A hit songwriter, a major pop star, and a visionary producer let us in on their thinking
The Hot 100 Hitmaker: Robin Thicke, ''Blurred Lines''
''That was a cultural moment, for sure. It's one of a couple of anti-hits this year where it doesn't sound right off the bat, but [then] it just sucked everybody in.''
The Crossover Pop Star: Lorde, ''Royals'' (shown)
''It's an amazing song the production, her performance. It's like, you look at the nominees and it's a real interesting year, but that's the one that's totally up there on Mars.''
The A-List Producer: Bruno Mars, ''Locked Out of Heaven''
''The song, the vocals, the hook, everything is amazing. 'Blurred Lines' is great, but too big, too poppy. 'Get Lucky' great record, a little too fluffy. 'Royals' is tough [competition], but it kind of sounds like a demo.''
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