The Weeknd has been covered A LOT lately on brentmusicreviews.com. Why so much you ask? Well, he has three top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and has the top three R&B songs in the country. It’s no secret R&B has limped along in 2015, but maybe The Weeknd’s success can be a step in the right direction.
Regardless if The Weeknd is an R&B savior or not, “The Hills” is hot. It’s dark, explicit, and emotional – three characterizations that appeal to a younger artist, regardless of their stylistic preference. So, why not watch others give the hit their own spin, like we do every Friday on BMR? Here goes nothing, but first, here’s the original:
Video title: The Weeknd – The Hills (Rendition) by SoMo (July 5, 2015)
For those unfamiliar with SoMo, he released a major label album back in 2014 (SoMo) which debuted within the top 10 of the Billboard 200. On “The Hills,” he clearly has a different vocal timbre than The Weeknd, making this contrasting version quite unique. Also the production gimmicks separate this version from the original. SoMo goes for it on the bridge though, retaining the falsetto of the original.
2) lub xtpf
Video title: The Hills – The Weeknd (cover by lubxtpf) (March 26, 2015)
One word: Swag! Not only does lubxtpf have a terrific voice, he has the swagger to make his version of “The Hills” captivating. The Weeknd’s music has a stoner, mellow vibe about it, and lub xtpf does a good job of capturing that sensibility within his own version.
3) am1r music
Video title: The Weeknd – The Hills (cover by am1r) (lyrics) (June 2, 2015)
Am1r music nails the enigmatic, poised beginning of the Hills, intensifying the energy level on the chorus. What is impressive about this particular cover is that there is never any over singing – am1r gives just the right amount. For example, even though the energy is there on the memorable lyric “When I’m f**ked up, that’s the real me,” am1r still maintains a cool about things.
Video title: The Weeknd – The Hills (June 28, 2015)
Who said a girl can’t nail The Weeknd’s moody hit? Sara Close does a fine job tackling it, showing off her stunning, confident vocal tone. She looks so innocent too, even when she sings the boldest of lines, like the scandalously honest “I just f**ked two b**ches ‘fore I saw you.” Her best moment is arguably the bridge – the vocal really shines bright there.
5) Taylor Belle
Video title: The Hills – The Weeknd (Cover) Taylor Belle (June 26, 2015)
Sara Close isn’t the only girl tackling “The Hills” capably. Taylor Belle hold her own on her take. Notably, she cleans up the explicit portions and tailors it to herself (“I just saw two guys before I saw you”). The bridge gets a haunting treatment by her pipes.
6) Christina Rome
Video title: The Weekend – The Hills (Christina Rome Cover) (June 18, 2015)
Let’s make it three ladies in a row – sounds good, right? So, what does Christina Rome do to separate herself from Sara and Taylor? Well, she treats her interpretation like an answer to The Weeknd’s original, which is really creative. Rome also has assertiveness and feistiness about her voice, which gives this version the appropriate attitude and bite.
Video title: The Hills – The Weeknd (Coastbound Pop-Punk cover) (June 21, 2015)
This interpretation of “The Hills” by a pop-punk band will leave you speechless. If you prefer the urban slow jam, these dudes may not appeal to you. BUT, if you love the endless possibilities of music and how creative ‘changing up a song’ can be, then you’ll be rocking right along with Coastbound. Personal thoughts before I even heard it? I knew it would work. Why? Because The Weeknd is outlandish and so is pop-punk. It’s a marriage made in heaven…or hell J
8) Shide Boss
Video title: The Weeknd, The Hills (Shide Cover) (May 31, 2015)
This is a return to the “original” and there’s nothing wrong with that. UK singer/songwriter Shide Boss does make some alterations, mostly with the most explicit portions. He does let the f-bomb fly during the hook though. He has a great voice, with his upper register on the hook really standing out – there’s an undeniable radiance.
9) Bryson Andres
Video title: The Weeknd – The Hills violin cover (July 2, 2015)
Can you ever go wrong with an instrumental cover? That’s rhetorical. The way that Bryson Andres picks apart “The Hills” and puts it together is awesomeness exemplified. Can you say talent? How about musicianship? Play on brother!
10) Daniel de Bourg
Video title: The Weeknd – THE HILLS (Daniel de Bourg rendition) (June 17, 2015)
If you’ve seen any other brentmusicreviews.com cover posts, then you’ve seen this incredibly gifted musician. There’s only so many times it can be iterated that “this dude can sing.” And there it was reiterated once again! Ultimately, if you haven’t checked out Daniel de Bourg or purchased his music, you are missing out.