The Instant Cover

What’s with the recent pop culture phenomenon of songs being covered right away (if not simultaneously when the originals were released)?

First there was the barrage of Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” covers from artists like Ray Lamontagne, Nelly Furtado, and The Kooks.

Then there was indie rocker Ted Leo’s cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”, which he brilliantly mashed-up with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps.”

More recently, faux-amateur Marie Digby (pictured above) covered Rihanna’s “Umbrella“. And Mandy Moore’s trying to get in on the action with her cover.

Where’s the line between paying homage or taking an artistic spin on an original vs ripping someone off?

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