Sweden-born pop master Max Martin, who has more Hot 100 chart-toppers than anyone in history, save for two lads from Liverpool, has renewed his agreement with ASCAP for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog. With 22 No. 1s, Martin trails only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26) in the rankings of most successful songwriters.
“I love being part of the ASCAP family of songwriters and composers,” said Martin, who earlier this year won his ninth ASCAP songwriter of the year award. “As songwriters, we are lucky to have ASCAP on our side, offering support and fighting for our rights.”
Martin kicked off his string of No. 1s in early 1999 with Britney Spears‘ “…Baby One More Time,” followed a year later by N’Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” After an eight-year lull, he roared back with a string of earworms for pop superstars including Katy Perry (“I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” “Roar”), Taylor Swift (“Shake It Off,” “Blank Space”) and Pink (“So What,” “Raise Your Glass”), among others. His latest No. 1 arrived earlier this year with Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
“Max Martin is a generous spirit whose irresistible music keeps winning listeners hearts,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “We love his music and we admire his broader sense of mission and advocacy for songwriters everywhere.”
ASCAP recently announced that McCartney has also renewed his agreement with the organization.