Tony Bennett dropped Duets II a couple weeks back, pairing himself with a wide array of singers. One of the surprises was a version of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” reminding us that, oh yeah, Lady Gaga has one hell of a voice. She sounds so natural on the Rodgers and Hart song, you’d never guess this was an unusual pairing. Unless you saw the new music video, though, which looks significantly odder.
Without Noel Gallagher present to antagonize him, little brother Liam has been able to produce some quality work this past year with his new band Beady Eye (basically Oasis sans Noel) and their cover of “Blue Moon” stands amongst the best of their productions. In a tale of passion being the impetus for great music, Beady Eye delivers a gorgeous rendition of Manchester City’s theme song “Blue Moon,” and then seamlessly transitions it into a performance of their newest single.
Limelight just announced the most-recorded cover songs of 2010. And the winner is…well, don’t hold your breath.
We’ll preface this by noting the word recorded. Our friends at Limelight help artists gain permission from and pay royalties to copyright holders. If you want to make money off a cover of “I Gotta Feeling,” you’d better talk to them. This means, though, that this list may not match up with a “Most-Covered Songs of 2010” list (which would be impossible to compile anyway). Because while YouTube stars and MySpace wannabes swarmed popular songs like “Bad Romance” and “Teenage Dream,” most of these were live takes or Internet freebies. Such off-the-cuff releases don’t count here, which buffers the list against the trendy buzz covers we hold so dear.