Song Stories


Notorious B.I.G. | 1994

The late great Christopher Wallace AKA the Notorious B.I.G. was known for putting his gritty street tales to music. But no one expected to hear Biggie – the same man to boast about keeping his "glock by the penis" -- rapping over R&B funk band Mtume's 1982 "Juicy Fruit." Unfortunately, Pete Rock was left with a bad taste in his mouth the first time he heard the final version of the rags to riches song. "I did the original version, didn't get credit for it. They came to my house, heard the beat going on the drum machine… next thing you know it comes out," Pete Rock revealed years later.

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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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