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Kelly Clarkson covers Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

Kelly Clarkson covered Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Saturday evening—and even got Swift’s stamp of approval.

In a fan-recorded video of the performance, Clarkson introduces “Shake It Off” as “one of [her] favorite songs out right now.” She goes on to infuse the pop song with some soul, and finishes with a note on Tay: “Seriously, everybody gives Taylor Swift a hard time, but she can write a hook,” Clarkson says. “I’m just sayin’.” READ FULL STORY

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne on the band's new Beatles cover album, late nights with Miley, and why he doesn't love weed

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In the three decades since Oklahoma psych-rock icons the Flaming Lips formed, they’ve made no secret of their love for twee, trippy antics. They’re particularly infamous for their over-the-top live shows, in which they perform in Martian or animal costumes and shower the audience with confetti while singer Wayne Coyne rolls over the crowd in a giant plastic bubble.

The Lips are fond of experimentation offstage as well, recording not just 13 studio albums but a slew of limited-edition releases and collaborations, including 2010’s song-for-song cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and a 2011 EP that was stored on a flash drive inside a gummy human skull. They’ve also dabbled in film, with projects like the bonkers 2008 holiday film Christmas on Mars and an inscrutable, NSFW five-minute short film, released earlier this year, called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.” In it, Miley Cyrus smokes a joint, a nude woman is sprayed with glitter, and Coyne sings from within a massive cardboard rainbow.

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Beck kicks off George Harrison Week on 'Conan' with 'Wah-Wah'

The ever-versatile Beck kicked off Conan O’Brien’s George Harrison Week with a cover of “Wah-Wah,” the 1970 hit from the Beatle’s acclaimed solo album, All Things Must Pass. Conan’s weeklong tribute to the musician will also feature live performances by Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison, and Paul Simon.

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The Cure covers the Beatles' 'Hello Goodbye' with Paul McCartney's son

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The Cure hasn’t recorded together in six years, but now they’re singing “hello” to fans (and also “goodbye”).

The English rockers reunited to record a cover of The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” featuring a special guest: Paul McCartney’s son, James, on keyboard. Their version doesn’t stray far from the original, and James’ physical resemblance to his dad turns the otherwise ordinary recording session into a clip that’s eerily similar to watching Papa McCartney perform. READ FULL STORY

Hear Sam Smith cover Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car'

Stay With Me” singer Sam Smith already impressed with his cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know,” released earlier this summer, and now he’s at it again covering Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car.”

Smith performed “Fast Car” in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, where the British singer turned the gentle, acoustic song into almost-lounge music. READ FULL STORY

The Killers cover Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers turned Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” into a Killers song—complete with interpretative dance by drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.—at the band’s Saturday V Festival performance in England.
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Dolly Parton explains her new gospel cover of Bon Jovi's 'Lay Your Hands on Me' (you read that right!)

Dolly Parton releases her 42nd album, Blue Smoke, on May 13, and one song on the track list might surprise you: a cover of Bon Jovi’s 1988 hit “Lay Your Hands on Me.”

“I always loved the song, but the first time I heard it — because I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where people believed in healing hands and laying your hands on someone — I just thought, “Wow, that would make a fantastic gospel song,” Parton tells EW.

Still, she knew the sexualized lyrics would need a bit of an overhaul. “You can’t take liberties with people’s song without running it by them, so I contacted Jon and Richie Sambora, who wrote the song together, and asked them, ‘I would love to do this as a gospel song, would y’all help me put that together?’ They were all for it, and everybody threw in their little ideas, and I threw in mine,” she says. READ FULL STORY

'Inside Llewyn Davis' star Oscar Isaac does Katy Perry's 'Roar' -- watch it here

He’s got the eye of the tiger — and an angry tom cat in his overcoat.

Oscar Isaac, the title star of the Coen Brothers’ new ’60s folk-scene chronicle Inside Llewyn Davis, showed up on Jimmy Fallon last night, and of course Jimmy wouldn’t let him leave without proving his real-life music bona fides.

What suits a Dave Van Ronk manque most? A little unknown gem from the Katy Perry catalog, done all Positively 4th Street style, with Fallon on backup:

Inside Llewyn Davis is in theaters now.

Miley Cyrus reminds us all that she can sing, covers Lana Del Rey

The lady who twerks can also sing — when she’s not busy lighting up a stunt doobie.

Miley Cyrus followed up her headline-ready performance at the MTV EMA Music Awards over the weekend with a stirring performance for Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1. After performing her hit “Wrecking Ball,” the singer, clad in a black turtleneck (Is this the most shocking thing she could wear at this point?), sang a slightly country-influenced version of Lana Del Rey’s contemplative ballad, “Summertime Sadness.”

Longtime Cyrus fans will note that this cover is very reminiscent of some tracks she memorably covered for her December 2012 “Backyard Sessions,” where she garnered attention for her stripped-down, emotionally naked performances.

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Lorde covers Tears for Fears classic 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' -- hear it here

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Question: What does a 17-year-old craving a different kind of buzz do for a giant movie franchise about post-apocalyptic teens fighting for their lives?

Answer: Sing a song that’s older than them all! In the latest roll-out from the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, Lorde takes on Tears for Fears’ 1985 chart topper “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”

Listen to her clanging, atmospheric, and veryverydramatic take here: READ FULL STORY

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