I seriously don’t know the relationship status between Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. I thought they were back together but I just can’t assume these things anymore. Last month Selena’s on/off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber landed a double cover of Teen Vogue, and now it’s her turn to grace the newsstands with her cover of InStyle.
But Selena’s won’t be the only face you see on the magazine shelves, here are June’s other cover stars:
Selena’s former BFF gets on the magazine action too as she cover’s the June issue of Company.
However, when it comes to former Disney child actresses none can compare to Miley Cyrus. She is this month’s cover megastar! Not only did she land a double cover for Elle UK but she also got three covers for V Magazine. It’s safe to say that we’ve all moved on from Cyrus’ Hannah Montana days as she is a bona fide high fashion darling.
Nicki Minaj Read more…
Remember when Justin Bieber first started off? He sounded like a little girl. Well, the female Justin Bieber sounds like a Beyonce and Christina on their best days…except she’s 12! Meet Heather Russell, a Toronto singer/songwriter who was signed to Simon Cowell’s (she must be good) record label back in 2011. Like the Biebs, Russell began posting videos on YouTube at a very young age – but with original songs. She may be a pint sized diva, but her talent is well beyond her years, both musically and lyrically.
Here’s some of her jaw-dropping work:
She’s nine-years-old in this video. NINE!
Bruno Mars’ latest album Unorthodox Jukebox is proof that the singer can do any and all music genres. The fact that this man’s tunes often make Top 40 give me faith in the music industry, but his talents don’t end just there. After watching that Pandora skit on SNL, it’s no doubt that Mars has a knack for impersonations which include Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber.
He is also one of those artists who regularly cover other works for concerts and acoustic sessions. If you didn’t already know how ridiculously talented he is, you will after hearing him tackle the works of iconic artists such as Elton John, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson.
WATCH BRUNO MARS DO COVERS OF SOME OF MUSIC’S MOST ICONIC SONGS HERE:
The Way You Make Me Feel
Justin Bieber is having a crazy time right now. March started with a wild and shirtless 19th birthday party in London which apparently turned out to be the worst birthday ever, he collapsed on stage, he hit a paparazzo, got dissed by his ex Selena, and then got his pet monkey confiscated! That last one sounds unreal, like when did J-Biebs get a monkey anyway?!
Hopefully the month of April will be a turning point for Justin and it’s already off to a good start with the release of his duel Teen Vogue covers for the magazine’s May issue. Judge which cover you like best.
But Justin isn’t the only celebrity who gets to celebrate scoring a magazine cover. April may have just started but the magazine industry is already busting out its May issues.
So check out who also landed themselves a cover and find out which celeb will rule the newsstand!
Imagine Dragons are everything right now. Their huge hit “It’s Time” was on the Billboard Alternative Top 10 chart for 32 weeks in 2012, has been performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Conan, and was even featured on Glee early in the fourth season.
YouTube cover artists are now taking a crack at the song, and one of the standouts is Andrew Bazzi. He has an incredible voice, and does a great job making the song his own while still doing the original version justice. His cover is definitely worth a listen!
His other covers include Rhianna’s “Where Have You Been” and Justin Bieber’s smash hit “As Long As You Love Me.” Check them out here:
And if you haven’t already done so, check out the band’s unbelievable acoustic performance of “Radioactive” exclusively for ANDPOP.
Walk Off The Earth first garnered attention on the internet with their creative and unique take on Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” where all five members played the song on one guitar. Since then, they’ve been putting their own spin on popular songs as well as penning their own original material.
You can listen to Walk Off the Earth’s full album R.E.V.O. (Realize Every Victory Outright) right now before the album drops later this month!
It seems like just yesterday that Glee celebrated its 30o’s musical number with that Adele mashup of “Someone Like You,” and “Rumour Has It.” We just couldn’t. Stop. Listening. Now, Glee has released “Shout,” its 500th musical number, from the upcoming episode “Boys (and Girls) on Film.”
This episode pays a homage to the music from movies that include Footloose, Top Gun, and Animal House.
Of course, Glee fans are most excited about Kurt and Blaine’s reconstruction of Moulin Rouge’s “Come What May.” In fact, fans wanted the duo to sing this song so badly that Glee creator Ryan Murphy tried to get a petition going to get One million dollars from his fans, as incentive to write the song in.
Troll Murphy, I bow down to you and your sass, and thank you for answering your fans prayers. You have a big heart.
In honour of the shows 500th music number, ANDPOP wants to look back at Glee’s 5 greatest tribute episodes.
Behind the veil of Mckinley High doing another school musical, Glee had an entire episode (and a half if you count the one before hand) dedicated to the music of hit musical, Grease. The musical’s iconic songs matched the show’s plot extremely well; having Blaine sing “hoplessly devoted to you” in reaction to his break up with Kurt was very clever and well done, as was tying in Rachel and Finn with “You’re the One that I Want.” Finchel flashbacks have a special place in my heart.
