Thursday, May 31, 2012

100 Cover Versions #19: Mandy Moore covers 'Umbrella' by Rihanna


When it was a hit in the charts Umbrella by Rihanna was one of the all time most overplayed songs in the charts. I think it will stand the test of time as one of the better pop songs of it's era. 
Here is a very mellow version of the song by Mandy Moore. To be honest I find her introduction and admittance that she isn't 'a big top 40 listener' and that she 'doesn't tend to listen to this type of music' a bit sad especially as she had success with very poppy songs like Candy years ago. However, her version of Umbrella is still very good and I wish that Rihanna herself would go back to making great ballads like Unfaithful or Take a Bow again. 


100 Cover versions #18: Sybil covers 'Walk on By' by Dionne Warwick


Walk On By is one of those songs which will always be timeless. I've been lucky to hear Dionne Warwick sing that song twice in concert here in Dublin over the years. There are so many cover versions of the song and thankfully there are several very good versions of it.

Here is a gorgeous cover version of Walk On By which both remained faithful to the soul of the song but was also the sound of the pop and R'n'B of the 1980s going into the 1990s. It was one of two great Burt Bacharach and Hal David songs that Sybil had hits with; the other being Don't Make Me Over.

Sybil went on to have great success with Stock, Aitken and Waterman in the early 1990s and I'm sure her versions of Walk On By and Don't Make Me Over were two reasons why they knew they wanted to work with her.

Walk On By got to number 6 in the UK singles chart in January 1990 and was also a number 3 hit in both the Billboard R'n'B and Dance charts the same year.

The video is fabulous too, I love the dance routines in it. Both the song and video is pure joy capturing the pop R'n'B sound that would dominate the charts throughout the rest of the 1990s.






100 Cover Versions #17: Jody Watley covers 'Borderline' by Madonna


Regular readers to this blog will know that my all time favourite music artist is Madonna. There are very few good cover versions of her songs though there are several good mash ups that include her songs.

The one cover that I now love as much as the original is Jody Watley's version of Borderline which was the first single released from her The Makeover album. There are also some other great covers from that album which I will feature at another time in my 100 Cover Versions series.

Borderline got to number 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance music / Club play charts in 2007 and has several remixes but this ambient version is still my favourite. Jody is one of the all time great pop stars both as a member of Shalamar and as a solo music artist.

The video for Borderline  is perfect for the song. It was directed by Quincy LeNear and Deondray Gossett. It is both beautiful and elegant. 









100 Cover Versions #16: Erato cover 'Call your Girlfriend' by Robyn


Of all of my favourite pop stars from the past decade Robyn is definitely in the top ten. Here is a version of her song Call Your Girlfriend by Erato which became a Youtube video hit last year. I think the key to covering a pop song well is that you simply have to love pop and these three women definitely do.





Put The Days Away - Sun Airway


Here's a song that my brother Mike recommended to me today. Both the song and video are gorgeous, capturing  mood and moment. 

This is Put the Days Away by Sun Airway.


First teaser trailer for the film adaptation of 'Les Misérables'


The first teaser trailer for the film adaptation of Les Misérables has just been released. The film's four leading actors all feature in the clip; Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Anne Hathaway as Fantine whose character's song I Dreamed a Dream features throughout the new trailer.

Les Misérables is directed by Tom Hooper who follows on from his award winning success with The King's Speech. It is released in cinemas in mid December of this year.


100 Cover Versions #15: Tears for Fears cover 'Ashes to Ashes' by David Bowie


Tears for Fears cover version of Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie featured on the NME charity album Ruby Trax and also on their 1996 album Saturnine Martial & Lunatic which was a collection of B-sides and rare tracks. 

Ashes to Ashes is a song that so completely suited Tears for Fears to cover. I've listened to lots of covers over the past few weeks and so many music artists often lose the very aspect of what makes the original great in the first place. Tears for Fears remain faithful to the song but make it their own sound too.



