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Coldplay pay tribute to R.E.M. with cover of 'Everybody Hurts': Watch it here

With their deft ability to keep one foot in the underground and the other riding the mainstream wave, R.E.M. have served as a source of inspiration for hundreds of bands who believed they could start out small and gradually become stadium-fillers.

Though they’ve done it in a conflated period of time, Coldplay certainly followed that script, and R.E.M.’s breakup has clearly had a serious impact on frontman Chris Martin. During a concert on Saturday in Atlanta, only about 70 miles west of R.E.M’s hometown of Athens, Martin tipped his hat to his heroes with a cover of “Everybody Hurts.”

“One of our favorite bands of all time, for some crazy reason, have finished,” Martin announced from the stage, introducing his cover. “And it’s sad. Please don’t judge this cover version on its musical merits. See it for the gesture rather than its actual sound. This is just to show how much they meant to us.”

Check out his acoustic run through “Everybody Hurts” — which inspired quite the singalong in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day two: Lady Gaga takes over the show

Leave it to Lady Gaga to co-opt a music festival featuring dozens of top-line pop stars and make it her own.

The Lady appeared on stage as the final performer last night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and stayed on stage for well over an hour—much longer than any of the other acts. “They told me I was only allowed to play for 45 minutes,” she told the crowd. “But I think you’re all pretty drunk so you probably don’t know what time it is, do you?”

And it’s true: No one was complaining when she served up hit after hit, including “Judas,” “You and I,” “Just Dance,” and “Bad Romance,” which basically blew the roof off the arena.

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Hear LeAnn Rimes cover George Jones' classic 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' -- An EW exclusive

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LeAnn Rimes is no stranger to covers — her very first hit, “Blue,” was a song originally intended for Patsy Cline, and the singer has gone on to reinterpret the classics of artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Prince (no, really).

As you might guess from the title, her latest disc, Lady & Gentlemen, out Sept. 27, finds Rimes focusing solely on the work of male singers, including Ernie Ford, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and George Jones, whose iconic “He Stopped Loving Her Today” we have for you exclusively below: READ FULL STORY

'The Sing-Off': Watch Delilah's fiery cover of Bruno Mars' 'Grenade'

Judging by Monday night’s ratings, there’s a good chance that you were checking out Ashton Kutcher’s debut on Two And A Half Men rather than watching NBC’s delightful a cappella competition The Sing-Off last night. Bad decision.

If you didn’t see the show, you missed fierce (both in the literal and Top Model sense) girl group Delilah delivering an utterly searing rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”

As the ladies slowly sauntered around the stage, pausing for the occasional hip gyration, lead singer Amy tore through the number with soulful done-me-wrong scorn. The sparse arrangement built to the climactic “Watch me burn down” line of the chorus, which was clearly the best use of dramatic posing all night.

Girl groups often struggle to achieve a full sound, but with a two talented bass singers, that wasn’t an issue for Delilah at all. Watch their performance below: READ FULL STORY

Country star Luke Bryan takes on Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance': Watch it here

Luke Bryan, Little Monster? He didn’t put his paws up, but the “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” singer did shake it for the birds, the bees, the catfish swimmin’ down deep in the creek — and for “Bad Romance” on his current CMT tour.

Watch below as Bryan puts on a muscular, surprisingly awesome performance — cue the “Crazy Train” riff! — of her Ladyship’s pop smash below: READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato covers Lil Wayne's 'How to Love' in NYC: Watch it here

When she’s not skyscraping, Demi Lovato is dealing with lower-altitude issues like, for instance, How to Love.

Saturday night found the newly revitalized teen star in a corner tryna put it together (or rather, onstage at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom) by turning Weezy’s slow-jam lullaby into a first-person confessional/uplift anthem.

“I am going to cover a song right now,” she told the crowd. “It’s by a rap artist, not a rap song, and it’s on the radio right now. Do you guys know what it is?” You do, Music Mixer! Because we just told you. But watch it here, after the jump:

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Taylor Swift teams with Hayley Williams in Nashville for 'That's What You Get': Watch it here!

