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Fifth Harmony Covers Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s

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Absolute slayage. That’s all there is to say about Fifth Harmony during their appearance at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. The ladies not only rocked one performance but two.

The quintet first delivered a bare bones rendition of their first Top 10 hit, “Work From Home.” Dare I say, I actually prefer this version than the official radio release. Mostly because Lauren gets to shine. Exactly why she doesn’t get more solos is beyond puzzling.

Next up was a soulful cover of Elle King’s breakout hit, “Ex’s & Oh’s.” They displayed some killer bluesy runs not usually showcased on their pop-urban tracks. Camilla was a standout. She gave me tingles. Check out both performances below.

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As required for any BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge visit, a cover of a current hit must be performed. Little Mix chose to take on Jason Derulo’s massive hit, “Want To Want Me.” And it didn’t disappoint.

The performance starts off with some wicked harmonies from the ladies before kicking into high gear with an unexpected mashup with Whitney Houston’s iconic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Are you kidding? If that wasn’t enough, a gospel choir is thrown in the mix.

The British quartet also gave a killer acoustic performance of their current single “Black Magic.” Congrats go out to the girls for scoring their third UK chart-topper. Hopefully, the catchy pop track does well stateside as well. Check out both performances below. Their vocals are on point.

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Ed Sheeran isn’t typically the kind of guy I find hot but I have this huge crush on the 24-year-old singer-songwriter. He’s just so God dang adorable. This latest performance only ups the ante.

The UK crooner dropped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to take on the Christina Aguilera classic, “Dirrty.” Sheeran transforms the gritty pop track into a laidback acoustic gem. Dude does double duty and also drops Redman’s sick rhymes. Is there anything this ging can’t do?

Watch Ed channel his inner naughty side below. An Aguilera and Sheeran duet needs to happen for real. 100 percent.

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Charli XCX Gives Taylor Swift Hit A Punk Makeover

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Charli XCX recently dropped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to promote her latest single “Doing It.” As required by any artist appearing on the show, a song cover is part of the set list.

Surprisingly, the 22-year-old English singer chose the super saccharine “Shake It Off.” Her punk-tinged rendition gives the peppy pop smash new life. The reinterpretation works quite well with Charli’s shout-y cheerleader-like yells.

If you’re not a fan of Swift’s sugary original, definitely give this new version a listen.

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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.

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