Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara’s cover of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” is amazing so expectations for her covers are now automatically high.

After meeting fellow Canadian star Drake recently, Cara took on his latest release “Hotline Bling.”

Like many of Drake’s songs, the catchy track is a delicate balance of Drake reminiscing on an old relationship and wondering what his ex is doing in his absence.

The bouncy production serves as a pleasant disguise but emotionally the song is a lot to unpack. Maybe that’s why Cara’s acoustic cover falls flat.

It’s not bad. It’s just not particularly memorable. There are not places for her to showcase her beautiful voice and the emotion just isn’t there. I don’t believe Cara is really worried about her boo smoking and getting nasty with someone else based on this cover.

I can’t help but wonder how JoJo sound covering this song? She’s done an amazing Drake cover before and will reportedly release THREE new singles on Friday (August 21). Hmmmm… Continue reading

Def Jam

Def Jam

“You belong here.”

Jimmy Fallon seems to be thinking what everyone who has heard of Alessia Cara is thinking at the moment. The 18-year-old newcommer may not belong at a party, but she absolutely belongs in the music industry. On the radio. On our phones. On repeat.

She proved it with her debut single Here,” and with her amazing cover of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and again with her national television debut.

Cara appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (July 29) and she absolutely nailed it.

Backed by The Roots, the singer performed her ode to wallflowers wearing a 90s choker, jeans, sneakers and an ironic “Life of the Party” t-shirt.

Cara is scheduled to release her debut EP Four Pink Walls on August 28. Continue reading

Alessia Cara covers Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood"

Alessia Cara covers Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”

“Bad Blood” is one of my least favorite Taylor Swift songs. I’ve said it since 1989 was released and I still feel that way even though the song has become a single.

For me, its only saving grace is the appearance of Kendrick Lamar on the single version. Kendrick makes everything better.

Newcomer Alessia Cara took on the hit single for BBC Radio 1 and she stuck to the single version instead of the album version, meaning she mostly sung Kendrick Lamar’s verses and the hook. It’s not hard to rap along to King Kendrick’s verses, but Cara did it with ease. And all while adding her own style to it.

I’m not ashamed to say I like this cover better than Swift’s original version.

The 18-year-old’s flow and the way she sings the chorus are so awesome that the cover garnered attention from Swift.

And, thus, Taylor Swift made the day of yet another teenager.

Also, if you’re wondering, Cara’s original material is awesome, too. Her song “Here” is all about being socially awkward at a party and it’s something I’m sure a lot of introverts can relate to.