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Song Stories

“Climax”

Usher | 2012

Usher made this the debut single from his CD, "Looking for Myself." In spite of the attention-grabbing title, he insisted the song is more about relationships than a sexual experience. "When you're in a relationship and it's kinda reached the climax of where it could go, you gotta let it go if you're not gonna commit and that's what the song's about," he explained. "It's not about sex. It's about an out-of-control experience, when a person has reached the peak of that experience." Usher released the song on the internet on Valentine's Day.

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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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