The sleeper hit of summer 2019, Songland, is back starting Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Tune in to see which budding songwriters will have their numbers picked up by big-time musical acts.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch new episodes of Songland on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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NBC (live in most markets) is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Songland live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package comes with 47 channels, including NBC (live in select markets). It costs $20 for the first month and $30 per month after that, making it the cheapest streaming service with NBC if you want to keep it for longer than a week:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Songland live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
NBC (live in most markets) is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies.
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch Songland live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has most new episodes and specials available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
‘Songland’ Season 2 Preview
The first season of Songland featured artists John Legend, Will.i.am, Kelsea Ballerini, the Jonas Brothers, Meghan Trainor, Aloe Blacc, Macklemore, Old Dominion, Leona Lewis, Charlie Puth, and OneRepublic. In each artist’s episode, he or she chose a winning song from the four presented by the different songwriters who are competing that episode. The artists then released the song — to great success. In the first season, the winning songs collectively scored over 200 million digital downloads and many of them hit No. 1 on an iTunes chart.
- “Greenlight” by Jonas Brothers hit No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Charts
- “Better Luck Next Time” by Kelsea Ballerini hit No. 1 on the iTunes Pop Chart and No. 2 on the iTunes Overall Charts
- “Be Nice” by Black Eyed Peas ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Charts
- “Shadow” by Macklemore (ft. IRO) ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Chart
- “Solo Quiero (Somebody to Love)” by Leona Lewis, Cali y El Dandee and Juan Magan reached No. 1 on the iTunes Latino chart
- “We Need Love” by John Legend ranked No. 1 on the iTunes R&B chart
In preparation for the second season, NBC has put full episodes of season one on YouTube free for viewers.
Now the show is back for summer 2020, with some of the biggest stars in music looking for their next hit single. For season two, the guest artists include Lady Antebellum, Boyz II Men, Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher.
Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, and Ryan Tedder are back as the judges/producers; after the four songwriters present their numbers each week, the guest artist chooses three to advance to the next round, where they each work with one of the judges/producers to get the song in a finalized format. The songwriters then perform the reworked song and the guest artist chooses one to record.
The preview for season two features H.E.R. saying, “What makes a great song? Something that’s unforgettable. Songland is the place to find these records.”
“What this show is about is showcasing the art of collaboration and the art of songwriting,” says Tedder.
It is fascinating to watch a song go through the brainstorming and workshopping steps. It is also really interesting to hear what different artists are looking for in what songs they choose.
Songland airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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