My goal is to find out what makes a lovesong a possible Number One hit single.
Therefore I have set myself the challenge to analyse the storytelling of all the original lovesongs of Westlife
Besides the fact that the band has sold over 45 million studio albums and over 55 million records worldwide, Westlife has achieved what no one since accomplished: Reach seven consecutive number-one singles in the UK. If that's not enough, imagine this: They sold out Croke Park Stadium in Dublin (82.300 seats) in a record breaking 5 minutes!!!
Westlife is one great example of a band committing to only one external content genre for their songs: And it's love stories.
What's in the analysis?
I use the tools of the Story Grid to analyse the lyrics of the songs. That includes:
What can songwriters learn from the results?
Analyzing over 130 lovesongs (singles, songs on the records and b-sides) will provide enough data that through comparison I will be able to gather the best tips for writing a lovesong that works! That will make your audience fall in love with!