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“Could It Be I'm Falling in Love”

The Spinners | 1972

Vibes, strings, horns, and the Spinners' gossamer vocals swelled together for one of the biggest early-'70s Philadelphia soul hits on "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," paced by an exuberant chorus reflecting the giddiness of a new love affair. As producer Thom Bell remembered in the liner notes to The Chrome Collection, he rearranged it from the slow ballad he heard on the demo. Phillippé Wynne's vocal at the end, Bell pointed out, "turned it into a whole new song. And he ad-libbed the whole thing once."

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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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