There’s only one person on the cover of Selena Gomez’s new album, but the liner notes list 37 other songwriters and producers. That includes Scandinavian production teams, Charli XCX, and the guy who got “Good for You” ready for A$AP Rocky. This is the village that it took to make the 16-track deluxe edition of the pop starlet’s Revival.
The star. Revival is the singer’s second solo studio album.
These two manage Stargate and handle publishing for Charli XCX.
A Rock Mafia pupil
Aside from her own albums, Charli XCX has written Charli XCX-style (that is, exuberantly bubblegummy) tracks for Gwen Stefani and Iggy Azalea.
Also known as In-Q, he helps pen lyrics for Rock Mafia productions.
These Swedes are recent Max Martin protégés.
Braide worked frequently with ‘80s Britpop stalwarts Squeeze (in the ’90s, though).
Stevens is a Nashville songwriter who has turned his attention to pop.
Bourelly launched her career by co-writing Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
Now a Stargate mentee, Walker was formerly an engineer for Usher’s label, Ush Records.
A rap superstar, Rocky contributes a verse.
The production team known for their work with Disney’s Hollywood Records. Contrary to their name, they mostly make electropop.
The former front man of New York glam-punk group Semi-Precious Weapons.
She began writing music used on TV Shows like The Hills, and lately has been helping EDM DJs add lyrics and melodies to their beats.
One of rap’s most in-demand producers, his best tracks are often built around a single brash loop.
Unlike most hired writers, Blanco does a little bit of everything: drums, hooks, melodies, samples.
If you’ve recently heard a mainstream-oriented house remix of a Top 40 hit, that was probably Audé’s work.
The Swedish superproducer created the sound of late-’90s teen pop via his hits for Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, and others.
Recently wrote and starred in a musical inspired by Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Their work with Rihanna and Ne-Yo helped EDM-influenced R&B dominate pop-radio.
A Dr. Luke protégé (and hence a second-generation Max Martin protégé).
When she writes for artists like Pitbull (“Sexy Beaches”), she often ends up singing the hook.
James and Haywood worked in Australian pop before moving to L.A. to write for Disney stars.
Monson, a former engineer in R.Kelly’s studio, contributed to several tracks on Lady Gaga’s Artpop.
The 25-year-old had a hand in Nick Jonas’s recent R&B turn.
Delgado calls himself A$AP Rocky’s “musical director.”
When British reality-show winners need a hit, their Svengali, Simon Cowell, has often turned to Mac.
He composed some of the more inspirational songs on Christina Aguilera’s 2002 album, Stripped.
A recording assistant on Lady Gaga’s Artpop sessions, Rice is also an adept mixer.
R&B star Gallant says that Snow captures a “David Lynch feeling.”
Won a Grammy for his production work on Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Stargate has produced this Norwegian duo.
*This article appears in the October 5, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.