Listen to The Weeknd’s interpretation of Lorde’s “Royals.”
Here’s all you need to make it in this world: Put out a hit song, then have two VERY FAMOUS people cover said song in the span of, like, 10 days. That said, it’s probably safe to say that Lorde, the 16-year-old singer from New Zealand, has definitely made it. Just a few days ago, Selena Gomez covered Lorde’s “Royals” on her “Stars Dance” Tour, and now The Weeknd , the Canadian R&B crooner up for the Artist To Watch VMA, has just put a lush, orchestral spin on Lorde’s smash.
Listen to The Weeknd’s remix of Lorde’s ’Royals’ after the jump.
While The Weeknd’s interpretation doesn’t stray too far from the “Tennis Court” singer’s hazy, swirling, and vaguely delirious original, Abel Tesfaye’s version is a colorful interpretation with roots in R&B and and slow, dramatic, I-just-wanna-dance production. It’s definitely the best “Royals” cover we’ve heard so far, but if anything could be better, we kinda like the idea of Ariana Grande putting a Mariah Carey-esque spin out there. Just an idea!
+ Listen to The Weeknd’s remix of Lorde’s ’Royals.’
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