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Cover Me: 20 Famous Songs You Had No Idea Were Covers

Songs You Never Knew Were Covers

We’ve all been there. We take a song and love it as our very own. We believe that it came straight from the mind of our favorite artist, expressing their innermost emotions and views. Every note, every chord progression, every lyric is born from their talent. And then comes the fateful day that we learn that the track you adore is actually that most forlorn of musical objects. Yes, that song is…just a cover version.

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Beyonce And Andre 3000 To Go “Back To Black” For The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

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Director Baz Luhrmann‘s films are always melodramatically romantic, sumptuously stunning and scored to amazing popular music. But his next film, The Great Gatsby, might even have a better soundtrack than Moulin Rouge or Romeo + Juliet.

The man himself, Jay-Z, is producing The Great Gatsby‘s soundtrack and E! News has reports that Beyonce and Andre 3000 will be contributing their own take on Amy Winehouse‘s famous “Back To Black”.

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Emeli Sande Wins Brit Award Over Posthumous Amy Winehouse

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In today’s microwave culture instant celebrities are made from a single catchy YouTube video. Whether the “artist” has actual talent matters little if they can churn out a Billboard top 10. So when someone like Emeli Sande, who writes her own music and has a voice comparable to the feeling of a cool breeze wins an award, music purists want to rejoice. Read more…

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Nas Talks About Friendship With Amy Winehouse, Illmatic And The Price Of Fame At 92Y

Nas is finally having his moment. Rolling Stones’ Anthony DeCurtis got the legendary Queens rapper to spit the first rhyme he wrote at nine or 11; he doesn’t remember the exact age. The rhymes were impeccable for a kid under the age of 18. In that moment where the poetry of the first rhyme he ever wrote rolled off his tongue, it was clear to me his destiny was to become one of the illest MCs to ever bless the mic.

New York City loves Nasir Jones. A hometown hero of sorts. Following his stellar New Year’s Eve performance at Radio City, Nas was both transparent and funny during his one-on-one conversation at NYC’s 92Y last night. While gushing over Marvin Gaye‘s Here, My Dear, which he said influenced him greatly, he joked about the similarities between himself and the late singer. “He had tax problems. I got tax problems. Still do,” he said as the audience erupted with laughter. It was the many moments like the aforementioned that broke up the “monotony of seriousness.” Read more…

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What I’m Thankful For: Nas’ Life Is Good

What I'm Thankful For: Nas' Life Is Good

Thanksgiving is the one time of the year no one will judge you for your gluttony. Quality time with family is always joyous, but let’s keep it real: It’s the food that makes this holiday a common favorite. Nas is not as fond of the holiday as me,”They call it Thanksgiving, I call your holiday hell-day ’cause I’m from poverty, neglected by the wealthy,” he rapped on “Poison,” but that doesn’t keep me for being thankful for him creating a masterpiece this year.  Read more…