Stand out song: Grease Lightning
2) Britney 2.0
This tribute episode didn’t only honour the music of Britney Spears, but also the pop star’s past. The episode centered around Brittany following Britney Spears’ path. The character was ready to shave her hair following a less than tasteful performance of “Gimme More.”
Stand out song: Crazy/ You Drive me Crazy
3) Saturday Night Glee-ver Read more…
One of my biggest pet peeves is when a perfectly good book, with a creative and innovative cover, is replaced by a movie poster. That switch from original book cover to the poster of its movie adaptation is such a sham. I always opt to purchase the book with the original cover. Snobbish? Elitist? I don’t think so. Movie studios love to alter and change the plot lines of the books they’re based on, do they really need to ruin the book covers too?
When I pick up a book, I care about the story — not the cast and production team behind the “new motion picture.” That’s another thing, when you change a book cover to the movie poster do you REALLY need to vandalize the book even more by putting that big metallic sticker on it that says “now a motion picture?” Is that REALLY necessary? I think my rage is justified.
Then there are the books with the metallic “Movie TK” sticker, which never end up getting produced. I had false hope and was a very disappointed child when Meg Cabot’s “All American Girl,” never became a movie like the sticker on the front promised. Raven Symone was supposed to be in the movie to boot. Never forgive, and never forget. This bookworm will not stand for the elimination of perfectly good book covers in exchange for movie posters. A movie poster is a movie poster. NOT a book cover.
See some altered book covers below — which do you prefer?
1) Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was first published by MTV on Feb. 1, 1999. The book was adapted to a movie in 2012 starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. The film was adapted to a screenplay and directed by the original author Stephen Chbosky. Not even Emma Watson can really make up for the cover change, as the original is so basic and reflective of the story.
2) Warm Bodies
The novel Warm Bodies was released by Simon and Schuster on Apr 26, 2011. The movie adaption will hit the big screen Feb. 1, 2013, and will star Nicholas Hoult. He’s beautiful, so I suggest you all go watch, especially Skins fans who miss seeing him on their screens. Still bitter about the cover swap though…
3) The Hunger Games
This Suzanne Collins novel was published by Scholastic Press on Sept. 14, 2008 with this basic cover that was emulated in all subsequent novels of the trilogy with unique spins. I.e, a different bird is pictured in the same amulet. The movie came out March 23, 2012, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Unfortunately as Catching Fire and Mockingjay come out in movie form, their book covers will also change. Endless cycle of book cover shaming.
4) Beautiful Creatures Read more…
Ever have that really awkward experience when someone opens their mouth and they do not sound at all how you expected them too? Like when a big burly guy is unexpectedly high pitched, or a girl has an uncharacteristically nasally voice? Or how about those people who have accents who you don’t expect them too…or even weirder when someone you expect to have an accent doesnt have one? The cake topper is when someone has an unexpected accent…like when an asian has a Russian accent. True story, it’s happened to me. It’s nothing against the people, it just tends to really get people really surprised.
Here are five covers of people who at first glance seem a certain way, but when they open their mouth to sing you have to take a double take. Prepare to be shocked. I guess I should make some cliche about not judging a book by it’s cover…but lets be real. I will always go for the books with the most interesting covers.
The Soulful Ginger
The Dorky Rappers
The Balladic Punk Read more…
The only thing we love more than a catchy song, is a unique cover with a distinct sound that makes it “different” from the original. Although Justin Timberlake’s brand new single “Suit & Tie” was just released yesterday, YouTubers are already taking time to put their own unique spin on the song.
Some naysayers argue artists should make their own music instead of ripping off other artists, especially when the song was just released. What I say, is that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. By covering a song, an artist makes it their own, separate from the other artist. There’s Philosophy of Cover Music 101 for you…
Watch the five covers below
Cups by anicolemusic
How cool is this? Suit & Tie using cups? How Anna Kendrick of her. This cover sounds amazing and might be my favourite. The girl has a seriously incredible voice, why have we never heard of her before?
Jazz by LoeAshley
This cover provides a jazzier Amy Whinhouse-esque version of “Suit & Tie.” The acoustic vibe with the soulful voice puts a unique spin on the sound, and sounds incredible if I do say so myself.
Falsetto by r0bbiejayy
This November, Rihanna debuted her stunning video for “Diamonds,” which is a song off of her latest album Unapologetic. The song is pretty poetic — which is why I think it inspired so many of her fans to truly shine like diamonds.
The song has garnered many acoustic covers on YouTube. Some have a surprising indie vibe, and others features groups of friends coming together to sing the lovely song. Even fellow celebs are covering the song. Recently, for their first show in L.A in three years, the Jonas Brothers sang “Diamonds” in their classic acoustic tone. But they aren’t the only ones to have me swooning over Rihanna’s song. Here are 5 amazing covers of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”
You’ve know you’ve officially made it as an artist when the cast of Glee start covering your music. And for Korean superstar Psy, that is exactly what’s happening.
