Unlike The Voice and American Idol , Songland shines the spotlight on budding songwriters. Each songwriter competes weekly for the chance to have a different pop luminary record the song they present to a panel of hit-making producers.

On this first episode, EGOT winner John Legend is hoping to hear his next smash-a-roo, while seated next to recent Grammy winner Shane McAnally (Kasey Musgraves, Sam Hunt), ” Firework” and “Super Bass” writer Ester Dean, and Ryan Tedder, the OneRepublic songwriter/producer currently riding the airwaves with his Jonas Brothers composition “Sucker.” Meanwhile, Ryan slices and dices Max’s  “Back Home” by switching the title to “Lookin’ Up” and speeding the tempo so as to stand out more, as their competition consists of two ballads … read full article:

Unbeknown to me, Adam Levin has decided to leave The Voice after several seasons. “For me, it was time to move on,” Adam Levine posted on Instagram as he announced his departure as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. On the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, the team discusses Levine’s departure as a coach on The Voice and how his role on the show has impacted the chart fortunes and overall success of his band Maroon 5.

One could divide Maroon 5’s career into pre-The Voice, and post-The Voice, truly… read full article: