"Shake It Off" - Alex Boye & Changing LanesWhen you think of "Shake It Off", does your mind immediately make the connection to "African hipsters?" Well, it should now, because world artists Alex Boye and Changing Lanes have given Taylor's megahit a massive makeover, complete with "Africanized" instrumentation and a fancy keytar solo! Earlier this year, Alex and friends gave Frozen's "Let It Go" a similar revamp, which is worth a look if you're a fan of the above.
"Blank Space" - Tyler & RyanThis aspiring country pop duo from Rhode Island check all the right marks when adapting radio darling "Blank Space" to a unique, male-fronted performance. The light Americana inflections mixed with relaxed acoustic pop harmonies make their cover an easy, and even infectious, listen.
"Bad Blood" - Sarah CloseThis charismatic UK native has all of the makings of a true soul pop artist. Her take on "Bad Blood" that manages to be melodic and brooding whilst still keeping most of the charming ad-libs proves that there is a particular artistry present about her that not everyone in the industry can rightfully claim.
"Wildest Dreams" - Hayley SolanoHayley Solano gives "Wildest Dreams" a cover that is emotion-ridden in its simplistic acoustic soundspace. She shows an excellent knack for delivering a song with her airy, ethereal vocal tone and delivery.
"Style" - Travis AtreoTravis Atreo takes the bouncy, synth-ridden instrumentation of "Style" and flips it on its head to deliver a stripped, intimate R&B-powered interpretation of the song. The emotion on display is palpable, and it certainly helps that his falsetto is on point.
"Welcome to New York" - Mikey WaxThis guy's getting his first big break on December 8 when his single "And A Happy New Year" is going to be featured on ABC Family's Switched at Birth. It's no wonder why he'd be able to nab such a good deal, either; the dude is a pro, and proves it with his progressive pop-rock rendition of "Welcome the New York". The best part? Wax is from New York City.
"How You Get the Girl" - Lauren BonnellTo say that Lauren Bonnell is a fan of Taylor's might be a bit of an understatement given the opening of this video explaining her get-up. Still, her inspiration from Ms. Swift goes to good use; some of her vocal tics are even similar to Taylor's in certain sense. However, it's in the best way possible and hardly an imitation. This is real, enthusiastic, heartfelt business, folks, and Lauren does it well.
"Out of the Woods" - TeraBriteIf you're into pop-punk, you'll likely love TeraBrite's rocking version of "Out of the Woods". The driving instrument and edgier overall delivery set it apart from the original greatly.
"I Wish You Would" - Sydney DaySydney Day is an artist who naturally inhabits a song's world when she performs, and her cover of "I Wish You Would" is no different. It's fairly simple in its acoustically set delivery, but it's in the emotion that she sings with that rolls the best set of punches here. Her gorgeous, smoky tone makes for a full package in a seemingly effortless attempt to tell her own story.
"Clean" - Carly WittThis singer-songwriter is such a natural that you'd be forgiven if you gasped at the fact that she's only 18-years-old. Her crisp, sweet vocal is bested only by her ability to connect to lyrics and easily tell a story, much like Sydney above. Her rendition of "Clean" is nothing short of wonderful.
"Blank Space/It Wasn't Me" Mash Up - LexFletcherYes. This is a mashup of "Blank Space" and "It Wasn't Me" (from Shaggy back in 2000)! A genius amalgamation of two completely different songs, yet combined become magical! Lex Fletcher may not have a YouTube channel yet, but don't knock her. She's made this glorious acoustic song available for free download on her SoundCloud page! Eat it up star-crossed (Starbucks lol) lovers! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179256929" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
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