Various Artists

BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2012

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This collection of highlights from BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge features an entertaining mix of in-studio performances of some of 2012's biggest songs, as well as clever covers, by some of the year's definitive artists. Rita Ora's soulful cover of Gotye's inescapable "Somebody That I Used to Know" kicks off the collection with one of its brightest highlights, and Usher's interpretation of "Pumped Up Kicks," Kasabian's version of "Video Game," the Vaccines' take on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and Florence + the Machine's cover of "Take Care" are among the other standout covers. As far as originals go, Jessie J's buoyant, largely acoustic take on her smash "Domino," Alex Clare's "Too Close," Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait," and Lana Del Ray's string-laden "Blue Jeans" are among the best.

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