Covers

Brandy performs in West Hollywood

Brandy performs in West Hollywood

It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten anything new from Brandy, but today she dropped a stunning cover of Coldplay’s “Magic.”

Brandy’s vocals echo through the moody atmospheric track and she adds her own spin on the song’s refrain for good measure.

I’m not sure I prefer her version over Chris Martin’s pained vocals, but this is definitely a solid cover.

Listen to the cover here.

Ed Sheeran in "All of the Stars" video

Ed Sheeran in “All of the Stars” video

Ed Sheeran turned 5 Seconds of Summer’s anthemic “She Looks So Perfect” into a sweet acoustic track recently for CapitalFM. This new version finds Sheeran delivering the rallying chant in his head voice.

With the song’s sweet lyrics (“If I showed up with a plane ticket and a shiny diamond ring with your name on it would you want to run away, too? Cuz all I really want is you”) it’s not hard to see why the songwriter would like the song enough to cover it. Sheeran’s latest album, x, is full of sentimental lyrics in a similar vein.

The singer performed at the Glastonbury festival in England over the weekend. Continue reading

Sam Smith covers Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" for SiriusXM

Sam Smith covers Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” for SiriusXM

I love Sam Smith’s whisper-belt vocal pattern as much as the next music blogger but, as I said in my album review for the singer’s debut album In the Lonely Hour, sometimes the same old routine can get a little redundant.

Smith brought his moody vibes to the late Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” for Sirus XM and it’s not terrible, but it’s nothing to yell about either. His vocals are good and he manages to make the song as depressing as possible, in a way that only he can. Still, it all feels very uneventful. Maybe it’s because he didn’t do the “uh uhhh” refrain. Maybe it’s because it’s WHITNEY HOUSTON and it’s pretty hard to top those amazing layered vocals in her version.

Anywho, Smith recently scored his first top 10 on the Billboard 100 with “Stay with Me” and is on track to debut at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his debut album next week so I doubt he’s worried about a thing. Continue reading

Ed Sheeran performs for

Ed Sheeran performs for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge

Another day, another Sam Smith-related post. Clearly I’m not the only one that is obsessed with the British crooner. Ed Sheeran choose the newcomer’s latest single “Stay with Me” to cover during a visit to BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge. He even brought along a quartet to help sing the gospel-influenced track.

Sheeran’s raspy vocals prove to be no match for Smith’s powerful belts, but it’s not necessarily a bad cover. (And I get the feeling Smith wouldn’t be able to effectively deliver Sheeran’s fast-paced rhymes, either.)

Both men are currently on the promo trail, with Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour coming out in the U.S. on June 17 and Sheeran’s x dropping a few weeks later on June 23. Continue reading

John Mayer

John Mayer

John Mayer will headline the Made in America Festival in L.A. alongside Imagine Dragons in August. The two-day festival will take place simultaneously in Los Angeles and Philadelphia on August 30 and 31. Kanye West, Kings of Leon and The National are among the headliners for the Philadelphia lineup.

Mayer covered Beyonce’s “XO” while on tour earlier this year and apparently he liked the song so much that he decided to record and release a studio version. The new release isn’t much different from the live performance, with Mayer delivering the memorable melody via harmonica and singing the dreamy lyrics over an acoustic guitar backing.

Check out the full lineup for the Made in America tour here and listen to Mayer’s cover of “XO” below. Continue reading

Beyonce and Jay Z in "Drunk In Love" video

Beyonce and Jay Z in “Drunk In Love” video

If Page Six is to believed, The Carters are going on tour together!

Following Beyonce and Jay Z’s separate tours and Jay’s tour with Justin Timberlake last summer, the couple is reportedly planning a summer tour that includes 20-stadium shows in the U.S. starting in June.

Obviously this would be a huge deal for fans of the stars. The husband and wife often make appearances at each other shows and the crowd always eats it up! Just imagine what a full tour would be like!

We’ll have to wait and see if this actually happens.

In related news, John Mayer recently covered Beyonce’s “XO” during a show in Australia. Naturally, the stripped-downed acoustic cover of the pop song still packs the emotional punch, even before Mayer play’s the song’s “ohh” refrain on harmonica. Continue reading

Jarell Perry Music

Jarell Perry Music

Jarell Perry’s latest cover involves Beyonce and one of the strongest cuts from her latest album. Perry released a cover of “Blow” today, keeping the funky riff in tact, but removing most of the sexy hook from his version. The cover is worth a listen or two if you’re looking for some background music, but it definitely doesn’t top his recent cover of Drake’s “Own It.”

Still, I’m really enjoying the covers. Hopefully he does a few more!

Perry recently released an EP, White, with original songs, too. Listen to it, along with the “Blow” cover, below. Continue reading

Christina Perri covers Ed Sheeran's "Give Me Love"

Christina Perri covers Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love”

Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love” is probably my favorite song from the singer’s debut album +, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out Christina Perri had covered the popular track.

Perri takes to the piano for her version, drawing each line out and adding even more passion to the already sentimental song. And she sounds pretty amazing. “Give Me Love” is not an easy song to sing, but she does it with ease.

The singer’s forthcoming album Head or Heart features a duet with Sheeran. The album is currently streaming on Itunes ahead of it’s April 1 release date. Continue reading

Miguel & Wale in "Lotus Flower Bomb" video

Miguel & Wale in “Lotus Flower Bomb” video

Many have covered “Bennie & The Jets,” but Miguel & Wale brought something new to the table with their remake for the 40th anniversary re-release of Elton John’s no. 1 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Miguel brings Alt-R&B vibes over a woozy production and absolutely nails it per his usual, while Wale delivers a solid rap verse. The duo previously teamed up for the hit song “Lotus Flower Bomb” in 2011.

The re-release will also feature covers from Emeli Sande, Fall Out Boy, The Band Perry and more.

Listen to the cover below and share your thoughts! Continue reading

Banks

Banks

I think it’s pretty obvious how much I appreciate a good cover. There’s nothing more fascinating to me than seeing an artist take one of their peers’ creations and make it their own. Banks recently took on Aaliyah’s hit single “Are You That Somebody” and, unlike Jarell Perry’s recent cover of Drake’s “Own It,” she totally tackled Timbaland’s memorable rap.

The singer adds a choppy “aye-aye” refrain to the stripped down cover, showing a small piece of her signature style.

Banks recently performed the cover for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. She also did an acoustic version of her latest single “Brain.”

There’s no better way to spend Throwback Thursday than listening to this cover, honestly. Continue reading