Beyonce and Andre 3000′s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” incited strong feelings on both ends. Definitely the most polarizing contribution on the Great Gatsby movie soundtrack. I’m certain that Emeli Sande taking on Bey’s “Crazy In Love” and giving it a jazzy spin won’t evoke the same reaction. How could anyone hate the black Scottish Adele? I simply adore her.
Before checking out Sande’s cover, I wanted to give the 26-year-old chanteuse major props. Earlier this week, she beat a long-standing record held by The Beatles. Her debut album, Our Version of Events, has spent 63 weeks in the UK’s top 10 chart. It beats the Fab Four’s record of most consecutive weeks for a debut album at the top end of the UK’s Official Album Chart. A record The Beatles’ Please Please Me held for almost 50 years. Congrats Emeli. Check out her “Crazy In Love” cover below featuring the Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
I was a little worried no more amazing acoustic YouTube performances were in store for us after each girl picked a song for the group to cover. Thankfully, the girls eased my worries by uploading another kick-ass one. This time, they take on the title track from Taylor Swift’s current album, Red. Fans of Fifth Harmony know this is their second time covering Swift. 5H, then briefly known as 1432, sang “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” while on The X Factor. This cover of “Red” is much better.
As happy as I am to hear Ally, Dinah, Camilla, Normani and Lauren show off their covering prowess, I want to hear some original music from them. Emblem3 already has a new single out (“Chloe“) and Season 2 winner Tate Stevens is streaming his entire debut album over at Amazon. At this rate, 9th place finisher Beatrice Miller who recently signed with Simon Cowell’s Syco Records and Disney’s Hollywood label will probably have new music out before them. Are you getting as impatient as me? Check out 5H’s Swift cover below.
Whether you were alive when The Breakfast Club first hit theaters, you’ve no doubt heard about the classic 80s teen flick. The John Hughes film and soundtrack constantly gets referenced even til this day. Without a doubt, the most recognizable track is Simple Minds “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” It’s only fitting the film’s most high-profile star, Molly Ringwald, cover the iconic song. Or is it? Can you imagine seeing Lindsay Lohan covering a track from Mean Girls years from now? That is assuming she’s not in jail or rehab ;)
I had no idea the 45-year-old had musical aspirations- jazzy ones at that. I’m sure if The Breakfast Club was released today, it wouldn’t take a record label 25+ years to sign the film’s breakout star. Sadly for Ringwald, another redhead teen popstar (Tiffany) was ruling the Billboard charts back then. Check out below why Molly decided to cover the track.
“When I recorded the album, it was not that long after John passed away, so he was still on my mind a lot, and I kind of wanted to pay tribute to him,” Molly Ringwald tells Yahoo Music. “And I also wanted to sort of integrate who I was into who I am now.”
Hardcore fans of American Idol, might recall “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” as the exit song for Season 10. American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook recorded a version for the show to use for eliminated contestants’ video montages. Check out his and Molly’s cover below, along with the original.
It wouldn’t be a week without a Fifth Harmony video. If it kills me, I’m going to make these girls happen ;) I know I’m not the only Harmonizer out there who feels this way. Right?
After hearing all the other girls’ choices up to this point, it was my girl Normani Hamilton’s turn to pick a song for the group to cover. We must be on the same wavelength, because girl knew exactly what I was craving… a little Rihanna. Not just any old track, but my current favorite. Haters can hate, but “Stay” is a pretty awesome track and a great choice to cover.
Being that it was her pick, Normani slays it on the verse of the ballad. The harmonies aren’t my favorite, but Normani and Lauren are everything during their solos. With each girl having picked a song to cover, I hope this doesn’t mean that we’re in for a dry spell until the girls debut their first single. Here’s hoping this isn’t so. Check out Fifth Harmony’s “Stay” rendition below.
It was bound to happen. After covering Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean and Ed Sheeran, it was only a matter of time before Fifth Harmony did One Direction. After all, both acts came in third place on their respective X Factor seasons. Since the female quintet has a lot in common with their male counterparts, the ladies not only did one, but two renditions.
During an interview on the Kids’ Choice Awards orange carpet, an interviewer asked 5H to sing a 1D track. While they’re typically in unison with their performances, trying to decide which One Direction song to cover on demand proved much harder.
Dinah Jane Hansen suggests “Rock Me,” but gets shot down. Ally Brooke then says “Irresistible” but is ruled out as well. Camila Cabello also tries a stab at it with “Nobody Compares” but suffers the similar fate. After quickly debating, “Kiss You” is picked. Even though only a short snippet is sung, it’s pure teen on teen magic.
In a much longer performance, Fifth Harmony tackles “They Don’t Know About Us.” While it’s not as great as their previous covers (specifically their Del Rey one), it’s pretty good. Check out both covers below.
Aww, I’ve missed Rachel Crow! As you probably recall, Rachel Crow was in the first season of The X Factor US and made it to the Top 5 where she was eliminated pretty much by Nicole Scherzinger in what was a very dramatic and tearful episode. The backlash from the decision was pretty crazy.
With that said, as you know the winners of these singing competitions are not always the most successful ones. Rachel Crow debuted her first single back in June of 2012 and it was called “Mean Girls.” Now she’s just released a live cover of Bruno Mars‘ hit song, “When I Was Your Man” and it’s so good! Also, the guy that is playing the guitar while she sings is super hot! It’s an interesting song choice for a young girl, but it doesn’t matter – she nails it!
Watch Rachel Crow’s cover of the catchy & passionate song below. Enjoy
The last time I wrote about New York based singer Mister Chase it was for his catchy single, “Sippin’ Tea.” This time, he’s slowed things down with a beautiful cover and made really beautiful video to go along with it.
Chase covered Rihanna’s “Stay” track, which is a pretty intense, emotional song and one of my favorites from her recent releases. I also really loved the stillness in her music video for it. Chase pulled it off in my opinion and tells the story of the song as handprints are left on his body by a guy who fades in and out of the video. Both guys have rockin bods, I might add.
The video was uploaded only a few days ago and already has over 10,000 views. Good job, buddy! Enjoy the cover below.
Harmonizers rejoice!!! We have another wicked cover from our favorite act from The X Factor. Last time, the ladies did Frank Ocean proud on his track, “Thinkin’ About You.” This time around, they slay it on Lana Del Rey’s “American.” Damn you girls for making me like a Del Rey song. That’s how much I love 5H.
Props to Lauren Jauregui for suggesting to her group members that they tackle “American.” The girls give it a melodic twist and elevates the Lana track to a whole new level. Individually and collectively, their voices are improving drastically. By the time their debut album hits shelves later this year, their harmonies are going to be beyond tight. Simon Cowell might actually get his “One Direction” from the US version of X Factor after all. As any true Harmonizer knows… anything could happen ;) Check out their cover below.