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Nun Who Won Italy's Voice Covers 'Like a Virgin'

Cristina Scuccia won Italian version of hit TV show—now she's channeling Madonna

(Newser) - How can a nun who's already won a huge singing competition outdo herself? How about by taking a steamy song by a controversial artist, releasing a cover of it, and putting out an accompanying music video? That's exactly what "Singing Nun" Cristina Scuccia —who won The ... More »

20 Iconic Songs That Are Actually Covers

Cyndi Lauper didn't come up with the idea that girls just want to have fun

(Newser) - Next time you find yourself belting along to Cyndi Lauper singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or Joan Jett singing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," know this: Cyndi and Joan didn't originate those songs, they just made them famous. Huffington Post rounds up 20 hit... More »

Inside the Weird Journey of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Cohen's own version isn't the definitive one

(Newser) - Unlike most songs that reside in the sort of unofficial Cover Song Hall of Fame, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was released to not much fanfare at all in the Born in the USA glory days of 1984. In fact, it was on the only Cohen album his record company... More »

Rock Legend Chuck Berry, Top-Notch Short Story Writer

"Memphis, Tennessee" shows Berry's sociological side: Klinkenborg

(Newser) - The original Chuck Berry version of “Memphis, Tennessee” isn't as well known as some others—by Johnny Rivers, say, or Buck Owens. But the real star is the tune, first released in 1959, which Verlyn Klinkenborg suspects is the “best short story in the form of a song... More »

Boyle Unveils Rolling Stones' 'Wild Horses' as New Single

Hyped fans greet Boyle in Los Angeles

(Newser) - The first single from Susan Boyle’s much-anticipated debut album may come as a surprise: the Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses," Perez Hilton reports. “SuBo puts her own spin on the iconic song and it sounds/feels very much her,” Hilton writes. Meanwhile, excited fans greeted Boyle... More »

Please Stop Covering 'Hallelujah': Leonard Cohen

After 181 recorded versions, singer-songwriter thinks its time for a break

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen is tired of people covering “Hallelujah.” “I was reading a review of a movie called Watchmen that uses it, and the reviewer said, ‘Can we please have a moratorium on ‘Hallelujah’ in movies and television shows?’ and I kind of feel the same... More »

Dion's AC/DC Tribute 'Worst Cover Ever'

Crooner's version of You Shook Me All Night Long called 'vile'

(Newser) - Celine Dion's rendition of AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long has been voted the worst cover ever, according to Total Guitar magazine. The UK mag called the duet Dion performed with Anastacia in Las Vegas 6 years ago an "offense" against music. "The No. 1 worst cover... More »

Scarlett's Waits Tribute: Unnecessary, But Not Bad

Johansson revisits legendary croaker's catalog

(Newser) - “Even the most sympathetic critics,” writes Tom Breihan for the Village Voice, have to grant that Anywhere I Lay My Head, Scarlett Johansson’s Tom Waits tribute album, “is a fundamentally ridiculous enterprise, almost stunning in its total lack of need to exist.” That said, Breihan... More »

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