Working Lady Should be Dancing like Jagger


Here is the latest mash up by Robin Skouteris with video edit by Panos T. It's called Working Lady Should be Dancing Like Jagger and features samples from the following songs:

She works Hard for The Money - Donna Summer
You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
Lady (Hear me Tonight) - Modjo
Lady - Coolio Vs Beat Noveau


Song of the Week: 'Shut Eye' - Stealing Sheep


Here's my featured song of the week for this week. It's Shut Eye by Stealing Sheep. It was released on download and on a limited edition 7" single on May 28th. The song is part of an EP released on the Heavenly Records label. They are performing at various music festivals in the UK this June.

Their Twitter page is @StealingSheep and their facebook page is here.

The video for Shut Eye is beautiful and features animation by Rivkah Gevinson.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

100 Cover Versions #14: The Buggles & Alison Moyet cover 'Slave to the Ryhythm' by Grace Jones


Here is a live performance by The Buggles and Alison Moyet of Slave to the Rhythm by Grace Jones. The evening was a benefit night in aid of the Royal Hospital for neuro-disability and was recorded on 28th September 2010. 




Friday, May 25, 2012

Move In The Right Direction - Gossip


Move in The Right Direction is the second single released from Gossip's new album A Joyful Noise.



100 Cover Versions #13: Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle & Dionne Warwick cover 'Superwoman' by Karyn White


One of the biggest hit singles that American Idol judge L.A. Reid wrote and produced with Babyface and Daryl Simmons was Superwoman. It was a US and UK hit single in 1989 for Karyn White. It's still one of the great R'n'B power ballads.

Here is an amazing live performance cover version of Superwoman by Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle and Dionne Warwick. Oprah Winfrey, a big fan of all three of these female singing legends, looks on in sheer marvel. 


and here is the original version by Karyn White.





100 Cover Versions #12: Donna Summer sings 'Let it Be' by The Beatles


Here is Donna Summer singing Let it Be with Jools Holland on piano. Donna really could sing any song so beautifully. 



'Some Surprise' - Paul Noonan & Lisa Hannigan


One of the best collaborations in Irish music was when Lisa Hannigan and Gary Lightbody, the lead singer from Snow Patrol sung Some Surprise which was featured on the charity album The Cake Sale which was a great success here in Ireland.

Until today I didn't know that Some Surprise was written by Paul Noonan the lead singer of the Irish band Bell X1.

Here is Paul singing Some Surprise with Lisa Hannigan.  It's simply gorgeous.


100 Cover Versions #11: Tori Amos & The Flaming Lips cover 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' by Kylie Minogue


I couldn't decide which of these two covers of Can't Get You Out Of My Head to feature so here is Tori Amos and the Flaming Lips singing Kylie's perfect pop song. 

The first is a live performance by Tori Amos which was recorded in Melbourne in 2005. According to the Youtube video clip Kylie was there when Tori sang. Thank you to my friend Rosie for telling me about this one.


The second is by The Flaming Lips and thank you to my friend Susan for telling me about this version.



Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson


Kelly Clarkson plays Dublin's 02 music venue on Wednesday the 10th of October. Her newest single Dark Side is released on June 5th in the US and is produced by Greg Kurstin who also produced her worldwide hit Stronger (What Doesn't kill You). It's a trademark Kelly song complete with the shouty chorus that she does so well. The musicbox sound makes it though.


Drums Please!


Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince is now 21 years old. Thanks to the good weather this week it will feature on this coming Sunday's UK singles chart. It got to number one on the Hot R'n'B and Hip Hop chart in the US in 1991 and was also a number 4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It also got to number 8 in the UK charts.

Will Smith has both a hit movie with Men in Black 3 and a hit single with Summertime this weekend.



100 Cover Versions #10: Lisa Hannigan covers 'Moon River'


The song Moon River is now over fifty years old. It is and always will be one of cinema's greatest songs. It was written and composed in 1961 by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer and was sung in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's by Audrey Hepburn. It was also the winner of the academy award for Best Original Song at the 34th awards ceremony. 

