Taylor Swift’s Album of the Year: “1989”

1989 blew up when it was released in the fall 0f 2014, selling 1.2M copies in its first week on the way to winning album of the year. The concept came to Swift in the early morning hours one day as she decided on the album title and that it would be all synth-pop: “a sonically cohesive record.” She gathered a tight and talented crew for what ended up being a fairly efficient and effective production effort. Here is the behind-the-scenes story.

The Oral History Of Taylor Swift’s 1989

Grammy.com, 2.8.16

“SexyBack”: JT Calls His Shot

The man said he was bringing sexy back … and he did! What! Although the EDM-influenced club smash was not like the other groovy R & B songs on Timberlake’s career-redefining FutureSex/LoveSounds, no one cared because it was hot. Entertainment Weekly gathers the crew to reflect on one of the defining pop hits of the 21st century, and Timberlake provides interesting insight as always.

Justin Timberlake’s ‘SexyBack’: An oral history of his No. 1 smash

EntertainmentWeekly.com, 7.21.15