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    Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers
    Hitmakers Claude Kelly - P 2013
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    Claude Kelly

    This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    Like his native New York City, Claude Kelly’s resume is a virtual melting pot -- of pop. Be it Miley Cyrus' “Party In The USA,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009, or Bruno Mars’ 2010 chart-topper “Grenade” or Jessie J’s inescapable “Price Tag,” chances are, you’ve been singing along to Kelly’s lyrics. The 32-year-old Berklee College of Music grad says the strangest place he's heard his songs was "in church! I've heard gospel versions of 'Grenade.' It's flattering, but are you really singing a sex/love song in church?"

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