Ryan Adams is taking cover songs to a new level

Published August 7th 2015

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Covering songs is a popular thing. It may have started as a great way to attract attention to yourself as an unknown and undiscovered talent, but it didn’t take long before the big artists also discovered the power of a good cover version. A great cover song can go viral and attract many views, likes and shares to your social media channels.

But there’s more to cover songs than meets the eye. Not every big name in the business allows their material to be used for streaming services, let alone the free and unlimited streaming services. Cover and tribute bands have been filling the void. I have to admit, this is the first thought that came to mind when I heard the following news: Ryan Adams is taking cover songs to a new level. He’s covering a whole album! And not just any album, but, what could very well be, the album of the year: ‘1989’ by Taylor Swift.

As you know, if you’ve not been living under a rock, Taylor has been keeping the album away from popular streaming services due to the low payouts. And as the album sales only seemed to have flourished since, it’s not necessarily a bad move for another known artist to cover the whole album and make his version available.

Now, before you accuse me of being a business woman who’s lost touch completely with my heart as a musician, Ryan himself only seems to be in it for the music. He’s stripping the songs back and recording them in the style of The Smiths. Once word got out that he started recording, he’s already received the approval of Taylor, but The Smiths have remained silent. It’s unknown when Ryan’s ‘1989’  cover album will be released, but it probably won’t be long.

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