iHeartRadio Teams With NBC For ‘The Songland Podcast’

NBC’s Songland has partnered with iHeartMedia, for a joint podcast. The Songland Podcast launches today (May 14) with four episodes, featuring mentors Shane McAnally, Ester Dean, and Ryan Tedder, as well as show producer Dave Stewart.

Each of the podcast episodes focuses on the background of a hit song, with Stewart discussing the writing of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” with Annie Lennox (recorded by the duo Eurythmics), while McAnally details the crafting of “Mama’s Broken Heart,” (recorded by Miranda Lambert) and Tedder discusses writing Beyonce’s “XO.” Dean talks about penning “Superbass” for Nicki Minaj.

The NBC show Songland focuses on how songs are created. Each week, four rising songwriters compete to have their song chosen by a recording artist and are aided by a songwriter-producer panel that includes Tedder, McAnally and Dean.

Following the show’s May 28 premiere on NBC, each podcast will dive more deeply into songs featured on the show, giving guest artists from the show an opportunity to further discuss why they chose the song they did, and for writers to discuss how they wrote the song.


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