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As curator of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde is carrying the weight of the album’s success on her shoulders. It’s no wonder the 18-year-old singer is in hardcore promotional mode, appearing everywhere possible to perform “Yellow Flickr Beat” and talk up the LP.

A recent visit took place at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, a favorite of mine. As required by every visitor, the artist has to perform a cover of a current hit. The Kiwi chose Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

Some might find it surprising she picked the R&B hit. It’s clear, though, she’s a fan of the genre by picking Miguel, Q-Tip, Tinashe to contribute to the Mockingjay soundtrack. Lorde’s cover could seamlessly fit on her debut album, Pure Heroine. She gives it her signature tortured and haunting vibe. Give it a listen below and see if she did it justice.

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A grave wrong has finally been made right. When Clean Bandit revealed their latest collaboration, “Real Love,” with Jess Glynne, many, including myself, hoped it would be a cover of the classic Mary J. Blige track. Alas, it was an original composition. Thankfully, Glynne heard her fans’ outcry.

The 24-year-old English singer-songwriter delivers an acoustic cover of “Real Love” for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Her gravely voice really shines during the performance. She does the What’s The 411? single justice. Mary would be proud. Give it a listen below.

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His cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” gave me goosebumps. Sam Smith hits another homerun with his latest cover. The male Adele takes on Tracy Chapman’s classic “Fast Car” for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.

As expected, the stripped-down acoustic arrangement is beautiful beyond words. The more I hear Smith, the more he wins me over. He also gave a heart-wrenching performance of his current single, “I’m Not The Only One.” Check them out below.

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BANKS Takes On Aaliyah Classic For BBC Radio

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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.”

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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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