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Song Stories

“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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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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