BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge 2015 is another first class collection.
On 30 October 2015, the eagerly awaited annual album, celebrating the cream of the past year’s Live Lounge sessions will be released. ‘BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2015’ is the 10th collection in the hugely popular series that has already sold 4.2 million units to date.
Acting as a barometer of who’s who, who’s breaking through, and showcasing the biggest hits of the past year either as cover versions or unique performances of the artists’ own tracks, Radio 1’s Live Lounge delivers exceptional live performances throughout the year. ‘BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2015’ is no exception and features the first appearances from this year’s breakthrough artists James Bay, Years & Years and Jess Glynne.
The 10th volume in the successful series also includes Live Lounge returning artists Sam Smith, Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs and superstars Muse and Kelly Clarkson. The biggest songs of the year also feature - with Jungle giving a new slant to ‘Uptown Funk’, Ella Henderson tackling James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’, The Vaccines taking on the hit of the summer Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’, and global superstar Ed Sheeran’s amazing interpretation of Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’.
With the success of Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month, which saw 29 Live Lounge performances take place throughout September, this year’s album is better than ever.
Clara Amfo says: “The Live Lounge is no small deal to an artist and all of their great efforts over the last 12 months have been reflected in this collection, from Live Lounge success story James Bay making a Rihanna hit totally his own, to Slaves fantastic version of Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’.”
The first Live Lounge sessions started over 15 years ago during Simon Mayo’s Radio 1 show, and they are still going strong today under the watchful eye of Clara Amfo, attracting the best acts in the world. The bands and artists perform their own track, and a cover version. The tracks are live and stripped down, showing the true quality of the musicianship and craft of the song. This is the ONLY place to get all these unique tracks on one album.
The Version's Verdict: Radio 1 Live Lounge albums are always good, but this collection is particularly impressive. Stand-out tracks include Chvrches take on Bieber's What Do You Mean?, Disclosure ft. Sam Smith doing Hotline Bling and Foxe's take on Ed Sheeran's Photograph. 4/5
BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2015
1. ED SHEERAN - TAKE ME TO CHURCH (ORIGINALLY BY HOZIER)
2. LITTLE MIX - BLACK MAGIC
3. JAMES BAY - FOURFIVESECONDS (ORIGINALLY BY RIHANNA & KANYE WEST & PAUL MCCARTNEY)
4. DISCLOSURE WITH SAM SMITH - HOTLINE BLING (ORIGINALLY BY DRAKE)
5. ELLIE GOULDING – ON MY MIND
6. ELLA HENDERSON - HOLD BACK THE RIVER (ORIGINALLY BY JAMES BAY)
7. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – SHIP TO WRECK
8. JESS GLYNNE - LET IT GO / UMBRELLA (MEDLEY) (ORIGINALLY BY JAMES BAY / RIHANNA FEAT. JAY Z)
9. YEARS & YEARS - EARNED IT (ORIGINALLY BY THE WEEKND)
10. OLLY MURS FEAT. ELLA EYRE - UP (ORIGINALLY FEAT. DEMI LOVATO)
11. KELLY CLARKSON - HEARTBEAT SONG
12. MEGHAN TRAINOR – LIPS ARE MOVIN
13. BIRDY – FIRESTONE (ORIGINALLY BY KYGO FEAT. CONRAD SEWELL)
14. NICK JONAS – KING (ORIGINALLY BY YEARS & YEARS)
15. CHARLIE PUTH - HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE (ORIGINALLY BY CALVIN HARRIS & DISCIPLES)
16. CHVRCHES - WHAT DO YOU MEAN? (ORIGINALLY BY JUSTIN BIEBER)
17. JOHN NEWMAN – RUN AWAY WITH ME (ORIGINALLY BY CARLY RAE JEPSEN)
18. RUDIMENTAL - BODY ON ME (ORIGINALLY BY RITA ORA FEAT. CHRIS BROWN)
19. JUNGLE - UPTOWN FUNK (ORIGINALLY BY MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS)
1. HOZIER - LAY ME DOWN (ORIGINALLY BY SAM SMITH)
2. IMAGINE DRAGONS - BLANK SPACE / STAND BY ME (ORIGINALLY BY TAYLOR SWIFT / BEN E. KING)
3. MUMFORD & SONS – 2SHY (ORIGINALLY BY SHURA)
4. GEORGE EZRA – BARCELONA
5. CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN - BLACK SKINHEAD (ORIGINALLY BY KANYE WEST)
6. CIRCA WAVES - LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO (ORIGINALLY BY ELLIE GOULDING)
7. THE VACCINES – CHEERLEADER (ORIGINALLY BY OMI)
8. KODALINE – SING / SHAKE IT OFF / UPTOWN FUNK (MEDLEY) (ORIGINALLY BY ED SHEERAN / TAYLOR SWIFT / MARK RONSON FEAT. BRUNO MARS)
9. RIXTON - WHERE ARE Ü NOW (ORIGINALLY BY SKRILLEX & DIPLO WITH JUSTIN BIEBER)
10. THE MACCABEES - LEAN ON (ORIGINALLY BY MAJOR LAZER X DJ SNAKE FEAT. MØ)
11. MARK RONSON FEAT. KEYONE STARR - THE GIVER (ORIGINALLY BY DUKE DUMONT)
12. LUCY ROSE - BAD BLOOD (ORIGINALLY BY TAYLOR SWIFT FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR)
13. FOXES – PHOTOGRAPH (ORIGINALLY BY ED SHEERAN)
14. JESSIE WARE – JEALOUS (ORIGINALLY BY NICK JONAS)
15. KYGO FEAT. PARSON JAMES - HABITS (STAY HIGH) (ORIGINALLY BY TOVE LO)
16. MALLORY KNOX - HEROES (WE COULD BE) (ORIGINALLY BY ALESSO FEAT. TOVE LO)
17. KWABS FEAT. STORMZY – BLOODSTREAM (ORIGINALLY BY ED SHEERAN & RUDIMENTAL)
18. WRETCH 32 - THINKING OUT LOUD (ORIGINALLY BY ED SHEERAN)
19. SLAVES - SHUTDOWN (ORIGINALLY BY SKEPTA)
20. MUSE - LIES (ORIGINALLY BY CHVRCHES)