In a teaser video released for an upcoming episode of Glee, the clip shows actors Kevin McHale, Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz treating fans with a clip of the cast rehearsing the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance. But as exciting this may seem for gleeks around the world, the cynic in me couldn’t help but wonder how it’s going to work.
While I’m sure the cast will get the dance covered, what about the lyrics?
With Criss and McHale struggling to come up with a suitable nickname for Glee’s cover of ‘Gangnam Style’ (‘Gleengham style?!’), I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.
The last time we heard from Swifties, they were covering Taylor Swift’s “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” This time around, TSwift fans are showing off their skills to cover “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Message to Taylor Swift: your fans are beyond talented, and I hope they keep making covers of your songs.
Here are 5 “I Knew You Were Trouble” covers worth watching:
Megan and Liz
As if you need another reason to LOVE Ed Sheeran, he turned Britney Spears’ pop hit “Baby One More Time” into a folksy, acoustic number and KILLED it. Our favourite ginger covered it on NOW 100.5 FM in Sacramento, California in a navy sweatshirt and denim.
The unexpected arrangement still fits with Ed’s chill aesthetic and I’m pretty sure he made the ladies swoon.
Watch it here:
Proving once again that she has some serious vocal chops, Kelly Clarkson decided to take a shot at covering a song that isn’t really within her genre. But by adding in a little Texas country twang, she definitely made Rihanna’s “We Found Love” sound like her own!
At Virginia Beach, V. A on Tuesday during a tour stop, the singer, (who obviously can’t get the song out of her head like the rest of us!) even decided to dedicate her cover to a fan.
“This is for Christoper Buew, Brewer, Christopher Brewer… I can’t say it right. Oh my goodness, say it five times fast,” says Clarkson, before proceeding to say Brewer’s last name five times. “See? I can’t do it. So I’m gonna sing this song that’s by Rihanna!”
I love Kelly for showing off what she can do by singing these fun little covers. From Lady Gaga to Rihanna, what should she cover next?
For some inexplicable reason, comic book anti-hero and mercenary decided to spread some joy and cover Psy’s viral hit “Gangnam Style.” He dances all over town and air humps unsuspecting bystanders on the street. However, the best part is when he makes his way into a campus library, dressed in full costume and starts doing the horse-riding move (the same one Psy recently taught Britney Spears).
We’ve seen a few covers so far, including one by The Wanted, a hip mom and another by Matrix superfans. While we’re not tired of them yet, I suspect the amount of covers/parodies might just trump Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” So we’ve got a long way to go…
Watch it here:
Since covering Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” back in May, Lennon and Maisy Stella have gained a lot of attention from notables like Michael Kors. The designer even invited the ladies to Kors Karaoke, which is part of FNO, fashion’s biggest party of the year.
The sisters couldn’t make it so they covered Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night” to thank him for the invitation. I love their acoustic version because they tame the unabashedly “1984″ track with their beautiful voices. Michael Kors was so impressed he added the video to his YouTube channel.
These kids are double threats because they’re super adorable — like I want to pinch their cheeks adorable — and they’re talented. Stars Academy’s Myles and Kolton covered Jason Mraz’ “I Won’t Give Up” with nothing but a guitar, ukelele and their voices.
Myles recently starred as as Billy in Billy Elliot The Musical on Broadway and has appeared in videos with Walk Off The Earth — band members include his step-dad Ryan Marshall and his uncle Gianna. Kolton also puts everybody’s lacklustre childhood’s to shame as he recently starred as Simba in Lion King The Musical and will be appearing in a TIFF film.
These guys are adorable but we can tell they’re going to be charmers when they grow up too. Stick around until the end to see them goofing around and having fun.
Watch it here:
Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Cimorelli, a girl group from Sacramento, California.
Cimorelli, pronounced sim-or-ELL-ee, is a group of six singing sisters who are as talented as they are adorable. Ranging in age from 12 to 21, the ladies combine their love of R&B, hip-hop, country and 80s synth pop to create a unique musical sound. Most of their songs are done a capella with occasional instruments. The ladies are currently working on their debut album.
Used in a sentence: “The Cimorelli singing sisters make ordinary siblings seem so unimpressive. They’re basically a modern Von Trapp family.”
Download now: “Some Nights” by Fun.
File next to: Megan & Liz
The sisters are part of a big family that includes five brothers — leading to a total of 11 children. Their mother Lynne is a music major, composer and choir director. She began teaching her daughters music between the ages of two and four. She taught them classical piano, three-part barbershop harmonizing and vocal jazz. Read more…
Here at ANDPOP, we love hearing how different artists interpret one song. By changing the tempo and instrumentation, artists can alter the vibe of a track entirely. Suddenly, you might start digging a song you hated in the first place. Our minds were blown when we heard some amazing covers of Skrillex and One Direction. This week, we heard ten covers of Fun’s “Some Nights” that we can’t stop replaying.
Country Twang: 2 Carats Band (Shayna Rose and Elizabeth Shea)
Seasoned Pros: Walk Off The Earth (DUH) and Julia Nunes
“OMFG she’s so Rachel Berry” Version: TheLizLoughrey