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Nikki & Rich - Uprising (Muse Cover)

By all accounts, I should have been writing about Nikki & Rich for quite some time...in turn, and on all subsequent accounts, you should have every right to be angered with me for not doing so. Hopefully, the fire we've got to give out now remedies all prior injustices. On to the music!



As per their official words: "Nikki & Rich are Nikki Leonti, a California-born pastor’s daughter who grew up singing in church, and Rich Velonskis, a Queens, NY-born former DJ and established hip-hop/R&B producer who got his start spinning in New York City clubs as a teenager. These two seemingly opposite characters first met in 2007. Nikki was based in Nashville working as a background singer for Carrie Underwood and Rich was in Los Angeles producing tracks for Eve, Robin Thicke, Mario, and Ludacris, under his moniker Rich Skillz…Rich was looking for a strong vocalist and lyricist to collaborate with and take his tracks to the next level and he found the perfect match in Nikki."


As per my beastly opinion: "OH HELL YES!"


And now for something a little more fleshed out. Nikki & Rich are creating a fresh and fun spin on what I like to call "pop wop"...a splash of doo wop with a pop sensibility that will attract music lovers from all genres. And they're sure to get more notice from the rock crowd, now that the pair have covered Muse's Uprising. Girl's got some pipes, and she's not afraid to use 'em. You can read more on the story behind the decision to re-imagine this song over on Billboard.


Check out the video below, then grab the track after that. 




mp3: Nikki and Rich - Uprising (Muse Cover)




Neon Trees - Baby (Justin Bieber Cover)

Hello, Neon Trees. I don't really know who you are, nor do I think that I'd really care to give any further of a listen to your tunes after perusing your 'Space. What I do enjoy, however, is your doo-woppy and fairly poppy boppy cover of Justin Bieber's Baby.



Or maybe I just have a case of Bieber Fever and this will all soon pass.


Watch the clip or grab the song. 


The Stand By Me interlude is quite nice.




mp3: Neon Trees - Baby (Justin Bieber Cover)



Kid Sister - More Than Words (Extreme Cover)

In their weekly mashup Monday web series, Billboard teams up with Chicago gal, Kid Sister, for this week's installment of a rad homage to a 1990 acoustic ballad. She's known as a quick-lipped femcee, but beware, cause Melissa is about to wow you with her crooning vocals on this one.



Pairing up with her pal, accessories/jewelry designer Kerin Rose, on backing vocals, Kid Sis's voice soars through an "even more stripped down than the original" take on Extreme's popular hit, More Than Words.


Back in December, I chatted with KS and had asked her what her dream duet would be...to which she quickly responded that this, in fact, would be the one she'd want to tackle. While she doesn't grab Gary and Nuno to aid in the performance, she chats with Billboard about her love of the track and why she chose to sing it.


Watch the video below then grab the acoustic cover after that. We dig it.




mp3: Kid Sister - More Than Words (Extreme Cover)



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