Here is a cover version of Moon River by Lisa Hannigan. This clip is less than two  minutes long and I think shows why Lisa is regarded as one of the most respected female singers today.


and here is the scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's where Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly sings Moon River. How handsome George Peppard was too.





Let's all Chant!


It's wonderful to see Kylie Minogue back in the top ten of the UK ITunes singles charts with her new single Timebomb. Many pop blogs including Popjustice are loving the Woop! part of the song. 

I'm sure other pop blogs have picked up on it too but that Woop! sample sound is very similar to part of the song Let's All Chant which was a disco hit by the Michael Zager band in 1978. In 1988 Let's All Chant was covered by Pat and Mick and their version was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Take a listen to both versions of Let's all Chant and then to Timebomb
Here is The Michael Zager band and Let's All Chant which got to  number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.


and from 1988 this is Pat and Mick and their cover version which got to number 11 in the UK singles chart.


and to right now here's Kylie's Timebomb.



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

100 Cover Versions #9: Masha covers 'Someone Like You' by Adele


I know one of the last songs that anyone reading my blog will want to listen to is Adele's Someone like You which is without one doubt of the most overplayed songs of the past few years but just give this cover by Masha a listen. I will say no more and let her version speak for itself.


100 Cover Versions #8: Beverley Knight covers 'One More Try' by George Michael


The newest album by Beverley Knight is called Soul UK and features some of the best soul songs that have been recorded by British singers over the past few decades. There are some truly brilliant songs that were first released in the 1980s including Mama Used to Say by Junior, Say I'm Your Number One by Princess and Don't Be A fool by Loose Ends.

The song which I'm highlighting from that album is Beverley's powerful version of One More Try by George Michael. Faith had so many great songs but One More Try and Kissing a Fool really showed what a genius songwriter George was. When George sang those songs you believed him, they were pure soul and emotion and that is exactly how Beverley sings. She has such respect for every songs she sings.

Here is a live performance of One More Try which Beverley recorded for Smooth Radio's Love Live Music event in Birmingham. 



100 Cover Versions #7: Sonia covers 'End of the World' by Skeeter Davis



The End of the World by Skeeter Davis is 50 years old this year. There have been many cover versions of it over the years. One of the best in my opinion was by Sonia when she released it as the fifth single from her wonderful debut album Everybody Knows in 1990. Sonia's version got to number 18 in both the UK and Irish singles chart which was also the same position that the original Skeeter Davis got to when it was released in the early 1960s. 
Sonia was always one of my most favourite pop artists who first began singing with Stock, Aitken & Waterman. All of her singles from Everybody Knows were classic SAW pop songs and End of the World was a great song for Sonia to cover. She is one of the music artists singing at the PWL Hit Factory Live concert in Hyde Park in London on July 11th so I will do a separate post on her many pop singles soon but first here is the ballad that really suited her voice.



100 Cover Versions #6: Jilo Music cover 'Pumped up Kicks' by Foster the People


One music duo who seem to love the pop that I love is Jim and Loreen from Jilo Music. They have a couple of covers on their Soundcloud page including Heart Skips a Beat and Someone like You. 
The cover that I want to feature by them is their version of Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People. There are a couple of pop songs that seem to define this generation of pop fans and that's one of those songs. There is a very nice quality to their cover that I can't quite put in words which I think is a good thing.

Jilo Music's Soundcloud page is here   


100 Cover Versions #5: Clare Maguire covers 'Hope There's Someone' by Antony & The Johnsons


One of the best concerts I went to see in 2011 was Clare Maguire when she played at the Sugar Club here in Dublin. Of all of the many new artists in music over the past few years she is someone who deserves to be a bigger star. 

Here is a very beautiful cover by Clare Maguire of Hope There's Someone which is a song by Antony & The Johnsons who was also one of my all time favourite concerts when he and his band played in Dublin's Vicar Street. 


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Electric Sky - Milla Jovovich


Electric Sky is the new single release by singer, model, fashion designer and actress Milla Jovovich. She performed it recently at the Life Ball charity event in Vienna. There is a link to her performance here on her website.

