We certainly hope your holiday weekend was restful and full of good food and company. As you prepare to return to the usual grind as everything returns to normalcy come Monday. But we’re looking to provide you with some tunage for your late Sunday evening, and we’re going an international route this time. So here are some covers of songs from abroad, along with the occasional translation of an English song. Welcome to the 1st week of December, everyone!
Angeli (of Blush) Covers “Hawak Kamay” by Yeng Constantino
This song is finally starting to slow down on the radio, and as refreshing as it initially was, it did start to wear out it’s welcome. But that’s not to say I’m not opposed to hearing some new takes on the song, which is exactly what the following 6 videos give us. They each take the international folk-pop hit, “Royals” by Lorde, and make it their own, some closer to the original than others. And per the usual tradition, I’ve loosely ordered them from most to least enjoyed.
Youtube is holding the Youtube Music Awards (#YTMA) and a number of Asian/Asian-American artists have landed as finalist nominees. For the record, I think this is a great way to recognize leaders of the new medium known as streaming video, but I think the voting process is kind of clunky and confusing. Either way, Psy, Girls Generation, Toro Y Moi, and jayesslee have found themselves in the running to take top honors in a number of categories, with Psy being nominated in 3 all together!
Check out the following video to figure out how the voting process works and you can find out more at Youtube. Immediately below we’ll share the a-Tunes approved nominees!
Cast your votes for the YouTube Music Awards, and tune in November 3 to see the YTMA winners.
I know that it’s been a long, long time since our last showdown, and at first I was reserving the covers of this song for that feature but I didn’t realize we had 12 renditions to share! So instead, I’ve compiled all of these Drake remixes and covers into this tidy little round-up for you to listen to and not have to worry about voting for your favorite. The song is catchy for sure, but after hearing it 12 times in a row tonight, I think I’m ready to lay off of it for a while. But to add some semblance of order to the madness, I’ve roughly ordered them from my most to least favorite. Keyword: roughly.
Sometimes, you see and hear a performance that just makes you scrunch up your face and be somehow disgusted at how talented people can be. This is what happened for me when watching Tessanne Chin battle Donna Allen for a spot on NBC’s The Voice this past week. The two duked it out for Team Adam, singing an awesome cover of Emeli Sande’s “Next to Me”… and both did extremely well. But in the end, someone has to come away victorious and we’re thankful that it was Tessanne.
Growing up, many of us spent hours laboring over some type of musical instrument, perhaps under the insistence of a parental figure. Piano, guitar, clarinet, flute, violin, perhaps even the saxophone were often heard being practiced within the walls of our humble domains, but how many of us have learned to rock out on a guzheng? I can’t even play Guns ‘N Roses on the air guitar, much less a guzheng, but a young girl by the name of Michelle Kwan can shred on the traditional instrument. Witness it yourself.
It’s been a while since we had round-up of cover videos, so we aim to address that with today’s post. This time around, we have a batch of songs that have been altered enough from their originals to be considered a completely different genre. In a number of the following cases, the argument could be made that it’s just as good if not better in the new format. And if there is one video in particular I feel I should point out, it’s the first one by Sherilyn Yi. That girl does a near-perfect switchup cover to Ariana Grande’s “The Way”. I really like the original but i LOVE Sherilyn’s rendition. It’s a perfect example of how you don’t necessarily need high production values to do it well.
If you frequent our fair site, there’s a very good chance you’re already familiar with Kollaboration. It’s a staple of the Asian-American entertainment community and has had so much talent run through it’s stage, it’s immeasurable.
There are shows all over the nation, and hopefully you’ve had a chance to catch one near you, but I’m here to specifically spotlight the DC show – scheduled for September 28th. We’ve had the privilege of developing a great relationship with Kollaboration DC, and being partners with them, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind all DMV folks to come by GWU’s Lisner Auditorium on Saturday for what is ramping up to be a fantastic show.
And we’re extra excited because I, GT, have been invited to be a guest judge again. This year’s show features singer/songwriter acts exclusively, meaning it’s going to be a tight race with some tough competition. Plus there’s some awesome guest performances from the likes of Blush, Gowe, and more. Check out the promo video below, and find all the details after the break.
So what do we mean when we say a-Tunes Meta Covers? These are songs and videos of a-Tunes artists covering other a-Tunes artists. In other words, it’s a double dip. It’s an ode to the community, a tip of the hat to other artists in the scene. It’s artists showing love to other like-minded artists, from both now and the past… and we respect that. So enjoy this round-up, it’s been a while since we’ve gone meta! A few artist in particular absolutely killllled their covers.