The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.
July 11th, 2011
Episode 390 of 922 episodes
On today's show, we tell the story of a secret battle that's been going on for more than a year: Creating the song of the summer, the music industry's holy grail. Our case study is Rihanna's "Man Down." The story starts in the spring of 2010, when Rihanna's label flies in songwriters and producers from around the company for a "writing camp" — a pop-up version of the old hit factories that churned out pop tunes. Writing camp is expensive. But the real money doesn't start flowing until after the song is done. *Correction: An earlier version of this podcast used the incorrect version of Jennifer Lopez's, "I'm Real."