Top of the Pops

"Nah," Max Martin says, gazing out across the Stockholm cityscape. "I don't think I'll ever move away." And why should he? The Swedish capital may be a far cry — and a long plane ride — from the hyperactive nerve centers of pop music in New York and Los Angeles, but industry execs and artists — even Britney Spears! — make the trek anyway, to Martin's studio on the south side of town, to the Hit Man himself. Never heard of Martin? Chances are you've hummed, listened to, danced to or at least disparaged his tunes. "Max is the melody king,"...

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