If you tune into Top 40 Radio, chances are you are listening to a single mixed by Serban Ghenea, the man behind the music’s beautifully-crafted sound. Ghenea has become an essential piece to the production process of creating a blockbuster hit by perfecting the science of mixing a chart-topper.
Over the last 20 years, Ghenea has become one of the most prolific, in demand mix engineers of his time. His vast discography has grown to over 700 albums for a wide range of notable artists spanning over all genres, including Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews Band, Bjork, Faith Hill, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Shakira, The Hives and many more.
Ghenea’s exceptional talent can be shown by his many accolades. Most notably, he has been nominated 16 times for a GRAMMY, winning eight. His first win, in 2004, was for his contributions to Justin Timberlake’s Justified, the pop-singer’s first studio attempt as a solo artist. Ghenea also shares the winning title for 2 out of 3 of Kelly Clarkson’s wins, including Best Pop Vocal Album for the American Idol star’s sophomore album, Breakaway. He is also a three-time Latin GRAMMY winner and has been nominated for 6 TEC awards, winning one for "Dreams" by Beck.
As of October 2015, Ghenea had mixed over 140 #1 singles and albums, including hits for The Weeknd, Pink, Beyonce, Beck, Gym Class Heroes, Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding and Keith Urban.
From November 2014 to April 2015, Ghenea had a 23-week streak at #1 on the notable Billboard Hot 100 chart. His stint at #1, almost lasting half a year, was due to his contributions for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” & finished out with Swift’s “Blank Space.”
In 2015, Ghenea’s hits continue to make history in the charts. Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” is the longest-leading track to consecutively have the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in this decade and tied for the second-longest-leading track of all time, topping out at 14 weeks. Swift’s 1989, mixed by Ghenea in its entirety, became one in five albums to spend their full first year since debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The starlet’s album also scored five #1s on Billboard's radio-based Pop Songs airplay chart, being the second album in the chart's 23-year history to snag at least five #1s. The first album to do so, actually topped out at 6, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, of which Ghenea mixed 5 of the 6 toppers.