What do the Backstreet Boys, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears all have in common? Besides being major pop stars, they all have hit songs penned and produced by one Swedish songwriter/producer by the name of Max Martin. Max Martin, also known as Martin Karl Sandberg is responsible for just about every song that you ever sang in the shower for the last ten years. His string of hits is kind of ridiculous, and includes such tracks as "Raise Your Glass" (Pink); "I Kissed a Girl" (Katy Perry); "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Kelly Clarkson); "Baby One More Time" and "Hold It Against Me" (Britney Spears); "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Taylor Swift); "One More Night" (Maroon 5); "Dynamite" (Taio Cruz); "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" (Usher); and "Beauty and a Beat" (Justin Bieber), among many, many others. He's also penned tracks for Christina Aguilera, Ace of Base, Cher, and Avril Lavigne. He's won just about every songwriting award that one can receive, including ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year Award in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He's been consistently successful, and as the pop music scene has changed, so has he. Over the years, he has shifted his sound from bubble gum pop, to heavier and more rock-inflected, and the result is that his tracks are in almost constant rotation on the radio. This has made him quite wealthy, and he recently purchased a Hollywood compound with a long history, and a surprisingly short price tag.
Max Martin's house in Hollywood is made up of three buildings totaling 5,637 square feet. There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms spread out around the trio of structures, and the home has been owned by several celebrities over the years. Max Martin's house once belonged to Frank Sinatra a.k.a. The Voice, Bella Darvi, Jeanne Carmen and Marilyn Monroe, and most recently David Coburn and his wife. The main unit of Max Martin's house has five fireplaces and a living room that stretches for 100 feet. There is a studio apartment over the garage that includes a living room, fireplace, kitchenette, and terrace. The mid-sized third unit includes a living room, office, fireplace, and full kitchen. Mr. Martin purchased the property, which he intends to convert into a recording studio, for a very reasonable $3.72 million. He owns another home in the Hollywood Hills, so maybe he needs a little extra space to be creative.