Starting tomorrow, in this space and on All Things Considered, we're going to spend a month talking about the songs you hear on the radio or watch over and over again on YouTube. We'll talk with songwriters, producers, chart experts and maybe even a strip club owner or two. The kind of people who spend their lives trying to figure out what qualities, what audience, what elixir distilled from will.i.am's tears turns a collection of musical notes into an inescapable smash.
We've thought about this a lot over the last few months, and now we want to hear from you. So we have two questions:
- How can you tell when a song is a hit?
- Are there qualities that all hits share?
Do you watch the charts? Is a song a hit when you hear it more than twice a day? Is it the presence of auto-tune? Does your 12-year-old niece's iPod hold the key?
Light up that comment section, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And stay tuned. You may hear next summer's big single here first.