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Dan Nigro on Chappell Roan’s ‘Old School Success’ & When He Realized She’s ‘A Superstar’
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Dan Nigro on Chappell Roan’s ‘Old School Success’ & When He Realized She’s ‘A Superstar’

Roan's "Good Luck, Babe!" comes amid a string of successes for the songwriter-producer, whose expertise has helped stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Caroline Polachek and more.

Months into writing a new song with Chappell Roan in 2023, Dan Nigro hit a wall. The Grammy-winner songwriter-producer had tried just about everything he could think of with the bubbling under pop phenomenon — boosting the production, cleaning up the lyrics, adjusting the key — and yet the song still didn’t have that special X factor they were looking for.

“We kept on getting so frustrated,” Nigro tells Billboard. “We knew that something about it was really special, but we could not figure it out. Was it the key? Was it the verses that needed to feel more spunky?”

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