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“Two Against One”

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (feat. Jack White) | 2011

As Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi were working on their Spaghetti Western-inspired project Rome, both the musician-producer and the Italian composer wanted Jack White to provide vocals. But there was one hitch: White rarely works with outside producers. Fortunately, he made an exception in this instance. The album features three tracks that pair White's vocals with Ennio Morricone-style backup singers, including the single "Two Against One." As Luppi said, "To have Jack's voice, which is really abrasive and strong over this elegant music, was a huge turn in the making of Rome."

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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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