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Ne-Yo Covers Nick Jonas & Ed Sheeran Down Under

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Ne-Yo is currently riding high with his current single “Time of Our Lives” off his latest album Non-Fiction. Love that song.

The 35-year-old R&B singer is in Australia at the moment on a promotional tour for the LP. While there, he covered two smashes dominating radio right now. I enjoy a good cover so naturally, I had to share them with you.

He tackled “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran for the Dan & Maz Show and then delivered an acoustic version of “Jealous” for Nova’s Red Room. Personally, he slayed “Jealous.” With regards to “Thinking Out Loud,” I prefer Sheeran’s original vocals on the ballad. Check out both renditions below and weigh in if you agree with me.

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Ed Sheeran isn’t typically the kind of guy I find hot but I have this huge crush on the 24-year-old singer-songwriter. He’s just so God dang adorable. This latest performance only ups the ante.

The UK crooner dropped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to take on the Christina Aguilera classic, “Dirrty.” Sheeran transforms the gritty pop track into a laidback acoustic gem. Dude does double duty and also drops Redman’s sick rhymes. Is there anything this ging can’t do?

Watch Ed channel his inner naughty side below. An Aguilera and Sheeran duet needs to happen for real. 100 percent.

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Lea Michele Covers Ariana Grande’s Break Free

In: Donovan, Music
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This Fall, Lea Michele and Ariana Grande will appear on the small screen together on Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Scream Queens. I can’t wait. Murphy, without a doubt, always delivers on a killer first season of any of his programs. His subsequent ones are a bit less predictable. Just look at Glee and American Horror Story’s last seasons. #underwhelming

In an upcoming episode of the FOX musical, Michele covers Grande’s dance hit “Break Free.” Not surprisingly, Lea sounds fantastic on it. Perhaps it due to the fact she actually enunciates ;) It’s a shame her recording career never went anywhere. She truly is a gifted vocalist. Hopefully, Lea sports Ariana’s signature ponytail during the scene she performs this song. Check out Lea and company’s cover below.

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The thing I look most forward to as each season of The Voice begins is the group performance from the coaches. It’s always a highlight of every cycle.

Last year, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine joined Gwen Stefani on her No Doubt hit “Hella Good.” In previous years, “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett, “Come Together” by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones classic, “Start Me Up,” to name a few have been covered. For Season 8, it’s all about Lenny Kravitz’s catalog.

Levine, Shelton, Williams and returning coach Christina Aguilera take on the rock anthem “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Perhaps it’s the old adage of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder‘ that’s responsible for this, but X-tina slays it. As much as I love a ballad or dance track from the 34-year-old diva, I’m partial to when she gets dirty and rocks it out.

Check out the performance below. The Voice returns on Monday, February 23.

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Club Tropicana” is probably Wham’s most underrated single. It’s so awesomely 80s, I can’t stand it. The ultra cheesy music video is even more of a guilty pleasure. Believe it or not, the track was actually a satire targeting cheap holiday packages prevalent during that time aimed at young, single people on a hedonistic prowl.

Hilariously, British Airways has chosen the track to promote the airline’s vacation destination options. They enlisted Oxford University’s male acapella group, Out Of The Blue, to cover the track.

They flew the guys to Malta to film the music video, recreating some of the scenes, shot for shot. Too bad, Ibiza wasn’t the chosen location like in the original clip. Check out the cute cover below.

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It’s not exactly the Super Bowl half-time show, but the NBA did a solid job booking entertainment for its 2015 All-Star Game. Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande received calls to entertain the crowd while the players regrouped for the second half.

Sadly though, Aguilera and Grande never shared the stage together. How epic would that have been? Instead, both divas enlisted guest rappers to assist them. X-tina brought NAS while Ariana conjured up Nicki Minaj.

For Christina, it was all about the Big Apple. The 34-year-old diva covered “New York, New York,” “New York State Of Mind,” and “Empire State Of Mind,” paying homage to the host city. The Radio City Rockettes joined her on stage to add even more NYC flair.

During her set, Grande performed a medley of her hits that included, “Problem“, “Love Me Harder”, “The Way”, “One Last Time“, “Bang Bang” and “Break Free.” If you’re going to her Honeymoon Concert Tour, this is pretty much a preview. Speaking of “Bang Bang,” how weird is it that I’ve seen Ariana and Nicki promote this more than Jessie J? Isn’t it technically the Brit’s single?

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Whenever I hear “A Thousand Miles” I always think of that hilarious scene in White Chicks. Terry Crews‘ enthusiasm while singing the Vanessa Carlton hit cracks me up. While not as amusing, this wicked cover is worth checking out.

Grammy-nominated British singer MNEK elevates the piano-driven Top 10 2003 smash and transforms it into a surprising dance track. He adds some bass and drums while interpolating the B-52 classic, “Love Shack,” It’s pure genius and oddly catchy. Give it a spin below, along with the aforementioned White Chicks scene.

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Charli XCX Gives Taylor Swift Hit A Punk Makeover

In: Donovan, Music
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Charli XCX recently dropped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to promote her latest single “Doing It.” As required by any artist appearing on the show, a song cover is part of the set list.

Surprisingly, the 22-year-old English singer chose the super saccharine “Shake It Off.” Her punk-tinged rendition gives the peppy pop smash new life. The reinterpretation works quite well with Charli’s shout-y cheerleader-like yells.

If you’re not a fan of Swift’s sugary original, definitely give this new version a listen.

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