Planning to cover “Rolling in the Deep”? Get in line. Planning to cover “The Edge of Glory”? Get ready to be promoted by Lady Gaga herself. Nick Jonas learned as much when he played the Gaga single, among other covers, on July 1 at a Microsoft Store in Los Angeles. Two days later, Gaga rehosted fan footage of the performance, adding the slate “THE EDGE OF JONAS” (in her favorite font, Impact), and tweeted her praise:
Justin Vernon‘s star has steadily risen since the release of his band Bon Iver‘s critically acclaimed 2008′s For Emma, Forever Ago. The follow-up, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, won’t be released until June 21, but the lead single “Calgary” is available for free download from the band’s website, and Vernon appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?but to perform not the single, but its B-side, his emotive take of Bonnie Raitt‘s 1991 mega-hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” with a snippet of Leon Russell‘s “A Song for You” (made famous by Donny Hathaway) as a lead-in and a bit of Raitt’s “Nick of Time” as a coda.
Vernon’s sorrowful falsetto impressed not only Fallon (who described For Emma, Forever Ago it in his interview with Vernon as a “fantastic record” to “have a couple glasses of wine, get drunk…and start crying your eyes out”) but also Kanye West, who recruited Vernon to sing the hook of “Lost in the World” on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and invited him to appear onstage with West at Coachella.
To paraphrase a certain popstar who spells her name with a dollar sign, you can’t imagine the immensity of the f**k Ben Folds is giving about the relief effort for Japan in the wake of the tsunami and 9.0 earthquake on March 11.
Are children ages 5-12 desperate to be introduced to hair-metal ballads that are decades older than they are? Kidz Bop, the now-venerable series of age-appropriate kid-chorus cover compilations, hopes so: May 17 will see the release of Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads. Life As I Know It‘s own Bret Michaels and his daughters Raine and Jorja have recorded what will likely be the jewel of this volume: a re-recording of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which Michaels originally sang with Poison in 1988, and which was previously anthologized on Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition. This time around, his daughters take the lead, with Bret on guitar. Read more…
Listening to Taylor Swift’s catalog is, as she has admitted on numerous occasions, akin to reading her diary. Considering her stance as a confessional songwriter and performer, we feel inclined to believe that her decision to cover “White Blank Page” by Mumford & Sons during a recent visit to (the quite comely) Fearne Cotton’s BBC Radio-1 program wasn’t made willy-nilly.
So, what was it about the song by the upcoming Unplugged artists that appealed to Swift? If you’ll allow us to (wildly) speculate for a minute, perhaps it had something to do with the song’s strong sexual and religious undertones? One potential reading of “White Blank Page” is that it’s written from the perspective of someone whose religious beliefs strongly encourage them not to have sex before marriage (“Can you kneel before the King and say I’m clean, I’m clean?”), which clearly amounted to be a dealbreaker between of the lady that the song addresses and the song’s narrator. Which, if you’ve ever heard Swift’s “Dear John,” seems like something Swift can readily identify with.
Ten-year-old Connie Talbot’s YouTube cover of Adele‘s “Someone Like You” has gone bonkers viral today. Generally speaking, that’s because it’s stunning, especially once it hits the chorus.
But the video is also a perfect storm of viral ingredients, particularly for British audiences. For one, it’s Adele. Of course, we love the You Oughta Know artist here at VH1, but in the U.K., they really love her: her sophomore album 21 has been sitting pretty at the top of the British charts since it came out over two months ago, and furthermore, her 2008 debut 19 jumped back onto the chart late last year and is now holding down the #2 spot, just to prevent anyone else from charting above #3 (although Britney might sneak into #2 this week).