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“Under the Westway”

Blur | 2012

Damon Albarn debuted what is only the second new Blur song in nine years at a fundraiser, but he said it could possibly be the final Blur track ever. "Initially I wrote it as a slightly wistful national anthem for my house," Albarn said. "I had this idea of getting it made into an old 78 record and making a flag and then just playing it -- just being really silly. But I had these chords and I ended up writing this tune around it. I don’t really do anything with Blur any more … Maybe this tune’s a last little coda to the whole story."

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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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