Max Martin

Martin Sandberg (Swedish: [ˈmaʈɪn ²san(d).bærj], [²sam-]; born 26 February 1971),[2][3] known professionally as Max Martin, is a Swedish songwriter, record producer and singer. He rose to prominence in the second half of the 1990s after making a string of major hits such as Britney Spears's "...Baby One More Time" (1998), The Backstreet Boys's "I Want It That Way" (1999) and Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" (2000).

Martin has written or co-written 22 Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits, most of which he has also produced or co-produced, including Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" (2008), Maroon 5's "One More Night" (2012), Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" (2014), and The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" (2015). Martin is the songwriter with the third-most number-one singles on the chart, behind only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26).[4] In addition, he has had the second most Hot 100 number-one singles as a producer, 20, behind George Martin, who had achieved 23 by the time of his death.[4]

In early 2013, his single sales were tallied by The Hollywood Reporter to be at over 135 million.[5] According to Variety, his net worth was approximately $260 million in 2017. The previous year he achieved approximately an income of $54 million and a profit of $19 million for his services. [6]

Martin has won the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award a record eleven times.[7][8][9]

Max Martin
Max Martin
Martin in March 2015
Karl Martin Sandberg

26 February 1971 (age 47)
Stockholm, Sweden
Other namesMartin White
Years active1985–present
Net worthUS$260 million (2016)[1]
Jenny Pettersson (m. 2011)
AwardsList of awards and nominations
Musical career
Associated acts

Life and career

Early career and It's Alive

Sandberg was born and grew up in Stenhamra, Ekerö Municipality, Stockholm County.

As a child, Martin was a student of Sweden's public music-education program, and once said he had "public music education to thank for everything".[10] Other alumni of the program include Andreas Carlsson, Rami Yacoub, and Anders Bagge.

As a teenager he sang in a variety of bands before joining a glam-style metal band called It's Alive in 1985 as their singer and frontman. It's Alive was formed by ex-LAZY members Per Aldeheim and Kim Björkgren on guitars, and John Rosth who had been a member of Lineout. Martin eventually dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music with his band under the nickname "Martin White". In 1988 they participated in the national rock championships and played as the in-house band at a disco in Cyprus. The band got a breakthrough in 1991, as Dave Constable of Megarock Records offered them to make a demo-record. The later debut album was originally pressed in 1,000 copies and later on given away as a free cover tape in the UK by the Metal Forces magazine.

The decision to focus on a music career paid off as they landed a record deal on producer Denniz PoP's label Cheiron Records, a BMG affiliate. After recording their second album Earthquake Visions, they released three singles in conjunction with the record and toured through Europe in 1994 supporting Kingdom Come. Earthquake Visions eventually sold a disappointing 30,000 copies, despite being released in as many as 30 countries. More importantly though, Martin also began collaborating on songs with PoP. Recognizing a talent for writing pop songs in the young rocker, PoP renamed his new protégé Max Martin and eventually became Martin's mentor.

Working with Cheiron and Denniz PoP

"I didn't even know what a producer did, I spent two years–day and night–in that studio trying to learn what the hell was going on". – Max Martin, 19 March 2001.[11]

In 1993, Martin was hired by Cheiron Studios and spent some time learning the basics, before the first production collaboration between PoP and Martin: the Rednex song "Wish You Were Here" in 1994. They both worked on Ace of Base's second album, The Bridge (1995), shortly thereafter, as well as on albums by 3T, Army of Lovers and Leila K. To date, The Bridge has sold more than six million copies worldwide, including one million in the United States.[12] When Martin eventually left his band It's Alive in late 1995, he was replaced by Anders Jansson.

In 1995, the Cheiron Studios was hired by Zomba to work on Backstreet Boys' self-titled debut album Backstreet Boys (1996). Zomba became the main working partner since the success in 1995. Martin took part in the production of "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" (1996), co-written with Herbie Crichlow, a single which quickly went platinum and climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the singles "As Long As You Love Me" (1997) and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (1997). The album was not released in the U.S. until 1997, but was released overseas and caught on all across Europe, eventually selling around 8 million copies worldwide. This led to the Backstreet Boys being relaunched in their home country later on, this time more successfully.[13] Later that year, Martin co-wrote and co-produced Robyn's hits "Show Me Love" and "Do You Know (What It Takes)" which ended up on the Billboard Hot 100 top 10.[5]

In 1998, Cheiron Productions worked on albums by Five and Jessica Folcker. Jessica Folcker had first been hired as a backing singer for tracks with Ace of Base and Dr. Alban, and her debut album Jessica became an instant hit with singles like "Tell Me What You Like" and "How Will I Know Who You Are" which both sold platinum. After Denniz PoP died of cancer that same summer, Martin took over as director of Cheiron Studios. He soon started working with writer/producer Rami Yacoub, who continued to be his partner for many years. Martin also wrote two songs with Bryan Adams during this time, "Cloud Number Nine" and "Before The Night Is Over".

