Covers

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Instagram (Alessia Cara)

Instagram (Alessia Cara)

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

Karmin in “Sugar” video

Karmin in “Sugar” video

Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have Me” is the very definition of #Boss.

The menacing pop cut finds Rihanna talking her sh*t in a way that is completely expected, without feeling old, and the video takes the lyrics to an entirely different level. (There really is a kidnapped wife in the backseat of her foreign car, oh my God.)

Karmin’s new cover of the single is equally as badass, but in a different way.

The group turns the chant-worthy title into a melodic hook and takes on RihRih’s verses over a bass guitar.

Over the past few years it has become apparent that Karmin is still trying to find their lane in the pop world, but I like this new sound. A lot. It’s the same nostalgic feel they went for with “Sugar” last year and it totally works.

I only they could capture everyone’s attention and make them believe they’re worth all of the hype again. 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.

Travis Garland covers The Weeknd's "Earned It"

Travis Garland covers The Weeknd’s “Earned It”

What is air?

After hearing Travis Garland‘s cover of The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” I’m not entirely sure.

Travis Garland has always been able to make me swoon with his light falsetto, soulful vocal runs and sensual lyrics, but this cover takes all of that to new heights.

I like The Weeknd’s version, which was created for the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack, but it doesn’t have anything on this version.

According to Garland’s YouTube channel, the cover was recorded live at The Green Room in L.A.

I just want a new album. Is that too much to ask? Continue reading

Florrie covers Taylor Swift's "Style"

Florrie covers Taylor Swift’s “Style”

Florrie still hasn’t released her debut album yet, but she’s holding fans over with yet another cover.

I posted her cover of Keisza’s “Giant In My Heart” a while back and now the English singer is taking on Taylor Swift’s “Style.”

The acoustic cover is sweet but it lacks anything special to make it stand out. Especially against this popular cover of the Harry Styles-inspired song.

Still, the new cover is a great reason to revisit the singer/drummer’s “Little White Lies” which is still as catchy as it was when she premiered it last summer, or the more recent “Too Young Too Remember“. Continue reading

MNEK

MNEK

MNEK proved he has a knack for revamping early 2000 hits when he released his amazing cover of Lumidee’s “Never Leave You (Uh Oh)” a while back and now he’s doing it again.

The British singer and producer has remade Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” and added B-52’s’ “Love Shack” into the mix. The production is nothing new if you’ve heard any of MNEK’s other house-inspired releases over the last year, but it’s extremely infectious and is sure to have you dancing along.

MNEK will release an EP titled Small Talk in the UK on March 27. The project will feature previously released songs “Every Little Word,” The Rhythm,” “In Your Clouds” and “Wrote A Song About You.”

Honestly, I don’t care about this new EP. I’m feigning for new music. This cover will only soothe me for a little while.

And, honestly, I need new music from Vanessa Carlton, too.  Continue reading

Years & Years cover HAIM's "Don't Save Me"

Years & Years cover HAIM’s “Don’t Save Me”

HAIM’s Days Are Gone cut “Don’t Save Me” has always been one of my favorite offerings from the critically acclaimed album and now Years & Years has given me a reason to me to rekindle my obsession.

The BBC Music Sound of 2015 artists (MNEK got the coveted title last year and is AMAZING) covered the track in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge recently and it’s pretty awesome. Olly Alexander’s shaky vocals prove to be the perfect addition to the already emotional song.

So.Many.Feels.

(If you’re looking for new original material from the guys, they released a new single earlier this year. Listen to “King” here.) Continue reading

Kelly Clarkson covers Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" (YouTube)

Kelly Clarkson covers Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” (YouTube)

Jesus has stressed the importance of shaking the haters off in one way or another, right?

Kelly Clarkson thinks so. That’s why she performed a “gospel” rendition of Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off” during a recent show in Buffalo, New York. Clarkson knew fans were probably expecting her now viral cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” but instead of announcing the new cover she let the audience figure it out once she began singing.

It’s not really a gospel song, but this is definitely a fun cover to incorporate into shows.

In related news, Swift’s new album 1989 is in stores as of today. Continue reading

You + Me cover Sade's "No Ordinary Love"

You + Me cover Sade’s “No Ordinary Love”

When I saw “No Ordinary Love” listed as a track on You + Me’s debut album rose ave. I hoped it was a cover of Sade’s 1992 hit. And, luckily, it was.

The duo, comprised of Pink and Dallas Green (aka City and Colour), delivered a bleak cover of the song atop a piano backing for their version, which they recently performed live in Santa Monica, California.

Obviously, it has nothing on the original, but the two singers’ voices blend well together. It’s quite beautiful.

It’s enough to make me miss The Civil Wars. You + Me sound good, but the new folk duo doesn’t have the chemistry that the now defunct group had. Their connection was palpable.

rose ave. is in stores now. Continue reading

Jessie J covers Sam Smith's "Stay With Me"

Jessie J covers Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

Remember when Jessie J used to release breathtaking acoustic videos on Youtube? I’m glad the “Bang Bang” singer has grown as an artist, but I sure do miss those days!

J’s recent cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” made me want to go revisit those videos. The singer keeps her vocals soft for the most part, but the cover is still stunning. Her signature melismas adds some texture to the popular single.

Jessie J is currently on the promo trail for her forthcoming album Sweet Talker, which will be released on Oct. 14. Continue reading

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