JUST ADDED: 5 Seconds of Summer will be rocking the stage at this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival Village in Las Vegas! The band sat down with Ryan Seacrest to break the news. Click here to buy your tickets now, before they sell out!
“Unlike Dr. Dre, that other faux-medical badass beatmaker, Dr. Luke is a white guy.“
So begins The New Yorker‘s wonderful profile of Dr. Luke, the 40-year-old hitmaker behind everything from “Since U Been Gone” to “I Kissed a Girl” to “Wrecking Ball.” If you’re looking for a taste of just how interesting this guy’s life has been, consider the following anecdote:
[Dr. Luke] can make a song that’s also a business plan. Still, it’s always a gamble. With “Wrecking Ball”, for example, [he] wasn’t sure it was a smash, and he wagered against it, telling Cyrus he would buy her a Numi toilet like his, the ultimate in potty technology (it has a Bluetooth receiver that can stream music from a smartphone), if he was wrong. Cyrus told me, “Contrary to what he thinks, Dr. Luke isn’t always right. I bet him him that ‘Wrecking Ball’ would go to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it did. Now he has to buy me a ten-thousand-dollar toilet. I’ll be thinking of him every time I go.”
Complex has compiled some of the other standout moments of the piece, but you should do yourself a favor and pick up a hard copy. And a Numi toilet, if you can swing it.