Backstreet Boys

Martin wrote, co-wrote, and co-produced 7 out of the 12 songs on the Backstreet Boys' third album Millennium (1999), including all the singles. "I Want It That Way", a hit song Martin co-wrote with Andreas Carlsson and co-produced with Kristian Lundin, became the group's biggest single to date and it is still popular today. ("I Want It That Way" was voted No. 10 in the MTV/Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Pop Songs".[14]) A VH1 special, 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s, ranked the song at number 3, making it the highest ranked boy-band single and pop song. Millennium sold over 1.1 million units in its first week in the United States, setting a record for most albums sold in its debut week (that record was later beaten by NSYNC's 2000 album No Strings Attached), and was the best-selling album in the world. When working on her own solo album, to be released in 2001 on Stockholm Records, Lisa Miskovsky wrote the lyrics for the Backstreet Boys' new hit single "Shape of My Heart" with Max Martin and Rami. The song, originally written for Miskovsky's own album, was passed along to the Backstreet Boys by Max Martin when Miskovsky determined it did not fit her style. The song became the first single off the group's third album Black & Blue (2000). In the first week of release, "Shape of My Heart" immediately jumped into the Top Five in Sweden, Norway, Canada, Germany and another 15 countries. Black & Blue, containing several songs produced and written by Martin, sold 1.6 million units in its first week in America. Martin again received ASCAP's award "Songwriter of the Year" both in 2000 and 2001.[15] In April 2013 the Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell call Martin for their single "In A World Like This", the single peaked at No.6 in the Oricon chart and performed well in the rest of the world. Martin collaborated on the Never Gone songs "Climbing the Walls", "Just Want You to Know", "Siberia", and the melancholy love song "I Still...", a trademark song for the Backstreet Boys. Martin wanted the album to be more of a contemporary, alternative pop album with a little R&B. The resulting album had a more organic music style with more live instruments, and was a departure from the Backstreet Boys' earlier work.


Martin, Andreas Carlsson, and Rami Yacoub wrote Westlife's song "I Need You" for the first Westlife album Westlife (1999). Martin, Nick Jarl, Steve Mac, and Patric Jonsson wrote Westlife's song "You Make Me Feel" for their second album Coast to Coast (2000). Max Martin, Rami Yacoub, and Andreas Carlsson also wrote one of Westlife's hits, "When You're Looking Like That", for their second album Coast to Coast (2000).

Britney Spears

In 1998, Martin wrote and co-produced Spears' hit "...Baby One More Time" for her debut album of the same title.[16] (The single had originally been offered to both the Backstreet Boys, who had turned it down, and TLC, who had passed because they were "taking time off".)[17] The single remained Spears's best-selling single to date, and on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s", it was ranked at number 7. That same year, Martin also co-wrote and co-produced the third single "(You Drive Me) Crazy". By 1999, the album ...Baby One More Time had sold over 15 million copies in the U.S., certifying Diamond Status. Also, within a year of its release, ...Baby One More Time had become the best-selling LP by a teenager in history, selling over 30 million copies. Martin was the first non-American citizen ever to win ASCAP's prestigious award "Songwriter of the Year" in 1999, an award he also won in 2000 and 2001.

Martin worked on Spears's first three studio albums—1999's ...Baby One More Time, mentioned above, 2000's Oops!... I Did It Again, and 2001's Britney—all three of which were made in the style of teen-oriented pop. In this period he co-wrote and co-produced the singles "Oops!... I Did It Again" (2000), "Lucky" (2000), "Stronger" (2000), "Overprotected" (2001), and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" (2002). However, when Spears recorded her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003), she decided to move away from that genre. The duo ended up parting ways, and Martin had no input on that album nor on her fifth studio album, Blackout (2007). At the request of Spears, Martin produced and wrote for Spears' sixth studio album Circus (2008). Martin co-wrote and produced the provocatively titled, "If U Seek Amy", which was chosen by fans to be the third single of the album. Different from Martin's previous tracks for Spears, "If U Seek Amy" is an electro-pop dance song, in which even the lyrics shows a different, more dance-oriented direction from Spears's and Martin's previous work.
In July 2009, Spears stated, on her Twitter account, that she was in the recording studio in Stockholm, Sweden with Martin.[18] Later, on 29 September 2009, it was announced that Martin had worked with Spears on her upcoming compilation album. Martin produced "3", the song debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Martin was the executive producer (along with Dr. Luke) of Spears's seventh studio album, Femme Fatale (2011). During a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Spears stated that Martin "gets exactly what I am saying when I tell him what I want and don't want musically. His melodies are incredible and he is always coming up with weird sounds, which I love". She added: "There is nobody I feel more comfortable collaborating with in the studio".[19] In January 2011, "Hold It Against Me" was released as the lead single of Spears's new album; the song later debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Spears's second single to debut at No. 1 and her fourth overall. Martin also co-produced the album's second single, "Till the World Ends", which peaked at No. 3. As well as co-producing "Hold It Against Me" and "Till the World Ends", Martin co-produced the songs "Inside Out", "I Wanna Go", "Seal It with a Kiss", "Criminal", and "Up n' Down". In May 2011, it was announced that "I Wanna Go" would serve as the third single from Femme Fatale.[20] On 5 August 2011, Spears launched a poll on her Facebook page asking fans whether her next single should be "Criminal", "Inside Out" or "(Drop Dead) Beautiful".[21] After the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, she revealed to MTV News that "Criminal" was chosen as the fourth single, marking the first time Martin had produced four singles of a Spears album; he had produced the first three singles from Oops!... I Did It Again.

Martin did not contribute to Spears's eighth and ninth studio albums, Britney Jean and Glory.

