Max Martin

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Legal name: Martin Sandberg


Martin Sandberg (born Karl Martin Sandberg 26 February 1971), known professionally as Max Martin, is a Swedish music producer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in the mid-1990s after crafting a string of major hits for artists such as Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and 'N Sync. Some of his earlier hits include "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)", "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", "I Want It That Way", "...Baby One More Time", "Oops!... I Did It Again", and "It's My Life". He has written 58 top ten hits in the UK and 51 in USA.

His trademark during the second half of the 1990s and the early 2000s was a danceable, keyboard-laden pop sound that blended music styles such as funk, heavy metal and europop. However, with Kelly Clarkson's songs "Since U Been Gone" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes", Martin stepped back into the spotlight after reinventing himself with a heavier, rock-tinged sound.

Since 1999, he has written and co-written 17 Billboard number-one hits (most of which he has also produced or co-produced), including "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson; "So What" and "Raise Your Glass" by Pink; "I Kissed a Girl", "Hot n Cold", "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", "Part of Me", "Roar", and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry; "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift; "...Baby One More Time", "3", and "Hold It Against Me" by Britney Spears"; and "One More Night" by Maroon 5. Top-10 singles co-written by Martin in the same period include "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz; "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" by Usher; "Whataya Want From Me" by Adam Lambert; "F**kin' Perfect" by Pink; "The One That Got Away" and "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry; "Bang Bang" and "Domino" by Jessie J; Beauty and a Beat" by Justin Bieber; and "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift.

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