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Song Stories

“King of Anything”

Sara Bareilles | 2010

Sara Bareilles found the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud, which inspired her to pen this song. Angered by all the people who were trying to steer her personal and professional career, the singer-songwriter turned her frustration into a Top 10 hit. "I've had more unsolicited advice on my life than I care to mention, and this was how I dealt with it," she shared. "It felt empowering to turn that frustration into music, especially a song that doesn't even sound angry." The song earned her a Grammy nomination, as well, for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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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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