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  1. Fading

    Fading (2010)


    "Fading" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was written by Jamal Jones and Ester Dean, whilst production of the song was completed by Jones under his production name, Polow da Don. Musically, the song samples Irish instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Enya's "One by One", whilst lyrically, the song is about leaving a man in a relationship. After Loud had strong digital download sales in the United Kingdom, "Fading" charted at number 187 on that country's singles chart in November 2010. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised da Don's production, but one critic criticized Rihanna for copying herself and failing to create something different. Some critics also compared it to one of Rihanna's previous singles, "Take A Bow". The song has also been performed on select dates of the Loud Tour (2011).

  2. Pimpin' All over The World

    Pimpin' All over The World (2004)


    "Pimpin' All Over the World" is the fourth and final single by rapper Ludacris featuring singer Bobby V. It was taken from the album The Red Light District and was produced by Polow da Don and Donnie Scantz. The song eventually became the most successful single from The Red Light District. The song features Ludacris rapping the verses throughout the song, and then accompanying Valentino on the chorus. The video of the song, filmed in Durban, South Africa, features them on islands drinking, watching women, and dancing with women. "Pimpin' All Over the World" was well received on the Billboard charts, reaching #9 on the Hot 100 singles chart, but achieved its highest spot on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, reaching #2. This song also includes a cameo from comic Katt Williams as well as additional vocals by Keri Hilson.

  3. Buttons

    Buttons (2005)


    "Buttons" is a song recorded by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls from their debut studio album, PCD (2005). The song was written by Sean Garrett, Jamal Jones, Jason Perry, Nicole Scherzinger, Calvin Broadus while the production was handled by Jones along with Sean Garret and Ron Fair. The song was released as a digital download on April 11, 2006, as the album's fourth single and was serviced to contemporary hit radio in the United States on May 8, 2006. "Buttons" is a dance-pop and R&B song which uses strong elements Middle Eastern music in its production. Lyrically, the song follows Scherzinger speaking of a woman's desire to be undressed.

  4. Runaway Love

    Runaway Love (2006)


    "Runaway Love" is the third single released from Ludacris' fifth album, Release Therapy (2007). The song, which features Mary J. Blige on the vocals, was produced by Polow da Don and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song was the first single from Release Therapy in the UK and was released as a double A-side with "Girls Gone Wild" included. The song was performed at the 2007 Grammy Awards show by Ludacris, Mary J. Blige and Earth, Wind & Fire. A remix of the song is available by T-Pain featuring Cassie.

  5. Party Starter

    Party Starter (2005)


    "Party Starter" is the second single released from Will Smith's album Lost & Found. There are slight differences between the single and album versions. The single version has different beats and is longer with added compression. The song was written with rapper Ludacris as a tribute to Bobby Seale. He also provides the backing vocals during the song's chorus. The music video has what seems to be a cameo of Will's past music partner DJ Jazzy Jeff. However this turned out to only be a lookalike as he wasn't available for the video shoot. The song didn't perform as highly on the charts as his previous hit Switch, but fans were generally positive towards the choice of single that was chosen from the album to be released.

  6. Crying out for Me

    Crying out for Me (2007)


    "Crying Out for Me" is an R&B song from Mario's third studio album Go, which was released on December 11, 2007 and is the second official single. It was produced by Polow da Don and written by Amber Rives and Jasper Cameron.The song has been listed for 15 week in the Billboard Hot 100. Its first appearance was week 50/2007 and the last appearance was week 12/2008. Its peak position was number 33, where it stayed for 1 week. Its highest entry was 97. The official remix features rapper Lil Wayne another one features rapper Busta Rhymes, but are not included on the single or album Go . The song is very similar in theme to his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You".

  7. Whatever U Like

    Whatever U Like (2007)


    "Whatever U Like" is the debut single by American recording artist Nicole Scherzinger. The song was written by Sean Garrett, Clifford Harris, Scherzinger, Jamal Jones, and was produced by Polow da Don with co-production by Garrett. It was released on July 30, 2007 as a promotional single for Scherzinger's supposed debut studio album Her Name Is Nicole. Following the cancelled release of the album, Killer Love was released instead and the single was removed from Scherzinger's debut album tracklist.