One of the highlights of Taylor Swift’s massive Speak Now tour is the portion of the show that finds her covering songs by artists who hail from whatever city she happens to be playing in that night.

When she made her way to Newark, New Jersey, she whipped out Bon Jovi, while Detroit was treated to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” And who could forget the massive singalong to Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High” in Toronto?

On Friday night, Swift played Nashville, the town she currently calls home and the origin point for most of the country world. Would she choose a country classic to cover, or would she go meta and cover one of her own songs?

Ultimately, she called on Paramore singer and fro-yo pal Hayley Williams, who joined Swift on stage for a run through Paramore’s “That’s What You Get.” This news positively delighted everybody in the crowd, as Williams got a massive crowd pop when she was announced.

Were they excited to see her team up with her famous friend, or were they just really into her crazy bedazzled fanny pack? Decide for yourself by watching the video after the jump. (It’s a little shaky, but it settles down eventually, and the sound is good.) READ FULL STORY

Jim Carrey covers Radiohead, becomes latest in long line of 'Creeps': See it here!

Is there an actor in the universe more ’90s than Jim Carrey? The guy rose from stand-up notoriety to national prominence on the sketch show In Living Color, which premiered in the spring of 1990, and then to international superstardom thanks to flicks like The Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

He finished out the decade with a series of strong dramatic roles—including his turn as Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man in the Moon—but since the turn of the century, he has wavered between the broad stuff he used to be known for (Bruce Almighty, Yes Man) and down-the-rabbit-hole head-scratchers (The Number 23, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Really, the guy might as well be Billy Corgan.

Which is why it makes perfect sense that Carrey’s band played a gig in New York over the weekend and dropped in a pair of ’90s alt-rock covers into the mix. He channeled Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins during his read-through of “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” but he really got into the groove during a version of Radiohead’s “Creep,” which you can check out below. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber hops on Drake's 'Trust Issues,' believes what he's got with girlfriend Selena Gomez is real

That Selena Gomez must be real special to her boyfriend Justin Bieber. So much so that the teen pop stud covered his Canadian homeboy Drake’s woozy love song “Trust Issues” to sing about how there’s only one girl (presumably Selena) he can rely on not to break his heart.

‘You’re the only one/ ‘Cause I don’t trust these women/ They might have me slipping,” Bieber croons. The lyrics are a slight remix to Drake’s more aggressive “I don’t trust these b—-es.”

Either way, the message is the same: She’s the one for him. They certainly looked happy together last night at MTV’s 2011 VMAs. The Biebs gave Gomez a kiss after winning the Best Male Video award for “U Smile.”

The idea here isn’t an unfamiliar one. Stories of rich guys fearful of gold diggers and groupies come a dime a dozen.  This one’s no “Billie Jean,” either But I do appreciate the sentiment.

Rarely do men admit their fears and also profess their love for one lady on the same record. I hope this is the lane Justin’s traveling down on his next album. At 17, there’s some maturity here.

And on a more basic level, I’m glad his voice is growing as he ages. It’s rough being a star at such a young age mostly because nature and time are undefeated. There’s a chance that the sweet voice that sang “Baby” could’ve died during the transition from tighty-whities to boxers.

Anyway, listen to the track after the jump.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets his grunge on: Watch his live cover of 'Lithium' here

At this point, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt” is basically synonymous with “sexy version of an unsexy dude”—he’s given us sexy brainiac, sexy heartbroken dumped guy, sexy cancer patient, and even sexy awkward preteen alien (OK, I apologize for that last one).

On Tuesday night at Seattle’s Neptune Theater, Gordon-Levitt proved he can just as convincingly pull off “sexy unwashed grunge god,” too.

Gordon-Levitt showed off his formidable musical talents with a live cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium”—a crowd favorite, of course, in late frontman Kurt Cobain’s home state—at a concert promoting his collaborative production company, hitRECord.

“Now and then it’s nice to just do something that’s not for the record, that’s just for tonight,” the actor said, just before unleashing his rendition. “I just wanna play this song, in this town.”

Watch Gordon-Levitt’s impressively true-to-form cover of “Lithium” below: READ FULL STORY

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