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This needs to be a single stat!!! Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande slay their cover of the 1986 classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. It’s soooo good.

The two recorded the track to raise funds for Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation which supports homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations. They donned adorable onesies, unicorn for Miley and mouse for Ariana, for their karaoke session in the “Wrecking Ball’s” backyard. Check out the sensational cover below.

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If not for the silly rule that song covers aren’t eligible for Oscars, I have no doubt Sia’s rendition of the 60s classic “California Dreamin‘” would be in contention. It’s so good. The Aussie recorded the track for The Rock’s upcoming disaster film, San Andreas. Colton Haynes, Carla Gugino and Kylie Minogue also appear in the movie.

The orchestral arrangement along with Sia’s vocals transform The Mamas & The Papas track into an epic haunting number. It’s chillingly beautiful. Don’t take my word for it, give it a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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I’m kinda obsessed with this right now and can’t get enough.

English singer and songwriter Jasmine Thompson originally recorded a cover of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” a couple of years ago. Her rendition cracked the UK Top 40. It’s shocking how much she sounds like Ellie Goulding.

German producer Felix Jaehn has given her cover new life and transformed into a slinky chill dance jam. I fully expect with this makeover, it’ll become an even bigger hit than previously. Check out the cute clip below.

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MNEK Gives Cher’s Believe A Soulful Makeover

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MNEK first caught my attention when he delivered a wicked dance cover of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” featuring an interpolation of the B-52’s classic “Love Shack.” The 20-year-old British Grammy-nominated singer/producer has worked his magic again. He recorded a killer cover of Cher’s “Believe.” He gives the late 90s dance anthem some soul and a kick-ass drum and bass beat.

The talented Nigerian-born might not be a household name yet, but you certainly know some of his past work. He’s produced and written hits for The Saturdays (“All Fired Up), Kylie Minogue “Feels So Good” and Little Mix (“Wings”). Check out his latest offering below.

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Britney Spears’ Cover Of Tom’s Diner Leaks In Full

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The decision for Britney Spears to cover “Tom’s Diner” is pure genius. Let’s be honest. It fits perfectly within her vocal wheelhouse. No one can sing-speak like the 33-year-old entertainer.

Tom’s Diner” was initially released by Suzanne Vega in 1987 and became a Top 5 hit. It returned back to the charts and surprisingly the clubs in the 90s when DNA did a killer remix.

It appears Spears’ cover for Giorgio Moroder’s forthcoming album follows more in that vein. Her rendition is hypnotically haunting and robotic. In essence, quintessential Brit. Give it a spin below.

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Who doesn’t love Ace of Base? The Abba-like Swedish quartet released several hits during the 90s. They briefly resurrected a few years ago but with two younger girls replacing Linn and Jenny Berggren. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t a winning formula. This, however, might work out quite well.

A*Base is an Ace of Base tribute band, composed of four teens from Stockholm, formed by Ari Letennen & Martin Orrenbrink. Their first single featured the quartet taking on “Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry” which was a hit in Sweden for Ace of Base but not internationally. A*Base is upping their cover game by taking on the mammoth hit, “All That She Wants.” Already, this sounds better than anything the revised Ace of Base ever churned out.

Hopefully, the tribute band experiments with new material as well. I can see this quartet doing some damage globally. They’re very photogenic. ABBA ruled the 70s and Ace of Base dominated the 90s. We’re due for another Swedish quartet powerhouse to conquer the world. Give their covers a sample below.

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When I first heard “Instant Crush,” I was just ho-hum about it. After watching the newly-released music video, I’m feeling the Daft Punk cover a bit more. Natalie Imbruglia puts her acting chops on display to play a Stepford-ish wife who’s a little bonkers. I love a crazy woman. Ergo my Real Housewives fascination ;)

Instant Crush” is the lead cut off the 40-year-old Aussie’s forthcoming album titled Male. Imbruglia cover songs originally written and performed by male artists including Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Damian Rice, Zac Brown Band and Tom Petty to name a few. It’ll be released on July 28.

Check out the Joe Stephenson-directed visual below. The concept is relatively simple, but it’s an entertaining watch.

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Ariana Grande’s The Honeymoon Tour hits my neck of the woods next week and I can’t wait. The thousands of teen girls surrounding us will undoubtedly be annoying but I’ll be armed with six of my friends and a bit of alcohol in my system ;)

During her Inglewood, California spot, the 21-year-old singer covered the Whitney Houston classic, “I Have Nothing.” She absolutely slays it. David Foster who produced the track accompanied her by playing the piano alongside here. Hopefully, Ariana performs this or an equally impressive song cover when she hits Vancouver.

Justin Bieber who previously joined Grande on stage in Miami, once again made a surprise appearance. This time though, he remembered the lyrics to “Love Me Harder” when he duetted with Ariana. The Canadian singer also sang “As Long As You Love Me” and his new Jack U collaboration “Where Are U Now.” Check out all the performances below.

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