  8. Bad Girl

    Bad Girl


    "Bad Girl" is a song initially recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna and American recording artist Chris Brown for the soundtrack of the film Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009). Their version of the song was excluded from the soundtrack, in favor of a version performed by the American girl group The Pussycat Dolls. Rihanna and Brown's version of the song was leaked on the internet on January 6, 2009. The song is about an addiction to shopping, and instead, ore specifically, buying shoes and handbags. Hollywood Records' decision to not include Rihanna and Brown's version was criticized by Ryan Brockington for the New York Post, but Michael Quinn for BBC Music was complimentary of The Pussycat Dolls' version. Rihanna and Brown's version charted at number 55 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

  9. Single

    Single (2008)


    "Single" is the second single off New Kids on the Block's fifth studio album, The Block, which is a duet with Ne-Yo. The lead vocals were sung by Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Jordan Knight. Donnie also rapped in the song.

  10. Here I Stand

    Here I Stand (2008)


    "Here I Stand" is a song by American recording artist Usher. It was sent to urban adult contemporary radio on August 18, 2008 by LaFace Records and RCA Records as the fifth single from Usher's fifth studio album, Here I Stand (Usher album). Penned by the singer with Polow da Don, Adam Blackstone, Gerrell Gaddis, and Dre & Vidal, and produced by Dre & Vidal, "Here I Stand" is a slow soul ballad and contains similarities to Stevie Wonder's music. The record received critical acclaim, and was nominated for the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance award at the 51st Grammy Awards. "Here I Stand" maintained a position on the United States Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for several weeks in 2008 and 2009, reaching the top twenty. It also appeared on the US Radio Songs and Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles charts, peaking at numbers seventy-two and six, respectively.

  11. Make Love

    Make Love (2009)


    "Make Love" is a song performed by American recording artist and songwriter Keri Hilson. It was written by Jamal "Polow da Don" Jones, Ester Dean and Jason Perry, and produced by Polow da Don and Perry for Hilson's debut studio album, In a Perfect World... (2009). The song was sent for urban adult contemporary airplay on June 23, 2009 as the fifth single from the album. Musically, "Make Love" is a downtempo R&B ballad. The song received mixed reviews from music critics, with some of them criticizing its long length and Hilson's vocals. In contrast, other critics named it one of the album's standouts.

  12. Remember Me

    Remember Me (2009)


    "Remember Me" was the planned first single off the re-release of T.I.'s sixth album, Paper Trail; however, the re-release was eventually shelved, although the song would still be released digitally . In the UK, the song was released as a single and was taken from an EP, entitled Paper Trail: Case Closed. It features Mary J. Blige. The song was officially released to urban radio the week of July 7, 2009. The main message of the song is remembrance. Its original title was "Don't Forget." The song is about T.I.'s jail sentence and how he wants people to remember him as he is not going to be gone forever, including the verse "By the time you hear this, I'd be half way home." It also talks about the hard times in his life and how he doesn't give up. In the song T.I. mentions Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and how he is the modern day version of them. With no promotion the single sold over 80,000 downloads in its first week, and it debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  13. Love In This Club

    Love In This Club (2008)


    "Love in This Club" is a song by American R&B singer Usher. Featuring rapper Young Jeezy, it was released on February 22, 2008 as the lead single from Usher's fifth studio album, Here I Stand. The song was written by Usher, Polow da Don, Young Jeezy, Darnell Dalton, Ryon Lovett, Lamar Taylor and Keith Thomas, and produced by da Don with a Las Vegas-inspired synth-driven beat. Its lyrics are of a lusting desire to have sexual intercourse in a nightclub. The song was originally leaked by da Don prior to its release.

  14. Party People

    Party People (2008)


    "Party People" is a song by American rapper Nelly, featuring American pop singer-songwriter Fergie. It is the first single recorded for Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, and also appears on the deluxe edition of Fergie's debut album, The Glam Dutchess Deluxe Edition. The track is produced by Polow da Don, and is the lead single from Nelly's album.

  15. Like This

    Like This (2007)


    "Like This" is a song by American recording artist Kelly Rowland. It features guest vocals by rapper Eve and was written by Sean Garrett, Rowland, Eve, Jamal Jones, Elvis "BlacElvis" Williams, and Jason Perry and co-produced by Polow da Don, S-Dot, Garrett, Perry, and Williams for Rowland's second studio album Ms. Kelly (2007).

  16. Love In This Club Part II

    Love In This Club Part II (2008)


    "Love in This Club Part II" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Usher, and features fellow R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles and rapper Lil Wayne. "Love in This Club Part II" was released by LaFace Records on April 28, 2008, as the second single from Usher's fifth studio album, Here I Stand. It is a sequel to the album's lead single "Love in This Club" which features Young Jeezy. Originally, vocalist Mariah Carey and rapper Plies were intended to feature on the record. Usher acclaimed the additions of Knowles and Wayne, and called it "a really special record". Produced by Soundz, the track samples the 1971 song "You Are Everything" by The Stylistics.