Her newest film Resident Evil: Retribution will be released in September of this year and is directed by paul W.S. Anderson who also directed Milla's 2011 film The Three Musketeers.

Here's Electric Sky.


Back in 1994 Milla released her song Gentleman Who Fell. The fabulous video is a tribute to the work of Maya Deren who will be familiar to many film students. 




Monday, May 21, 2012

'A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge' recut as a Teen Drama


One of the first horror movies that I saw in the cinema was A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. It featured a male protagonist called Jesse was who played by Mark Patton. The opening scene featuring the yellow school bus been driven by Freddy is still one of my favourite horror cinema scenes. I knew watching the movie back in the cinema in the mid 1980s that there was a definite sub theme running through the film. I remember that the then 16 year old me was identifying more with Jesse than I thought I would! The other horror film that had a similar theme was the original Fright Night

Here is a very clever recut by Johnny Jumpcut of the trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge which edits the film as a teen drama in the guise of a Nicholas Sparks novel. I wish The Vow or The Lucky One had been half as entertaining! The recut brilliantly focuses completely on Jesse's own inner emotional torment with only a spilt second appearance by Freddy featured.


and here's the original trailer.





100 Cover Versions #4: Lalah Hathaway covers 'A Song for You' by Donny Hathaway


A Song for You was first written and recorded by Leon Russell in 1969 and featured on his self titled album in 1970. It is without doubt one of my all time most favourite songs. It simply is beautiful. My most favourite version is by Donny Hathaway. I think that is the version that people who love music refer to when they think of the song. 

There were many versions of A Song For You that I was thinking of choosing but to hear Lalah Hathaway sing the song that was made famous by her father is to hear how the song should always be sung.

Here is Lalah singing A Song For You at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis in October 2011.



and here is Donny Hathaway.





100 Cover Versions #3: Susanna and the Magical Orchestra cover 'Love will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division


So much great pop and indie music has come from Norway. Susanna and the Magical Orchestra are Susanna Karolina Wallumrod and Morten Qvenlid. I think it was through fellow music blogger Enda Guinan that I first heard their cover version of Love Will Tear Us Apart. I think this song is perfectly delicate. It just captures something.



here also is their song Believer which is also a thing of beauty.

  

100 Cover Versions: #2: Gemma Hayes covers 'Cloudbusting' by Kate Bush


Cloudbusting was the second single released from Kate Bush's 1985 album Hounds of Love. It got to number 20 in the UK singles chart and number 13 here in Ireland. It will forever be regarded as one of her greatest songs. Any cover of the song has to be respectful but also not be an exact imitation. There have been several cover versions of the song since it's release in 1985. One of the most successful versions is by Irish singer Gemma Hayes.

Here is a live version of Cloudbusting as performed by Gemma Hayes which was recorded in 2009. 




100 Cover Versions: #1: Arctic Monkeys cover 'Love Machine' by Girls Aloud



Here is the first of 100 featured cover versions. Recorded for The Live Lounge radio show on BBC Radio 1 here is Arctic Monkeys and their version of Love Machine which was a number 2 hit for Girls Aloud in the UK singles chart in September 2004.




Hope Springs


Meryl Streep reunites with her The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel for her newest movie Hope Springs. She stars with Tommy Lee Jones in the romantic comedy which features a couple who are trying to revitalise their marriage with the guidance of a self help therapist played by Steve Carell. Elisabeth Shue also stars and proves that there is life after Piranha 3D.

David Frankel's follow up to The Devil Wears Prada was his adaptation of another book; Marley & Me in 2008 which was a big box office hit but his 2011 film The Big Year which starred Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black was one of the biggest flops of last year. 

Here's the trailer for Hope Springs which is released in the U.S. on August 10th.



Gossip performs 'Candle in the Wind' and 'Perfect World' at Cannes


Here's Gossip performing Candle in the Wind at Cannes. Beth sings the song country music style but it seems more like a version suited to a small club than the very reserved atmosphere of the festival auditorium. Beth forgets her words at one point and calls the non responsive audience  a 'tough crowd' and asks 'if they are alive'. The Cannes jury are also seated on stage which includes a bewildered looking Ewan McGregor and a permanently happy Jean Paul Gaultier. 


