We can pretty much guarantee that you’ve never heard Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean quite like this. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful cover version played on the sitar by musician Ronobir Lahiri, who gives the King of Pop’s megahit a whole new vibe.
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(PG-13: Language) “I am Killmonger, no one’s perfect, but no one’s worthless. We ain’t deserving of everything Heaven and Earth is.” Kendrick Lamar enlisted both established and up-and-coming stars to create music for and inspired by the upcoming Black Panther film.
If there was one new sound that turned up more than any other back in ’80s music, it was the Yamaha DX7 and its cutting-edge FM synthesis. Polyphonic explores what made the DX7’s sound and tech unique, and some of the many artists who incorporated it in their music.
Musician Billie Eilish applies her resounding jazz vocals to Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit Bad, with this smooth and soulful reinterpretation. We have little doubt that this will turn up in a movie trailer as some character walks away from a giant explosion or some other badass move.
We never had a doubt that Freddie Mercury was the greatest rock vocalist ever, but if you need any convincing, listen to this isolated version of his lead vocals from Don’t Stop Me Now. It’s a much more somber track without the chorus and instruments, but still incredibly powerful.
His piercing glance burning a hole through the lens, pianist Vinheteiro performs a brief snippet from 26 different classical pieces of music, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. We never knew what Gymnopedie No. 1 was called, but we recognized it immediately.
“Sex, money, murder – our DNA.” King Kenny opened the 2018 Grammy Awards with a hell of a set. He used his verses from XXX., DNA, New Freezer and King’s Dead to talk about war, hip hop, the media, and the crowd admiring the messenger while missing his message.
The Who’s 1971 classic Baba O’Riley has one of the most memorable synthesizer riffs of all time. Here, the guys from Those Darn Accordions! turn in a fun cover version of the track with the synths replaced by accordions. They need to do a version of Squeeze Box now.
Funk’s living legend George Clinton and his band the P-Funk All Stars spread good vibes and infectious energy at NPR Tiny Desk Concert. They performed a trio of classics: Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On, One Nation Under A Groove and Give Up the Funk.
James Siewert’s intense and dizzying music video for Operator Music Band’s electro-industrial track was captured using a custom camera rig designed to endlessly rotate around its subject – in this case, choreographer Jordan Morley, as he writhed around on the carpet.
(Flashing lights) “If the car beside you moves ahead – as much as it feels as though you’re dead – you’re not going backwards.” James Blake returns to his experimental dub roots with his latest single. The music video perfectly captures the song’s message.