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Frank Ocean Pays Tribute To Aaliyah With Cover

In: Donovan, Music
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Aaliyah would’ve celebrated her 36th birthday last week on January 16. “At Your Best (You Are Love)” was originally recorded by The Isley Brothers in the 1970s. Aaliyah then covered it for her debut album, releasing it as her second single. Though it’s not an Aaliyah original, it’s safe to assume Frank Ocean recorded the track as a tribute to the late R&B singer given it’s proximity to her birthday.

Ocean’s take on the soulful ballad, which he titled “You Are Luhh” on tumbler, is absolutely divine. His buttery falsetto is pure money as he emotionally belts out some of the lyrics. Hopefully, Frank is prepping his sophomore album. I’m craving more new music after hearing this beautiful rendition. Give it a listen below.

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Nicole Scherzinger released her latest album, Big Fat Lie, in England last year. “Your Love” was a Top 10 hit while “Run” and “On The Rocks” failed to crack the Top 40 in the UK. The 36-year-old former Pussycat Doll has now shifted focus across the pond in anticipation of the LP’s US release.

Scherzy recently covered one of Sam Smith‘s hits exclusively for Perez Hilton. I’m always down for a song cover, especially when done right. Given her history of executing previous covers with ease I was expecting so much from this.

In my opinion, Nicole tries too hard to make “I’m Not The Only One” her own, adding too much melisma. Girlfriend drags out the lyrics for far too long. Don’t take my word for it. Check out her cover below and weigh in afterward.

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It’s not exactly new music from Rihanna but it should temporarily satisfy her Navy until material from R8 leaks.

Back in 2008, RiRi covered the Madonna classic, “Vogue,” for Fashion Rocks! The performance was live but the 26-year-old singer recorded a studio version to use as a guide track for the television special. Over six years later, the audio has surprisingly surfaced online.

Check out Rihanna’s version below and see if it comes close to Madge’s original 90s hit.

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Fifth Harmony’s star continues to rise in 2015. On the heels of them notching their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit with “Sledgehammer,” the girl group reveals they’re kicking off their first headlining tour, titled The Reflection Tour, on February 27 in San Francisco.

5H took a unique approach to announce this. They covered Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s monster hit “Uptown Funk” and filmed a sassy fun video to go along with it. If you thought Normani was the Beyonce of the group, you might have to give it a second thought. Dinah Jane slays it in the clip.

Joining them in the music video are are Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Fox. Why them, you ask? The trio are supporting Fifth Harmony as opening acts on the tour. Hopefully this starts a trend. I’d love for all touring artists to film a music video with their supporting acts.

By far, this quintet is the most successful act to come from the US version of The X Factor. Hell, they’ve outshined any winner from The Voice as well. Well done, Simon Cowell!!! Check out the video and concert dates below.

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At the time of its release back in the 80s, the music video for “Take On Me” was considered revolutionary with its use of rotoscoping (pencil-sketch animation /live-action combination). The Steve Barron-directed clip won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. Glee pays homage to A-ha’s classic track to kick off its final season beginning on Friday, January 9 at 8 P.M. on FOX with a two-hour premiere.

Rachel (Lea Michele) leads the sing-a-long with Kurt (Chris Colfer), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Santana (Naya Rivera), Puck (Mark Saling) and others by her side to begin her campaign to reinstate the glee club at their former alma mater. Check them out donning bright colorful attire to get their point across while kids eat at the cafeteria. The rotocoping is on point.

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If you’re an aspiring musician, it’d be a wise move to cover Taylor Swift. If the 25-year-old entertainer is a fan, she’ll tweet it to all her Swifters as she’s often done so in the past. Definite huge opportunity to gain massive exposure.

Just ask Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson. The Nashville-based singers received Taylor’s stamp of approval for their acoustic mashup cover of “Blank Space” and “Style” and instantly became news. All thanks to Swift simply tweeting ‘obsessed‘ with a link to their clip. Check out their rendition below. It truly is remarkable.

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What’s Instaoki you ask? It’s an instant karaoke segment on Capital FM. Jennifer Hudson recently appeared at the radio station with Gorgon City to promote their infectious dance single “Go All Night.”

During the promotional stop, J-Hud participated in the popular segment by covering Jessie J, Iggy Azalea and Beyonce. She playfully toyed with “Do It Like A Dude” and “Fancy,” even throwing some fun ad libs during the latter. However, the 33-year-old Oscar winner got serious when it came time to “Listen.”

After having a ‘come to Jesus’ moment, Hudson slayed her rendition. Remember when Bey and J-Hud battled it out on the Dreamgirls ballad during the 2007 Oscars telecast? How epic was that? Check out the fun clip below.

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As much as I tried to fight it, Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 has won me over. Damn the 24-year-old singer for making such extremely-listenable and catchy tracks. Naturally, since I’m now a fan of the album, I’m inclined to check out anything remotely related to it. Ergo this post.

YouTube star Sam Tsui, along with the guitar skills of Kurt Hugo Schneider, pay homage to the best-selling album by covering all the tracks in an amazing mashup. Astonishingly, they do it all in just a little over three minutes and so seamlessly. Check it out below.

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