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Friday, September 24, 2010

Shayne Ward's New Single Is A Cover Of Nickelback's "Gotta Be Somebody"

By all rights, everything about that headline is immensely tragic. Alas, it's the truth. Here's what we know: Digital Spy premiered a minute-long clip of Shayne Ward's lead single from forthcoming third album Obsession today. And it's a cover of Nickelback's 2008 single "Gotta Be Somebody."

Yes, the same Nickelback that used to inspire such venomous post titles as When You Die And Go To Hell, It's Actually A Never-Ending Nickelback Concert and Vapid Milquetoast Zeroes Keep Buying Nickelback here on Chart Rigger. (Wow—I'm quite proud of those!)

So once again, as with the case of Joe McElderry's "Ambitions," we have a X Factor winner signed to the SyCo label covering a fairly recent tune. What, does Simon Cowell just turn on the radio and say, "Oh, that's nice—let's have Alexandra do this one and Shayne do that one and then toss this modern day chestnut over to Joe"?

OK—ALL THAT ASIDE, here is a portion of Shayne's version, and also the Nickelback original:

The Shayne version—not quite the disaster you would expect, no? And again, it's only a clip of the song. Let's all just calm down. After all, there's always the chance that he'll appear 80% naked in the music video, right?

Shayne's "Gotta Be Somebody" is produced by Ray Hedges (of B*Witched "C'est La Vie" fame), Nigel Butler (of Emma Bunton "Who The Hell Are You" fame),  Cutfather (of Ace Of Base "Cruel Summer" fame) and David Kopatz (of Jordin Sparks "S.O.S. [Let The Music Play]" fame), and will be released November 7 in the UK.

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  • At 5:32 PM, Blogger Todd said…

    Seriously? Fucking hideous piece of trash. He gives good head though.

  • At 6:13 PM, Blogger emai said…

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  • At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At 8:19 PM, Blogger John said…

    Completely agree. I was fearful for the sound, but I actually like it a lot. Now tell me you are already working on tracking down where in LA he's shooting the video next week.

  • At 9:50 PM, Blogger Calen said…

    Haha. I knew exactly where to come to when Shayne Ward's song leaked.

    I admit I liked Nickelback's version, but I seriously love Shayne's. 50% because I love him and 50% because it's good. Regardless, it will be on repeat.

    BRING ON THE RETURN! He's been missed!

    P.s. It's leaked in full to anyone who doesn't know.

  • At 1:17 AM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    There needs to be some kind of law curbing the extent to which artists do cover versions. It's getting plain boring!!! Shayne can do better than that!!! The only covers that work (and that come to mind right now) are:

    What a fool believes (Peter Cox)
    How deep is your love (Take That)
    Make it with you (Let Loose)
    For the love of you (George Michael)
    Edith and the kingpin (George Michael)

  • At 3:16 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    While i'm disappointed it's a cover version, i really like what's been done with the track. And as I largely ignore Nickelback I'm not overly familiar with their tune anyway!

  • At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why does Simon Cowell insists on turning the sexymuthafucker Shayne into the shite crapfest that is Westshite?

  • At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    not like motown, the brill building and stock, aitken and waterman didn't do the exact same thing.

    more recently, remember when everyone and their country cousin was doing covers of "umbrella?"

    some of them were actually pretty good.

    mabye it's like that.....although something tells me if the record label's run by simon cowell no one's running around going "only the best for our new artist....money is NO object!"

    and like the daw says, at least the video will be better :-) :-)

    "cue the water cannons......"


  • At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I heard the rendition on X-Factor and felt he totally failed to carry the song. Ok he is arguably sexier than Nickleback but total absence of vocal strength and weak arrangement - i felt he failed to capture the emotion of the song. It will sell to the teenies and I think a few people will discover Nickleback as a result.

  • At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He completely killed it Nickelback's version is just awesome, what was he thinking!!!!


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