Lately, as a songwriter I feel like the only way to write a hit is to somehow stir the pot with sex and controversy. I mean really at the end of the day, people 'listen' with their eyes. Almost all top 40 artists today are sexy young women, their actual singing ability comes second. Since Madonna, I think it's been that way. Even before that with Dolly Parton... In 2019 it's almost impossible to write a hit song without that element it seems, not like before.