Covers

RCA

RCA

Aretha Franklin is releasing an album full of covers of her favorite diva hits and today she’s delivered the first offering, a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

She slides, growls, and vocal runs through the hit single before incorporating another hit (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”). The old love song doesn’t necessarily make sense with Adele’s kiss-off track, but I reckon people will like it regardless. It’s Aretha Franklin, after all.

Great Diva Classics is due towards the end of October. Continue reading

Meghan Trainor performs "All About That Bass" on the Dan & Maz Show

Meghan Trainor performs “All About That Bass” on the Dan & Maz Show

Meghan Trainor is still sitting pretty at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her breakout single “All About That Bass,” but she recently showed that she’s a fan of the no. 2 song on the chart, too.

The newcomer performed a fun acoustic cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” recently while visiting a radio station in Australia. She not only distinguishes her version from the original by playing it acoustically, she also adds a fun rap verse that nods to Andre 3000’s “Hey Ya” towards the end.

Trainor’s “All About That Bass” knocked Swift’s “Shake It Off” from the top of the chart two weeks ago.

Her debut EP Title is in stores now.

Watch Trainor perform the no. 1 & 2 songs here.

Ed Sheeran covers Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars"

Ed Sheeran covers Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”

THIS IS HOW YOU DO A COVER, GUYS.

First of all, let us all acknowledge the fact that Ed Sheeran can sing literally anything with his guitar and loop machine present and make it sound like a something that is deserving of all the praise. Second, let’s remember the fact that Snow Patrol’s excellent hit single “Chasing Cars” is an instant producer of feelings.

When you add the two together it literally equals a puddle of golden tears.

Ed Sheeran’s cover of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” is literally a puddle of golden tears. DO YOU HEAR ME?

Maybe I’m extra excited because I get to see Sheeran in concert on Friday and the thought of him silencing an arena full of screaming fans as he sings of his relationship woes makes me giddy. I can’t be sure.

All I know is this cover is special not because it stands out against Sheeran’s other performances, but because it is yet another example of his consistency. Continue reading

5 Seconds of Summer covers Blink-182's "I Miss You" for BBC Radio 1

5 Seconds of Summer covers Blink-182’s “I Miss You” for BBC Radio 1

I like 5 Seconds of Summer. I think they’re a cool boy band that is talented enough to write their own songs and play instruments. And I think their songs are catchy enough that their teenage fanbase can easily latch onto them. I definitely feel like I’m past the age where I should be wishing for something as drastic as memory loss just so I can forget about a lover (“Amnesia”), but I still sing along every time the song comes on because it’s just that addictive.

With that being said, I also understood where writer Rembert Browne was coming from when he requested that the boys “DO DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL COVERS OR GET OFF THE STAGE” during their VMA performance a few weeks ago. Part of me really just wants the boys to do old covers of my favorite rock and pop-punk bands and call it a day.

That’s why I was so excited when I saw that they did a cover of Blink-182’s classic song “I Miss You” for BBC Radio 1 That’s why I was so disappointed when the acoustic cover was just “okay.”

I don’t know why I got my hopes up. Maybe it’s because their studio cover of Green Day’s “American Idiot” was pretty solid. Still, it can sometimes be hard to do a memorable cover of complex and well-respected songs.

I will, however, give the boys props for making the song their own by changing the refrain’s melody and adding harmonies. It’s also worth noting this cover was done live, unlike the “American Idiot” cover. Continue reading

RCA

RCA

Pentatonix has mashed up the two songs that put Sam Smith on the map before the release of his debut album In The Lonely Hour. The a capella group is known for doing fun covers of popular songs and their latest work is definitely no different.

Teaming up with British producers Disclosure and Naughty Boy, Smith was able to generate some buzz with “Latch” and “La La La” before he released any solo work.

In addition to this new cover, Pentatonix also released a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem” recently.

Both covers will be featured on their EP PTX, Vol. III when it is released on September 23. Continue reading

Columbia

Columbia

Say Lou Lou’s fans have been waiting for their debut album for two years now. The Swedish/Australian synth pop duo have been releasing new material all year, but sadly their LP won’t come out until 2015.

The good news is the twins have released a really good cover of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories cut “Instant Crush.” Where the robot’s original version feels understated and somewhat monotonous melodically, the duo’s cover add a bit more drama and texture to the auto-tuned track.

If you liked the original version you’ll definitely appreciate this atmospheric cover. Continue reading

Sara Bareilles covers Sia's "Chandelier"

Sara Bareilles covers Sia’s “Chandelier”

…or, quite possibly, all week.

Sara Bareilles delivered a chilling stripped-down acoustic version of Sia’s “Chandelier” at Madison Square Gardens during her Little Black Dress Tour recently and it seriously should be recorded in a studio and put up on iTunes. Like, right now.

Bareilles slows the ode to alcoholism down, adding new melismas and conquering that huge chorus in a piercing falsetto while the audience listens quietly.

No one can do it quite like the blonde bobbed songstress with the cracking raspy vocals and distinct accent, but if you’ve been aching for some new music from the “Brave” singer this should hold you over until she records a new album.

Also, this is a good time to listen to Bareilles’ live album Brave Enough: Live at the Variety Playhouse on Spotify. Continue reading

Tei Shei

Tei Shi

It takes guts to cover Beyonce. Tei Shei not only had the guts to do so, but she also had the talent to do it well.

The singer took on “No Angel,” one of the standout vocal tracks from Beyonce’s latest album, recently and the results should be enough to convince you to give some of her original work a listen.

The vocal arrangements are kept the same for the most part, with the exception of a few added background vocals. Shi’s angelic vocals lack the power that Beyonce’s have, but the layering makes up for it, keeping things interesting.

This production differs in the original in that it goes heavy on the shimmering synths, adding a whimsical feel to the previously gritty production. The production isn’t at odds with the airy vocals in this version.

Oh, and the singer eliminates the short rap verse, too. I’ve never heard anyone rave over that verse, though. You may not even notice it’s gone.

It won’t make you forget about the original version, but it will definitely make you respect Shi for taking something so distinctly Beyonce and putting her stamp on it. Continue reading

Island Records

Island Records

Luke James takes on the no. 3 song in the country this week. The “Options” singer uploaded a cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” to SoundCloud moments ago and it’s a bit more soulful than the original version.

James transforms the piano ballad into a barren production, belting out the tale of loneliness atop a melody created by layered vocals.

I still prefer the original version, but this cover showcases James’ severely underrated vocals so I’m definitely here for it. Continue reading

Florrie covers Kiesza's "Giant in My Heart"

Florrie covers Kiesza’s “Giant in My Heart”

Florrie dropped a pop gem of her of her own earlier this summer and now she’s taking on another artist’s work. The singer uploaded a cover Kiesza’s latest single “Giant in My Heart” to her YouTube channel yesterday after asking fans for cover suggestions.

This stripped down version finds Florrie playing the guitar and tackling the memorable male sample.

It’s a nice take on the house-infused dance track, although it doesn’t pack the same emotional punch. Continue reading