While indie rockers may have once mocked Justin Bieber’s music back in his teen-pop phase, those days are certainly over.
Earlier this week CHVRCHES recreated his latest single “What Do You Mean” as part of BBC Radio 1's Live loungue series. Now, Glastonbury headliner's Florence + the Machine has covered his summer hit “Where Are U Now”.
The original - a collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex - hit number 1 on the UK dance charts. Florence’s version strips back the huge club sound, slows things down and adds some reverb laden guitars allowing her enticing vocals to take centre stage, emphasising the emotional complexity of the song... Listen below.
Bieber performed both tracks live at the VMAs earlier this year. He 'flew' onto the stage and gave a spoken-word monologue about his struggle with bad press, arrests and drug abuse.
"Life is a journey sometimes a battle full of the unexpected. Sometimes we focus on the destination and forget to focus on the journey,” he said, before breaking into tears.
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