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There are manly voices and then there’s Chris Hemsworth. The 32-year-old Aussie has one of the most melodic husky tones in Hollywood. Dude can read anything to me and make it sound like music. Ergo this post.

The Thor actor takes the nonsensical ramblings of Rihanna on “Work” and makes them sound almost Shakespearean. Now, that’s a talent.

“I lost myself there in the moment…It brought up a lot of feelings and emotions and past experiences,” Hemsworth jokingly stated afterwards. “Makes you just want to get to work. Get a job!

Check out the fun clip below.

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Jessie Ware Covers Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’

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Jessie Ware, the British singer-songwriter who turned out one of my favorite albums of 2012 has done it again. The amazingly talented woman recently did a beautiful cover of Rihanna’s massive hit “Diamonds” for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge series.

On the track, the singer takes the powerful pop-ballad and turns it into a sultry, seductive song that has a more personal and soulful sound than its original counterpart.

If you love cover songs as much as I do, you should definitely check this one out. Whether you’re taken or single, it’s the perfect addition to your love songs’ playlist!

Listen after the jump…

P!nk Covers Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire

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P!nk is currently across the pond on a promotional tour. This past weekend, the 33-year-old singer performed on the results show of the UK edition of The X Factor. Naturally, her next stop was over to BBC Radio 1 to perform a set for their Live Lounge series. If you’re a fan of the British radio show, you know that visiting artists are required to perform two songs– one of theirs acoustically and a cover of a track by one of their compatriots.

P!nk chose to cover Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire.” Great choice. Before checking out the audio, I had high expectations from P!nk. After all, she did start her career singing R&B and the woman has a phenomenal voice. The “Try” singer can sing on pitch even hanging from the rafters upside down or performing contemporary dance with Colt Prattes. For me, I’d be just out of breath standing within a foot of the studly Broadway actor.

Before you listen to her cover, I quickly wanted to congratulate Alicia Keys for scoring her fifth No. 1 album. Girl on Fire moved 159,000 copies, representing her lowest debut ever, but it was still enough to land the pole position. Last week’s champion Rihanna dropped to No. 6 in her second week with 72,000 units. Once again, Taylor Swift landed in the runner-up slot with 137,000 copies of Red.

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Usher Covers Pumped Up Kicks For BBC

In: Donovan, Music

Usher’s seventh studio album just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Looking 4 Myself” is his fourth consecutive chart topper following, “Confessions”, “Here I Stand” and “Raymond v Raymond”. I guess all those promotional appearances paid off. One of those media stops included one across the pond- BBC Radio 1.

I love it when musicians stop over there for their Live Lounge series. Why? Because they are asked to cover a contemporary hit along with performing one of their own singles. I love a good song cover. Typically, the artist sings both songs acoustically, but not in Usher’s case. I wonder why he chose to perform with a full-out band. Not that I complaining. His cover of Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is wicked. Check it out along with a performance of his single “Scream” below.

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Victoria Christina Hesketh, better known as Little Boots seems to be releasing songs here and there with no real sense of direction for where her career is heading. That’s how it feels to her many fans who have been listening to the tracks randomly surfacing on the internet on different blogs here and there. Last month, she released the toe tapping “Every Night I Say A Prayer” and now, she’s released a disco-friendly pop track titled, “Headphones” which actually debuted on BBC Radio 1 last month.

In the new single, Victoria sings about wearing her headphones inside the club when the music between the disco’s walls are less than enjoyable. Aside from her mixtape that was released this past March, there is no other word on whether or not Victoria is working on a new album or any new music to work towards a new album. Regardless, I can’t wait for more music from this disco-fused pop sensation. Give a listen below.

Listen to Little Boots’ “Headphones” after the jump.

FUN. Has “Fun” With Hayley Williams On Gotye Track

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Given that FUN. and Gotye are arguably two of the biggest breakout artists of 2012, it’s only fitting that one of them cover the other. American indie band FUN. dropped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and performed two acoustic sets. One of which was their huge hit, “We Are Young” and the other a cover of Aussie sensation Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know“. The end result is nothing short of amazing.

I admit, I’m a sucker for an acoustic song cover. You can truly tell how talented a musician is when they are forced to perform with minimal instrumentation. Even though FUN.’s performance went off without a hitch, the group faced a bit of drama earlier on. Firstly, band member Andrew got a bad case of food poisoning and couldn’t play the piano which was the basis of their original cover version.

Secondly, they weren’t sure how Hayley Williams from Paramore was going to link in so she could perform Kimbra’s parts of “Somebody I Used To Love“. In the end, the technological obstacle proved inconsequential. Check out both FUN.’s performances below. If you weren’t a fan before, you will be after listening to them.

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Last year, the boy band “One Directionplaced third on X-Factor to winner Matt Cardle, but that hasn’t stopped them. Earlier this year, the teen heartthrobs signed with Simon Cowell’s Syco label and have now just released their debut song “What Makes You Beautiful” on BBC Radio 1. I’m thinking it’s going to be a hit!

“We’re so excited to get the single finally out there,” said Harry Styles during a chat on the radio. “When we were recording in the studio we knew instantly that we wanted this track to be our first single.”

The single will be released on September 11th, and the album will follow later in the year. The music video for the song will debut on August 14th. For now, you can listen to the track via the animated lyric video below.

Listen to the song after the jump…

Avril Lavigne Covers “Tik Tok” For BBC Radio

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By now you’re probably award of how big a fan I am of BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge series. I love hearing artists sing their songs live without any post-production. It gives their songs a new dimension. To boot, the visiting music act also has to perform a cover of one of their contemporaries’ hits. It’s always interesting to see who they end up deciding to cover. While some are predictable, most are pretty unexpected like Avril Lavigne.

The Canadian singer dropped by the UK radio show this week to perform her current hit, “What The Hell“. When it came time to choose her cover song, she surprisingly chose Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”. It’s surprising because Ke$ha seems like the kind of artist Avril would make fun of and think she’s better than. Perhaps, that’s why Lavigne choose her, to slightly mock her. Hey, you never know.

I have to admit, watching Avril read the lyrics trying to get through the song is kinda adorable. For a song that’s mostly sing talk, Lavigne does a pretty good vocal on it. I like her take on the chorus. She almost makes “Tik Tok” sound like a singer’s song. Well, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you know what I mean. Check it out below and decide for yourself.

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