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Into the Mouths of Babes

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Does the emergence of young do-it-yourselfers like Branch, Nelly Furtado, Alicia Keys and Carlton signal an end to the hit factory approach that's dominated teen pop for the past few years? Hired pens like Anders Wikström, understandably, hope not.

"I think it's a good thing to see young people taking the approach of writing themselves," he allows. "But there's always gonna be a lot of artists needing help from outside. Because it's very hard to write an album of good songs if you're gonna tour in between and do all the promotional work that you have to do. It's very hard to take the time to do the hard work of writing and producing."

That all depends on how you spend those rare moments of free time, counters Branch, who's already toured most of the States and Europe since the release of her album late last year.

"I've been writing constantly on tour," she insists. "A lot of people ask me, What do you do to kind of get a break from everything?' Well, I write songs!" she says, laughing. "Writing is just something that I always do, and that I'll always be doing."

She pauses for a moment, then adds, "It's how I know I'll always sound the way I want to sound."

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