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"White Horse" is a single by Taylor Swift (pictured) from her second studio album, Fearless. A country pop song, the ballad is driven by a finger-picked guitar and includes piano and cello accents. The lyrics incorporate fairy-tale imagery of princesses and white horses: a narrator is heartbroken that her boyfriend is not an ideal figure and leaves her town to find another partner. Big Machine Records released the track to US country radio on December 8, 2008. Music critics lauded "White Horse" for its somber production and portrayal of heartbreak, but some found the lyrics uncreative. In 2010, the song won Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In the US, the single peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. It was also certified in the US, Australia and Canada. Following a 2019 dispute regarding the ownership of Swift's back catalog, she re-recorded the song for her album Fearless (Taylor's Version). (Full article...)

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Basshunter, a Swedish singer, record producer and DJ, has recorded more than 100 songs since 2004 for five studio albums and two compilation albums. His first album, The Bassmachine, was released in 2004, and his second studio album, LOL, was released in 2006. This was followed by the singles "Vi sitter i Ventrilo och spelar DotA" and "Vifta med händerna", on which Basshunter collaborated with Patrik & Lillen. In 2008, he released a cover version of "Please Don't Go" by KC and the Sunshine Band and "All I Ever Wanted", followed by his third studio album, Now You're Gone. Basshunter's fourth studio album, Calling Time, was released in 2013. Its tracklisting included four songs that had been released as singles over the preceding three years: "Saturday", "Northern Light", "Dream on the Dancefloor" and "Fest i hela huset", a track that Basshunter had recorded with contestants on the fifth season of the reality television series Big Brother. (Full list...)

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Mount Api

Mount Api is a limestone mountain located in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is part of the same formation as Mount Benarat and Mount Buda. Mount Api is notable for its striking limestone karst formations, commonly known as "the pinnacles". The mountain hosts many caves, with passages linking to the massive Clearwater Cave system. It features a great diversity of pitcher plants, with at least eight different species recorded on the mountain. This 2019 photograph shows the karst pinnacles near the peak of Mount Api.

Photograph credit: Nur Nafis Naim

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