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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

Tokyo Police Club kick off their covers project with Moby's 'Southside': Hear the EW exclusive premiere here!

Tokyo Police Club’s energetic, deeply melodic songs have made them indie heroes in their native Canada, and the sweetness of their songs earned them both an opening slot for Weezer and an appearance on an episode of Desperate Housewives.

Starting today, the quartet will leave their own songs behind in favor of covers for a unique project that also acts as an impressive challenge. They’re calling the whole thing 10 Songs, 10 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Years. Every day for the next 10 days, the band will enter Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles to rehearse a new tune for 10 hours, which will then be recorded for premiere the following day.

Each song is from the last decade, starting with a song from 2001 and ending with a track from 2010. Since the group is also partnering with Polaroid for this experiment, they’re taking snapshots of the process and also constructing cover art for each song.

The Music Mix is proud to help the band kick things off by premiering the first track in the series. For their opening salvo, they’ve taken on Moby’s “Southside,” which featured guest vocals by Gwen Stefani.

The band invited along fellow Canuck Morgan Kibby from M83 to provide extra vocals. It’s an excellent interpretation of a great song, and you can crank up the whole thing after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Sugarland covers '80s classic 'Come On Eileen' with Sara Bareilles: Watch it here

Collaborating on fun covers is nothing new for country super-duo Sugarland: Earlier this year, the pair did a delightful version of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” with tourmates Little Big Town.

And just recently, they struck again, this time taking on Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ ’80s classic “Come On Eileen” with fellow touring singer Sara Bareilles while at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

How’d “Eileen” turn out with a country twist? Well, let’s just say that few things are as bouyantly fun as what transpired between Sugarland and Sara. I especially love it at about 2:15, when Jennifer and Sara start the slow breakdown of the song. Watch the video here:

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Robyn covers Coldplay's 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall': Listen to it here

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I thought Robyn’s cover of “Since U been Gone” was my favorite song cover the Swedish songstress had ever done, but then I heard her take on Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.”

Love is a strong word, but I don’t hesitate using it in this case. She gives the band’s latest hit what can only be described as “the Robyn treatment,” and it has left me in a state of synth-pop euphoria.

Could this cover (which she did for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge) be a hit for Robyn? I think so. Listen and weight in! READ FULL STORY

Duncan Sheik's new album of '80s covers: Hear his take on New Order's 'Love Vigilante' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik’s career has carried on from his ’90s “Barely Breathing” days on the pop charts to triumph on Broadway penning the music for the Tony-sweeping musical Spring Awakening.

He’s recently paired again with his Spring writing partner Steven Sater on a new Alice in Wonderland musical for the stage, but in the meantime, Sheik’s most current collaboration is with an entire decade of synth-pop heartbreak: His Covers 80s will be released June 7, taking on songs from the likes of The Smiths, Tears for Fears,  Dépêche Mode, Thompson Twins, New Order, The Cure, and Love and Rockets.

Stream his version of of New Order’s classic “Love Vigilante” here: READ FULL STORY

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