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Song Stories

“Bang Bang Bang”

Mark Ronson and the Business Intl feat. Q-Tip and MNDR | 2010

This song includes both MDNR lead singer Amanda Warner and rapper Q-Tip on the track, but the latter guest appearsance wouldn’t have happened without a providential accident in the studio. "Q-Tip came to the studio to record a rap and I accidentally played the first few bars of 'Bang Bang Bang' while trying to find something else,” Ronson recalled. “He said, 'What was that, those chords man, those are ill -- let me do something on that.'" Q-Tip added his part, and the song landed in the Top 10.

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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