Aug 222011

Since Adele’s 21 came out in America six months ago today, it has enjoyed the level of chart longevity few thought possible in this day and age. The year’s bestseller by a mile, 21 currently ranks at #4 on the Billboard 200, 26 weeks after it first entered the charts. As albums by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé make big first impressions then quickly sink, Adele’s little-album-that-could remains floating above it all.

In honor of what looks to be 2011’s defining album, today we honor its six months of dominance with a special tribute. 21 has inspired countless amateur singers to cover its instantly-related songs on YouTube and below we pull together covers of each. A few faces are familiar to these pages (The Shures, Karmin), but most are little-known fans showing serious potential. We don’t claim these are the absolute best covers of each song on YouTube – if you want to wade through 12,000+ “Rolling in the Deep” covers, be our guest – but they’re ten performances we enjoy. We hope you do too. Continue reading »

Jun 072011

Those of you who don’t follow Lady Gaga on Twitter (you should be ashamed of yourselves) may not know the impetus behind this post. Though the song came out a month ago, “Edge of Glory” covers just hit the big time yesterday, when Gaga tweeted a cover of the song. We really don’t think it’s anything special, but a Gaga tweet means you’ll be hearing about it for days. The equally over-emotive piano cover of “Born This Way” she tweeted a while back earned the performer 34 million views, a spot on Ellen, and a duet on Gaga’s tour. While we have nothing but congratulations for the performer given the Gaga bump, here are five that beat the snot out of it. Continue reading »