Friday, March 28, 2008

American Idol: David Cook's Cover Controversy

This week on American Idol:

- Contestants sang songs from the year they were born in and made me feel a bit aged.

- David Cook chose Chris Cornell's 2007 acoustic version of Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "Billie Jean."

- Cook continued to incur the wrath of music writers everywhere, who gleefully posted side by side YouTube videos and iTunes rips of the last several weeks of Cook's seemingly radio-ready cover versions of classic songs (Lionel Richie's "Hello", the Beatles "Eleanor Rigby" and "Daytripper" as well as the aforementioned "Billie Jean") and performances by the original artists who actually authored those cover arrangements (Incubus, Doxology, Whitesnake, and Chris Cornell).

-I am one of those writers.

-Oh yeah, and that Chikezie guy bit the dust if anyone noticed.

For more, check out this week's American Idol recap and this post on the David Cook controversy, complete with requisite YouTube videos.


Meghan said...

Just so you know, his "Hello" is nothing like Incubus' cover. I guess you would know that if you took the time to listen. Way to do the research.

change100 said...

Um... yeah it is. It's not a total 100% lifted carbon copy like Eleanor Rigby but in my opinion they're pretty damn similar.