AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.
And we're going to talk now with Dan Wilson. You may think you don't know him, but you do. He's your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer. For instance, power ballads with Adele? Check.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SOMEONE LIKE YOU")
ADELE: (Singing) Never mind, I'll find someone like you.
CORNISH: Hooks for hip hop royalty like Nas? Check.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROSES")
NAS: (Rapping) Heard you tear a rose from the roots, the rose screams.