If you have seen Magic Mike, it may be hard to separate Ginuwine’s anthem “Pony” from the image of Channing Tatum’s oiled up body in tandem with the screams of middle-aged women. The up-and-coming Ed Sheeran has done the impossible and covered the 90s classic acoustically. It may not be something Tatum would strip to, but it is definitely still very sexy.
Cee Lo Green has made something of a reputation for himself this summer by peppering his performances with random, seemingly spontaneous karaoke covers that, by most accounts, drag down the show something awful. When he actually focuses on a cover, though, he can’t be beat (see: The Best Cover of 2010). That showed again on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge a few days ago, when he rocked through Miles Kane’s British hit “Inhaler.”
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• Despite being all of 15 years old, U.K. singer Birdy is quickly becoming a reliable hitmaker on the back of her cover songs. “Skinny Love” hit the British charts first, followed by a cover of the xx’s “Shelter.” She hit Radio 1 this week to perform the latter and threw in a third cover: Ed Sheeran’s “The A-Team.” As usual, Birdy uses her huge voice to craft a heartbreaking piano ballad.
MP3: Birdy – The A Team (Ed Sheeran cover)