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6 YouTube Covers of Popular Songs

YouTube is not only a site to host funny animal videos or bloopers but it also exposes upcoming artists. If you have what it takes to belt out Beyoncé-infused ballads or bring some comedy to a deep Erykah Badu track, you might strike covers-of-songs gold in terms of global recognition. Check out this list of some of the top covers you should listen to, new and old, that still creates waves on the Internet.--Camille Augustin

Karina Pasian Halo

1) Karina Pasian “Halo”

This acoustic version of Beyoncé’s ballad is taken up another level as Pasian’s voice pierces your ears, in a good way. Her angelic tone is so crisp and soft but still manages to hit those notes B laid on the original track.

Jessie J We Found Love

2) Jessie J “We Found Love”

This British babe took the dance out of Rihanna’s hit song and slowed the tempo down. Her cover is brilliant, showing off her powerhouse vocals but still capturing the essence of the melody.

Durand Brennar Pretty Wings3) Durand Brenarr “Pretty Wings”

This high-pitch note hitter rose to recognition after he sang backup for Erykah Badu on “Window Seat.” With 258 videos and over 5 million views, he is sure to be a rising star in the R&B realm if given that big break. His cover of Mary J. Blige’s “Crispy Chicken” Burger King song is creative as well (and worth a listen).

Karmin Look At Me Now4) Karmin “Look At Me Now”

When Busta Rhymes rapped rapid-like lyrics everyone tried to keep up with the flow. Some failed but some mastered it as Nick and Amy who make up the group Karmin displayed in their video. The video has over 76 million views.

Chloe and Halle Best Thing I Never Had5) Chloe & Halle “Best Thing I Never Had”

Maybe these two sisters are too young to sing about relationships but there is no denying the power and emotion in their voices. The budding ladies cover everyone from Adele to Nina Simone. Check out one of their biggest video below!

VanJess Work Out

6) VanJess “Work Out”

Take a break from a long day and get your spirit lifted to this acoustic cover of J. Cole’s smash “Work Out.” These two women make it look effortless from their ad-libs to their sing-rapping style.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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