Thursday, July 26, 2012

Promised Land - Joe Smooth

Here is one of the greatest songs from the House music era of the late 1980s. It is the forever classic Promised Land by Joe Smooth. The vocals on Promised Land were by Anthony Thomas. It was also covered by The Style Council in 1989.

100 Cover Versions #77: Lykke Li covers 'Silver Springs' by Fleetwood Mac

Silver Springs was written by Stevie Nicks in the late 1970s and was originally meant to be included on Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album Rumours. It instead became the b-side to Go Your Own Way and later became a single in it's own right when it featured on their 1997 reunion album The Dance. Silver Springs has a very interesting history which you can read more about here

Swedish singer Lykke Li covered Silver Springs for the French radio station LTL2 earlier this year and here is her version. Thanks to Mark Fulledge for posting the video and link below on his Youtube page.

You can also watch Lykke Li's in studio performance of Silver Springs here

100 Cover Versions #76: Nelly Furtado covers 'Feel So Close' by Calvin Harris

Here's Nelly Furtado and a gorgeous acoustic version of Feel So Close Calvin Harris which was a number 2 singles chart hit for Calvin Harris in Ireland and the UK last year and which got to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nelly's newest single is Spirit Indestructible from her forthcoming new album The Spirit Indestructible.  

Her cover of Feel So Close was recorded in the SiriusXM studios for Hits 1 which have had a great variety of singers and musicians record both their own songs and cover versions for their shows.

Todrick Hall's 'Cinder Fella'

Todrick Hall had a huge internet hit with Beauty and the Beat earlier this year which brought Beauty and the Beast's Belle through a wonderful musical journey through the Los Angeles suburbs. His newest project is Cinder Fella where he casts himself as the protagonist in his reinvention of Cinderella. Janice Dickinson is the Evil Stepmother, Prince Charming is a familiar face too and there are several other cameos of both stars and Disney characters at the ball. 

The title Cinder Fella was also the name of a Jerry Lewis movie from 1960 but it's very much different and political this time around!

The music is a mash up of well known Top 40 pop hits so like all of these viral videos it's best to watch it from the beginning and watch it!