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Let me just preface this by saying Iggy Azalea is on fire. On the heels of her sensational collaboration with Charli XCX on “Fancy” comes another masterpiece. 2014 is definitely going to be her breakout year on mainstream radio.

When footage first leaked of Azalea in the recording studio, it appeared she was doing a straight up cover of “Mo Money Mo Problems” which features a sample of Diana Ross’ disco classic, “I’m Coming Out.” Now that the audio has surfaced, it appears the Aussie MC has reworked Notorious B.I.G.’s hit record, giving it a female perspective with some major girl power lyrics. Keyshia Cole jumps on board to add her own flavor to Ross’ catchy hook.

The track is featured in the Cameron Diaz comedy, The Other Woman. Give it a spin below.

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Blair Waldorf Covers Fleetwood Mac

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Yes, I know her real name is Leighton Meester, but to me, she’ll always be her Gossip Girl character. She embodied that part so perfectly. Love her.

Meester finds herself dabbling in music once again. Sadly, her solo recording career never took off after her massive collaboration with Cobra Starship on “Good Girls Go Bad.” If she ever decides to pursue it again seriously, she should follow this path.

Along with her friend Dana Williams, the 27-year-old covers Fleetwood Mac. The duo give a gorgeous acoustic rendition of the band’s classic “Dreams.” The track is lifted off Williams’ EP, The Lonely One. If you liked Leighton in Country Strong with Garrett Hedlund, you’ll love this. Check it out below.

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London Grammar Covers INXS Classic For Game Of Thrones

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Thanks to Game of Thrones, London Grammar is receiving plenty of attention. The HBO series used a snippet of their cover of INXS’ “Devil Inside” for a new trailer released last week. Due to fantastic response, the Nottingham trio uploaded the full version of their eerily ethereal version on SoundCloud.

It’s remarkable how the 1989 classic completely transforms with a stripped down arrangement. Hannah Reid’s soaring moody vocals really lend themselves perfectly for the track. In my opinion, her voice is quite reminiscent of Florence Welch.

London Grammar released their debut album, If You Wait, last Fall. It reached No. 2 in several territories including the UK, Australia and Scotland. “Strong” is their most successful track to date, breaking the Top 20 in Belgium, New Zealand and the aforementioned countries. Give their rendition of “Devil Inside” a listen below.

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BANKS Takes On Aaliyah Classic For BBC Radio

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This is exactly why I love BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Whenever artists drop by to promote their music, the show requires them to cover another artist. Typically, it’s something relatively current, but in this case I’m willing to overlook that. I’m always down for an Aaliyah cover. Especially when it’s done as flawlessly as BANKS demonstrates.

Her acoustic cover of “Are You That Somebody” is pure perfection. Her contemporary take almost makes me forget the original was released way back in 1998. If you’ve never heard of BANKS before, this is a great first impression. I’m a huge fan and this just further solidifies my love for the American singer-songwriter. Give her cover a listen below, along with her acoustic performance of her latest single, “Brains.”

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JoJo Shares The Love With New EP

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If this is a taste of what JoJo has in store for us now that she’s finally freed from her previous label, I’m counting the days until her first album from Atlantic Records drops. I predict huge things. On Valentine’s Day, Miss Levesque uploaded a four-track EP, titled #LOVEJO, on Soundcloud. It’s a masterclass in paying a respectful homage to traditional R&B while giving it a contemporary flair.

Included in the quartet of tracks are two song covers. The 23-year-old tackles Anita Baker and Phil Collins on “Caught Up in The Rapture” and “Take Me Home” respectively. The former’s neo-soul makeover is absolutely sublime. Check it out below, along with the others.

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MØ Covers A Classic From The Spice Girls

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I don’t know who this chick is but I’m already a fan. The Danish singer instantly won me over with her incredible cover of the Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There.” You definitely have to give it a spin below if you’re a fan of the British girl group. Whose ever idea it was for her to cover the classic should be rewarded. It certainly will be sampled by millions of Scary, Sport, Posh, Ginger and Baby’s fans.

Born Karen Marie Ørsted, the 25-year-old singer is set to release her debut alum, No Mythologies To Follow, this March. She’s often been compared to Grimes, Purity Ring and Twin Shadow. The singer-songwriter is currently signed to Sony Music Entertainment. MØ previously appeared on “Dear Boy” which was featured on Avicii’s album, True. Definitely keep an eye out on this talent.

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Little Mix premiered a new track on UK radio today. Like most of their releases, it’s sassy girly fun. The quartet gives a classic 80s track, “Word Up!,” a contemporary makeover in the name of charity. Proceeds from the cover will benefit the Sports Relief charity which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. Give their latest a spin below, along with the original music video by Cameo. Do they do the original justice? Weigh in afterward.

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Zedd hit it big time with “Clarity” featuring Foxes. The 24-year-old German/Russian producer swaps out his dance-ready synths for piano and guitar arrangements for his newly-released EP. iTunes Sessions is a six-song set which features stripped-down versions of previously released material and also an Adele cover.

On last season’s finale of Glee, Jessica Sanchez covered “Clarity.” The American Idol Season 11 runner-up is back covering another Zedd track. This time it’s “Hourglass” which was originally recorded by LIZ on Zedd’s Clarity EP. With its new format and new vocalist, “Hourglass” sounds so much better and soars to new heights.

Rising Swedish songbird Miriam Bryant who previously worked with Zedd on “Push Play” returns with another fantastic vocal. This time she covers Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain.” While no one can ever match Adele’s brilliance, Bryant delivers a solid rendition. Check out both tracks below. Zedd’s new EP also includes collaborations with Hayley Williams of Paramore and Carly Rae Jepsen’s beau Matthew Koma.

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