Revered musicians who’ve written pop
Josh Till man isn’ t the only celebrated figure who’ s side lined in writing hits for pop stars. Here are other unlikely song scribes who’ ve compromised their credentials to aim for the charts.
Tim Armstrong( Rancid) As a change from being an anti- establishment sneering punk in Ran cid, he co-wrote a number of tracks for P!nk, including Trouble and Last To Know.
Matt Hales( Aqualung) Filed alongside Keane at their height, thebroodingpiano-basedsinger-songwriterfounda new career in penning tracks for Leon a Lewis, Ties to, Boy zone and Li anne La H av as, with whom he earned his second Iv or Novel lo nomination.
Owen Pallett( Final Fantasy) As if his solo work and strings manship with Arcade Fire didn’t keep him busy, his orchestral arrangements means he’ s credited on albums by Duran Du ran, Taylor Swift and Robbie Williams. Dan Wilson( Semisonic) Proved his knack with melody on his own tracks such as Closing Time and Secret Smile, then moved onto penning songs for Le Anne Rim es ( Borrowed), Adele( Someone Like You) and John Legend ( You& I).
Cee Lo( Gnarls Barkley) An unlikely candidate for writing the lyrics “Don’ t ch a think your girlfriend was hot like me”, the potty-mouth singer is the man behind The Pussycat Dolls’ signature tune.