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It Takes These 38 People to Make a Selena Gomez Album

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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.

See the roster for each track
1 Revival
2 Kill Em With Kindness
3 Hands To Myself
4 Same Old Love
5 Sober
6 Good For You feat. A$AP Rocky
7 Camouflage
8 Me & the Rhythm
9 Survivors
10 Body Heat
11 Rise
12 Me & My Girls
13 Nobody
14 Perfect
15 Outta My Hands (Loco)
16 Cologne
Selena Gomez Writer

The star. Revival is the singer’s second solo studio album.

Tim Blacksmith and Danny D Producers

These two manage Stargate and handle publishing for Charli XCX.

Dubkiller Producer

A Rock Mafia pupil

Charli XCX Writer

Aside from her own albums, Charli XCX has written Charli XCX-style (that is, exuberantly bubblegummy) tracks for Gwen Stefani and Iggy Azalea.

Adam Schmalholz Writer

Also known as In-Q, he helps pen lyrics for Rock Mafia productions.

Mattman & Robin Mattias Larsson and Robin Fredriksson Writers and Producers

These Swedes are recent Max Martin protégés.

Chris Braide Writer and Producer

Braide worked frequently with ‘80s Britpop stalwarts Squeeze (in the ’90s, though).

Shane Stevens Writer

Stevens is a Nashville songwriter who has turned his attention to pop.

Bibi Bourelly Writer

Bourelly launched her career by co-writing Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Miles Walker Producer

Now a Stargate mentee, Walker was formerly an engineer for Usher’s label, Ush Records.

A$AP Rocky Writer and Producer

A rap superstar, Rocky contributes a verse.

Rock Mafia Tim James and Antonina Armato Writers and Producers

The production team known for their work with Disney’s Hollywood Records. Contrary to their name, they mostly make electropop.

Justin Tranter Writer

The former front man of New York glam-punk group Semi-Precious Weapons.

Julia Michaels Writer

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.

Hit-Boy Writer and Producer

One of rap’s most in-demand producers, his best tracks are often built around a single brash loop.

Benny Blanco Producer

Unlike most hired writers, Blanco does a little bit of everything: drums, hooks, melodies, samples.

David Audé Writer

If you’ve recently heard a mainstream-oriented house remix of a Top 40 hit, that was probably Audé’s work.

Max Martin Writer and Producer

The Swedish superproducer created the sound of late-’90s teen pop via his hits for Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, and others.

Ross Golan Writer

Recently wrote and starred in a musical inspired by Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

Stargate Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Writers and Producers

Their work with Rihanna and Ne-Yo helped EDM-influenced R&B dominate pop-radio.

JKash Writer

A Dr. Luke protégé (and hence a second-generation Max Martin protégé).

Chloe Angelides Writer

When she writes for artists like Pitbull (“Sexy Beaches”), she often ends up singing the hook.

Dreamlab Daniel James and Leah Haywood Producers

James and Haywood worked in Australian pop before moving to L.A. to write for Disney stars.

Nick Monson Writer and Producer

Monson, a former engineer in R.Kelly’s studio, contributed to several tracks on Lady Gaga’s Artpop.

Sir Nolan Producer

The 25-year-old had a hand in Nick Jonas’s recent R&B turn.

Hector Delgado Writer and Producer

Delgado calls himself A$AP Rocky’s “musical director.”

Steve Mac Writer and Producer

When British reality-show winners need a hit, their Svengali, Simon Cowell, has often turned to Mac.

Matt Morris Writer

He composed some of the more inspirational songs on Christina Aguilera’s 2002 album, Stripped.

Ben Rice Producer

A recording assistant on Lady Gaga’s Artpop sessions, Rice is also an adept mixer.

Felix Snow Writer and Producer

R&B star Gallant says that Snow captures a “David Lynch feeling.”

Frank Dukes Producer

Won a Grammy for his production work on Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Kent and Cato Sundberg Writers

Stargate has produced this Norwegian duo.

*This article appears in the October 5, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.

It Takes 38 People to Make a Selena Gomez Album