The BBC Live Lounge is known for producing stellar live covers of pop songs. Just in its seventh year, the ongoing series has quickly become a popular way to explore new ground with hit songs of the past year while showcasing the amazing talent of the artists who owned the past twelve months. Florence Welch, Jamie Cullum, Taio Cruz have all made their way through the studio to produce a rocking cover jam. This year proved to be no different. Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend and Bastille all knocked it out of the park with unexpectedly amazing covers that really made one wonder if they should have sung the song in the first place.
Vampire Weekend returned to Saturday Night Live last night to perform their new single, “Diane Young,” promote their new album, Modern Vampires of The City, and to show off lead singer Ezra Koenig‘s unique vocal range.
There is light at the end of this cold, cruel winter, namely in the form of a new Vampire Weekend album. Rejoice! It’s been way too long, yes? Vampire Weekend’s third album will be released on May 6 or 7, the Columbia grads have announced via their website, home to all things VDub as well as awesome re-imagined versions of George Washington crossing the Delaware. The still untitled LP will be their first since 2010’s Contra, and the lengthy wait may have tortured those of you who have become accustomed to Rihanna-like release schedules. But, as Ezra Koenig (and Cheryl Cole) will tell us, sometimes you have to fight for things you love. In this context “fight” means “respectfully wishing and hoping,” in case that wasn’t clear.
With the exception of a side project here and a remix there, the boys of Vampire Weekend have hung mostly low since the release of their chart-topping 2010 album Contra. But word has it that they’re now back to work on a followup, and so it seems they are finally ready to share with the world wide what they’ve been doing in that studio. Last night while the world was passed-out post-sugar high, they showed up to Jimmy Kimmel Live for a special all hallows eve performance. And though they were done-up in full skeleton face paint, they brought no tricks just better than fun sized treats for the audience: their bouncy and grammar savvy hit “Oxford Comma” and a brand new track called “Unbelievers.”
Does the world look a little clearer today? Because yesterday, after 16 weeks on the charts, Carly Rae Jepsen‘s seriously infectious “Call Me Maybe” took its deserved place atop the Billboard Hot 100. Accepting the honor, Jepsen told Billboard that she feels “so blessed” because “life keeps surprising me lately,” but we are pretty that anyone with ears and a heart has known since that first listen that this would happen. And, thank you Justin Bieber co-signs and Katy Perry lip synchs and Carlos Pena productions, it finally has!
In honor of the inevitable — and because, really, we still can’t get enough — we’ve rounded up a few new ways for you to listen to America’s favorite song:
- Rostam’s Annie Lennox/Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me On Broken Glass”
Conceived of and executed by Rostam Batmanglij, of Vampire Weekend fame, this thumping mash-up of Annie Lennox’s “Walking On Broken Glass” appends the drama of Lennox’s 20-year-old hit to Jepsen’s winking hit. Rostam says that his work “is strictly for the lulz,” and even warns that “it might be evil,” but don’t let that stop you! The best of two songs as an equally good third, this is everything a mash-up should be.
Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. This feature will include three things –sometimes related, sometimes not!– that Jim is obsessing over this week. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 countdown when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT tomorrow morning; this week’s special guests are none other than Death Cab For Cutie and Nick Jonas!
Even though I?m out of school?sadly, for many years now?every year at this time I like to put myself in the mindset and sneakers of jubilant kids who are celebrating the end of another year of education.
If today was indeed my last day of school?after doing a few donuts in the high school parking lot?here are the first three songs I?d play at maximum volume in my powder-blue station wagon:
?School?s Out? by Alice Cooper
There is no better song to celebrate the end of a school year. This song was specifically written for mid-June, which Cooper claims?along with Christmas?is the best time of the year. Just think, before this song was released kids had to gather in a kumbaya-circle and sing along to the ?No More Pencils, No More Books? nursery rhyme, which is also conveniently referenced in this rock classic. (Ed. Note – This performance of “School’s Out” from the Muppet Show is my personal fave of this song.)