May 25, 2011

Defining The Times: ASCAP Members Top Billboard's Hot 100 Songwriters List

Timbaland

Top 5 Songwriters are Timbaland, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Pharrell Williams, Max Martin and Rob Thomas

With a combination of sharply-honed songwriting skills and daring innovation, ASCAP members have shattered Hot 100 chart records over the last decade, creating hits that not only break new ground, but have broken through to reach a massive audience. On Billboard's recent listing of the Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters 2000-Present, ASCAP hitmakers claimed the top nine spots and a total of 13 on the top 20 list.

Billboard's Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters, 2000-Present

1. Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley
2. Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
3. Pharrell L. Williams
4. Martin Karl "Max Martin" Sandberg
5. Rob Thomas
6. Alicia "Keys" Augello-Cook
7. Aliaune "Akon" Thiam
8. Scott Storch
9. Stargate (Mikkel Storleer Eriksen & Tor Erik Hermansen)
12. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges
17. Beyonce Knowles
18. Jermaine Dupri
19. Curtis J. "50 Cent" Jackson, Jr.

Timbaland

Timbaland

TIMBALAND
In a music landscape full of flash in the pan artists and trends, Timbaland is that rare talent whose creative brilliance is matched by his longevity. His innovative production work has defined the cutting edge for over a decade, transcending genre and cultural boundaries and consistently yielding commercial and critical mega-success. In 2008, Timbaland was crowned ASCAP's Pop Songwriter of the Year for his contributions to nine of the most-performed songs of 2007. He has also been named ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year a total of three times.

2008 - ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for "Give It To Me" (Timbaland with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake), "Ice Box" (Omarion), "Make Me Better" (Fabolous with Ne-Yo), "My Love" (Justin Timberlake with T.I.), "Say It Right" (Nelly Furtado), "Summer Love/Set The Mood" (Justin Timberlake), "The Way I Are" (Timberland with Keri Hilson and D.O.E.), "Until The End Of Time" (Justin Timberlake) and "What Goes Around…Comes Around" (Justin Timberlake).

2008 - ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year for "Ice Box" (Omarion),
"Make Me Better" (Fabolous with Ne-Yo), "My Love" (Justin Timberlake with T.I.), and
"Until The End Of Time" (Justin Timberlake).

2003 - ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year for "I Care 4 U" (Aaliyah), "More Than A Woman" (Aaliyah), "Oops (Oh My)" (Tweet) and "Work It" (Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott).

2001 - ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year for "Big Pimpin'," (Jay-Z with UGK), "Hot Boyz" (Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott) and "Try Again" (Aaliyah).

Dr. Luke and Ke$ha

Dr. Luke and Ke$ha

LUKASZ "DR. LUKE" GOTTWALD
ASCAP's Pop Songwriter of the Year for the past two years, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, is a musician, songwriter and producer who has written and produced some of the most successful and globally-recognized pop music of the modern era. After making a name for himself as the guitar player in the Saturday Night Live band for ten years, he left after the 2006-2007 season and transformed himself into the creative powerhouse he is today. As he continues to rack up #1 hits quicker than most of his competitors can think up a chorus, Gottwald has quietly been building a mini-empire to rival the majors.

2011 - ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for "California Gurls" (Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg), "Dynamite" (Taio Cruz), "Party in the USA" (Miley Cyrus), "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry) and "Tik Tok" (Ke$ha).

2010 - ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for "Circus" (Britney Spears), "Hot N Cold" (Katy Perry), "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Kelly Clarkson), "Party In the USA" (Miley Cyrus), and "Right Round" (Flo Rida).

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

PHARRELL WILLIAMS
As part of The Neptunes, Pharrell has produced numerous hit singles for various artists, earning three Grammy Awards for his work, including Producer of the Year. Pharrell has written and produced records for a Who's Who of musical stars across the spectrum, including Nelly, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Daddy Yankee, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Maroon 5, Shakira, The Hives and the Gorillaz, among others. Not content to work in one genre, he has created hip-hop, R&B, pop and funk-rock, with his own group, N.E.R.D. Pharrell shared some of the secrets to his success right before his Master Session at the 2011 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. His conversation with EMI's Jon Platt was one of the undisputed highlights of the EXPO.

Max Martin

Max Martin

MARTIN KARL "MAX MARTIN" SANDBERG
Max Martin (STIM) is the innovative force behind countless groundbreaking, infectious hits. The Swedish songwriter/producer has been crowned ASCAP's Pop Songwriter of the Year a total of four times for penning an incredible array of hits.

2010 - ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for "California Gurls" (Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg), "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" (Usher with Pitbull), "Dynamite" (Taio Cruz), "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry) and "Whataya Want From Me" (Adam Lambert).

2001 - ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for "I Want It That Way" (Backstreet Boys), "It's Gonna Be Me" (*NSYNC), "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely" (Backstreet Boys) and "That's the Way It Is" (Celine Dion).

2000 - ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for "As Long As You Love Me" (Backstreet Boys), "Baby One More Time" (Britney Spears), "I Want It That Way" (Backstreet Boys), and "Tearin' Up My Heart" (*NSYNC).

1999 - ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year for "As Long As You Love Me" (Backstreet Boys), "I Want You Back" (*NSYNC), "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" (Backstreet Boys) and "Show Me Love" (Robyn).

Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

ROB THOMAS
From humble beginnings to massive success, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rob Thomas has remained focused on growing as a songwriter, which has led to one of the best careers in modern rock history. For more than 10 years, he has penned an incredible array of hit songs for everyone from Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana and Willie Nelson to his own work as a solo artist and with matchbox twenty.

At ASCAP's New York Sessions in March 2009, Thomas sat down for an interview with Playback Editor in-Chief Erik Philbrook for an insightful, educational and inspirational interview on his career. Thomas spoke about his early years in music, his work both with matchbox twenty and as a solo artist, and how he approaches the art and craft of songwriting.