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“Beautiful Monster”

Ne-Yo | 2010

This tune, which Ne-Yo chose as the debut single from Libra Scale is part of a continuing story that is woven through the entire concept album. "The song itself is a small piece of a much larger puzzle," he noted. Ne-Yo co-wrote the song, which he said "actually represents the mind-state of the man in the story whenever he comes into contact with his love interest-slash-nemesis." The song became a Number One dance hit in the U.S., as well as topping the singles chart in the U.K.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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