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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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Tyrone Wells, Brendan James, and Brett Young at New York's City Winery: On the scene

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Last night, the stage at New York’s City Winery hosted three musicians whose names you may not recognize, but whose songs you’ve already heard on shows like Vampire Diaries to Grey’s Anatomy (or just may be hearing more of soon).

Brett Young kicked off the night with a glass of wine in one hand and a guitar in the other. Accompanied by Jay Ollero, Young brought charming country vocals, his heartfelt lyrics and the occasional Bruno Mars cover as he sang about young love, lost love and everything in between. Young kept things short and sweet, ending his set with his newest single, “Kiss by Kiss.”

Contemporary singer/songwriter Brendan James followed, sitting down behind his keyboard and belting out fan favorites “Green” and “None of Them Are You.” James sang about his days spent in New York City, gun violence and even a song he wrote for his younger sister when she was experiencing her first break-up. But it wasn’t until he brought his drummer, Craig Meyer, on stage that the tempo picked up, switching seamlessly from heavy ballads to dance-worthy jams.

Then came the main attraction: Tyrone Wells. Opening with “Sink or Swim,” — which many know from Grey’s Anatomy season six promo — Wells’ vocals were just as strong live as on any CD, a soothing combination of falsetto and gruffness. Wells mixed old songs with new, adjusting his set list to incorporate audience requests, which led to at least one incident of yodeling.

Wells, whose set included a ukulele and a drum solo, won the audience over with a folksy diva mash-up that included Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” As the show came to a close, Wells belted out every last note to “When All is Said and Done,” even stepping away from the mic and finishing the last verse acapella — and just when the audience thought it was over, he brought the band back out to perform fan favorite, “I Will Remain.”

Wells and his openers are playing dates across the U.S. through April; give them a chance and go catch them if you can.

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'Gangnam Style' finally gets the acoustic, a cappella covers it deserves -- VIDEOS

If you took a peek at yesterday’s sound-free edition of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” but found it too arty for your tastes, perhaps one of these two new choices will better suit you.

That’s right, the K-Pop sensation is now reaching its viral peak, inspiring new sub-memes nearly every day of the week. The latest offerings include an a cappella cover from Sing Off winners Pentatonix and an acoustic rendition of the song courtesy of the “UC Berkeley Korean rock band” Ra-On.

The acoustic clip features Jaydee Min and Elle Kim sharing vocal duties while Michael Jun handles the guitar.

Check it out in the video below:

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Alanis Morissette covers Green Day's 'Basket Case' in support of Billie Joe Armstrong: Watch it here

Green Day and Alanis Morissette are kindred spirits in a way. Both broke big when their third albums — 1994’s Dookie and 1995’s Jagged Little Pill – became smash successes at around the same time, so it makes sense that Morissette would want to make a public show of support for the beleaguered Billie Joe Armstrong.

“I’ve always been an advocate and supporter of artists and Billie Joe, to me, he deserves to be bowed down to,” Morissette told Billboard after covering Green Day’s ’95 hit “Basket Case” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “He’s been in this industry for a long time and so for him to experience the consequence of a system that kind of set it up for him to fail is a travesty to me.”

“I think he’s braver than I am,” she added. “We’re all figuring it out, so let’s just support the fragile artist.”

Take a look at Alanis’ cover of Green Day in the video below:

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Gotye creates 'Somebody That I Used to Know' mega-mix from YouTube covers

“Call Me Maybe” has officially won the battle for Song of the Summer — but Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” may yet win the war. Case in point: The following video, which goes a step further than all the other Gotye covers and parodies on YouTube by mashing those clips together, forming an ear worm-y whole that’s much greater than the sum of its lo-fi parts. It’s like the Megazord of Internet culture, only not nearly as cheesy.

Best of all, the video was assembled by Gotye himself: “Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered,” he says on YouTube by way of explanation. Gotye: songwriter, videographer, word-maker-upper (remixability?). Marvel at his handiwork below.

