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Ciara Delivers Haunting ‘Paint It Black’ Cover

In: Donovan, Music

If you’ve seen the trailer for The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel, you’ve already heard a snippet of this. Ciara covers The Rolling Stones hit “Paint It Black” for the film’s soundtrack. Her rendition is even more dramatic and haunting than the 1966 original version. Here’s what the 29-year-old singer told Rolling Stone magazine about her cover.

“No, to be honest with you, it was actually a surprise for me when I got the call from Universal Publishing and Lionsgate. When they asked me to do this, I was like, “Absolutely. This would be an honor.” I had never thought to cover this song. It was never on my radar to cover it, but when the opportunity came along, I was very thrilled, because I love what the producer Adrianne Gonzales did. The direction that she went in was actually a sound I’ve always wanted to play with, and it just didn’t get any better than being able to cover a Rolling Stones song. I feel like it pushes the edge and the limit for me, in reference to what people probably expect from me. So this was so many cool things in one. It was a huge honor, and then creatively I just got to really have some fun that I don’t usually do in my music.” – Ciara

Whenever I hear this track, I always think of the countless American Idol contestants who’ve covered it over the years. Ciara’s version is good, but I’m not sure if it’ll make an impact on radio. Poor CiCi. Try as she might, it’s just not translating to sales. A shame really. She’s truly underrated. Give her cover a listen below.

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I’m obsessed, like seriously obsessed with this. I’ve already watched it a dozen times.

Tom Ford taps Lady Gaga to star in his fashion film showcasing his Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Mother Monster sashays down an illuminated runway alongside models including Lida Fox, Alex Dunstan, Xaio Wen Ju, David Agbodji, Mica Arga to name a few.

It’s only fitting Gaga covers Chic’s “I Want Your Love” for the Soul Train-inspired line. Ford explains why he chose to present his latest collection this way instead of going the traditional Fashion Week route.

“Instead of having a traditional show this season, I decided to try something new,” Tom told WWD. “I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online.”

Fingers crossed Gaga’s cover is a sign that disco plays a big part on her next album, because it suits her perfectly. Check out the sensational Nick Knight-directed presentation below. On a side note, I want every piece each male model is wearing in my wardrobe.

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While fun. is on hiatus, Jack Antonoff formed another indie pop act, Bleachers. Their debut album, Strange Desire, was released last year, spawning the singles “I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster” which both cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Alternative chart. The 31-year-old guitarist has come up with a brilliant companion covers album for his band’s debut album.

Titled Terrible Thrills Vol. 2, the album features an all female reimagining of the original tracks. He’s enlisted an impressive roster of ladies including Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia, Sara Bareilles, MO, Charli XCX and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. He even snagged Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles to contribute. Amazing!!!

“I love female voices,” Jack wrote on his Twitter. “i wish i had one. when i write songs i typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so i can hit the notes. that’s why so many bleachers’ songs are sung so low. i could change the key but i like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I’ve always written this way. so with that in mind i wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways i originally heard it in my head before i recorded and sang it. i think it’s important for people to know where the songs come from and why the songs come out sounding the way they do. i hear my music as my interpretation of a song I’m writing as a female in my head, so i wanted to make that a reality with the artists who inspire me to write in the first place.”

If you’re wondering why this LP is labeled Vol. 2, it’s because Antonoff did the same thing with his former band, Steel Train. That covers album featured the talents of Tegan and Sara and Scarlett Johansson to name a couple.

Personally, it’s a brilliant concept. Dare I say, I like the songs much better now with female vocals. The Tinashe, Sia and Charli XCX tracks are my favorites. Give them a listen below.

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Believe it or not, Todrick Hall actually pays homage to someone else than Disney princesses or Beyonce. Shocking news, right? The 30-year-old MTV star instead directs all his adoration and talents to Taylor Swift.

Much like the treatment he gave Queen Bey for that phenomenal tribute, Toddy clones himself to cover Swift’s catalog as a quartet. Not only does he craft an impeccable mashup, but he does it with killer arm choreography as well.

Naturally, once Swift saw this, she gushed online. “I honestly can’t believe what I just saw. This amount of talent in one person has me speechless. I heart @toddyrockstar,” she tweeted. T-Swizzle then invited Hall to her show in Kansas City, Missouri. Check out the epic tribute below.

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There are Swifties and then there are hardcore Swifties. Ryan Adams certainly falls in the latter category.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter just released his Taylor Swift tribute album, covering all of her 1989 tracks. The idea apparently came to him when he was going through a difficult time in his life last year, he revealed to Pitchfork.

Taylor Swift, who’s no stranger to praising those who cover her material, is a fan of Adams’ LP. When asked which cover was her favorite, she revealed it was a tie between “Blank Space” and “How You Get The Girl.” The 25-year-old pop superstar added,

“They’re not cover songs. They’re reimaginings of my songs, and you can tell that he was in a different place emotionally than I was. There’s this beautiful aching sadness and longing in this album that doesn’t exist in the original.” Swift via Pitchfork.

Check out all his reimaginings below. Like Taylor, I agree his “Blank Space” is killer, along with “Style” and “Bad Blood.”

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Lauryn Hill Slays ‘Feeling Good’ Live Performance

In: Donovan, Music

She may be puzzling at times, but there’s no denying Lauryn Hill has a sick set of pipes. The 40-year-old Grammy winner absolutely slayed her live appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

In a rare television appearance, Hill looked absolutely stunning in an all-black ensemble. Even more impressive was her cover of the Nina Simone classic “Feeling Good.” Like the many covers she’s delivered over the years, this one is as brilliant.

Hill’s cover is featured on the compilation album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. Originally, she was only slated to contribute two tracks, but Lauryn became so passionate about the project, she ended up recording six. Check out her performance 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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Toying with a classic track, especially a much-revered gay anthem, is a difficult juggling act. Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy” addressed key issues including homophobia in the 80s, bullying and loneliness due to family rejection. The accompanying visual was a moving one which featured band member Jimmy Somerville flashing back to the events that motivated him to runaway.

Kate Ryan does an astounding job with her cover. Her vocals over a deep house beat give the track a contemporary vibe but also keeping it quite somber. The same can’t be said for the music video. It’s kind of a host mess if you ask me.

The Belgian dance diva is shown riding a horse before stumbling upon a group of young adults camping. “Runaway (Smalltown Boy)” isn’t exactly a feel-good campfire song. So random?!?!?! Check out the Pascal Baillien and Wim Rombouts-directed visual below.

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