” by Brooke Turner
“Dial Tone” by Matt Beilis