Although I’m growing tired of silly parodies of Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” I absolutely love this cover because (surprise) it actually does SOMETHING DIFFERENT to the song. Instead of just copying the music video, Berkeley’s Ra-On produced a slower, bluesey cover of the track.
Their version actually sounds soulful! The track, which was arranged by Seungjun Lee, features Michael Jun on the guitar and Jaydee Min, singing with Elle Kim. I wish they emphasized a little more of the “oppa” part but I still love it. I can imagine them performing in some after hours, smoke-filled piano bar.
Ra-On is a student organization at Berkeley University, meant to gather musicians who are interested in Korean rock music.
Listen to it here:
President Barack Obama is well known for his remixes, which includes Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.” Now he’s taking on Jay-Z’s classic hit “99 Problems.”
Whereas Jay-Z has 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one, Obama has 99 problems but Mitt’s not one. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also makes a cameo, spewing out a few lines in the role of “the police officer” (it’s a bit role, really). We really wish there was a radio version.
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Unfortunately our non-existant efforts to persuade Bill Nye the Science Guy to cover Psy’s “Gangnam Style” have been futile and unsuccessful. So YouTuber AlexRMSTITANIC decided to superimpose Nye’s head onto Psy’s body and have them dance to a mashup of their two songs. The result is called “Bill Nye Science Style” and I must say, Nye and Psy make a good team.
Although the video is just over 30 seconds long, it’s the best 30 seconds of video you’ll see all day.
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On top of having a beautiful voice, Anna Burden beats a single plastic cup as she’s singing Lulu and the Lampshades “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” to keep the rhythm. I’m always impressed by musicians who can sing while playing an instrument. This version looks especially difficult because of the complex drumming pattern.
The cover isn’t just for kicks either. Burden’s mom runs a small not for profit agency in South Bend, IN, that helps people with alcohol and other drug issues. She writes on YouTube that the agency has had serious financial setbacks and needs help.
To singers, Adele must be what Tom Wolfe is to writers or Andy Warhol was to artists. Put simply, Adele is f*cking awesome and it’s hard to top her. So it’s understandable why Kelly Clarkson was hesitant to cover “Someone Like You” during her tour. She didn’t have to worry because she pretty much killed it.
During every concert stop on her “Stronger” tour, Kelly Clarkson covers a fan request. In Brisbane, Australia, she took on the red-headed singer’s sob-worthy single. ”I’ve actually been avoiding this song,” she told the audience. “It’s been literally every fan request. And I’ve been avoiding it because Adele might be one of the best singers of all time. …So hopefully I do it justice and don’t suck.”
In the past, Clarkson has covered Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Florence’s “Shake It Out.” Though it’s not our fave out of all her covers so far, we’re still pretty impressed — especially when it picks up in the second half.
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You know what we haven’t seen enough of over the last couple weeks? “Gangnam Style” covers. Because the 15 covers we posted a couple weeks ago just didn’t satiate our thirst for the over-played song. Now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Captain Fear created their very own cover of Psy’s viral hit, dancing with their shiny, red pom poms while the mascot leads them all in their horse-riding pyramid.
We apologize in advance if this is the cover that finally sent you over the edge.
Cher’s “Believe” is often in the top five list of annoying songs people hate to hear, but this X-Factor UK contestant did a few nips and tucks, acoustified it and ended up stunning the judges and audience members with her touching performance.
When Ella Henderson said she was going to perform the song, everyone braced themselves for the overplayed ex-club banger. But her touching performance was enough to impress all the judges — even making one of them cry. Cher was impressed, tweeting: “work Done …Went on Utube 2 c young girl sing Believe! Tears came 2 my eyes! So Touching! a Great version of a Great Song. WE Can Share It !”
Ella’s version gave the lyrics a completely different meaning. I’d definitely add it to my playlist!
Watch her performance here:
Last night, Cody Simpson and his manager Scooter Braun shared a link with the world they knew would BLOW our minds. Cody Simpson. Victoria Duffield. Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
That’s all you really need to know — so run along my friends, watch the video and start dancing with the whole crew. The duo dance in front of lawn chairs and ride imaginary horses in elevators before finally making their way into the parking garage with a huge entourage, including Cody’s sister Alli Simpson.
