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How to write a hit single

Bill Padley — Ivor Novello Award-winning tunesmith and member of Basca (who runs songwriting festival SongFest) — knows how to hit the right notes.

Add a twist.

“Most hit songs are about love, so write about this topic in an unusual way. Britney Spears’ Toxic is a great example.”

Keep it simple.

“Don’t try to be Shakespeare. Write as closely to how people speak as possible. The Beatles’ Yesterday is perfect.”

Incorporate new trends.

“Write lyrics that mention the latest technology — iPhones, BlackBerrys, etc — to keep your song fresh and current.”

Make it catchy.

“Compose the song in 4/4, four beats to the bar. Use rhyme and focus on the recurring chorus.”

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