Monday Cover-Up: Week 1 feat. Tyler Ward, Max Schneider, and Keke Palmer


Whether they’re paying homage to their favorite artists or trying to prove they deserve to be right next to the biggest hit makers in music, there are  a countless number of song covers on YouTube. The Monday Cover-Up is here to help you hide the effects of partying too much on the weekend by bringing you neat covers of songs you love. These videos are the perfect pick-me-up for the impending work week.

So instead of moping that it’s only Monday and that you still have 4 days left until your next Feel Good Friday, take a listen to some of the musical gems we’ve uncovered just for you.

For our first-ever Monday Cover-Up we have not one, but two videos of artists covering the same video. Were we just feeling super generous because it’s the first edition of Monday Cover-Up? Not really, we just couldn’t decide which one we like more!

Now, covering a song and posting it to YouTube is cool and all, but you know what’s cooler? When the artist you’re covering is also covering the song with you. That’s exactly what Jason Derulo did with two different versions of his current radio hit, “The Other Side.”

Derulo’s first collaboration came with singer-songwriter Tyler Ward. Successful in his own right, Tyler Ward has performed with acts such as Gavin DeGraw, Augustana, and The Fray. The Denver native has over 1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and over 300 million views of his videos. So what happens when you combine a rising star with an established one? You get this really cool stripped down version of a heavily electronic song.

Next up we have a cover featuring two Nickelodeon vets, Max Schneider and Keke Palmer. Aside from their roles on Nickelodeon TV shows such as True Jackson, VP and How to Rock, the two have had some success in the music realm. Both have had their music featured on Nickelodeon and have a collaboration that just missed breaking into the Billboard Top 100 at number 102. The two team up again for their cover of the Jason Derulo hit song with their own strings heavy arrangement. Of course, Jason Derulo can’t just be dancing in the background while two people cover his song and so he jumps in and joins them midway through.

These videos show us 2 important things: First, Jason Derulo is a hell of a dancer. None of us here at Progressive Man are actually dance experts, but he sure did impress us. Second, it was very cool of Derulo to collaborate with these upcoming artists and help them gain exposure. He’s cool in our books.

So what do you think? Were these covers better than the original? Is Jason Derulo as great of a dancer as we think he is? On a coolness scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) is he a 10 for collaborating with these guys?

Sound off in the comments!

Author: Nader Ahmadnia

Nader Ahmadnia is a writer for Progressive Man Magazine, an online music publication that features new and emerging talent.

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