Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider's Guide To The Music Business (BBC-4 2018)

Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider's Guide To The Music Business (BBC-4 2018)

What does it take to spot a pop genius? To break a global act, to book a million-selling tour or reunite music legends to great acclaim - and huge profits?

In this series, premiering Friday 19 January at 9.00pm on BBC Four and from the makers of the acclaimed Music Moguls: Masters Of Pop, three music industry insiders reveal how the business really works.

Having spent over 25 years in the business, super-agent Emma Banks has worked with some of the world’s most famous artists, including Katy Perry, Kanye West and Red Hot Chili Peppers. She’s seen first-hand the fine line between success and failure, following the careers of hundreds of acts - from geniuses who never quite made it to megastars who conquered the world.

The secret to success and stardom is an elusive formula of luck, timing and of course talent. But as Emma explores in this film, it’s also about the team behind the talent - the record execs, label bosses and A&R gurus who find, develop and make a star.

From Motown’s musical finishing school to Damon Dash’s dogged promotion of Jay Z, and from the missed potential of 60s group The Zombies to Blur, steering their career away from one-hit wonders towards chart domination, this film gives a behind-the-scenes insight into the peaks and pitfalls of turning new acts into chart success.

Contributors include Motown’s Martha Reeves and Mickey Stevenson (pictured), Blur’s Alex James, Monie Love, record-producing legend Clive Davis, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Labelle’s Nona Hendryx. And cameras follow Emma as she works with new Grime star Lady Leshurr to take her career to the next level.

production info

  • Year of Release: 2018
  • Country: UK | BBC Four
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 3x60 minutes