Thursday, 1 November 2012

Co-labs and covers

With so many artists and so few songs, collaborations and covers were bound to pop up sooner or later. Shall I state the difference, just so we all understand? Collaborations (co-labs) are scrapisms of the lowest forms. This is when one artist is used for part of another artist’s song, and usually represented at "featuring" (feat.). Covers, however are when one artist kidnaps another artist’s song and reproduces it as their own version.
If we're going to be totally stereotypical, most collaborations contain a rap artist and a singer- unless you're Nicki Minaj who attempts both. I would say 9/10 collaborations follow this pattern. Occasionally people will get overexcited and have more than one featured artist (a la feat. Nicki Minaj and Cheryl Cole). To be honest, I feel that's a tad greedy.
I personally, quite enjoy collaborations as it allows artists to push their boundaries and work with other people that they wouldn't usually get to. I would love to do a collaboration with Stevie Wonder or Ed Sheeran. I know that's kinda one end of the spectrum and then the other but both artists are so amazing and it would just be awesome. Another would be Jools Holland because I love what he and Ruby Turner do, I'm an utter jazz music whore at heart. My top five co-labs for y'all are:

1.       U2 and Green Day - The Saints Are Coming
2.       Jools Holland feat. Ruby Turner and the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra - The Informer
3.       Santana feat. Rob Thomas – Smooth
4.       Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran - Everything Has Changed
5.       David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj - Turn Me On

Covers, however, I'm not so positive about. It's too easy for covers to become poor karaoke imitations of the original song and then it's all downhill from there. So just so you know, if you come across a good cover artist, cling onto them like a boat on a desert island because they are few and far between. For a cover to be any good, the listener has to forget that it's even a cover at all. The artist has to make the song their own, change it up and excite the listener with it because they've heard it before and that version will always set the bar. My top four covers are:
1.       Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
2.       Ben Howard - Call Me Maybe (originally Carly Rae Jepson)
3.       Example - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair (originally Arctic Monkeys)
4.       Ellie Goulding - Your Song (originally Elton John)

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