iheartradio, Clear Channel’s foray into Internet radio, runs a performance video series in NYC. Their selections trend toward the pop artists (Justin Bieber, OneRepublic), but every now and then an indie up-and-comer breaks through. This past few days have seen two such artists: Swedish pop chanteuse Robyn and Somalian rapper K’naan. Watch both videos below.

Robyn goes minimalist dance-pop in her yearning version of Alicia Keys’ “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart.” One of 2010’s breakout stars seems to be everywhere these days, putting out not one but two albums this year alone. Somalian-Canadian rapper K’naan hit it big this year too thanks to the World Cup pushing his power-to-the-people anthem “Wavin’ Flag” up the iTunes charts. As a rapper, his singing on U2’s “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” is borderline, but the tight band behind him keeps things locked down. Incidentally, we seem to be in a rappers-covering-U2 trend. Exhibit B: The Roots covering “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love).”

Robyn – Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart (Alicia Keys cover)

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K’naan – Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (U2 cover)


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2 Responses to “Two New iheartradio Videos: Robyn Strips Down Alicia Keys, K’naan Goofs Around for U2”

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  1. Hey Alicia I think that you are so fine and that we meant together where NO ONE can seperate us baby

  2. thanks so much for those tracks. i love them 100%
    x

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