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Songland Season 1: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

May 13, 2019
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Why do we love talent shows so much? We cannot pinpoint one reason, but here are some of our thoughts that might answer this question. Designed with a fan-interactive formula, these reality TV programs feature skilled individuals from different races, ages, genders, styles, and backgrounds. But none of such factors matter. What counts is their exceptional and unmatched skill. Even the audience starts rooting for their success when they are given a say in the choices by means of text voting.

To cite an example, NBC’s ‘The Voice’, was the reason behind the network’s highest ratings in years. Now, adding to its list, the channel has come up with another music-based competition. However, here, the context is a bit different. Instead of a regular singing talent show, ‘Songland’ is a songwriting contest series. Well-known producers mentor undiscovered songwriters, giving them the opportunity to release a song with a superstar artist and make it a hit. Executive produced by Audrey Morrissey (who is also associated with ‘The Voice’), Ivan Dudynsky, Dave Stewart, Chad Hines, and Adam Levine, ‘Songland’ premieres on NBC on May 28, 2019.

Songland Cast: Who is in it?

‘Songland’ features three of the best and leading producers from the music industry, who team up with aspiring lyricists to offer them a chance of making the next big hit for one leading star from the music industry. The team includes Ryan Tedder, lead vocalist of One Republic and the producer behind The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Beyonce; Ester Dean, producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Nikki Minaj; and Shane McAnally, Producer of Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, and Sam Hunt.

Songland Plot: What is it about?

Billed as a “one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters”, ‘Songland’ offers this incredible chance to upcoming songwriters to be exposed in front of the global audience by having their song recorded by an award-winning artist — under the guidance of three music producers who are behind the maximum number of hits in the musical domain. The submissions can be from anyone, from individuals of all walks of life. They can be upcoming lyricists, music students, stay-at-home moms, bartenders, or school teachers. There’s no restriction. The only condition is unlimited, honest talent.

The concept of ‘Songland’, formulated by Dave Stewart, Audrey Morrissey, and Ivan Dudynsky, follows a one-winner-per-episode format. Interested candidates submit two songs via songlandcasting.com, which they can present to a number of songwriters or producers. As they fill up the registration form, it is mandatory that they mention all these names. Of course, there are certain conditions, such as the material created must be 100% original, unpublished, and complete with lyrics and music. Before entering the contest, participants cannot be part of any publishing deal. Each submission must belong to either of these 14 genres: alternative, Blues, Christian and Gospel, Country, Dance and Electronic, Hip Hop/Rap, Indie, Latin, Pop, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock and Singer/Songwriter.

Every episode introduces us to five songwriters who give a performance of their original tracks before the music producers and a chart-topping recording artist. The panel judges the contestant on the basis of his song’s lyrics, arrangements, beats, melody, and story. They then discuss and decide as to how they can develop the participants to match the style of that week’s recording artist. After this round, the latter finalizes three songwriters and pairs each with the best-suited producer for him or her. The episode concludes with announcing one winner whose song shall be recorded and released as the artist’s next single.

The mega-recording artist varies from episode to episode. For example, the premiere episode has Charlie Puth in this role. He is a three-time Grammy nominee. Other guest artists include famous musicians such as The Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Macklemore, Charlie Puth, Kelsea Ballerini, Will.I.Am, OneRepublic, Aloe Blacc, Old Dominion, and Leona Lewis.

Produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), Live Animals Productions, Dave Stewart Entertainment, and 222 Productions, ‘Songland’ lends an inside look into the extensive, creative process of song-making. As stated by Meredith Ahr, president of UTAS, during his interview with Variety, “Songwriters shape the anthems and tell the stories of each generation, and now we’re pulling back the curtain on the collaborative process and opening the door for new talent to emerge”. It is indeed astonishing to watch how panelists alter and improvise tracks just in front of your eyes. Therefore, this unique program not only gives that much-needed platform to budding writers but also enables us to appreciate the beauty of music creation.

Songland Season 1 Release Date: When will it premiere?

Songland season 1 premieres on NBC on May 28, 2019, at 10 PM ET/PT, following ‘America’s Got Talent’. On July 2, 2019, the show goes on a short break and returns airs every Tuesday at the same time slot from August 14, 2019, Wednesday, at 9 PM ET/PT. The show concludes its entire run of 11 episodes on  September 11, 2019.

Offering a unique platform for new voices to be heard, ‘Songland’, depending on its audience’s response, should definitely return for another season. We are saying this after noting the tremendous success of NBC’s parallel, long-running show, ‘The Voice’. Now, if a renewal does happen, Songland season 2 should premiere most probably during May – June 2020. This is not an official update. But we shall come back with more solid news as soon as we get a confirmation.

Songland Trailer

NBC has already released an official trailer for season 1 of Songland. You can check it out below. Additionally, you can head to NBC  in order to be regularly updated about the program’s latest clips and announcements:

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