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BANKS Takes On Aaliyah Classic For BBC Radio

In: Donovan, Music
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This is exactly why I love BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Whenever artists drop by to promote their music, the show requires them to cover another artist. Typically, it’s something relatively current, but in this case I’m willing to overlook that. I’m always down for an Aaliyah cover. Especially when it’s done as flawlessly as BANKS demonstrates.

Her acoustic cover of “Are You That Somebody” is pure perfection. Her contemporary take almost makes me forget the original was released way back in 1998. If you’ve never heard of BANKS before, this is a great first impression. I’m a huge fan and this just further solidifies my love for the American singer-songwriter. Give her cover a listen below, along with her acoustic performance of her latest single, “Brains.”

listen to the awesome cover after the jump

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You’d think after making headlines in Europe for lighting up a joint while accepting her MTV EMA award, Miley Cyrus would’ve left the continent. Not so. The 20-year-old singer stuck around and stopped by BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge to perform an acoustic set. In addition to her monster smash “Wrecking Ball,” Cyrus covered Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness.” Miley already has a natural rasp, but she amps it up for her rendition. The result is a fantastic and respectable cover.

In other Miley-related news, the singer dropped the first promo for her upcoming Bangerz Tour. She’ll be twerking her way across North America to 38 cities, starting in Vancouver on Valentine’s Day. She recently appointed her “We Can’t Stop” director Diane Martel as her tour creative director. Check out the promo below, along with her Lana Del Rey cover.

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Is it Christmas and no one told me? Because these are a few of my favorite things all coming together. Cue Julie Andrews ;)

The Saturdays minus Frankie Sanford (I’m assuming she’s still on maternity leave) stopped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to promote their current Top 5 UK hit “Disco Love.” It’s arguably one of my favorite tracks from the British girl group. Reminds me of a camping trip I took this summer.

As part of their two-song acoustic set, Rochelle Humes, Una Healy, Mollie King and Vanessa White performed a mashup of Drake’s “Hold On We’re Gone Home,” TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor.” The vocals aren’t perfect by any means, but if you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy it. Check out both performances below.

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First and foremost I have to thank Nic for introducing HAIM to me in one of his posts. The Los Angeles three-sister act are everything with their blend of Californian soft rock and R&B with Fleetwood Mac influences. From the second I heard “Falling” I’ve been obsessed and each subsequent track I’ve listened to has been equally as flawless.

In anticipation of Days Are Gone hitting the streets next week on September 30, NPR is streaming the entire album. Fans of their previous singles will be glad to know there are equally as many instantly-loveable new tracks included as well. I predict this album will be on numerous year end Top 10 lists come December.

As part of their promotion, the ladies stopped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. As always, the visiting musical act has to perform a cover. They chose Miley Cyrus’ first ever Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Wrecking Ball.” As expected, it’s pretty amazing. It could’ve been phenomenal had there been no sound issues. Their vocals at times were drowned out by the backing track. Check out the cover below, along with their entire album. These girls are rocking my world right now.

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I never thought it was possible, but dare I say it. Jessie J’s vibrato sounds more like a goat than Taylor Swift. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m referring to that awesome fan video where Taylor’s wailing is replaced by a goat. It’s EVERYTHING. My friends and I have spent countless hours laughing our heads at it.

Whether Jessie’s cover was intentional or a playful tongue and cheek bit of shade thrown at T. Swizzle, it’s an entertaining watch. Whatever the reason, I’m glad the “Wild” singer chose it as her mandatory cover during her visit at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Check it out below.

watch the performance after the jump

Listen To Kings of Leon’s Wicked Robyn Cover

In: Donovan, Music

What can I say, BBC Radio 1 are on a roll with their Live Lounge series. Some of their recent highlights include Ellie Goulding covering Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke taking on Icona Pop. Just this week, Bastille did a phenomenal job with their acoustic Miley-Billy Ray Cyrus mashup. Now it’s Kings of Leon’s turn to blow us out of the proverbial water.

The Grammy winning American rock band were on hand to promote their latest single, “Supersoaker.” As is the norm for all visiting musical acts, a cover of another contemporary artist is mandatory. The Nashville quartet choose Sweden’s favorite pop diva, Robyn. The southern rockers give her dance hit, “Dancing On My Own,” their usual blues awesomeness. It elevates the lyrics to a whole new emotional level. Give it a listen below.

listen to the wicked cover after the jump

Just when I thought I was tired of hearing another cover of “We Can’t Stop,” Bastille proves me wrong. The British alternative rock band chose to cover Miley Cyrus‘ hit during their visit at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Never heard of them prior to this, but I’m now officially a fan.

Not only do they give the poppy track some angst and emotional depth, but they decided to mash it up with Billy Ray Cyrus‘ signature hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.” The acoustic cover of the father-daughter combo is everything. Check out the sensational performance below.

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Ellie Goulding recently scored her first chart-topper on the UK charts. The 26-year-old English singer-songwriter paid BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge a visit this week and naturally performed “Burn.” As always, all guests are required to cover a hit by another artist. Goulding picked Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.”

Typically, Ellie wows me with her acoustic covers. Perfect example being Elton John’s “Your Song.” It’s absolute perfection. For some reason though, her take on JT’s recent hit is awkward at best. Not sure if it’s the arrangement that’s responsible for Goulding’s rushed singing, but there is something completely off about it. It’s not the worst I’ve heard, but definitely a disappointment. Give it a listen below and see if you agree with me.

check out both performances after the jump

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