This week, FANS was surprised to hear Ed Sheeran admit that he had borrowed money from other activities.
He is being sued by two artists who say he used part of their song in his hit. Your shapewhich he denies.
But he’s not the only star to draw inspiration from others.
Many artists turn obscure songs into big hits. Did you know these tracks are covers?
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
The THE Neighbors star’s song was recorded three times before she turned it into an international hit in 1997.
First Danish singer Lis Sørensen joined, followed by American band Ednaswap and finally Norwegian singer Trine Rein performed a version.
Poisoned Love – Soft Cells
MARC ALMOND heard this long-forgotten 1964 B-side by Gloria Jones played in the Northern Soul club and gave David Ball a compilation for his band.
It became the biggest hit of 1981 in the UK, selling over a million copies.
The Girl Who Just Wants To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
THIS ultimate hit of the ’80s made American singer Cyndi Lauper a household name after it became a worldwide hit in 1983.
However, it was first written and released by the little-known Robert Hazard in 1979, when it didn’t make it difficult for the charts.
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I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
WHEN Dolly Parton heard the first beats of Whitney Houston’s No1 in 1992, she said, “It rang the bell, but it didn’t hit because she was saying it was so good.”
However, when Whitney got to the chorus, Dolly learned it was a cover of her song from 1973.
Next step – Happy Monday
WHEN Shaun Ryder sang “He’ll Step On Me Again” in 1990, he repeated the subject line of John Kongos’ 1971 song.
It proved to be the band Madchester’s biggest hit, peaking at number five in the UK singles chart, one place below the Kongos original.
Hanging on the phone – Blondie
JACK LEE, who wrote the punk pop classic for his band The Nerves, was ready to allow Blondie to sing Hanging On The Telephone again in 1978 because his electricity was about to go out.
It reached number 5 in the UK charts.
Ray of Light – Madonna
The largely overlooked BRITISH duo Curtiss Maldoon’s 1971 album of the same name includes a song called Sepheryn, which 27 years later came to the attention of producer William Orbit.
He said it would make a great song for Madonna, who made it a Grammy Award winner.
Blue suede shoes – Elvis Presley
MANY of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most popular songs are in fact cover versions, including this iconic one.
However, Carl Perkins not only wrote it, but resonated even more with it. It sold over a million copies to Perkins by 1955.
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
JOHN LENNON and Paul McCartney are one of the greatest songwriting duos of all time, but the 1963 hit wasn’t one of them.
The song was a flop with The Top Notes release in 1961, before much more success for soul group The Isley Brothers in 1962.
I think we’re alone now – Tiffany
TOMMY James And The Shondells won two No.1s in the US and several other hit singles including this one in 1967.
However, Tiffany Darwish’s cover, which reached No1 in the UK 20 years later, was broadcast in its entirety.
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Charming AMERICAN rock artist Alan Merrill wrote and released this rock song in 1975 as a B part for his band The Arrows.
After Joan Jett got hold of it, the song stayed at the top of the US charts for seven weeks in 1982.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/4851976/famous-songs-covers-whitney-houston-happy-mondays/ From a Beatles classic to a song by The Clash, these hit songs are truly COVERS songs.