This cover is huge for him but also for Psy who re-tweeted the link. It’s pretty nice Scooter’s talented group all support each other — remember when Justin Bieber covered Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” way back?
Overall, it’s been a big week for Cody considering he just released his interactive movie Finding Cody on Sept. 18. We can’t wait to see what’s next for him and Victoria!
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When most people go to a barbecue the host is all “oh, remember to bring a couple bags of chips — Dill Pickle please!” But when Scooter Braun goes everyone must be like “oh BTW, do you think you can bring that Psy fellow? You know the one with the song that’s ALWAYS IN MY HEAD?”
Braun tweeted a YouTube link today with a video of Psy dancing at a barbecue with synchronized swimmers. Meanwhile, Braun’s friends, including Ashley Benson’s boyfriend Ryan Good and choreographer Nick Demoura joined the party.
Braun signed the K-Pop star, whose hit “Gangnam Style,” is garnering pretty much a thousand covers day (but we’re probably lowballing it). We’re expecting this cover to go viral stat.
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Alex Goot’s version of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” slows down the upbeat tempo and replaces the electronic background with a simple guitar, piano and xylophone. The New York singer/songwriter adds some edge with his raspy voice, which surfaces at just the right times.
Goot’s cover is now available on iTunes and he’ll be touring around the U.S. and Canada starting Nov. 9!
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I’m actually a bit disappointed with Kristen Stewart’s cover shoot with British Vogue. Throughout her career, Stewart has perfected the scowl we’ve come to love/hate in her movies and photo ops — it’s somewhere between Posh Spice’s mysterious glare and Tumblr’s sad meme.
Her cover for British Vogue is no exception. She stares at the camera in porcelain foundation the makeup artist surely pounded on her.
I don’t mean to sound cruel. I just think it would have been the perfect opportunity for Kristen and the magazine to say no matter what life throws at you, you can ultimately say “f*ck off, I’m going to go on with my life.”
They knew the cover to be scrutinized by the media (I mean, what are we doing here?) so I feel it’s a bit of a missed opportunity. Instead of strategically projecting Bella the vampire or Kristen the lost soul they could have sent a larger message by covering the magazine with her smiling. Just because she had a huge public fallout after cheating with Robert Pattinson doesn’t mean she’s a woman destroyed. It’s kind of like when your mom says “smile, don’t let them get to you.”
In the end, I suppose the photos somewhat express her character, which is a win. She told Vogue: “People expect it to be easy because there you are, out there, doing the thing that you want and making lots of money out of it. But, you know, I’m not that smooth. I can get clumsy around certain people. Like if I were to sit down and think, ‘OK, I’m really famous, how am I going to conduct myself in public?’ I wouldn’t know who that person would be!”
What do you think of the photos?
Another photo from the spread:
It’s been quite a while since we heard a new song from our girl Taylor Swift, and even if you’re a guy, you have to admit every single of hers is catchy. Yes, it’s written about an ex-boyfriend (any guesses who it could be) and hopefully after he heard the song, got the point that it’s totally OVER.
Here at ANDPOP, not only do we love the artist’s original tracks but we love to see all the hidden talent over the internet. We recently rallied up our top covers from Fun, Skrillex and One Direction. Let us know if your faves made our faves list:
No Instruments: Peter Hollens
I think we have lost track of how many “Call Me Maybe” covers we have posted over here at ANDPOP, but it’s not everyday that you come across a couple animals making a parody video. Not only is it adorable puppy love, the video even starts off with the pup lurking out the window to her gardener, followed by creative lyrics to a doggy tone of ear. “I’m locked up in the house, come and save me/ I so woof you, Woof me maybe?”
If anyone else is thinking a parody to another upcoming hit, we challenge you with Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” and of course we have a tutorial for you.
We’re obsessed with all the covers Kelly Clarkson does at her concerts. Each show, she accepts audience requests and then chooses a song to belt out. We recently saw her do unexpected renditions of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
This time she took on Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out.” And it ROCKS. “If I screw this up, I’m sorry Florence and Youtube,” she said. We think she did Florence proud!! What do you think?
