Brian McFadden knows what it’s like to have a hit, as part of Westlife he had seventeen top five singles and as a solo artist he’s had four number ones, however McFadden who is also a judge on Australia’s Got Talent used a brand new TV show called The Hit to find his latest release.
Unknown, uncharted songwriters from across Ireland submitted their songs to this new show and legendary music producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Killers, The Rolling Stones, The Pogues) selected just eight songs that would be presented to Brian Mc Fadden and indie band 'Royseven'.
Brian snapped up Invisible as soon as he heard the first verse and chorus. “The reason I picked this song is because it’s a hit”. The writers Ian Colgan and Shane Butlerhave been trying to break into the music business and after years of rejection they saw this as their one chance to get their music released. When Brian picked their song the boys couldn’t hold back the tears.
With producer Rob Conley, Brian has taken the acoustic version of the song he was pitched on the TV show and turned it into a pop anthem. The songs were available to download once they were revealed on the TV show. There was just two hours left of the chart week when the Hit was broadcast and both Brian and Royseven managed to get into Ireland’s top 40 and they went to the top two on iTunes
Songwriters sell their songs to established music stars; it’s the most important pitch of their lives. For the stars, getting the best song for themselves is the business of having a Hit. This is the basis for a new prime time TV show that will be seen for the first time on Irish Television.
The Hit is a real music competition that is giving fledgling songwriters a chance to have chart success with an established artist. From all of the song submissions, Grammy award winning music producer Steve Lillywhite, who has produced bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Killers and U2 will select a shortlist of songs. In the show the chosen songwriters will then pitch their songs to two established stars. The stars are under pressure to select one song they can turn into a hit but ultimately the audience will decide. At the end of the show two songs, one by each artist, will be released on iTunes.
The host of The Hit is Laura Whitmore from MTV Europe and the two stars seeking their next hit song are Brian McFadden and Royseven. Brian shot to fame as a member of one of the most successful boy bands of all time, Westlife. He has since gone on to secure four number one singles as a solo artist as well as enjoying TV success in Australia. Up against Brian, is award winning band Royseven. Last year not only did they scoop the Meteor Choice Music Award for 'Best Song' but they also took the accolade for 'Most Played Irish Song' on radio.
The format was created by Vision Independent Productions in Dublin and is backed by Warner Brothers International and RTE. The pilot episode of The Hit was broadcast on RTE 2 in Ireland on September 6th.
'Invisible' is published by Vision Independent Productions. ISRC Code IEHIB 1200001. The composers are Shane Butler & Ian Colgan.