Céline Dion

In late 1999 Céline Dion released "That's the Way It Is", a song co-written by Max Martin to promote her greatest hits album All the Way... A Decade of Song. The song became a hit, going to number 1 on the adult contemporary charts in the United States and Canada, and reaching top 10 all over the world. Since the song was released in November 1999, it has cycled 500,000 times on almost 1400 radio stations across Canada and the U.S. In 2003 Martin co-wrote and produced three songs for Dion's album One Heart. One of them, called "Faith", was released in 2003 as a promotional single in Canada and reached number 4 on the Quebec Airplay Chart and number 37 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart.

Producer role for Cheiron

The traditional division of work in the record industry often has the artist or songwriter writing the songs and then hiring a producer to help shape the sound. But at Cheiron, it was the other way around; the producers wrote the songs, played the instruments, and engineered and mixed the recordings, and the artist was only brought in near the end of the process to do the vocals. For example, on Britney Spears's second album Oops!… I Did It Again (2000), Cheiron had already written seven songs and had proceeded to record the layers of music before Britney even arrived at the studios in early November 1999. It took her only one week to do the vocals. Martin and his team worked more like a band that alternated singers. Martin explained his working method:

I want to be part of every note, every single moment going on in the studio. I want nothing forgotten, I want nothing missed. I'm a perfectionist. The producer should decide what kind of music is being made, what it's going to sound like–all of it, the why, when and how.[22] – LA Times, 6/05/00

Startup of Maratone

Despite the success, Cheiron Studios was closed down in 2000. The reason behind the decision to close it down was, according to the press release on their homepage, that the heart and soul of the studio had been lost with the death of Denniz PoP. Another reason for closing the studio down was for the people at Cheiron Studios to be able to do more experimental music work without the weight of the now famous name Cheiron upon their shoulders.

Max Martin and Tom Talomaa started a new production company together named Maratone in January 2001 and moved into the famous Cosmos Studios that had housed the production team Kai Erixon and Kent (Gillström) Isaacs whom had been very successful at the Swedish pop/hiphop-arena with numerous gold/platinum-selling artists. Also, David Kreuger and Per Magnusson started A Side Productions and Kristian Lundin started the production company The Location and the publishing company Location Songs together with Jake Schulze and Andreas Carlsson (both also members of Cheiron's production team) at the same location as Cheiron Studios. The first songs to be written and produced at Maratone were four tracks for Britney Spears's third album, Britney (2001). The Maratone production crew initially consisted of producers/songwriters Max Martin, Rami, Alexandra, Arnthor and young sensation Shellback, but Rami, Alexandra and Arnthor have all moved on since then. Following the work with Celine Dion on the album One Heart in 2003, few new hits appeared from Maratone until 2005. More recently 2009 has seen a string of hits from the studio including the hits "My Life Would Suck Without You" from Kelly Clarkson and "3" from Britney Spears.

Kelly Clarkson

In 2004, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson traveled to Sweden to collaborate with Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald on songs for her second studio album Breakaway. They decided to create songs that were rockier than had been anticipated by the fans, as can be heard on the hit singles "Since U Been Gone" (2004) and "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (2005). "Since U Been Gone" became a huge hit, and it remained one of the biggest hits of Clarkson's career, and one of the biggest hits of 2005. The next single, "Behind These Hazel Eyes", reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 while the single "Since U Been Gone" was still on the charts. In 2009, he also co-wrote Clarkson's single "My Life Would Suck Without You", which established the record for the highest Billboard Hot 100 jump to No. 1, jumping from No. 97 in its first week on the chart.

Marion Raven

In 2005, Martin collaborated with the Norwegian singer Marion Raven for the release of her debut album, titled Here I Am, on what might be his first mainstream Rock work, writing the song "Break You" and co-writing with Raven many songs, including "End of Me", "Here I Am", "Little By Little", "In Spite of Me", and "Six Feet Under". "End of Me" and "Break You" were big hits in Asia and Norway. In 2007 "Break You" was included again in Raven's North American and European debut album called Set Me Free. The American singer Megan McCauley also recorded "Break You" in 2006, but the song was not included on any of McCauley's albums.

The Veronicas

In 2005, Max Martin wrote the first single-song for pop punk duo The Veronicas, "4ever", with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald for their debut studio album The Secret Life Of... (2005). Also he wrote "Everything I'm Not", the second single-song of The Veronicas, the same year, again with Gottwald, Rami, Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso for the same album The Secret Life Of....


Martin co-wrote and produced three songs on Pink's platinum-selling fourth album I'm Not Dead, including two of its most successful singles, "U + Ur Hand" (2006) and "Who Knew" (2006). "Cuz I Can" (2007) was released as the seventh single in the Australian market. Martin also collaborated with Pink for her fifth studio album, Funhouse (2008). Martin co-wrote the first smash hit single, "So What" (2008), plus the tracks "Please Don't Leave Me" (2009), "I Don't Believe You" (2009), "It's All Your Fault" and "Boring". Martin and Pink wrote "Whataya Want From Me" during sessions for Funhouse, but ultimately the song was recorded and released as a single by Adam Lambert to success. Pink's version would appear on her next effort, Greatest Hits... So Far!!! (2010). Martin also co-wrote the hits "Raise Your Glass" and "Fuckin' Perfect" for the collection. For her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012), he co-wrote the song "Slut Like You". Martin again collaborated with Pink with "Just like Fire" (2016) from the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie soundtrack. For her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma (2017), he co-wrote "Revenge", "Whatever You Want", "For Now", and "Secrets".


