From the Backstreet Boys to Celine Dion…that’s quite the range, boys!!
While it probably comes as no surprise that One Direction killed their rendition of “I Want It That Way,” most people would be shocked to hear the boy band also killed their rendition of Celine Dion’s Titanic hit “My Heart Will Go On.” It is a liiiiittle bit hard to take them seriously as they croon the dramatic ballad, but they did get to showcase some top notch vocals (I’m looking at you Liam!!)
I mean, really, does it get any more adorable?
Step aside, Jay-Z. If Bey is the Queen, then this man is the King.
It’s one thing to cover Beyonce. It’s another to take all of her best songs, combine them in a perfectly arranged acapella mash-up, and then sing it as a duet…with YOURSELF. Sound too good to be true? Well, clearly you’ve never been privy to the talent that is Cameron J.
There truly are no words for this. Just watch in total shock and awe with your mouth dangling open and try to control the drool.
Taking the stage at Stockholm, Sweden on May 8, our fave boys from One Direction did a tribute to a boy band original: Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way.”
We’re sure 1D can make any girl scream by just appearing but the men of the Backstreet Boys were very impressed.
Tweeting: “Heard @OneDirection did an impromtu performance of “I Want It That Way” in Sweden last night. Well done bros! http://youtu.be/7c2zn7hVRtY“, it’s safe to say that the revival of pop groups ARE OFFICIALLY BACK.
But looks to me 1D may have just been returning some favours. NKOTBSB covered ‘What Makes You Beautiful last year!
Either way, this is cute! Please do more covers!!
UGH. How much more adorable can this get?!
Doing a rendition of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s “Summer Wine”, Lana Del Rey and her boyfriend Barrie-James O’Neill are so sweet together that I’m about to get a cavity.
Shot in a filter that looks like it belongs on Instagram, the two do very couple-y things together in the video such as frolicking on the beach and staring lovingly at each other.
They are the epitome of a couple match made in hipster heaven. And now I can’t stop squealing in delight.
Gollum impersonator Ian Walters (Ijameswalters) is back with a new cover. This time, his Gollum covers Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” with (what we assume) is a couple more dollars from Buzzfeed who hosted the video. Walters finally leaves his room to scale some rocks and sing in a cave, just like the real Gollum would be.
Who says Fifth Harmony can’t harmonize?!!
Proving just how much they improved since placing third on X Factor, the quintet put all their naysayers in their place when they covered One Direction’s “They Don’t Know About Us”.
But making the version their own, there’s a special twist in the song. Adding in a hook from Beyonce’s “Party”, it’s safe to say these girls are going to be killin’ it in the future!
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Spring Breakers stars Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson broke out into song and sang Britney Spears’ ubiquitous hit “Hit Me Baby One More Time” during their SXSW film panel.
The trio (who was missing Vanessa Hudgens) wanted to prove that they weren’t lip syncing in the movie. Funny because they sound just fine to me live.
Watching HBO’s Girls now is becoming kind of painful. It’s like kind of like Lena Dunham just doesn’t want her characters to ever succeed. Seriously, this season’s whole plot feels like it’s one step forward, two steps back for everyone.
Case in point: Marnie’s (Allison Williams) recent quarter life crisis where her latest gaffe was this horrible cover of Kanye West’s “Stronger.”
Yeah, she became that girl at the party and she doesn’t even seem drunk (full disclosure: I didn’t watch it yet. Will HBO On Demand it later tonight). It’s like second-hand embarrassed bad.
Dammit, Lena Dunham! Can anyone be happy on this show?!
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I’m not entirely sure where Vin Diesel was going with this cover, but he certainly succeeded in making me a little creeped out. Singing along to Rihanna’s “Stay” playing in the background, the actor tries his hardest to live up to the singer.
I don’t know if this is supposed to be serious or funny, but the part when he says “Happy V Day, amore” complimented with a wet smooch has me cringing and squirming all over.
Vin, I think it’s safe to say that you should stick to what you do best: looking badass while driving cars.
I’m pretty partial to any decent Britney Spears cover (remember Glee’s “You Drive Me Crazy?!”) but Heather Brave’s “Oops I Did It Again” adds a cute twist to the sexpot anthem. The acoustic take of the song combined with the extra cheery/minimalist music video give the lyrics an ironic twist.
According to MTV’s Buzzworthy, Heather’s one of the latest additions to SRP Music Group, run by the guys who discovered Rihanna. I’m hoping to hear more from this 16-year-old singer, who has done a few other covers on her Soundcloud page.
Sarah Diamond and Matt Aiden are a new cover duo on our radar.
Last night Aiden tweeted a link to their new acoustic cover of The Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” and we couldn’t help but stop and listen.
With Aisen on guitar and Diamond on vocals, the pair sound great together. You can never have too many acoustic cover artists, and as you know we love discovering new ones.
Sarah has a personal youtube handle saradiamondmusic, but the two often collaborate under for acoustic covers under Sara Diamond Matt Aisen where they posted their acoustic covers of songs including Maroon 5′s “Sunday Morning” and Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.”
Watch their cover of “Don’t You Worry Child” here
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While it wasn’t “Gone” or “This I Promise You”, ‘N Sync’s JC Chasez surprised a group of sorority girls in a surprise appearance during a University of Southern California Tridelta formal dinner.
Singing a rendition of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”, Chasez definitely makes the song his own, and I can’t believe I’m saying this…it’s actually quite good.
