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Max Martin


Max Martin

Photo: Kia Naddermier

(Courtesy Maratone Studios)



Martin Sandberg, February 26, 1971 - Stockholm, Sweden.


Early Career:


Martin Sandberg grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden's capitol city. As a teenager he took part in a variety of bands before forming the group It's Alive. Sandberg dropped out of high school to pursue a music career. It's Alive were signed by producer Denniz Pop to record for his Cheiron record label. The band recorded an album and toured in Europe, but Sandberg, now performing as Martin White, soon became more interested in collaborating with Pop as a songwriter/producer.


Work With Denniz Pop and Cheiron:


Martin White was hired as a house songwriter/producer for the Cheiron label. Denniz Pop also suggested Martin change his name once again to the catchier Max Martin. Cheiron gained international recognition in the early 1990's for putting together the hit album The Sign for Ace of Base. The Cheiron team, including Max Martin, were hired to put together the first Backstreet Boys album released in late 1996.


Top Max Martin Productions:




Worldwide Pop Success:


The Backstreet Boys proved to be a worldwide success. Unfortunately, Denniz Pop passed away from stomach cancer in 1998 at the age of 35. Max Martin was left in charge of Cheiron. He hired songwriter/producer Rami as a new collaborator.

1999 was a huge year internationally for Cheiron. They produced both the Millenium album for the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears' debut ...Baby One More Time. Max Martin was chosen by the professional organization ASCAP as Songwriter of the Year for 1999.


Opening of Maratone:


In 2000, Max Martin decided to close down Cheiron and open a new company, Maratone, with Rami, Alexandra, and Arnthor as the in-house production team. Songs for Britney Spears' 2001 album Britney were some of the first projects at Maratone. The studio also worked on Celine Dion's 2003 album One Heart.


Max Martin and Maratone Top the Pop Charts With Kelly Clarkson:


Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson went to Sweden to collaborate with Max Martin and SNL guitarist Lukasz 'Dr. Luke' Gottwald on songs for her album Breakaway. Both Clarkson and Martin were interested in turning in a more rock direction away from the slick pop with which they were identified. One of the results of the collaboration was "Since U Been Gone," picked by many as one of the top pop songs of 2005. The major hit "Behind These Hazel Eyes" was also a product of this partnership. Kelly Clarkson collaborated once again with Max Martin in 2009 on the #1 pop smash "My Life Would Suck Without You."


Max Martin and Pink:


Max Martin collaborated with Pink on songs for her 2006 album I'm Not Dead. These included the breakthrough top 10 smashes "U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew." Dr. Luke also contributed to the songs. For her 2008 album Funhouse Pink again went to work with Max Martin and the result was the #1 smash "So What."


Max Martin Reunites With Britney Spears:


In 2008 Britney Spears headed into the studio with Max Martin for the first time since 2001. They put together the controversial hit "If You Seek Amy." While on tour in Sweden in 2009 Britney Spears recorded the #1 smash hit "3" with Max Martin. It was included on her greatest hits collection released in the fall of 2009.


Max Martin Helps Katy Perry Become a Star:


One of Max Martin's biggest success stories has been his work with Katy Perry. He helped write her breakthrough 2008 #1 hit single "I Kissed a Girl," but it was Dr. Luke who produced the record. The #3 follow up "Hot 'n Cold" was also co-written by Max Martin, but again produced by others. When Katy Perry returned in 2010, it was with "California Gurls," a #1 smash for six weeks co-written and co-produced by Max Martin.


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