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Karen Elson covers Fleetwood Mac's 'Gold Dust Woman' -- EXCLUSIVE

As the Aug. 14 release date for the Fleetwood Mac tribute album Just Tell Me That You Want Me gets nearer, we get treated to more and more gems from the Starbucks-masterminded compilation. A few weeks ago, we heard the New Pornographers offer their version of “Think About Me,” and, more recently, our ears met Best Coast’s cover of “Rhiannon.”

Now we have British model and musician Karen Elson giving her take on the Rumours closer, “Gold Dust Woman,” which you can listen to exclusively here.

Give the track a spin below, and head to the comments to let us know how you think Elson did:
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Every 'Canadian Idol' performance by Carly Rae Jepsen, compiled for your viewing pleasure

Five years before “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen became a Hot 100-topping protegé of Justin Bieber, she was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Canadian Idol hopeful with nothing but a guitar and a dream.

Jepsen made it all the way to the Final 3 during season 5 of Canadian Idol in 2007 and was the last girl standing. Although she didn’t take the crown, she did serve up 16 solo performances on the show, and although you’re probably satisfied by simply listening to “Call Me Maybe” (or one of its awesome mashups) 400 times on repeat, we figured we’d compile them all in one place just because we love you so much (and also, it’s Friday).

Jepsen fared best with classic lady pop — songs like “Torn” and “At Seventeen” showcased her breathy tone well — and although she’s less convincing on belty tunes like “Come to My Window” and “Breathe,” it’s still fun to hear pop’s current princess covering songs and singing one original on a now-defunct reality competition. Check out all the videos — except for Macy Gray’s “I Try,” which somehow hasn’t made its way onto the Internet: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen, and The Roots perform 'Call Me Maybe' with classroom instruments

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, clearly sensing that the internet was suffering from a lack of “Call Me Maybe” covers, has just released a new version of the song along with his house band The Roots and Carly Rae Jepsen herself, who was a guest on his show last night.

Instead of reproducing the track’s bouncy synths, the backstage crew took a more elementary (school) approach and played classroom instruments — bongo, xylophone, melodica, tone block, and even a triangle — to bring the song a fresh, wonky energy.

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Beyonce's post-baby concerts: Whitney Houston tribute, Goo Goo Dolls and Lauryn Hill songs

While you were spending your long weekend sitting in beach traffic, drinking too much, and watching the New York Mets show signs of life only to tank against a team that matters, Beyoncé was taking care of business.

In her first series of shows since the birth of her and husband Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World took the stage at Revel’s Ovation Hall in Atlantic City. Boasting that she had lost 60 pounds since childbirth, Bey was in fighting shape, breezing through four nights of wickedly aggressive modern R&B.

The setting only allowed for Beyoncé, a handful of VIP attendees (including First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Sasha and Malia), and Mrs. Carter’s staggering parade of hits, including “Single Ladies,” “Run the World (Girls),” and a medley of Destiny’s Child classics.

Perhaps the most attention-grabbing moments of the night (outside of that crazy weight-loss revelation) came when she dipped into other artists’ catalogs.

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Gotye softens his stance on 'Glee' cover

Hey, remember all those things Gotye said about Glee‘s rendition of “Somebody That I Used to Know”? He takes it all back! Sort of.

Gotye took time to clarify his comments during a performance at L.A. alternative station 98.7 yesterday afternoon. Speaking to radio D.J. Kennedy (yes, that Kennedy), Gotye covered his tracks by explaining, “The nature of using reverb and space in a recording can change your perception of how a sound appeals to you.”

“This xylophone hook in my song is kind of dinky not just in the cover version but the original song,” he continued, before joking: “That becomes the Glee cover I hated and Darren Criss is an asshole.”

The singer went on to compliment the way the show handled his hit. “I thought it was really clever to transpose the song to two guys,” he said. “It was a great idea.”

So, in short: Gotye’s thinks his own song has dinky qualities, Kennedy is still a thing, and Glee always wins.

More on EW.com:
Gotye thinks ‘Glee’ botched his song
Album sales: Lionel Richie climbs to No. 1; Gotye races up the chart following ‘SNL’
‘Saturday Night Live’ recap: Josh Brolin hosts and Gotye sings while Steven Spielberg, Kimbra, and the Brotee crash the party

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