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.
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.
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.
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.
Like I needed Kelly Clarkson to give me another reason to love her. This just affirms my eternal love for the 32-year-old singer. Clarkson slays a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” by giving it a stripped down arrangement. White girl’s got major soul ;)
It’s so good, I felt I had to call in somewhere to vote for her. No wonder she took home the inaugural American Idol title. No one can do a song cover like “Miss Independent” herself.
Speaking of which, fans, including myself, have long wished for Kelly to release an entire album full of covers. That’s guaranteed money!!! I’d buy it for sure. Check out Kelly’s performance on SiriusXM Hits 1 below.
Alex Newell just might be on his way to becoming the biggest recording artist among the Glee cast. Sorry Lea Michele ;) The 22-year-old actor, who played Wade “Unique” Adams on the FOX musical show, is racking up infectious dance anthem after another.
Newell can currently be heard on Clean Bandit’s latest “Stronger” and on Blonde’s killer anthem “All Cried Out.” Now comes another hot collaboration. This time, he heats up the dance floor with Russian producer Matvey Emerson.
The rising dance diva takes on Robin S’s classic “Show Me Love” and gives it a disco-house makeover. The result is one sick slinky creation. Give it a listen below.
Remember Natalie Imbruglia? The stunning Australian singer is best known for her 1997 global smash, “Torn.” Well, the 40-year-old is back with a brand new album featuring a compilation of covers songs.
Male is her fifth studio album and will hit the streets in July. The songs she chose to cover were all originally written and performed by male artists. Hence the title. The lead cut is a rendition of Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush” off their Grammy-winning album Random Access Memories.
Other artists receiving the Imbruglia treatment are Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Damian Rice, Zac Brown Band and Tom Petty to name a few. Check out the track list below, along with her rendition of “Instant Crush.”
Not exactly sure what inspired Ellie Goulding to do this, but I certainly appreciate it.
The 28-year-old British songbird covers Hozier’s smash hit, “Take Me To Church.” Her angelic voice is perfectly suited for the gospel-tinged track. With Ellie on vocals though, the folk-rock song is far less bombastic and more hypnotic with its moody electronic synths. It’s worth a listen for sure.
In other related Hozier news, the 24-year-old Irish singer recently released a new music video. He opted to only appear in silhouettes. Instead, it’s all about Natalie Dormer in the “Someone New” visual. Despite hooking up with several men, the Game of Thrones actress plays a lonely woman in the somber clip. Check it out below, along with Goulding’s cover.