Gossip also performed their great new single Perfect World for an outside broadcast at Cannes which was shown on French television. Sacha Baron Cohen attempted dancing in character.


The Night Out (Madeon Remix) - Martin Solveig


The Night Out is the fifth single taken from Martin Solveig's album Smash. The biggest hit single from that album is of course Hello with Dragonette with is almost as overplayed as the recent singles by Gotye or Adele. I heard it on a TV ad for an Irish supermarket chain the other night which is never a good thing!

The Madeon remix of The Night Out is a bit mobile phone ad dance but it's still good.





110% - Jessie Ware


One of the most elegant dance songs so far this year was Running by Jessie Ware. Her newest song which is called 110% is just as gorgeous. This song has been in the UK ITunes top 100 charts for the past two weeks and hopefully with radio play it will be in the top 40 soon.

The video for 110% is equally as elegant and is directed by Kate Moross.




Friday, May 18, 2012

Genius of London


In 1981 Tom Tom Club released Genius of Love. It only got to number 65 in the UK singles chart and number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 but it was a club hit around the world. Since the 1980s it has been sampled on several songs including Fantasy by Mariah Carey, Chewing Gum by Annie and Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison. 

Here is a mash up of it with Fergie's London Bridge. Several songs from her debut album have been used in mash ups but I think this one works particularly well.



Rock of Ages


The Rock of Ages musical movie will be released in cinemas on June 15th. It stars Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Bonita, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige. The soundtrack is released on June 5th and features songs that were first performed by artists such as Poison, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon and Bon Jovi. A lot of the coverage will be centred on Tom Cruise's performance as Stacee Jaxx. This is a film where we will hear him sing songs such as Paradise City by Guns 'N' Roses and Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard. 

The first song released as publicity for the film is Any Way You Want It which is performed by Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis and Julianne Hough. It was first released in 1980 by Journey and got to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.



and here's the trailer.




Sunday, May 6, 2012

'Feel the Love' - Rudimental featuring John Newman


I know very little about Rudimental or the vocalist John Newman but I liked their song Feel The Love as soon as I heard it today while looking through Youtube for new music videos. Sometimes it's good knowing nothing about a singer or a band. It's that first impression impact of hearing new music without been aware of their previous music releases. It brings up back to hearing a song on the radio where you missed the DJ's intro and you just listen to the song, you are the only judge in that moment. Nowadays when that happens it is always interesting looking up their own or record label's website to discover more about them. 

There is something really special and uplifting about Feel the Love by Rudimental featuring John Newman. It is released on May 26th in Ireland and on the 28th in the UK.   


Pop 2012: 'Eyes Wide Open' - Gotye


Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra is one of the biggest worldwide hits in 2012. It is taken from his third album Making Mirrors. It was not the first single release from that album. That first release was Eyes Wide Open and it is being re-released on June 2nd in Ireland and the on 4th in the UK as the follow up single to Somebody That I Used To Know. Eyes Wide Open only got to number 55 in the Australian charts in 2011 so it will be interesting to see how it does the second time around in Ireland, the UK and other countries.  



Pop 2012: When She Was Mine - Lawson


Here we go again; boys with guitars but this is what the worldwide singles charts like now. Lawson release their debut single When She Was Mine on May 25th. Andy Brown their lead singer looks like Josh Groban singing with Busted after going shopping with The Wanted. Curls are in!

They have supported Will Young and The Wanted to date and will also play support to Westlife when they sing their final concerts in Croke Park this summer in Dublin. 

Here's their new video for When She Was Mine.




Pop 2012: 30 Days - The Saturdays


One of the best pop concerts I went to in 2011 was The Saturdays at Dublin's 02 music venue last December. Their last album All Fired Up contained one of their greatest singles; that is Notorious.  One song that should have been a single was Faster. Instead they are releasing a brand new single on May 13th. 

