Joel Little's co-penned Imagine Dragons hit 'Whatever It Takes' hits The 1,000,000,000 List

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020

Sony/ATV Music Publishing's MD Damian Trotter with Joel Little (photo by Nick Demarais)

There's no doubt that New Zealand songwriter and producer Joel Little is a go-to songwriter and producer for the biggest names in pop. Collaborations with Lorde introduced him to the world, and the world has come knocking, including pop masters Imagine Dragons. Joel co-wrote their hit 'Whatever It Takes,' and received his award and place on The 1,000,000,000 List for its billion streams success at the Global APRA Music Awards Los Angeles (26 February). 

Performed by Imagine Dragons and co-written by Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman. 

‘Whatever It Takes’ was released in May 2017, and co-written by Joel with Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman. It was a single from band’s third studio album, and the theme song for WWE’s PPC event Battleground, as well as featuring in the video game Madden NFL 18.

Imagine Dragons performed their successful single on Late Night with Seth Meyers and in their hometown of Las Vegas before the Stanley Cup Finals game in May 2018.

The single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum in nine regions and double platinium in the US.

Damian Trotter, MD of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia, accepted the publisher's award and was there to congratulate Joel.

The 1,000,000,000 List takes into account streaming numbers from all major services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Vevo, Amazon, Google Play and more. It is the first award of its kind to recognise a songwriter’s achievement.


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