For those who don’t know what “Geordie” means, it’s a regional nickname for a person from Tyneside in northeast England. You’re probably most acquainted with the term because of MTV’s Jersey Shore spin-off called Geordie Shore, on which characters talked about GTL, smushing and partying, but all in the most amazing accents ever.
Now a couple Geordies called May Arcade have graced us with their rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” I took a silent oath a few days ago to never post a Carly cover EVER AGAIN but that never seems to work for me. They included their own slang in the lyrics so at times it’s difficult to understand, but we love them!
Instrumental tracks don’t always make the collective radar of the Internet unless they’re under the guise of a pop song. It’s unfortunate, but at least these instrumental covers are introducing a new generation to talented musicians like Lindsey Sterling, Bryson Andres, CDZA and now this dude, Seth Gilliard.
In this Tony Morgan-directed clip, Gilliard performs Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” on the violin at South Carolina’s O-Ku Restarant and Bar. Gilliard performs his covers by ear but is thinking about writing out the sheet music. His performance is powerful and the violin really makes the track’s instrumentals stand out.
Name: The Fergies
Song: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
Why we’re obsessed: This acoustic version of T-Swift’s new single by The Fergies is catchy with a sweet tone at the bridge. Kahlia’s soft and high-pitched vocals add a certain flare to the hit and her brother Daniel lets her voice shining by playing a simple melody on the guitar. It’s a slightly more mellow attempt at calling out an ex.
The Fergies’ cover is one of the more unique covers I’ve seen. So far, it’s received over 37,000 views in just one week.
Background: The Fergies are a pop band composed of five siblings with the last name Ferguson from Brisbane, Australia. They’ve been uploading covers and originals to their YouTube page since 2010. While their videos and songs don’t always include every sibling, they seem to be really popular in their native country.
Watch their cover here:
There you go again X-Factor, making me look like a crazy person sitting in an office full of guys, trying to block the tears welling up in my eyes. Contestant Bella Ferraro auditioned for Australia’s The X-Factor with an emotional performance of “Skinny Love” by Birdy, originally by Bon Iver.
Bella left high school to pursue music. She nervously auditioned for the judges on her eighteenth birthday.
There are several reasons why her performance is so touching. First, she doesn’t realize how damn talented she is. Hands shaking at times, Ferraro seemed genuinely shocked when the audience applauded her within five seconds of starting. Her supportive mom looked on from the audience, tearfully proud. All the judges, including hard-to-please Mel B, gave the contestant a deserved standing ovation.
Yesterday the UK edition of The X-Factor made me angry when I saw Pink cover artist Zoe Alexander storm off the stage upon receiving constructive criticism. But you’ve reclaimed my love, X-Factor, with Bella Ferraro.
Watch it here:
“Call Me Maybe (Cover)” — Kelly Clarkson
Every show, Kelly Clarkson lets a fan from the audience choose a song for her to sing, which is why we’ve been hearing her cover tracks like Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Britney Spears’ “Everytime.” This time, a few people in the audience asked her to cover Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” We’ve heard tons of renditions of this track but this simplified version works because we really get to focus on a catchy melody and great vocals.
“You’re Gonna Love This” — 3OH!3
Poor 3OH!3…they started the whole pop/rap/dance/auto tune/alcoholic/patterned pants craze and LMFAO and Kesha swooped right in and stole their thunder. The duo hasn’t given up though and in the name of all that is outrageous and obnoxious, I give you “You’re Gonna Love This,” off their newest album Omens. The music video for the track is pretty simple. They both try to win over the same girl, one-upping each other by throwing things and aiming really well. Unfortunately, the girl in the video is totally unimpressed and gets whisked away by a Tom Cruise look-a-like, leaving the boys to find some other fish in the sea.
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A list of things that are awkward:
1. When you’re singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in the car and realize your windows are open and the family in the van next to you is laughing.
2. When you close an embarrassing window on your laptop a little too late so your colleague sees you’re watching Jersey Shore during work hours.
3. This music video for Emily.