  17. Get Buck

    Get Buck (2007)


    "Get Buck" is the second single off American rapper Young Buck's second album, Buck the World. It was released on February 13, 2007 through G-Unit Records. The track was produced by Polow da Don. It was the only track off the album to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #87.

  18. Stronger



    "Stronger" is a song performed by American R&B singer—songwriter Mary J. Blige, with writing from Ester Dean, Dwayne Dalton, Jamal Jones, Chauncey Hollis and Chris Brown, who provides backing vocals. Recorded by Blige, it was featured on the soundtrack for the LeBron James documentary film More Than a Game, and included on the international version of her ninth studio album, Stronger with Each Tear (2010). It was released as the first single from the soundtrack to iTunes and Amazon on August 18, 2009. Additionally it was sent to US radio on September 8, 2009.

  19. Out Of This Club

    Out Of This Club (2008)


    "Out of This Club" is a song recorded by American girl group the The Pussycat Dolls from their second studio album, Doll Domination (2008). The song features vocals from R. Kelly and Polow da Don who co-wrote it while the production was handled by R. Kelly. It was serviced to urban radio stations in the United States on October 10, 2008, as the third overall single from the album. An urban contemporary song, instrumentation consists of "rudimentary piano melodies" and a "plush beat". Commercially the song debuted and peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, a component chart that represents the 25 songs that failed to make an impact on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

  20. Woohoo

    Woohoo (2010)


    "Woohoo" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, featuring Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj. The song was written by Aguilera, Onika Maraj, Claude Kelly, Ester Dean and Jamal "Polow da Don" Jones, and produced by Polow da Don, for Aguilera's sixth studio album, Bionic. "Woohoo" was released for digital download as a promotional single on May 18, 2010, and later was serviced to rhythmic airplay as the album's second single on May 25, 2010. The song, that contains a sample of the 1972 song "Add már uram az esot" by Kati Kovács, lyrically speaks of cunnilingus. It has been described as an electronica-driven urban dancehall track with R&B and hip hop influences. The song received positive to mixed reviews from critics, some praising Minaj's appearance and Aguilera's vocals. Many noted its similarities to Kelis's "Milkshake". However, some expressed distaste for the sexual nature. "Woohoo" debuted and peaked at forty-six and seventy-nine in Canada and the United States, respectively. Aguilera performed the song as part of a medley from Bionic at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

  21. Hero

    Hero (2008)


    "Hero" is a 2008 song and lead single from Nas' untitled album. The song features singer Keri Hilson and production by Polow da Don. This song was also featured on the special edition of Madden NFL 09.

  22. Whatcha Think About That

    Whatcha Think About That (2009)


    "Whatcha Think About That" is a song recorded by American girl group the The Pussycat Dolls from their second studio album, Doll Domination (2008). Produced by Esther Dean, Melissa Elliott, Mickael Furnon, Jamal Jones and Jason Perry. It was released as the third single in the United Kingdom and France and second in the United States. The song has bhangra-style beats with R&B elements. The song received mixed reviews, with critics stating that it was "disappointing after the hyperactive pop brilliance of 'When I Grow Up'."

  23. I Can Love You

    I Can Love You (1997)


    "I Can Love You" is a 1997 song by R&B singer Mary J. Blige. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, and featuring a rap cameo by Lil' Kim, it was released as the second single from Blige's third album, Share My World.

  24. Lil Freak

    Lil Freak (2010)


    "Lil Freak" is a song by American recording artist Usher, taken from his sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond. Featuring guest vocals by Trinidadian recording artist Nicki Minaj, the song was written by her, Usher, Ester Dean, Blac Elvis and Polow da Don, the latter two producing the track. Its hook is based around a manipulated sample of American soul musician Stevie Wonder's 1973 hit, "Living for the City". "Lil Freak" was released as the second single from the album in the United States and Canada on March 2, 2010.

  25. Turnin' Me On

    Turnin' Me On (2009)


    "Turnin Me On" is a song by American singer-songwriter Keri Hilson, taken from her debut album, In a Perfect World.... The song features American rapper Lil Wayne who co-wrote the song alongside Hilson and Zachary Anson Wallace. Production credits are shared between Danja and Polow da Don, who also co-wrote the song. Following the minimal chart success of Hilson's worldwide lead single "Energy" in the United States, international markets received "Return the Favor", while "Turnin Me On" was released as the third single in the US.

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