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Lauryn Hill Slays ‘Feeling Good’ Live Performance

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She may be puzzling at times, but there’s no denying Lauryn Hill has a sick set of pipes. The 40-year-old Grammy winner absolutely slayed her live appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

In a rare television appearance, Hill looked absolutely stunning in an all-black ensemble. Even more impressive was her cover of the Nina Simone classic “Feeling Good.” Like the many covers she’s delivered over the years, this one is as brilliant.

Hill’s cover is featured on the compilation album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. Originally, she was only slated to contribute two tracks, but Lauryn became so passionate about the project, she ended up recording six. Check out her performance below.

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As required for any BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge visit, a cover of a current hit must be performed. Little Mix chose to take on Jason Derulo’s massive hit, “Want To Want Me.” And it didn’t disappoint.

The performance starts off with some wicked harmonies from the ladies before kicking into high gear with an unexpected mashup with Whitney Houston’s iconic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Are you kidding? If that wasn’t enough, a gospel choir is thrown in the mix.

The British quartet also gave a killer acoustic performance of their current single “Black Magic.” Congrats go out to the girls for scoring their third UK chart-topper. Hopefully, the catchy pop track does well stateside as well. Check out both performances below. Their vocals are on point.

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Toying with a classic track, especially a much-revered gay anthem, is a difficult juggling act. Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy” addressed key issues including homophobia in the 80s, bullying and loneliness due to family rejection. The accompanying visual was a moving one which featured band member Jimmy Somerville flashing back to the events that motivated him to runaway.

Kate Ryan does an astounding job with her cover. Her vocals over a deep house beat give the track a contemporary vibe but also keeping it quite somber. The same can’t be said for the music video. It’s kind of a host mess if you ask me.

The Belgian dance diva is shown riding a horse before stumbling upon a group of young adults camping. “Runaway (Smalltown Boy)” isn’t exactly a feel-good campfire song. So random?!?!?! Check out the Pascal Baillien and Wim Rombouts-directed visual below.

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Hitting a vocal home run is old hat for Tori Kelly these days. The 22-year-old rising talent never ceases to impress me with her live performances. She really puts all those pop starlets who consistently lip sync to shame. You know which ones I’m referring to.

During a recent stop at Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote her latest single “Should’ve Been Us,” Kelly gave the audience an extra special treat. She performed a killer cover mashup of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” and my favorite Michael Jackson track, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” Give her flawless tribute a watch below. It really is sensational.

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Lean On” recently hit a peak of No. 9 on the latest Billboard Hot 100. Even though it’s still climbing the chart, that isn’t stopping Major Lazer from dropping another summer-ready track.

The electronic music group which includes Diplo once again taps Danish singer . Clearly, she’s their muse. Why wouldn’t she? They have great chemistry and it appears they have another winner on their hands.

For their latest collaboration, they take on Frank Ocean’s “Lost.” Their cover transforms the funky track into a reggae-pop radio-friendly tune. It’s perfect to listen to while sipping on some umbrella-decorated drink.

I could easily see this being another hit for them. Hopefully, the accompanying visual is as eye-catching as their Bollywood-inspired “Lean On Me” video. Give the track a listen below.

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Kelly Clarkson Covers Tori Kelly On Tour Kickoff Night

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Kelly Clarkson kicked off her Piece By Piece Tour this past weekend in Pennsylvania. Like her previous one, the 33-year-old singer includes a segment during this tour where she performs a cover requested by her fans. Expect many more of these posts to come as she makes her way through North America.

For her first cover, she picked Tori Kelly’s infectious single “Nobody Love.” Clarkson praised the rising star saying, “I’m a huge fan of this artist.” She added, “Not many people can sing well live and this girl is nailing it.” Preach Kelly!!! I love Tori and ecstatic that Kelly is a fan as well.

When Tori saw the cover, she tweeted her gratitude. “This is so awesome 2 me. thanks @kelly_clarkson for the shoutout & for being such a real artist (she killed my song).” And boy did she ever. Clarkson nailed it.

Check it out below. I can’t wait to hear what she has in store when she hits my neck of the woods. So excited to see her. Surprisingly, I’ve never attended her concert previously.

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Taylor Swift Duets With Nick Jonas & The Weeknd

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Throughout her 1989 World Tour, many of her famous female friends have joined Taylor Swift on stage. This past weekend during her Rutherford, New Jersey stop, the 25-year-old surprised everyone by bringing a couple of guys for a change.

During the first night, The Weekend popped up to perform his hit single “Can’t Feel My Face,” while Nick Jonas showed up the next night to sing “Jealous.” Dude is really getting some mileage out of that track. Both times, Taylor duetted with the gents, even going solo on a couple verses.

Taylor should consider heading into the recording studio with either, if not both of these guys. She has great chemistry with both. Watch both clips below and Taylor towering over Nick. I always forget how short he is.

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Autumn is still a few months away but that’s not stopping clothing companies from launching their back-to-school campaigns. Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply sought out a couple of talented and photogenic (naturally) artists to front theirs.

Cody Simpson and Tinashe might seem like an odd pairing but it works. The two sound fantastic together and should seriously consider recording an original track. I smell hit single. For this occasion though, they recorded a cover of “Express Yourself.” Not the Madonna hit, but the 1970 classic by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.

They have a jam session with models Hailey Baldwin, Thiago Santos, Matthew Davidson and Bella Hadid frolicking in the background. Coincidentally, the latter is the sister of Cody’s ex, Gigi Hadid. Watch them below all rocking the brand’s Fall denim and flannel offerings.

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