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Did you love watching Jessica Lange spectacularly cover David Bowie’s “Life On Mars” on the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show? If so, I’m sure you felt the same way about episode two’s musical number.

On this week’s episode it was Sarah Paulson’s turn to take the spotlight. She gave a flawless rendition of Fiona Apple’s “Criminal.” Love that she was able to provide her own background vocals due to having two heads. The whole thing was so whacky, it was awesome. I can’t wait to see what else Ryan Murphy has up his sleeves.

After what I felt was a rather slow premiere, the second episode had me captivated. Love the introduction of Michael Chiklis and Angela Bassett’s characters. And how insane is Finn Wittrock on the show? He makes Twisty The Clown absolutely sane. Speaking of which, I change my tune on how freaky Murphy’s clown is. The visual of him without his mouthpiece was terrifying. I’m definitely going to have nightmares because of that.

Did you enjoy the second episode? Who’s your favorite character so far? Did Paulson do Apple proud with her cover? Sound off below.

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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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Taking a page from his other series, Glee, Ryan Murphy will be uploading music from American Horror Story: Freak Show to iTunes. He revealed due to popular demand, a downloadable version of Jessica Lange’s cover of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars” will be available soon.

If you thought Lange’s performance on the premiere was fantastic, Murphy teases her Lana Del Rey cover featured in an upcoming episode will be “something to behold.” Kurt Cobain’s music will also be featured on the new season.

Did you watch the AHS: Freak Show premiere last night? I’m reserving full judgement after the next episode. The 90-minute premiere was a little too slow-paced for my liking. Also, Twisty the Clown wasn’t as scary as I had anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, he was creepy but he was a bit of a letdown after all the hype.

Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lange were as fantastic as usual. Someone please give Paulson an Emmy statue please. It’s long overdue for her amazing work on the series. I can’t wait for the other ‘freaks’ to be introduced next episode which also happens to be 90 minutes long. Relive Lange’s performance below and share your thoughts on the premiere afterward.

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To say this Beach Boys cover is star-studded would be an understatement. Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Lorde and a slew of others take on the 1960s classic “God Only Knows.” The new rendition is to help promote the launch of BBC Music.

“All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough,” Brian Wilson has said of working with the stars. “I’m just honored that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

Other famous faces contributing to the song and appearing in the sensational music video are Elton John, Florence Welch Stevie Wonder, Jamie Cullum, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl and the Beach Boys’ very own Brian Wilson. Proceeds from sales of the single are going to BBC’s Children in Need foundation. Check out the visual below.

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Kylie Minogue Covers Bette Davis Eyes

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‘Her hair is Harlowe gold, Her lips sweet surprise.’ Sounds like it’s describing Kylie Minogue, doesn’t it? No wonder the Aussie pop superstar chose to cover “Bette Davis Eyes.”

Tackling Kim Carnes’ 1981 classic is a smart choice by the 46-year-old singer. It fits her wheelhouse perfectly. Minogue’s synth-pop rendition is for BBC Radio 2′s Sounds Of The ’80s. Give it a listen below. It’s a must for all of Kylie’s lovers.

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Aretha Franklin has demanded “respect” in the past and now she’s serving some major R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas. The 72-year-old legend covers classic tracks from her compatriots spanning the past several decades for her forthcoming album.

Among the chosen include Gladys Knight, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Sinead O’Connor to name a few. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Andre 3000 are a couple of the producers who worked with Franklin on Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics due out on October 21.

The most contemporary track appearing on the LP is Adele’s monster hit “Rolling In The Deep.” Aretha gives the track some old school swagger by incorporating the chorus from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for a unique mashup. She’ll perform the track on Late Night with David Letterman tonight. Give it a listen below, along with reading the complete tracklisting.

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Austin Mahone & Pia Mia Cover Craig David

In: Donovan, Music
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Who is Pia Mia? She’s an 18-year-old YouTube sensation picked up by Interscope Records. She was featured on the Divergent soundtrack. Expect big things from this talented teen.

She enlists fellow teen phenom Austin Mahone for a wicked rendition of Craig David’s pop smash, “Fill Me In.” Both were only four years old when David released it back in 2000. How old do you feel? Check out their cover below featuring production skills by Nic Nac.

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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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