How Hit Songs are Created: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”

It’s not rocket science. It’s more complicated.” – Steve Mac, producer

The NY Times just published one of the best interactive and researched articles on how hit songs are created.

In this case, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which has topped Billboard’s year-end singles chart with 2.8 billion views on YouTube and is also the most-played track ever on Spotify, with more than 1.5 billion streams.

Over the course of its copyright, a hit composition and recording like “Shape of You” will likely generate tens of millions of dollars for the creators involved.