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Song Stories

“(Just Like) Starting Over”

John Lennon & Yoko Ono | 1980

Issued just in advance of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy LP, "(Just Like) Starting Over" had a retro-1950s ballad/doo-wop feel with lyrics reflecting Lennon's renewed zeal for music after five years away from the record business. The song would reach Number One, but only three weeks or so after Lennon was shot to death on December 8, 1980. "All through the taping of 'Starting Over,' I was calling what I was doing 'Elvis Orbison,'" Lennon told Rolling Stone. "I'm a born-again rocker, I feel that refreshed, and I'm going right back to my roots."

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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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