While Justin Timberlake is finalizing his next album The 20/20 Experience, it’s random times like these that I miss ‘N Sync. Can they have a reunion already? Just for one performance, pretty please?
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There’s no doubt that R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” is an incredibly sexy song — now that I’ve grown up and fully understand the lyrics — but it’s hardly romantic. At least that’s what I thought before I heard James Dalby’s acoustic cover.
I know what you’re thinking. And while I agree that this song is a tad overdone in the world of YouTube cover artists, this one is worth a listen. He may not be as cute as Joseph Gordon-Levitt or as well-known as Young the Giant (both of whom have covered the song in the past), but he does a damn good job making it his own.
He has also posted covers including Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody,” and they’re both amazing! This guy should not go unheard.
It seems like there are amazing new cover artists appearing everyday. Thank you youtube for letting all these amazing talents put their work online to share with us. Nicki Wissel’s cover of Olly Mur’s “Troublemaker” is so soulful and you really see him get into the song. This guy’s voice is insane. I also love the backdrop, the laundry room makes the cover seem even more stripped down and basic.
Nicki Wissel has covers of other songs like King Of Leon’s “Sex On Fire,” Ron Pope’s “A Drop in the Ocean,” and David Guetta’s “Titanium.” He’s also German! He even has a few original songs up on his youtube channel (in German). Can we expect an EP? I hope so! Whats better than acoustic cover artists? Yep. Foreign cover artists. Did I mention he also tried out for X Factor?
I’m slightly obsessed now.
Watch the cover below
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Yes, you read that right. This blazing haired tween sang a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and it’s ridiculously soulful. Considering his age, I’m surprised he can connect with the words so much. At that age I remember boys serenading girls by getting their friends to ask you to the school dance or telling you to check off yes or no on a sheet of paper. Meanwhile, this dude can just be like “Hey Sally, come over and I’ll masterly sing the reasons why we should get it on.”
I think most people agree on YouTube that he won’t have too much trouble finding a date when he’s older:
We found a new acoustic cover artist to swoon over, and his name is Colin Healy. His most recent cover, done with fellow artist Caroline Mauck, is a folksy version of “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by British glam rock band The Darkness. While the original track is heavy rock, Healy and Mauck bring it down a notch and perform it as a romantic duet. We love the way they re-invented the song for your “chill-out” playlist. Their harmonies are beautiful!
In the past, Healy covered Taylor Swift and One Direction. I’m currently jamming to his “22” cover. If you like his covers, go subscribe to Colin Healy. What’s better? The Virginia-based musician has a debut album in the works.
Watch “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
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Well, looks like the seemingly-ageless Jennifer Lopez has her bad days too. Taking over the cover of PEOPLE magazine, the 43-year-old singer/actress is apparently a little angry about her photo.
According to Page Six, Lopez think she the photo of her makes her look “old and haggard,” a source tells the site.
But despite claims that say she doesn’t like the photo, manager Benny Medina insists that there are no hard feelings. “Look at the pictures and read the story! We worked closely with the editors of PEOPLE and we are very pleased with cover photo and the results all around,” he said.
It’s only human to look your age as you get older and personally, I don’t think she looks old at all. In fact, JLo looks pretty fabulous and low-key here. I mean, at least she wasn’t overly photoshopped!!
Do you think this picture makes her look “old”?
The Overly Attached Girlfriend, aka Laina, dedicated a self-written song to Taylor Swift, which is to the backbeat of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”
As we all know, Taylor and 1D’s Harry Styles (Haylor) split up last week (sad face). Considering how many relationships Taylor has ended in her short lifetime you gotta wonder, is SHE the problem?
Laina sings: “Taylor you’re a cool girl don’t get me wrong/ I know you put your whole heart into every song/ But how many pictures will burn till you finally learn/ Taylor Swift, maybe you’re delusional/ If you break up and you hit rock bottom/ Maybe the faults are yours and song won’t solve them.”
I know Laina is a pretty cray fangirl and all (or so she’d like us to believe) but she makes sense… Do you agree with her?
Watch it here
As it is, I’m pretty obsessed with Pentatonix as evidence by this, this and especially this. When you combine the Texas a capella group with another one of my obsessions, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Thrift Shop” it’s like “WHAT IS MY LIFE?”
I’m pretty obsessed with their arrangement, which replaces the strong back beat with Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan’s sick beatboxing. Meanwhile, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado rocked the fast-paced vocals.
The group also had a special announcement: They’re going on tour again, starting in late January. Find more about their shows and how to get tickets here.
Watch it here
Haters are hating on Glee’s cover of “Baby Got Back” because they didn’t pay much credit to Jonathan Coulton, who originally performed the arrangement. Coulton covered Sir Mixalot 1992′s ode to arses with a slower, more emotional track and couldn’t help but note the similarities on Twitter:
It doesn’t seem like Glee asked permission or paid credit to Coulton at all. But as LiterallyLuke says on YouTube: “Coulton’s songs are released under a Non-commercial Creative Commons license. That means that the songs can be used by people as long as attribution is used and they are not using it commercially. Glee’s use of the song, if they do use it, is a violation of that, even if they credit him. Similarly this channel is in violation as there was no attribution given. Hope that clears things up for some defenders of Glee.”
Listen to the two versions below and let us know what you think in the comments! Also, as someone who watches Glee I find a lot of their covers sound like carbon copies of YouTube arrangements. Can you think of others?
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