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TOP TEN: Everybody Wants To Rule The World

No tears or fears here.

No tears or fears here.

It’s been #1 for six weeks on the Hot 100: “Royals” by the now 17-year-old singer from New Zealand named Lorde. The international smash was ultimately going to inspire some cover versions, but now it seems like everyone and their mother wants to jump on YouTube and upload one. It’s kind of insane how many new ones are popping up every day. So, of the hundreds and/or thousands of takes out there, I’ve narrowed it down to ten that I really enjoy. They aren’t ranked in numerical order, but each version has its own quirks and are all worth a listen. Check these ten covers out:

AMERICAN AUTHORS
Release Date: August 6

The quartet from Boston, now based in Brooklyn, is currently tearing up the Hot AC charts with “Best Day Of My Life”. This band’s version is a folksy take with some really great uplifting harmonies and cheery hand clap line. This is as upbeat as it gets.

CIMORELLI
Release Date: September 20

The six sisters in this band have a fairly large viral following; I first blogged about them when their single “Made In America” went to radio in June. Their cover has some small lyric changes, but works well with a great vocal and some snapping fingers.

MAYER HAWTHORNE
Release Date: October 4

Hawthorne is having a great year on my personal top 40 with three hits from his recent album, Where Does This Door Go. Performed live for VEVO, this guy is smooth and soulful. It’s a risky arrangement, but he and his band pull it off flawlessly.

MUTYA KEISHA SIOBHAN
Release Date: October 8

The Origibabes, as some call them, charted earlier this year in the U.K. with a song called “Flatline”. Their take is stripped down to just acoustic guitar and their three-part vocal, and the harmonies that they’re known for shine through beautifully.

NEON JUNGLE
Release Date: August 22

These gals from London just missed the U.K. top ten earlier this year with their debut single called “Trouble”. The quartet’s version stays true to the original with a little more hip-hop edge, along with a solid vocal and, of course, a cute British charm.

PARACHUTE
Release Date: September 10

They just released Overnight this year, and as a part of an ongoing web series, lead singer Will Anderson posts covers of current songs in the studio, just he and his piano. Bare bones and vulnerable, his emotive remake has a lot of girls swooning.

PENTATONIX
Release Date: October 2

At over twelve million views and counting, the five-piece a cappella group from Texas likely have the most watched cover when it comes to “Royals”. You know their vocals are rich and their percussionist is strong, making this quite the success.

SELENA GOMEZ
Release Date: August 20

Disney kid and pop singer Gomez is touring around the world to promote her latest hit album, Stars Dance. Lorde’s publicly spoken out against her, but she keeps it restrained and to the point, and while it may not be the best of the bunch, it’s pleasant.

SHEPPARD
Release Date: November 5

Their self-titled EP went Platinum in Australia and just last week, their “Hold My Tongue” topped my chart. Maybe I’m a little biased when it comes to this sextet, but the initial sparse arrangement into pop/rock jam along with those harmonies is gold.

WALK OFF THE EARTH
Release Date: August 11

From up north in Ontario, the quintet’s made a home for themselves on YouTube and on radio with singles like “Red Hands”. The five find the most inventive ways to cover songs, and this is no different, with rotating ukuleles, drums, keys and more.

Just in case you can’t get enough “Royals” remakes, some other noteworthy versions out there include Kina Grannis & Fresh Big Mouf (August 12), MKTO (October 22) and Taryn Southern & Julia Price (August 4).

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A Family Affair: Siblings And Their Singles

Ah, yes, the classic sibling rivalry: boys vs. girls, older vs. younger, etc. I can’t really speak from experience since I’m an only child, but I’ve heard about the horror stories and the catfights and everything else that could go wrong. Those issues get pretty nasty. Ouch. On the other hand, it’s always good to be around family and be supported by them in whatever you do. For the two acts I’m focusing on today, they know all about that philosophy of sticking it out together; they’re both family acts, one of all sisters and one of all brothers. In fact, the sister act is made up of not two, not three, but six siblings! Someone was pretty busy… ahem. Let’s get to these new releases before they hatch anymore:

Sister, sister.

Sister, sister.

CIMORELLI – “Made In America”
Adds Date: n/a, currently at CHR & Hot AC radio (EP out June 18)

They may be new to you, but they’re pretty hot on YouTube and have been featured on other major sites. The sextet that is Cimorelli originally formed as a quintet back in 2007 in their hometown of Sacramento, adding one other member in 2010. The six sisters in the band are Amy, Christina, Dani, Katherine, Lauren and Lisa. They simply began uploading videos and playing small gigs back then. Something caught on, and the girls found themselves with a huge social following, amassing 10 and 15 million hits on covers of songs like Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups (When I’m Gone)” and Maroon 5‘s “Payphone”. Universal Republic Records signed them in 2011, putting out a largely covers EP titled CimFam. Late in 2012, the group released an EP Believe It, and the title track got a bit of play on satellite radio, but never caught on nationally. Now, with the help of their label, they’re ready to hit the big time with patriotic “Made In America”, coming out just in time for Independence Day on July 4. The song, as you’d expect, is about pride in being an American, regardless of age or where you’re from in the States. It’s your standard pop/rock tune, with chants of “M-A-D-E I-N America!” throughout the song, which give it a nice touch. Plus, it has all the harmonies and strong vocals you know them for online. It reminds me a bit of a modern-day take on Wilson Phillips or Mulberry Lane. They’ve got the chops; let’s see if radio “in America” actually wants it.

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

Putting down the pom poms.

JONAS BROTHERS – “First Time”
Adds Date: June 25 (Hot AC and CHR)

These three brothers from New Jersey thought a song about cheerleading would lead them to the top of the pack, but unfortunately, the halftime show came and went without much fanfare. That underperforming single from Joe, Kevin and Nick was “Pom Poms”, which had an early leak date and a front-loaded sales week, and ultimately couldn’t hold itself together because the single was self-released and there was little support for it. However, a #60 peak on the Hot 100 for their leadoff single didn’t seem to get these guys down. In April, shortly after the single faded away, it was announced that they had signed a worldwide licensing deal with Universal Music Group, meaning that will likely be distributed and promoted by them. That’s obviously a huge step in the right direction considering this is a major label and can give the single the proper treatment. Though an album has yet to be issued, this second release from the effort is already miles ahead of “Pom Poms” in the quality department. “First Time” sees the boys with a very chilled-out, 80’s-influenced vibe, sort of like Maroon 5‘s current radio single, “Love Somebody”. It’s a more mature sound from them both lyrically and musically, but it fits right in with what’s on the air. Plus, you know you can’t deny singing along to the “oh oh oh oh” parts. It’s proved to be a popular track in concert for the Jonas Brothers on their few live dates, but will it do the same at radio and retail? “Time” will definitely tell.

Which side are you on? Are you rooting for the sisters of Cimorelli or the Jonas Brothers? Both? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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