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12-year-old Lorde covered Kings of Leon, and (obviously) killed it

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Sometimes pop music presents weird little continuities. Today it’s 2013’s radio “Royal” Lorde covering 2009’s radio Kings (of Leon). You know, the cover we’ve all been waiting for.

FM radio played “Use Somebody”  into oblivion, but maybe it only needed a change of scenery. This recording, which allegedly features a 12-year-old Lorde singing the song on New Zealand radio, is actually pretty great. There’s also some shared thematic DNA between the two songs: If you could “use somebody,” doesn’t that mean you want someone on your “team”?

Check out the recording below, and be thankful preteen Lorde didn’t cover “Sex On Fire” instead.

Kings of Leon cancel August tour dates following bus accident

Kings of Leon are canceling all their shows up until August 28 following a bus accident that sent drummer Nathan Followill to the hospital with broken ribs, according to their Facebook page.

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On the scene: Kings of Leon rock out at Madison Square Garden

Let’s get this out of the way first: Gary Clark Jr. is a rock star. The Texan guitarist opened for Kings of Leon Friday night at Madison Square Garden and gave one of those performances that makes you wonder, “Uh, why is this guy the opener and not the main event?” He seldom spoke, but his singing voice was consistently smooth and soulful, and his guitar solo on “When My Train Pulls In” was flawless, chills-inspiring, amazing.

But it wasnt a long set: After only five songs, it was time for the Kings. A white sheet was lowered down in front of the stage while the roadies prepared the set, and a fellow concert-goer and I joked, “wouldn’t it be kinda sexy if the band performed behind that white sheet?” In fact, the Kings actually did perform their first song, “Charmer” behind it. Frontman Caleb Followill’s shrieks were just as ear-splitting (in a good way) live as they are on the album track, and the chaotic nature of the song matched the flashing images of the boys’ shadows on the white sheet and the video of a screaming girl playing behind them. READ FULL STORY

See Garrett Hedlund play cowboy in Kings of Leon's epic 'Beautiful War' video

Kings of Leon weren’t kidding when they named their album: A mechanical bull figures prominently at the center of the band’s new “Beautiful War” video, and it even leads a man to prison.

The six-minute clip stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Friday Night Lights) as a hot-tempered cowboy who, after a violent altercation at a dive bar, winds up in jail. But of course, you can take the cowboy out of the rodeo, but you can’t take the rodeo out of the cowboy.

What do we mean by that? Take a look at the video below to find out:

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Soundtrack of My Life: Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill on the songs that shaped him

On the heels of Kings of Leon’s excellent new album, Mechanical Bull, we asked frontman Caleb Followill, 31, about the music he grew up. Turns out, the man had some illuminating answers about New Orleans karaoke, loving Whitney Houston, and more. Read his answers below:

The first song I was obsessed with: I remember the first time I heard Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” I flipped out. I was about 8. Before I went to school, I’d press “record” on the oldies station. When I got home, I’d go through the whole tape—and then I found “Stand by Me.” I used to just play it and rewind and stop it and play it again and rewind it.

The song that reminds me of my first crush: [Sighs] That would be the Bodyguard soundtrack. I was definitely Kevin Costner to her Whitney Houston. 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.

Watch sailors and babes make out in Kings of Leon's new 'Supersoaker' video

You already got to see Fred Armisen crack some jokes with Kings of Leon earlier today, but the Followill boys aren’t done taking up your time just yet.

The band has dropped the official music video for Mechanical Bull’s lead single “Supersoaker,” which you can watch below. Shot (or at least designed) with vintage filters, the clip features retro milkshake joints full of sailors and dames, among other neat visuals.

Check it all out below:

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Fred Armisen tests Kings of Leon on their royalty cred -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fred Armisen has already signed on to direct the Kings of Leon AmEx Unstaged show live from London this Friday — but first, the SNL and Portlandia star wanted to quiz them on just how Kingly they are.

¿Quien Es Mas Macho? Or more specifically: Who can make the best small talk, walk the best rawk walk, and eat imaginary spicy snacks most sexily? Watch below and find out:

To see Fred put the band jump through more fully arbitrary hoops starting tomorrow, subscribe here: http://goo.gl/Bj42y.  And to see the broadcast live, tune into http://amexunstaged.com to watch Kings Of Leon perform live from London on August 9th at 4PM ET/1PM PT.

Fred Armisen to direct Kings of Leon live stream

Fred Armisen will direct a live stream of an upcoming Kings of Leon concert for the digital series “American Express Unstaged.”

The Nashville, Tenn., band’s Aug. 9 concert at London’s Shepherd’s Bush will be webcast globally on Vevo and YouTube, a spokesman for American Express told The Associated Press. READ FULL STORY

Kings of Leon reveal new single 'Supersoaker': Hear it here

After a break to handle some family business and a canceled tour that had everyone worried we’d seen the last of them, Kings of Leon are back with a new album, Mechanical Bull, that will arrive in stores on September 24.

The first taste of that album arrived a few weeks ago when the band started introducing new stuff into its live set, but the completed studio version of the first single “Supersoaker” is now official. Hear it below: READ FULL STORY

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