Benny Blanco

How a podcast is changing minds on songwriter pay and recognition in the streaming era

How a podcast is changing minds on songwriter pay and recognition in the streaming era

Ross Golan has written hit songs for Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and dozens of other stars. But his most important contribution to pop songwriting today might be a podcast.

On each episode of his show “And the Writer Is…,” Golan sits down with a songwriting peer. Some are well-known artists, others purely behind-the-scenes types. They talk about their writing processes, their lives as working musicians and their fears and triumphs in an often-overlooked corner of the pop music machinery.

“It’s a myth that music is all magic,” Golan says. “It’s not. It’s a bunch of emotional wrecks sitting in a room trying to write a song.”

With the rise of streaming...

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