Music Week research reveals writers from this side of theAtlantic are dominating the best-sellers list across the pond in a way that has not happened since the so-called British Invasion of the 1980s.
However, while that Invasion was largely about acts writing their own material, this latest assault includes a number of songwriters and producers collaborating with or supplying songs for artists.
Seven of the 10 biggest downloads of the year to date in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan, include credits to UK and/or continental writers. They are represented on such songs as Kelly Clarkson's Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You), Nicki Minaj's Starships and One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful and involve writers including Brits Wayne Hector, Steve Mac and Fraser T Smith and Swedes Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. Among the Top 40 sellers of the year to date nations including France, Norway and Denmark are also represented.
This week's Music Week includes a four-page in-depth study into this takeover and features contributions from people like Fraser T Smith, who co-wrote Adele's third Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper Set Fire To The Rain, and Carl Falk who co-penned Starships and What Makes You Beautiful.