In 2010, Martin co-wrote and co-produced Usher's song "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" that went number-one on the US Rhythmic charts and top-ten on the main Hot 100.[23] Working together again, Martin co-wrote and co-produced on Usher's seventh studio album "Looking 4 Myself" in 2012 making the dance-pop song "Scream" that went number-one on the US Dance Club Songs chart and number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[24]

Avril Lavigne

Martin worked with Avril Lavigne on two songs, "Alone" and "I Will Be", which were released on some deluxe editions of Lavigne's third studio album The Best Damn Thing (2007). Martin also worked on four songs for Lavigne's fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby (2011): the three singles "What the Hell" (2011), "Smile" (2011), and "Wish You Were Here" (2011), and the album track "I Love You".

Jessie J

Max Martin first worked with Jessie J on her international hit "Domino" after Dr Luke and Claude Kelly sought to create a song that showcased her vocals whilst also capable of being a commercial success. Alongside the aforementioned trio and Cirkut, Max Martin co-wrote the track and the song lived up to its hoped-for success becoming her major breakthrough into the US market, charting at number 6, whilst also topping the charts in the United Kingdom for two weeks. It charted in the top 50 most bought tracks in the US for 2012 and was the 8th best selling song in the same year within the United Kingdom with a sales figure of 749,000 in that year alone.[25] It also achieved top ten success in other countries such as Canada and Australia. Following on from the success of "Domino", Jessie J has also worked with Max Martin for her third studio album on "Bang Bang" (2014) featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The song served as the lead single and has achieved vast commercial success such as having the second highest sales figure for a song to debut on the Billboard Hot 100, only surpassed by Ariana Grande's "Problem" (2014). The song has peaked at number 3 on the Hot 100 chart and a music video was released, trumping her previous hit '"Domino".

Katy Perry

Max Martin is also responsible for some of the songs of Katy Perry on four albums. On her debut album One of the Boys (2008) including the number-one single "I Kissed a Girl", and top 5 hit single "Hot n Cold", and following-up album Teenage Dream (2010), including the Billboard Hot 100 numbers-ones hits singles "California Gurls" (2010), "Teenage Dream" (2010), "E.T." (2011), "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (2011) and the Hot 100 top ten hit "The One That Got Away" (2011). Martin also co-wrote the songs "Part of Me" (2012) and "Wide Awake" (2012), the former of which topped the Billboard Hot 100. For her third album Prism (2013), he co-wrote the No. 1 singles "Roar" (2013) and "Dark Horse" (2013). On her fourth album Witness (2017), Martin co-wrote numerous songs, including the lead single Chained to the Rhythm which peaked at number 4.

Christina Aguilera

Confirmed by RCA Executives on 18 December 2011, Martin worked on Christina Aguilera's seventh studio album Lotus (2012) and was the producer of her lead single, "Your Body" (2012), as well as another song titled "Let There Be Love". Both songs reached the top of the Billboard dance/club chart.

Taylor Swift

Martin produced and co-wrote the Billboard Hot 100 number 1 hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (2012), on Taylor Swift's fourth album Red (2012), which became her first number-one single in the US. Upon its release, the song reached the top position on the iTunes singles chart in 50 minutes, hence breaking the previous record held by Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way" with a record of an hour, making "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" the fastest selling single in digital history at that time. Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" set the record for the biggest digital sales week (623,000) ever for a song by a female artist, surpassing the record held by Kesha's "Tik Tok" (2009). It also reached the top of the iTunes single chart in 32 countries. He also co-wrote and produced two other singles on the album: "I Knew You Were Trouble" (2012), which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and also "22" (2013).

Martin produced and co-wrote the first three singles on Swift's fifth studio album 1989 (2014): "Shake It Off" (2014), "Blank Space" (2014), and "Style" (2015). "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space" hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the former debuting at the top spot; "Style" peaked at number 6.[26] Martin was both a co-writer and co-producer for Swift's "Bad Blood" which in a remixed form reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week dated 6 June 2015.[27] Martin also contributed to multiple other songs off of 1989 such as "Wildest Dreams", "All You Had to Do Was Stay", "How You Get the Girl" and two of the bonus tracks on the international, USA and Canada Target deluxe edition of the album: "New Romantics" and "Wonderland". He produced Swift's vocals on the albums and co-wrote all his tracks with Swift and Shellback apart from "All You Had to Do Was Stay".

On Swift's sixth studio album Reputation, Martin co-wrote and co-produced nine songs, including singles "...Ready for It?" and "Gorgeous".

Ariana Grande

Martin first worked with Grande on her second studio album My Everything (2014). Their first collaboration off the album was in 2014 when Martin produced Grande's lead single "Problem", which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as No. 1 in the UK, later becoming one of the best-selling singles worldwide. Other songs from the album Martin produced include "Break Free" (peaking at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100) and "Bang Bang" (peaking at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 in the UK). Martin has also contributed to many songs on her third studio album Dangerous Woman (2016) as well, including the lead single "Dangerous Woman", which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as her second single "Into You" and her third single from the album "Side to Side" which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Martin co-wrote "No Tears Left to Cry" & "God Is a Woman", the first two singles from Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener (2018). Ariana has stated that she's been working on her fifth album Thank U, Next alongside with Martin.


