Songwriting UK — Winter 2017

(Axel Boer) #1




Practically a permanent fixture in this
section, last year’s winner drops back
into the pack this time. That’s not to
say the pop supremo has been resting
on his laurels. Having bagged his 10th
Songwriter of the Year prize at the 2017
ASCAP Pop Music Awards, for his writ-
ing for the likes of Katy Perry and Taylor
Swift, only John Lennon and Paul
McCartney now have more No 1
Billboard hits than Max Martin.

Another ASCAP favourite, Gorley
collected a record fifth Songwriter of
the Year title at their Country Music
Awards back in November. His
successful work with Carrie
Underwood, Blake Shelton and
Thomas Rhett has seen him shape
the sound of popular country in 2017,
with his own production company
Tape Room Music also churning out
the hits. There’s no reason why 2018
won’t also belong to the Kentucky-
born writer and his stable.

BEST OF 2017





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