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Song Stories

“Let It Go”

Keyshia Cole | 2007

Co-written and produced by Missy Elliott, "Let It Go" was originally intended for the singer Fantasia, not Keyshia. But when Fantasia had to bump the song off her project, Keyshia was quick to snatch it up. "I tried to hurry up past it cause I felt Keyshia wouldn't want it," Elliott explained. "I really didn't know what kind of direction she wanted to go in. But as soon as the chords came on she was like, 'Wait-wait-wait stop! Stop!'" Elliott also raps on the track, along with Lil' Kim.

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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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