Fourth runner-up of the eighth season of American Idol, Allison Iraheta has been collaborating with Max Martin on her debut album. Her first single, "Friday I'll Be Over U" is confirmed to be written by Martin.[28] On 17 August 2009, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert announced via Twitter that he was in New York City with Martin recording a song for his debut album. It turned out to be the song "Whataya Want From Me",[29] that was also written by P!nk.

Martin also co-wrote "Into the Nightlife", a popular club track recorded by Cyndi Lauper in 2008 and produced, alongside Zedd, and co-wrote "Beauty and a Beat", on Justin Bieber's 2012 album Believe.

Martin also produced several albums for Eurodance act E-type.

In January 2014, Martin produced a two-minute advertisement entitled "Volvo XC70: Made By Sweden",[30] featuring soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović. The video of the advertisement received several million views on YouTube.

In early 2014, Martin co-wrote the song "Dare (La La La)" for Shakira's self-titled album.

In April–May 2014, Martin produced Jennifer Lopez's song "First Love", alongside Ilya, Shellback and Savan Kotecha.

In between 2014–15, Martin executive-produced "Ghost Town" by Adam Lambert.

In January 2015, he co-wrote and co-produced Ellie Goulding's "Love Me like You Do", which reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100,[31] while also producing several songs from her album Delirium including the hit single "On My Mind", which was released on 17 September 2015.

In June, he co-wrote and produced The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Martin co-wrote and produced two other songs off of The Weeknd's sophomore album Beauty Behind the Madness, namely "In the Night" and "Shameless", as well as four songs from on The Weeknd's third album, Starboy.

In July 2015, Martin produced Demi Lovato's song "Cool for the Summer" which reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also contributed to "Confident" and "For You" from her fifth studio album Confident.

Martin also worked with Selena Gomez on her second studio album, Revival, producing its third single "Hands to Myself" which became her third consecutive top 10 hit from the album.

In November 2015, Adele's album 25 was released and Martin co-wrote and co-produced the record's third single "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" with Shellback, and would eventually become a top 10 hit in the US and the UK.

2016 saw Martin being heavily involved in the making of Ariana Grande's third album Dangerous Woman, with half of its songs (including both singles) being produced by him. The same year, he produced the 10th track for Nick Jonas' third studio album, while also co-producing standalone songs for American singers Pink ("Just Like Fire") and Katy Perry ("Rise").

In 2016, he co-wrote the song "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake which is also the title song for the film Trolls with Shellback. The song became Timberlake's fifth and Martin's twenty-second number-one hit in the US.[32] It reached the top spot in 16 other countries. The song gave Timberlake and Martin their first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Influence and legacy

Martin's influence in the music field is also seen in the effect he has had on co-producers. The music site Stereogum singles out three people as his "disciples", Savan Kotecha, Dr. Luke, and Shellback.[33] Time Magazine reported that "There's a cluster of high-powered songwriters who are based in Sweden, and the grandmaster is Max Martin and that when Kotecha worked with One Direction he credited Martin's influence 'We work melody first. That's Max Martin's school. We’ll spend days, sometimes weeks, challenging the melody. The goal is to make it sound like anyone can do this, but it's actually very difficult. In Sweden, you don’t do anything until you do it right.'"[34] The New Yorker reported that Martin was Dr. Luke's "Swedish mentor and frequent collaborator. If Luke is the Skywalker of pop songcraft, Max is the Obi-Wan: the reclusive master. ...The vital spark in the musical emergence of Dr. Luke was meeting Max Martin".[35] Dr. Luke himself says of the chemistry between him and Martin "'It happened really fast. It was magical. …[Martin taught me that] Instead of making tracks for five thousand people, why not make tracks for a million?'"[35] The magazine for Sweden's collection society STIM reported that Shellback became an "apprentice" with Martin acting as "his mentor" at Maratone Studios after 2006 when "Max Martin saw something special in the young man from Karlshamn. Judging by the incredible success Shellback has had since, Martin's A&R skills are some of the best in the music business".[36]


When accepting the Polar Music Prize, Martin highlighted ABBA, Kiss, Prince, Ace of Base and Lasse Holm as inspirations.[37]

Personal life

Martin met his wife, Jenny (née Pettersson) from Mörrum, around 2000 and married her in 2011.[38] The couple have a daughter, Doris,[39] born around 2001.[40]

Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles

Since 1999, Max Martin has written and co-written 22 Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits (most of which he has also produced or co-produced). Five of these songs made their debut on the chart at number-one.

