The Singers Who Hate Covers Of Their Songs
We pick some of the very best quotes from singers who hate other stars covering their own songs.
“I don't mind fans singing the songs... My problem is when the industry "covers" the music. See covering the music means that your version doesn't exist anymore. A lot of times, people think that I'm doing Sinead O'Connor's song and Chaka Khan's song when in fact I wrote those songs.”
2. Etta James
“I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her a*s whopped. I can't stand Beyoncé.' Etta James talking about Beyoncé’s cover of ‘At Last’, which the latter performed for Barack Obama.
3. Don Henley
“I wouldn’t dream of doing something like that. What kind of ego is that? I don’t understand it.” The Eagles’ Don Henley wasn’t happy when Frank Ocean sampled ‘Hotel California’, going on to say “If you respect somebody you ask their permission to diddle with their work”
4. Debbie Harry
“I thought it was… OK. It’s funny how that song keeps coming around, it’s very interesting how that happens.” Speaking about Atomic Kitten’s 2002 cover of Blondie hit ‘The Tide Is High’.
5. Dionne Warwick
"If I would have sneezed on my recording, Cilla would have sneezed on hers.” Dionne Warwick, speaking about Cilla Black’s cover of ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ - she wasn't happy that they sound the same.
6. Lady Gaga
"It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work” - Gaga speaking out after Madonna covered ‘Born This Way’.