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    Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers
    Hitmakers Ester Dean - P 2013
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    Ester Dean
    Songwriter/Actress/Singer

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

    Dean's achievements are eclectic. While she has been a hitmaking songwriter for years -- getting her first No. 1 with Rihanna's "Rude Boy" in 2010 and penning Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" -- in 2012 she did voice work for Ice Age: Continental Drift and co-starred in the Anna Kendrick musical comedy Pitch Perfect.

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    "[This year] is me really wanting to show myself as a whole, in a raw form," says Dean, 28, who in January dropped the first single from her yet-untitled solo album, "How You Love It," featuring Missy Elliott.

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