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Best Cover: Ellie Goulding Does Elton John

It was a fitting selection for a British singer-songwriter hung up on pop's roots and love's hardships: 24-year-old Ellie Goulding performing Elton John's 1970 ballad "Your Song" with a whole lot of emotional verve, to a fervent crowd at the Gobi Tent hanging on her every word. "This is a chance for you to have a mellow moment," she said before starting the song, which she recorded last year and took to the top of the British charts. Though they knew every word to the electro-tinged indie-pop hits from her new album, Bright Lights, some were too young to recognize the Elton tune -- "Is that a new song?" asked one girl -- but a couple in their early-20s seized the mood for a serious makeout session that lasted so long the girl's cigarette burnt to the butt before they were done. – W.G.

 

-Spin.com

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