Back in the day song covers were something every artist performed. Everyone borrowed from each other. Beloved artists like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Marvin Gaye would perform different renditions of songs to a point people would forget where the song actually originated.
With the recent release of Drake’s “Marvin’s Room” comes the same situation. In this song Drake drunkenly expresses his feeling towards an ex and her newfound relationship. Throughout the song he makes different references to events that transpired in the relationship and even compares himself to the new dude. Surprisingly, everyone jumped on the “Marvin’s Room” train. By the time we would hear Drake’s version, we’d forget he was responsible for the original one. Singers Jojo and Teyana Taylor provided fans with a female perspective of the situation with their own remixes. Everyone was sick and tired of “Marvin’s Room” because it seemed everyone was trying to get in there.
While we’re on the topic, let’s not mention Beyoncé’s song “1+1.” This song has found itself remade by Tiffany Evans and K. Michelle. Even Q. Parker from 112 took a stab at the song. And let’s not even try to count the amount of people who have covered Adele’s number one song “Rolling In The Deep.”
At first one can only wonder why so many artists start to cover each other’s songs. Listening to these cover songs can really help convey an artists talent and their ability to actually sing. The original song is often made for that specific artist in mind first. Performing cover songs is a quick way artists can show their versatility in a growing demographic. Everyone is looking for free publicity, so why not creatively tackle another artist’s work.
With the advent of YouTube and artists having the capability or uploading their own songs, expect to see artists starting to produce cover songs. Might as well come up with some different lyrics and upload it on YouTube- everyone else is doing it.
– Drew-Shane Daniels
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Drew-Shane Daniels is a Philadelphia based writer maneuvering through life and graduate school. He’s the creative genius behind the project www.heardhimsay.com, his daily blog where through his prose he offers his two cents on pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality and entertainment. His work is featured on Global Grind, VIBE Vixen, theFreshXpress and Clutch Magazine. You can also follow him on Twitter @drewshane.