Feb 022020
 

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with covers of his or her songs. Let someone else do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Shakira

Today Shakira celebrates her 43rd birthday in style, sharing the Super Bowl halftime show stage with J-Lo. So today we celebrate Shakira’s storied career. Shakira has been a bit under the radar lately; we last heard from her in 2017 with her El Dorado album and world tour. She has already released a new single in 2020, though, so I hope that means another Shakira album is on the horizon.

From being a major player in making Spanish music more mainstream (pre-“Despacito” and friends) to performing pump-up jams at major sporting events (for both kinds of football, no less) to tackling body image issues (although attracting some criticism for her stance), Shakira is so much more than her truthful hips. Taylor Swift’s new documentary even reminded me that Shakira was presenting Swift the award during the Kanye West drama.

Shakira is especially active in charity efforts and politics; her charity operation, the Pies Descalzos Foundation, provides schools for poor children in her home country of Columbia. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has been recognized by the UN for her many efforts. Keep up the good work, Shakira, while we remind ourselves of your many hits.
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Jun 052013
 

Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.

Here at Cover Me Q&A, we’ll be taking questions about cover songs and giving as many different answers as we can. This will give us a chance to hold forth on covers we might not otherwise get to talk about, to give Cover Me readers a chance to learn more about individual staffers’ tastes and writing styles, and to provide an opportunity for some back-and-forth, as we’ll be taking requests (learn how to do so at feature’s end).

Today’s question: Which artist/band does the best covers? That’s a lot to bite off, no doubt about it, but many mouths make less chewing, and the many mouths at Cover Me are very good at raising their voices. As always, our answers are not the only answers; feel free to leave yours in the comments section… Continue reading »

Oct 122010
 

As we pointed out last month with her Metallica samba, Shakira is becoming a cover force to be reckoned with. She began performing the xx’s “Islands” live back in May, but the studio version just leaked…sort of. The track has not seen official release, but some enterprising fans pieced together the fragments floating about the web to create a studio version. Her concert performances (like the one at Glastonbury) dictated what went where so this fan mix is probably accurate.

What’s striking is how close it sticks to the original. And the original sounds nothing like a Shakira song. Turns out you only need to add a stronger beat and a few extra guitar tweedles to turn morose indie into a pop single. She moves the song’s spacey outro into the intro position, giving the tune a lengthy lead-in before the vocals hit. Continue reading »

Sep 232010
 

Could the breakout cover star of 2010 be…Shakira? Seems like a stretch, but so far she’s two for two. Back in May she unleashed her popped-up version of the xx’s indie breakout “Islands.” Now on her fall tour she takes on metal! Is this really the same woman who once sang, “Lucky that my breasts are small and humble / So you don’t confuse them with mountains”?

Her The Sun Comes Out tour began in Montreal a couple nights ago and with it came some Metallica. “Nothing Else Matters,” to be specific, from the band’s 1992 self-titled effort. Shaki’ strips it down to an acoustic trio of mandolin, violin, and south-of-the-border drumming. Shakira being Shakira, she even throws in a Spanish verse halfway through. Only one question remains: Who’s the better dancer, her or James Hetfield? Continue reading »

Aug 242010
 

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

Now, there’s nothing inherently difficult about getting through 32 songs in eight minutes. Try this: “Hey Jude, please please please roll over the rainbow and turn on the 4th red brick in the wall. Rattle and roll a muzzle of cheeseburger puppets to Alice’s house of the rising sonic exploder and sedate my shame and fortune to the blue suede siren. Small and humble homies gonna cut your hair down to the crossroads, but only the funk soul dandy compares 2 losing my rock lobster. No ‘G’ thang, no cry.”

There’s, that’s 32 songs and it took about twenty seconds [side challenge: how many can you identify?]. Getting through 32 songs and making it sound good though…well, that’s something else entirely. Fredrik Larsson aka. Freddegredde pulls it off in a speedy YouTube medley, nodding at viral videos alongside the rock and pop. View the video below, then peruse the full list of songs below the clip. Continue reading »

Jun 282010
 

Just like we did for Bonnaroo, we’re rounding up the covers performed at this year’s Glastonbury. A strange mix to be sure. Florence and the Machine performs her “favorite song of all time” for what she claims will be a one-time-only cover; Stevie Wonder honors the anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death; Shakira pays tribute to indie; Muse gets a little help from the Edge for “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The Pet Shop Boys singing “Viva La Vida” while wearing crowns may be the weirdest moment though.

Anyway, videos of all those and more below (all taken from the BBC broadcast). If you find any more Glasto 2010 covers, post a link in the comments!
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