Billboard’s Mashup Mondays series has a way of extracting gems from artists we wouldn’t normally pay much attention to. Just last week Jeremih (of “Birthday Sex” fame) delivered a surprisingly soulful version of Adele’s “Rumour Has It.” Now, longtime pop-punkers Yellowcard have their way with Katy Perry’s latest earworm “E.T.” The cover succeeds because of the one thing that always made Yellowcard stand out from their Warped Tour peers: that violin.
The latest Billboard Mashup Mondays cover more than makes up for last week’s Dom travesty. It’s longtime Cover Me favorite Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, adding another tune to the already 40+ we’ve seen them cover before. She chose Beyoncé’s “Why Don’t You Love Me,” using her huge voice to as powerful an effect as always.
Beyoncé “has such a mastery over her career and her music. She’s just an inspiration,” Potter told Billboard. While you wouldn’t know it from Potter’s own songs, the translation of the soul-pop banger to acoustic guitars and hand claps is surprisingly smooth. Check it out below.
Two weeks ago we premiered Revolver’s brilliant French-pop cover of ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love on Me” and now we return with the latest in a trend absolutely no one is calling INDIEBBA. For Billboard’s Mashup Mondays series, the Rural Alberta Advantage took on another ABBA song. Thankfully, they too avoided the obvious “Dancing Queen.” No, they invited “S.O.S.” into their Americana style. Well, really singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff did, as the other two members remain on the sidelines.