Inside Track: Rihanna 'SOS' & 'Unfaithful'

Phil Tan's work has appeared on albums and singles that have sold in excess of a staggering 150 million in the US alone. He specialises in R&B and hip-hop, and his credits include Usher, Snoop Dogg, the Neptunes, Fergie, Ne-Yo, Nelly, Ludacris, Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Cee-Lo, Toni Braxton, Run DMC and many, many more. In November 2006, when this interview took place, 16 songs mixed by him featured in the US Billboard Hot 100 & Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and 23 albums containing his mixes were in the Billboard 200 album chart

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Making one album a year is no longer enough (unless you're Adele)

Traditional albums may be on their way out as an important benchmark of an artist’s career, but they still feel important today because they are the long form artistic statement with which the music world is most familiar. What musicians are doing now is taking advantage of this perception by incorporating the album into the constant stream of content fans expect from them.

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