  1. 1999 – "...Baby One More Time" (Britney Spears)
  2. 2000 – "It's Gonna Be Me" (NSYNC)
  3. 2008 – "I Kissed a Girl" (Katy Perry)
  4. 2008 – "So What" (P!nk)
  5. 2009 – "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Kelly Clarkson)
  6. 2009 – "3" (Britney Spears)
  7. 2010 – "California Gurls" (Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg)
  8. 2010 – "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry)
  9. 2010 – "Raise Your Glass" (P!nk)
  10. 2011 – "Hold It Against Me" (Britney Spears)
  11. 2011 – "E.T." (Katy Perry featuring Kanye West)
  12. 2011 – "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (Katy Perry)
  13. 2012 – "Part of Me" (Katy Perry)
  14. 2012 – "One More Night" (Maroon 5)
  15. 2012 – "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Taylor Swift)
  16. 2013 – "Roar" (Katy Perry)
  17. 2014 – "Dark Horse" (Katy Perry featuring Juicy J)
  18. 2014 – "Shake It Off" (Taylor Swift)
  19. 2014 – "Blank Space" (Taylor Swift)
  20. 2015 – "Bad Blood" (Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  21. 2015 – "Can't Feel My Face" (The Weeknd)
  22. 2016 – "Can't Stop the Feeling!" (Justin Timberlake)

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1996 Denniz PoP & Max Martin Swedish Dance Music Awards 1996 – Best Producers Won
1997 Denniz PoP & Max Martin Grammis Awards – Special Jury Prize Won
2010 Max Martin STIM Platinum Guitar Won
2016 Max Martin Polar Music Prize Won

Academy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2017 "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Best Original Song Nominated

ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Year Award Result
1999 Songwriter of the Year Won
2000 Won
2001 Won
2011 Won
2012 Won
2013 Won
2014 Won
2015 Won
2016 Won
2017 Won

Golden Globe Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 "Love Me like You Do" Best Original Song Nominated
2017 "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Nominated

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2000 "I Want It That Way" Record of the Year Nominated [41]
Song of the Year Nominated
Millennium Album of the Year Nominated
2011 Teenage Dream Nominated
2013 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Record of the Year Nominated
2014 Red Album of the Year Nominated
"Roar" Song of the Year Nominated
2015 "Shake It Off" Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
Self Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won
2016 "Can't Feel My Face" Record of the Year Nominated
"Blank Space" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Beauty Behind the Madness Album of the Year Nominated
1989 Won
Best Pop Vocal Album Won
"Love Me like You Do" Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated
2017 "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Won
"Just like Fire" Nominated
25 Album of the Year Won
Self Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Nominated

See also


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22 (Taylor Swift song)

"22" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth album, Red (2012). It was written by Swift along with Max Martin and Shellback. The song was released as the album's fourth single on March 12, 2013. The lyrics describe the joys of being 22 years old.

The song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, becoming the sixth song from Red to hit the top 20 in the country.

Back Together (Robin Thicke song)

"Back Together" is a song by American singer Robin Thicke. It premiered on August 5, 2015. It was made available for digital download and released a single on August 6, 2015, by Interscope Records. The song, produced by Max Martin and Ali Payami, features a guest appearance from American rapper Nicki Minaj.

Bad Blood (Taylor Swift song)

"Bad Blood" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, from her fifth studio album 1989 (2014). Swift co-wrote the song with its producers Max Martin and Shellback, with a remixed version featuring additional writing and guest vocals from American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The Lamar version was released by Republic Records on May 17, 2015 as the fourth single from 1989. The lyrics of "Bad Blood" describe betrayal by a close friend. The album version is the eighth track of 1989.

The song reached number one in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States, becoming the third song from 1989 to do so. The accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and features an ensemble cast. The video previously held the 24-Hour Vevo Record with 20.1 million views, before being surpassed by Adele's "Hello". It won Video of the Year and Best Collaboration at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The song received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance while its music video won Best Music Video at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song)

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by English singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and Minaj, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya, with Kuk Harrell serving as a vocal producer. The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014). It is also included on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014), serving as the third single from that album."Bang Bang" debuted at number six and later reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. It debuted at number one in the United Kingdom becoming Grande's second top ten single and second number one debut that year. The song also reached the top ten in fourteen countries top ten of the charts including Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, and South Korea. The single was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards (2015), and won Favorite Song of the Year at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards. In November 2017, "Bang Bang" was certified six-times platinum by the RIAA, and has sold 3.4 million copies in the US since its release.

Beauty and a Beat

"Beauty and a Beat" is a song by Canadian singer Justin Bieber from his third studio album Believe (2012). It features Trinidadian rapper

Nicki Minaj, who co-wrote it with Savan Kotecha, Max Martin and Zedd. It was also produced by the latter two with a heavy drum machine and "rushing" synthesizers. Lyrically, it speaks about Bieber wanting to take his love interest to a club, where they can "party like it's 3012". It is the only song from Believe that Bieber did not co-write. The song became the third official single from the album.

Following the release of Believe, "Beauty and a Beat" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at 72 due to strong digital downloads. After the release of the song's music video, it re-entered the Hot 100 at number 72 and peaked at 5. It also debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at 47.

Can't Feel My Face

"Can't Feel My Face" is a song performed by Canadian singer The Weeknd from his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015). The song was released on June 8, 2015 as the third single from the album. It was written by Max Martin, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, Savan Kotecha and The Weeknd, and produced by Max Martin and Payami.Critics lauded "Can't Feel My Face", comparing the sound of the song to the works of Michael Jackson; Rolling Stone ranked it as the best song of 2015. It was also nominated for two Grammy Awards: Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The song experienced commercial success, peaking at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. The single has also peaked at number one in New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and South Africa, and was a top 10 single in other territories, such as Australia, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.

End Game (song)

"End Game" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, featuring British singer Ed Sheeran and American rapper Future, recorded for her sixth studio album, Reputation (2017). The track, written by the trio of artists and producers Max Martin and Shellback, was first released to French contemporary pop radio as the album's third single on November 14, 2017. It was later sent to contemporary hit radio on January 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom.