Here it is --- 30 Days.




Perfect World - Gossip


One aspect of following a lot of pop blogs and websites is that when I see a song that I like I often decide not to post it on my own blog as it has been posted so  many times already elsewhere but as I like my blog being a sort of jukebox or music diary of all the songs that I like at any given time I'm going to post them anyway. 

Here's a song that seems to have been around for months now but it's official UK single release is today. 

From their new album A Joyful Noise here's Gossip and Perfect World.



Where Have You Been - Rihanna


Rihanna sang three songs from her latest album Talk That Talk on Saturday Night Live this weekend. One was a mix of two songs Birthday Cake and Talk That Talk. The other song she performed was Where Have You Been which charted at number 21 in the UK singles chart this week and is heading for the top ten on next weekend's chart. It is currently at number 32 in the Irish singles chart.
We Found Love is one of the best pop songs of this decade but the problem with releasing an album's best song first is that every release since has been compared to it. Where Have You Been is a return to the more straightforward pop that she was best at when she released her Good Girl Gone Bad album. 

Her Saturday Night Live performance of Where Have You Been can be viewed here.

Here's the new official video.





Friday, May 4, 2012

80s songs: Mama Used To Say - Junior


In 1982 Junior got to number 7 in the UK singles chart with Mama Used To Say. The song was a top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a top five R'n'B chart hit in the U.S. too. I always thought it was one of the great songs of the early 1980s. That perfect mix of pop and soul.


In 2011 Mama Used To Say was covered by the wonderful Beverely Knight. It's a great version that is pure soul and it features on her Soul UK album. Here's her version.



80s Songs: Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away - Phil Collins


One of the most successful music artists of the 1980s was Phil Collins. He had so many hit singles both as a solo artist and with his band Genesis. I always thought that all of his singles were big hit singles but that wasn't always the case. He had a number one single with his cover of You Can't hurry Love in 1982 which was the only big UK hit from his Hello, I must Be Going album. The fourth single from that album was Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away which only got to number 45 in the UK in 1983 but which was a number 18 chart hit here in Ireland. I often say it on this blog but I love the fact that many songs had their highest worldwide chart position in Ireland. The single cover may look a bit strange and that's because it was a 3D cover. Before Avatar there was Phil Collins!

Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away was definitely a late night radio song. It's still a gorgeous pop ballad almost thirty years later.


Twin Suns of Tatoonine


Today is Star Wars day. Here is the very beautiful song Tatoonine by Jeremy Messersmith. The video is edited by Eric Power and features papercut art from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Phillipines Prison Inmates Amazing Dance Performance of Michael Jackson's They Don't Care About Us


Here's a truly fantastic dance tribute to Michael Jackson as performed by the inmates of CPDRU Maximum security Penitentiary in Cebu, Phillipines. It is led by Travis Payne who worked as choreographer with Michael. The other two most prominent dancers in the dance routine are professional dancers Daniel Celebre and Dres Reid. The performance features a mix of Michael's songs including most prominently They Don't Care About Us which was the fourth single release from his HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1 album. 

Original link to this post was found here




Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alexandra Burke's performance of her new single 'Let it Go' on The Voice of Ireland


Alexandra Burke was in Dublin last weekend to perform her new single Let it Go on the final show on the first season of The Voice of Ireland. The winner was Pat Byrne who was mentored by singer Bressie. 

Here's Alexandra's Voice of Ireland performance of Let it Go. The single is released later this month with her second studio album Heartbreak on Hold out in June.


Alexandra has had six top ten hits in Ireland including three numbers one singles; Hallelujah, Bad Boys (featuring Flo Rida) and All Night Long (featuring Pitbull). Her last single Elephant got to number seven in the Irish IRMA singles charts earlier this year. Alexandra has played several concerts in Ireland including a great one at Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre in January 2011. That night she sang a brilliant version of Ne-Yo's Closer. There is a video of that performance on Youtube but the one featured below is from Glasgow and is better quality.