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Before Lauren Alaina: Hear All Three Versions Of ‘Like My Mother Does’

Kristy Lee Cook, Jesse Lee, Lauren Alaina, Like My Mother Does

Kristy Lee Cook (left), Jesse Lee (center) and Lauren Alaina (right)

Third time’s a charm for the song “Like My Mother Does.”

For anyone who watched Season 10 of American Idol, the loving tribute to “mom” seems tailor-made for runner-up Lauren Alaina.

But “Like My Mother Does” has a history. Lauren’s not even the first Idol singer to record it! That would be Season 7’s Kristy Lee Cook, who sang it on her 2008 post-Idol album Why Wait. Country singer Jesse Lee released her version last year (2010).

Listen to all three versions and read the rest of this post HERE!

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Top Five Rappers With Dog Names

Top Five Rappers With Dog Names, Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers, Greg Valentine

Rappers have gone "canine" naming themselves (Photo by istolethetv/Flickr)

Here’s one I wrote recently for

Rappers have tough task when they’re starting out. Find the best “rapper name!” Many have gone “canine.”

Before counting down the “Top Five Rappers With Dog Names,” let me tell you who didn’t make the list.

Tim Dog, Phunk Dawg, Milkbone and McGruff. I appreciate the effort. But this list is reserved for performers that the masses have, um, heard of. The only McGruff I know is the Crimedog.

MC Breed fell short, mainly because I wasn’t sure if “breed” was being used as a noun or a verb.

Finally, there’s Randy Jackson. And while he’s not a rapper, and his name is “Randy” not “Rover,” his frequent use of the word “dawg” on American Idol is worthy of an honorable mention.

#5 – Bow Wow
He started at age 13 as “Lil’ Bow Wow.” He probably dropped the “Lil'” when he remembered he’d resented being called “little” since he was eight like the rest of us!

#4 – Nate Dogg
Recently passed away, Nate Dogg was an early protégé of Snoop Dogg’s. Nate was a rapper who could actually sing, as evidenced by his assist on this Warren G track.

#3 – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
The word “bone” gets ’em on this list?! Yep. The options were getting a little thin. But now that they’re on, gotta rank ’em pretty high!

#2 – Pitbull
When any of today’s recording stars leave the studio, by the time they get to the car, Pitbull’s pretty much rapped on the remix on the track they just finished!

#1 – Snoop Dogg
“Snoop Doggy Dogg” is simply the king of all canine rappers. From his days as a pup, nobody’s brought more dog puns to music: Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Doggumentary.

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Sugarland And Little Big Town Cover ‘Like A Prayer’

Sugarland, Little Big Town, Like A Prayer, Madonna

Sugarland and Little Big Town on the 2011 Incredible Machine Tour

Sugarland is known for “curveball” cover tunes. And they’ve done it again! Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer” gets the country treatment on the current Incredible Machine Tour — with help from tour-mates Little Big Town!

It’s a return to the 80s for Sugarland, who’ve covered The Dream Academy‘s “Life In A Northern Town” and the B-52’s “Love Shack” in past years.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush launch into this version of “Like A Prayer” by themselves. Around 90 seconds in, the crowd erupts as Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet from Little Big Town join in on the chorus.

Check out the video. It’s fun stuff. “Put your dancing shoes on,” as Jennifer says.

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First Listen – New U2 Album

This is an experiment. The idea being to share more ‘in-the-moment’ thoughts. So if anyone chooses to read this, I hope they blaze through it and give it about as much thought as I have (which was more than none, but not too much).

U2 – No Line On The Horizon
(thoughts typed during first and ONLY listen while I was working on something else)

01 – “No Line On The Horizon” … announces that this album is a mix of new and old U2 sounds.
02 – “Magnificent” … cool beat, old-school Edge guitar, this I like. LOTS!
03 – “Moment Of Surrender” … gospel-tinged (without the choir, if that makes sense) slower song.
04 – “Unknown Caller” … mid-tempo, anthematic. “Re-boot yourself”? Cool lyric… if this was 1997.
05 – “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” … Edge doin’ his quiet ‘Edge Thing’, another mid-tempo track, I’m gonna need something uptempo to keep me in this. I’m down with this line though: “The right to be ridiculous is something I hold dear.”
06 – “Get On Your Boots” … ah, up tempo at last! GOYB making more sense to me now. The whole ‘hippie-vibe’ vocals on the chorus don’t it for me, but I always dig a catchy fuzzed-out guitar riff.
07 – “Stand Up Comedy” … speaking of big riffs. Better than what passes for stand up ‘comedy’ these days. I’ve been up late a lot lately and who’s booking the ‘comics’ for Carson Daly? I’m not laughing. And I got the tired jollies! But I digress…
08 – “Fez – Being Born” … experiemental opening, very cinematic. Not sure where this song’s going, but I got off two stops ago.
09 – “White As Snow” … opens quietly, having hard time getting re-focused after the last track.
10 – “Breath” … now at least this sounds a little different to me. Bono a rapid-fire vocal delivery on the verses.
11 – “Cedars Of Lebanon” … Bono brings it down a notch, spoken vocal. And yikes, it’s another one of those ‘hippie-vibe’ choruses.

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