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“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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“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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