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Renee Olstead: Skylark

That mega-producer David Foster is a genius at marketing pop singers is beyond question. His work, as applied to an assembly line of hit-makers that extends from Streisand and Cher to Groban and Bublé, is invariably slick and überprofessional, polished to a blinding sheen. He knows precisely what it takes to tap into the pop culture zeitgeist, and is consistently on the money when it comes to the pulse-taking of the music-buying masses. So, working his brand of star-making magic with teenaged powerhouse Renee Olstead for the second time (he also produced her eponymous debut in 2004), Foster can virtually guarantee her Groban- or Bublé-sized success-but at what cost?

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