Faith (Celine Dion song)

"Faith" is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Celine Dion, for her eight English-language studio album, One Heart (2003). It was released on 27 October 2003 as the third promotional only single in Canada from the album and was the fifth single overall. "Faith" was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. The remixed version by the Original 3 (who also did the "One Heart" remixes) was released as a radio single. "Faith" reached number 4 on the Quebec Airplay Chart and number 37 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart.

Hair Up

"Hair Up" is a song recorded by American recording artists Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake and by American comedian Ron Funches from the official soundtrack to the 2016 film Trolls. It was written by Timberlake, Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Kotecha, while the production was handled by Timberlake, Martin, Oscar Holter and Shellback. The song uses the melody of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg. One critic described the song as "an homage to Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair". Commercially, "Hair Up" peaked at number six on Billboard's Kid Digital Songs component chart, where it lasted for thirteen consecutive weeks.

I Did Something Bad

"I Did Something Bad" is a song by American singer Taylor Swift, who co-wrote the song with its producers Max Martin and Shellback. It is the third track on Swift's sixth studio album Reputation (2017). Swift performed the track at the 2018 American Music Awards.

I Need You (Frankie Valli song)

"I Need You" is a song by American music group 3T, from the album Brotherhood. The song was written by Eric Carmen and was originally released in 1977 by Frankie Valli on his album Lady Put the Light Out. It was released in 1979 by the Euclid Beach Band. Their rendition reached #81 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Inside Out (Britney Spears song)

"Inside Out" is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, included on her seventh studio album Femme Fatale (2011). It was written by Lukasz Gottwald, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Mathieu Jomphe, Max Martin and Bonnie McKee whilst production was handled by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Billboard. Musically, "Inside Out" is an electropop song that uses elements of dubstep and R&B, and has been compared to Spears' previous material on previous albums In the Zone and Circus, as well as the work of Madonna. Lyrically, the song has been described as a "sexy break-up song", while making references to her previous singles "...Baby One More Time" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy". The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its production. Due to strong digital sales of the album, "Inside Out" peaked at number fifty-nine on South Korea's Gaon International Chart.

It's My Life (Bon Jovi song)

"It's My Life" is song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on May 23, 2000 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, Crush (2000). The song was written and produced by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin, and co-produced by Luke Ebbin.

The song peaked at number one in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland while it charted within the top 10 across several other countries (although it only reached at number 33 in the US Billboard Hot 100). Though the band had moved away from the glam-oriented sound with 1992's Keep the Faith, it has the distinction of making Bon Jovi one of the only bands once classified as 1980s glam metal to reach the top 40 in the 2000s, a testament to how the song managed to introduce the band to a new, younger fanbase. The song is arguably their most well known post-1980s hit single and it has been performed live at almost all shows since its release. This song appeared on Mitsubishi Motors promotional video in 2001-2004

Light Up the World (Glee song)

"Light Up the World" is a song performed by the cast of American television series Glee, taken from their eight soundtrack album, Glee: The Music, Volume 6. The song was written by the series' music producer Adam Anders, Swedish pop music producer Max Martin, and Peer Åström, Savan Kotecha, and Johan Schuster. Anders and Martin produced the track. The song features solos from Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang).

List of songs recorded by Katy Perry

American singer and songwriter Katy Perry has recorded songs for five studio albums. After singing at church during her childhood, she decided to pursue a career in music in her teenage years. She signed a record deal with Red Hill Records, and released a gospel album called Katy Hudson in 2001. She wrote its songs "Last Call", "My Own Monster", "Spit", and "When There's Nothing Left" by herself while co-writing the remaining six with Mark Dickson, Scott Faircloff, Tommy Collier, and Brian White. The album was unsuccessful and it failed to garner any attention. Red Hill Records shut down later that year. Following two unsuccessful contracts with Island Def Jam Records and Columbia Records, whereby Perry was dropped by both them before she could finish an album, she ultimately secured a deal with Capitol Records in 2007, a division of record label Virgin.Her second studio album, One of the Boys, was released in June 2008. The pop-rock album was composed over a period of five years. The lead single, "I Kissed a Girl", was co-written by Perry with Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cathy Dennis, and alludes to bisexuality. Perry was the sole writer of "Thinking of You", "Mannequin", and the album's title track. The songs "Mannequin" and "Lost" have themes of determination and self-belief. The track "Ur So Gay" opens with the lyrics "I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf," which BBC critic Lizzie Ennever believed was Perry's response to people who may have "wronged her in the past". During the recording process of the album, Perry had written the songs "I Do Not Hook Up" and "Long Shot" with Kara DioGuardi and Greg Wells, but decided not to include them on the final track list. They were later recorded by American singer Kelly Clarkson for her album All I Ever Wanted (2009). In 2009, she released a live album titled MTV Unplugged, which featured acoustic performances of five tracks from One of the Boys along with two new recordings, "Brick by Brick" and "Hackensack".Perry released her third studio album, Teenage Dream, in August 2010. She reunited with Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Greg Wells for most of the songs, but also worked with some new writers and producers for the project. For the track "Firework", Perry collaborated with Sandy Vee, Ester Dean and the Norwegian production duo Stargate, and with Tricky Stewart on the songs "Who Am I Living For?" and "Circle the Drain". Lyrically, "Who Am I Living For?" recalls Perry's Christian roots and retells the biblical story of Esther, the Jewish Queen of Persia who discovered and foiled Haman's plan to massacre the Jewish community. "Circle the Drain" alludes to a previous boyfriend's drug addiction, speculated to be about Travie McCoy, and the effects it had on them as a couple, with lyrics which include "You fall asleep during foreplay/ 'Cause the pills you take are more your forte." Another Stargate produced track called "Peacock" makes use of double entendres whereby Perry propositions her lover with showing her his penis, singing "I wanna see your peacock, cock, cock."The singer re-released the album in March 2012 with the title Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. New material included alternate versions of some of the standard songs, including an acoustic version of "The One That Got Away". Perry recorded three new songs for the re-issue, including "Dressin' Up", which lyrically documents dressing up for one's lover, and features a request by Perry for a "dirty doggie" to "pet her kitty". Her fourth studio album, Prism, was released in October 2013. It was noted for having a noticeably darker and moodier tone than her previous releases. "Dark Horse" is a trap and hip hop song about witchcraft and black magic. The song "Birthday" was Perry's attempt at writing a song which Mariah Carey would have included in her eponymous debut album. Aside from her regular collaborators, Perry co-wrote the track "Double Rainbow" with Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin, while Emeli Sandé contributed lyrics to "It Takes Two". Her fifth album, Witness, was released in June 2017. "Bigger than Me", "Bon Appétit", "Chained to the Rhythm", and "Swish Swish" have all been confirmed as tracks from the record.

