Celebrities love “Islands.” Shakira covers the xx song under the name “Explore” and now Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen performs the tune with her band The Pretty Reckless. She takes it one step further, though, mixing it with Eminem’s current hit “Love the Way You Lie.” Despite a shaky start, the acoustic mashup works better than you’d expect. Sticking with Rihanna’s chorus is a smart call. One gets the impression Taylor wouldn’t be much of a rapper.
This one comes from the BBC’s always-terrific Live Lounge program. Download the cover below. You can hear the full interview/performance at BBC.co.uk.