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Song co-written by Fla. native is most downloaded

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Chad Vaccarino, left, and Ian Axel Chad Vaccarino, left, and Ian Axel

The song “Say Something” was the most downloaded song of the day and its writers are hoping to hit the top of the iTunes charts soon.

The emotional tune, which was written by Ian Axel and Florida native Chad Vaccarino, hit No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes store Top 10, thanks in big part to a judge on NBC’s 'The Voice'.

Last month Christina Aguilera tweeted that the song from "A Great Big World" was her new favorite, and that a surprise was in the works. That surprise, as viewers found out Tuesday night, was that she was collaborating with the duo for both a new studio recording of “Say Something”, and a live performance on 'The Voice'.

"We are big dreamers but … that was not on our radar at all,” Axel said in a red carpet interview with News Channel 8. "It literally feels like we're walking into our dreams.”

His band mate Vaccarino, who grew up in Port Charlotte listening to Tampa Bay radio stations, feels the same.

"Every day feels like a dream... and each week we get some crazier news than the last and it's been a whirlwind,” he said.

It wasn’t long ago that the two met in their music program at New York University. They were both going through painful heartbreaks, and wrote “Say Something” to heal.

"I feel like we were probably most honest writing that song than any other song we've ever written,” Vaccarino said. "Writing it was our therapy.”

The duo says they are "super-humbled by the whole thing" and that the interest in the song has changed their lives. Working with Christina Aguilera is a sign of that.

"In walks this iconic singer who can sing anything and when we got to work - she was looking for vocal suggestions and who are we to say anything to her? It was intimidating,” Axel said. "I think what we got was so beautiful and she brought the song to a totally different awesome place."

It made for an experience that "A Great Big World" won’t soon forget.

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"She can sing, literally, anything and make it sound good and here's Christina Aguilera asking us for our opinion,” Vaccarino said. “It's mind-blowing."

You can hear the song and download music from A Great Big World on iTunes.

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