If Blink-182 or Bruce Springsteen were considering covering “All I Want For Christmas Is You” this holiday season, they can put that project on the back burner: The man behind Ten Second Songs did it for them.
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In case DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s original version of “Turn Down for What” wasn’t enough, there’s now a punk version of the 2013 song—and it features Ice-T.
The track appears on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6, the sixth in a series of albums where punk bands cover radio hits like Lorde’s “Royals” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” But Upon a Burning Body, the band who covers “Turn Down for What” on the album, is more metal than punk—and Ice-T’s aggressive rapping fits in nicely with the band’s throaty yells.
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The Kiwi singer stuck closely to the original for the most part, but did give the R&B track a soulful kick—and even danced along. “Dancing,” in this case, involves a lot of bouncing and some moves that suggest Lorde may or may not be about to fight someone. READ FULL STORY
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
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.
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.
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
“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
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
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