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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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SINGLE PREMIERE: Mutya Keisha Siobhan – “Flatline” (+ Lyrics)

"New year", new name.

“New year”, new name.

The Origababes are back in action as Mutya Keisha Siobhan with their debut single “Flatline”. As the first incarnation of the British girl group Sugababes, they released one album together in the United Kingdom, One Touch, with a handful of charting singles, before member Siobhan Donaghy left the group in 2001. Back together after twelve years, their first single as a trio once more is a hot pop track, with some lovely harmonies and a few different influences, including a bit of chanting by a choir of men. It’s sure to take them back to top when it’s released in the U.K. on September 1. Enjoy!

Listen to the premiere of “Flatline”.

“FLATLINE”

[Verse 1]
Don’t say you know, please wait ’til we’re sober
Don’t play a sad song, put your guitar back down

[Bridge]
The change was obvious
So miscellaneous
We used to live it up
Remember baby
But like a pack of cards
The king and queen of hearts
All fall down

[Chorus]
Stay gone, darling, I won’t hang on
I can feel a flatline, there oughta be a wave
Oh no, darling, I can’t hang on
I can feel a flatline, there oughta be a wave

Oh-oh, oh-oh…

[Verse 2]
I know what I face, the silence is deafening
I know crying through pain won’t make it right (right, yeah)

[Bridge]
The change was obvious
So miscellaneous
We used to live it up
Remember baby
But like a pack of cards
The king and queen of hearts
All fall down

[Chorus]
Stay gone, darling, I won’t hang on
I can feel a flatline, there oughta be a wave
Oh no, darling, I can’t hang on
I can feel a flatline, there oughta be a wave

[Middle 8]
(Oh baby) I’m running every red light
(Oh Jimmy) holding onto me too tight
Evidently, never gonna make it home

Oh-oh, oh-oh…

Ooh ooh ooh
Don’t wanna be in love

[Chorus – variation]
Oh no, darling, I won’t hang on
I can feel a flatline, there oughta be a wave
Stay gone, darling, I can’t hang on
I can feel a flatline, there oughta be a wave

Hang on
There oughta be

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Waiting In The Wings: New Releases About To Drop

Didn't they blow your mind last time?

Didn’t they blow your mind last time?

Some of these songs haven’t even premiered yet, but we’re getting pumped up about the pop possibilities coming out of this pack of performers! Try saying that five times fast. Here’s your roundup of the latest announced singles from some of your favorite acts.

After a successful reunion in 2008 and several big tours, one co-headlined with the Backstreet Boys, the boys from Boston, New Kids On The Block, are returning once again with a new single, “Remix (I Like That)”, due out by January 25, which will be followed by an album, 10, tentatively scheduled for April 2. Yes, they will be going out on the road again this summer with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. Will they be able to score a top-40 hit once more from their newest release? Stay tuned. (Source) (Source 2)

Demi Lovato is moving on from her Unbroken era, which provided her with a #1 CHR radio single, “Give Your Heart A Break”. From her fourth as-yet-titled album, the video for “Pieces Of A Heart” will be debuting on MTV on February 13 at 7:49PM. This came from a tweet written by MTV correspondent Sway Calloway, though it has since been deleted. We’ll have to see if it proves to be right or if the date’s been changed around. It should be at radio before the video premiere. Lovato is also still on The X Factor (as of now) as a judge.

The newest Country Aircheck update notes via a banner advertisement (look at the bottom of Page 10) that a new single from Lady Antebellum will be sent to Country radio soon. Their last album, Own The Night, produced four top-40 singles on that genre chart, including crossover single “Just A Kiss”. No word if the band intends this strictly to be a Country release or if it will get the Pop treatment as well.

Mutya Keisha Sibohan, or MKS, the trio that was the original incarnation of the girl group Sugababes, are preparing for the release of their reunion single, which may be a song entitled “Boys”. Listen to a 3-second clip of it on PopJustice.

Lastly, we’re still waiting on the release of One Direction‘s “One Way Or Another”, a Blondie remake that will be used as this year’s Comic Relief single in the United Kingdom. More information on the single and other past Comic Relief efforts can be found in this post.

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