Some more extras to chop...
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9 x 1 ( @odyism
5 x 2 ( @Sprockrooster
, @Ana Raquel
Another Etta James cover from the film, Cadillac Records
, gets eliminated. This times it's a cover of the 1967 classic blues song, I'd Rather Go Blind
, which was written by James, Ellington Jordan, Billy Foster and Rick Hall. This cut is definitely one of the more recognisable covers from the film. Even though I haven't seen the film, I definitely remember hearing about I'd Rather Go Blind
at the time.
It's a powerful song and Beyoncé puts in a powerful performance, both vocally and physically, as you can see above. Honestly, it's actually quite offensive that Beyoncé often gets swiped with the "popstar can't act" card. She's been good in everything I've seen her in so far, even the high camp Obsessed
. Anyway, I think I rated this sort of poorly because again... I haven't seen the film. The vocal performance really lifts this from standard cover to something remarkable.
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9 x 1 ( @Music Is Death
3 x 1 ( @Robert
Usher and Beyoncé have worked together multiple times throughout their careers, but it was on the sequel to Usher's 2008 hit and lead single Love In This Club
where they finally got on a record together. I didn't know this at the time, but Love In The Club Part II
, which obviously features Beyoncé and Lil Wayne, was actually released as the second single to Usher's album, Here I Stand
. I just thought it was a little extra remix to capitalise on the success of the first song, not an actual single. Mariah Carey was initially rumoured to be on the song, but I'm not sure whether it was just an idea or if she actually recorded it. However, Beyoncé ended up on the final version and singing Keri Hilson's lyrics no less.
The remix is nice. It has around 60m streams on Spotify and it ended up reaching No.18 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was nowhere to be seen on the UK charts, which was probably why I never realised it was a single. Despite Usher not doing much for me in a LONG time, I did recently enjoy his cameo in the JLo film, Hustlers
, where the girls dance to the original Love In This Club
. Also, back in 2005, Beyoncé joined Usher on stage for a performance of his song Bad Girl
for his Live In Puerto Rico concert special. Even without a mic, Beyoncé takes over the show and commands the stage. You can view both of these moments below.