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As part of Billboard’s Monday Mashup series, pop-punk band The Maine cover Outkast’s “Roses”. It’s not uncommon nowadays to find accoustic/band covers of songs across many genres, but The Maine do this song justice and take the cover beyond just a cliché. They bring a Southern rock vibe to “Roses”, thanks in large part to the lead singer’s twangy vocals. The great thing about these slowed down covers of hit songs is that even though you might have heard the song a billion times, you’re able to better appreciate the poetry in the lyricism. I’m not big on pop-punk so I’ll take a pass on The Maine, but props for this rendition of a modern-day classic.
Download: The Maine – “Roses” (Outkast Cover)
Janelle Monae recently hooked up with Billboard to record this acoustic version of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”. She performed a similar version of this at her NYC concert while standing on a stool and really delivered on it. I read some reviews of that concert and it is clear to me that most older heads went to the concert for Erykah Badu and didn’t understand how Janelle’s show was possibly the most electric performance from an R&B artist I have ever seen. Not only did she dance the majority of the time, but the set ended with her hair coming undone and flowing all over the place and then she dove into the crowd. All of this only reaffirmed for me that she is the female James Brown.