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Crisis averted!!! Rodney Jerkins recently shared his plans to remake his biggest produced tracks for his 20th anniversary next year. The 37-year-old is responsible for some of the biggest smashes in the past two decades. “Say My Name” (Destiny’s Child), “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” (Whitney Houston), “If You Had My Love” (Jennifer Lopez), “Overprotected” (Britney Spears), “When I Grow Up” (Pussycat Dolls) are just a few.

When he revealed Ariana Grande and Jessie J were teaming up again to cover the smash “The Boy Is Mine” originally sung by Brandy and Monica, the Internet was instantly flooded with fans expressing their disapproval. I, for one, was also skeptical with Jessie and Ari taking on the task. Truthfully though, I think anyone chosen would’ve received the same wrath as the “Bang Bang” collaborators.

read what Jessie said about the Jerkins’ statement after the jump


On American Horror Story: Freak Show we’ve seen the cast cover David Bowie, Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey so far. On last night’s episode, the FX anthology took on Nirvana. It was Evan Peters’ turn to step up to the mic to show off his vocal chops. I have to say, he did the grunge classic “Come As You Are” justice. I can’t wait for Kathy Bates to show what she’s got in an upcoming episode when she covers Hole’s “Doll Parts.”

If you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out Ryan Murphy’s decision-making process for why he chooses the songs, he recently revealed his reasons to Entertainment Weekly. “We decided we only were going to highlight musical artists who at some point in their career had identified themselves as feeling like freaks or misfits or outcasts, which our people are going through,” Murphy shares. Kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?

If you missed Peters’ performance, give it a whirl below. And if you have, give it another spin. Definitely worth it. It’s one of my favorites this season, in addition to Sarah Paulson’s “Criminal.”

check out the performance after the jump

Clean Bandit Covers 90s Classic ‘Show Me Love’

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One of my favorite house tracks from the 90s is hands down “Show Me Love” by Robin S. That bassline is just killer. It appears that Clean Bandit is a fan of the classic dance anthem as well. The English electronic group covers the track for the re-release of their debut album New Eyes in stores now. It’s one of the new tracks featured on the album- “Real Love” featuring Jess Glynne and “Stronger” being the others.

This isn’t the first time Clean Bandit has taken on “Show Me Love.” If you caught them on their North American tour, they performed it live as well. Taking on the vocals is featured artist Elisabeth Troy who’s often a pitch hitter for the band, sometimes taking on Glynne’s vocals on “I’d Rather Be” and “Real Love” when on the road. Check out their version below, along with the original.

check out the cover after the jump


Since its initial release in 1984, the fundraising single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” has become a Yuletide tradition. For its 30th anniversary, Bob Geldof has once again enlisted a roster of UK and Irish pop royalty to participate. It’s the fourth version recorded overall. This time proceeds will go to raise money for Ebola relief.

When the latest version was announced, Adele was rumored to be involved. Sadly, the “Rolling In The Deep” singer was nowhere to be found during the studio session. However, there were still plenty of stars who lent their vocals for the charity single. Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, One Direction, Emeli Sandi were just a few who donated their time. Veterans Bono and Chris Martin once again supported Geldof. They participated in the first version and Band Aid 20 respectively.

Check out the new video below. I’m a little surprised Rita Ora received so much camera time and on the flip side, so little for One Direction and Sam Smith.

watch the video after the jump


When Bob Geldof and Midge Ure initially organized UK singers for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money to relieve those affected by the famine in Africa, they couldn’t have possibly predicted that the charity single would become a holiday staple. Not only did it become a Yuletide favorite, but it also inspired similar efforts from American and Canadian artists with “We Are The World” and “Tears Are Not Enough” respectively.

Since it’s initial release back in 1984, Geldof has released a couple of other recordings to celebrate different anniversaries. One was released in 1989 and 2004 to celebrate the single’s fifth and 20th anniversary. To coincide with it’s 30th year, Geldof is planning the fourth recording. He’s enlisted Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth to produce the latest cover. This time proceeds will go to raise money for Ebola relief.

As per usual, a roster of UK and Irish pop royalty have been asked to participate. Sam Smith, Adele, One Direction, Jessie Ware, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Olly Murs, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Sinead O’Connor, Queen‘s Roger Taylor, Fuse ODG, Jimmy Napes, Foals, Underworld and Bono will all take part. The U2 frontman also lent his vocals for the original recording. The new version is scheduled to drop on Monday, November 17. Until then, check out the three other previous recordings to refresh your memory. Nothing beats the original in my opinion.

check out the previous versions after the jump


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.

watch the cover after the jump


For its first ever Concert For Valor in honor of Veterans Day, HBO put together a star-studded lineup. The likes of Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and The Black Keys performed in front of 800,000 people at the National Mall.

For me, it was Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J who stole the show. The two teamed up for a killer cover of David Guetta and Sia’s gigantic hit, “Titanium.”Thanks to all the reality singing competitions, we’ve heard covers of this track ad nauseum. With that being said, this is one you have to check out. Both ladies showed off their powerful vocal ranges during the memorable duet.

watch the performance after the jump


Rodney Jerkins is responsible for some of the biggest hits in the past two decades. “Say My Name” (Destiny’s Child), “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” (Whitney Houston), “If You Had My Love” (Jennifer Lopez), “Overprotected” (Britney Spears), “When I Grow Up” (Pussycat Dolls) are just a few.

Arguably though, his biggest is the smash “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica. The 37-year-old producer plans to remake that smash and a few other of his hits for his 20th anniversary next year. Find out who he has on tap to cover that, along with “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay.”

find out and watch the original clip after the jump

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