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POWER HITTERS: MICHAEL POLLACK

In our new feature, we shine a spotlight on the brilliant songwriters and producers behind the biggest smashes in the biz, the players who regularly step up to the plate and deliver a hit—and frequently drive it clear out of the park.


Across modern-day music, you'll find songwriter/producer Michael Pollack tied to massive singles and streaming hits from pop royalty to next-gen stars. The accomplished pianist's most recent pack of cuts appears on Justin Bieber's Justice—Pollack has five co-writes, including lead singles "Holy" f/Chance the Rapper and "Anyone," which both debuted in the Top 10 on the Hot 100. "Holy" reached #1 at Hot AC, #2 at Pop and is certified platinum. 

Pollack's string of Bieber hits follows previous heaters from Miley Cyrus ("Prisoner" f/Dua Lipa) and Maroon 5 ("Memories"). The latter went to #1 at Top 40 and is 3x platinum. 

Pop-culture historians might recall Pollack as the Vanderbilt student who, in 2013, went viral after joining Billy Joel onstage to perform "New York State of Mind." The young Joel fan had spontaneously asked the Piano Man during a Q&A if he could perform with him. By the end of the performance, an impressed Joel announced, "That's Michael Pollack. Remember that name." Shortly after his viral moment, Pollack signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell

He also contributed to three songs on Katy Perry's Smile, including "Daisies." With Lauv, Pollack co-wrote streaming hits "i'm so tired" f/Troye Sivan and "fuck, i'm lonely" f/Anne-Marie

Managed by Nonstop boss Jaime Zeluck-Hindlin, Pollack has frequently collaborated with hitmakers JKashThe Monsters & Strangerz, Jon Bellion, Ryan Tedder and The Futuristics. Other recently charted songs include Daya's "Bad Girl," Max f/Suga's "Blueberry Eyes" and Alec Benjamin's "Let Me Down Slowly."

Sample Pollack's discography below.

THE MOST-STREAMED SONGS OF THE YEAR
You know it's not the same as it was. (12/2a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/2a)
2022 (NEARLY) FINAL MARKETSHARE
IGA and Republic are on top. (11/30a)
THE BIGGEST ALBUMS OF 2022
A Bunny, a Taylor and a Morgan walk into a bar... (11/30a)
SONG REVENUE:
XMAS IS COMING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/2a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
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