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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

Ingrid Michaelson's Army of 3 covers Bruno Mars' 'When I Was Your Man' -- Listen here EXCLUSIVE

Ingrid Michaelson found fame with winsome self-penned ballads like “The Way I Am,” but she’s not mad at an occasional cover, too.

The Staten Island-bred singer-songwriter has already found love — and half a million pageviews — with her take on Rihanna wrecked romance anthem; it’s one of the songs on her all-covers EP with her side project Army of 3, featuring producer Chris Kuffner and director Dylan Steinber. (She’s working on a regular studio album too, due out this winter.)

“I love pop music but I wanted cover these songs in a different way, with a unique arrangement,” says Michaelson. “I chose songs that are ‘of the moment’ because I love being able to capture something at its height and put my own little twist on it. When people started asking how they could get the recordings we decided to make a few more and put them out.”

Also on the EP, out today: their version of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” and an un-gender-bent take on Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” which you can hear exclusively here: READ FULL STORY

Who covered it best: Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'

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Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” just notched another week atop the Billboard Hot 100 — and a whole new slew of covers, too. Read our roundup of the latest batch below: READ FULL STORY

Kings of Leon cover Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own': Watch it here

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Stand back, Hannah Horvath — there’s more than one way to skin the brilliant dance-jam cat this is “Dancing On My Own.”

Last night on the BBC, Kings of Leon gave it the full-on Joshua Tree slow burn treatment. So far away, but still so near –  watch it here:

The Kings will also headline the ongoing iTunes Festival in London tomorrow night; but you can still experience it live in housepants, too.

Ellie Goulding covers Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors'

Stripped-down covers: Got to love them.

Ellie Goulding took on Justin Timberlake’s single “Mirrors” at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, adding some piano and a more soulful edge. For those that love the building beat of the original, that’s still here (just check out 1:45) but Goulding’s vocal riffs give the tune a whole new flavor. Besides a cover, she also debuted a version of her new single “Burn” at the event, off of her new album Halcyon Days, which is an update of her album Halcyon.

Listen to “Mirrors” and “Burn” below: READ FULL STORY

Prince covers Shania Twain's 'You're Still the One': Listen to the vintage audio!

Back in the late ’90s, something happened that was so magical it would never be heard of again: Prince, that avid hater of the Internet, took a stab at Web 1.0 and posted onto his site a RealPlayer stream of himself and Marva King covering Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One.” (Of course, since he’s Prince, he called it “Ur Still the 1,” but it’s the same song.) Some 16 years then passed, and people went on with their daily lives and bought iPods and Zunes, and the song was forgotten.

Until now. Dan Chamberlain dug up the relic while ripping old “Napster-era” mix CDs onto his laptop, and now the great cover demo is back in our lives, America. Give it a listen below:
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Vampire Weekend bangs out carefree cover of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines': Listen here

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Looks like Robin Thicke and the indie world have a little back-and-forth brewing.

Recently, you may recall, the “Blurred Lines” singer took on the Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop by Thicke-ifying their hot single “I Love It.” Before that, Queens of the Stone Age took their own crack at “Blurred Lines” while performing for the BBC.

And now the latest volley comes from Vampire Weekend, who offer what’s probably the most fun, unbuttoned cover of Thicke’s No 1 hit. Check it out below:

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Hear Pete Yorn cover Lee Hazlewood's 'Six Feet of Chain' for super-group project featuring members of the Pixies, Modest Mouse, and more -- EXCLUSIVE

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Sometimes, things — even good things — fall between the cracks.

Thriftstore Masterpiece, however, wants to start scooping them back up: the supergroup collective, whose guests include Frank Black of the Pixies, Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock, and Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor, aims to take history’s “underdog records” and reinterpret them with new artists.

The first album in the project’s series is Lee Hazlewood’s 1963 debut Trouble Is a Lonesome Town, and it includes Pete Yorn’s rendition of “Six Feet of Chain,” which you can hear exclusively here.

Take a listen to the track below:

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Rebecca Black is the latest to cover Rihanna's 'Stay' -- We round up (and rank) other notable covers

Rihanna’s “Stay” is here to stay … one way or another.

When RiRi performed the slow-burn ballad solo on SNL earlier this year, and then again with Mikky Ekko at the Grammys in February, America got to see a new, more vulnerable side to the perpetually hard-shelled pop diva.

And America has gotten to see a whole lot of “Stay” covers, too; from Vin Diesel’s indescribable basement-karaoke rendition to Rebecca Black’s latest bid for relevancy, we’ve rounded up the most memorable ones thus far:

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