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What’s the Difference Between a Songwriter and a Topline Writer?

Let’s discuss a term that’s used a lot in the industry: toplining. The act of toplining means “writing a song over a pre-made beat.” This seems like a kind of arbitrary distinction between a songwriter and a topliner, and in truth, it really is. The only real difference is in the creative process. Do I start with a blank page? Or do I start with pre-made boundaries to direct my creativity?