List of songs recorded by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She signed a record deal with Big Machine Records in 2005 and released her eponymous debut album in 2006. Swift wrote three of the album's tracks: "Our Song", "Should've Said No", and "The Outside". The remaining eight were co-written with writers Liz Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia. In 2007, she released her first extended play (EP) Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, which contains two original tracks written by her: "Christmases When You Were Mine" and "Christmas Must Be Something More".

Beautiful Eyes, Swift's second EP, was released in 2008 and features alternate takes of songs from her debut album as well as two new tracks; the title track and "I Heart ?". Swift wrote most of her songs from her second album, Fearless (2008) while she promoted her debut album as opening act for country artists. As collaborators were not available on the road, Swift self-penned eight of the tracks while the rest were co-written with Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Colbie Caillat, and John Rich. She contributed two songs, "Today Was a Fairytale" and "Jump Then Fall", to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, and recorded a cover of Better Than Ezra's "Breathless" for the Hope for Haiti Now album. Swift penned every track of her Speak Now (2010) album without any co-writers. The album expands on the country pop style of her previous work, and touches on themes of love, romance, and heartbreak.In late 2011, Swift contributed two original songs, "Safe & Sound", featuring duo The Civil Wars, and "Eyes Open", to The Hunger Games soundtrack album. Swift's fourth album Red (2012) marked a change in her musical style with the experimentation of heartland rock, dubstep, and dance-pop. In addition to collaborating with producer Nathan Chapman—who also recorded her first three albums—she worked with new producers, such as Dann Huff, Max Martin, and Shellback; the latter two also co-wrote the album with her. In 2013, she provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's "Highway Don't Care", which features guitar work by Keith Urban, and performed "Sweeter Than Fiction" for the One Chance soundtrack album.

Swift released her fifth album 1989 in 2014. Credited as her "first documented, official pop album", it marks a departure from her previous country albums. It incorporates musical genres, such as dance-pop and synthpop, and is described as an album "driven by synths and drums in lieu of guitar". For the album, Swift worked with new writers, including Jack Antonoff and Ryan Tedder. As an executive producer alongside Martin, she enlisted her long-time collaborators Chapman and Shellback, and for the first time Noel Zancanella, Mattman & Robin, and Greg Kurstin. In December 2016, Swift recorded the song "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" for the film Fifty Shades Darker with British singer Zayn. On her sixth album Reputation (2017), Swift served as the executive producer, and worked with long-time collaborators Antonoff, Martin, Shellback, alongside new collaborators like Ali Payami, Oscar Göress and Oscar Holter.

Revenge (Pink song)

"Revenge" is a song by American singer and songwriter Pink, featuring guest vocals from American rapper Eminem. It was written by Pink, Eminem, Max Martin and Shellback, with production handled by Martin and Shellback. The song was announced to be released through RCA Records in late 2017 as the second single from Pink's seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma (2017), however the title track was released on November 21 instead.

That's All She Wrote

"That's All She Wrote" is a song by American rapper T.I., released on January 11, 2011, as the eighth single from his seventh studio album No Mercy (2010). The song, produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, features vocals from fellow American rapper Eminem.

What U Workin' With?

"What U Workin' With?" is a song recorded by American singers Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake for the official soundtrack to the 2016 film Trolls. Timberlake co-wrote and co-produced the track with Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh with additional writing from Savan Kotecha and Peter Svensson. The song was first announced on August 22, 2016, with Stefani's appearance being a secret. An urban and dance song, the lyrics talk about having a good time and standing out amongst a crowd.

The track was favorably reviewed by several contemporary music critics; although many found Stefani's contribution to be unexpected, they agreed her role was enjoyable. Commercially, "What U Workin' With?" peaked at number eight on Billboard's Kid Digital Songs component chart, where it lasted for three non-consecutive weeks.

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