Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt Cover 80s songs for new release

Warner Music Canada is excited to announce an Exclusive Canadian version of Sounds of the 80s, a unique collection celebrating music’s biggest, most diverse and flamboyant decade as recorded by some of todays most popular contemporary acts. Artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Passenger and Kylie Minogue make up this sensational album which is out on February 10.

Originally released in the UK this past November in conjunction with BBC Radio 2, every one of the selected 17 tracks from this Canadian single disc version are exclusive to Sounds of the 80s and is previously unreleased. All songs have been carefully chosen by each artist and truly made their own. Highlights include Sam Smith singing Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’, Ed Sheeran’s take on Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City’, and Kylie Minogue’s version of Kim Carnes ‘Bette Davis Eyes’.

The Canadian version includes Warner Music Canada’s rising artists Scott Helman and Eleven Past One with their own versions of 80s tracks recorded specifically for this release. Scott Helman does a brilliant cover of Tom Waits – “Jockey Full Of Bourbon,” while Eleven Past One contribute a beautiful updated version of Spandau Ballet’s “True” by Eleven Past One.

The album takes its name from Sara Cox’s popular show on BBC’s Radio 2.

Sara Cox says: “On Saturday nights we bring you a big 80s disco – all the best music from the best decade and with this album we do that but with a big exciting twist – all your favorite artists putting their own spin on 80s classics. I mean, Sam Smith covering Whitney? It was meant to be.”

Radio 2 remains the biggest UK radio station pulling in over 16 million weekly listeners. Sound of the 80s is their equivalent to BBC Radio 1’s successful Live Lounge series.

Full tracklisting for the Canadian version as follows:

1. Sam Smith- How Will I Know (Whitney Houston)
2. Ed Sheeran -Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen)
3. Scott Helman – Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits)
4. Dido- Smalltown Boy (Bronski Beat)
5. Passenger- Romeo & Juliet (Dire Straits)
6. Birdy-Lucky Star (Madonna)
7. The Script- Drive (The Cars)
8. Eleven Past One – True (Spandau Ballet)
9. Kylie Minogue- Bette Davis Eyes ( Kim Carnes)
10. Christina Perri- If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)
11. Train -Holding Back the Years (Simply Red)
12. James Blunt- I Guess That’s Why they Call It the Blues (Elton John)
13. Chrissie Hynde-Every Day Is Like Sunday (Morrissey)
14. Kian Egan- Run To You (Bryan Adams)
15. Kaiser Chiefs-Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
16. Gabrielle Aplin-That’s All (Genesis)
17. Rumer -Arthur’s Theme (The Best That I Can Do) (Christopher Cross)