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Cassadee Pope – Over You

On the September 25, 2012 episode of the reality music show The Voice, emo-rocker Cassadee Pope captivated the hearts of America with a magnificent rendition of Over You. The song showcased her versatility in music, temporarily veering away from her usual pop rock performances, and performed not just a country melody but a song written by one of the judges: country crooner Blake Shelton and his equally talented wife Miranda Lambert.

Over You is a melancholic melody inspired by Shelton’s grief over his brother’s death and originally performed by his wife Lambert. The song which debuted in early 2012 won Shelton and Lambert Song of the Year in the recent Country Music Awards and peaked at #1 on the US Country Songs chart.

A smart move by contestant Cassadee Pope, her heartwarming cover of Over You not only won her Shelton’s vote but also the rest of America. Over You made her one of the strongest frontrunners of the contest and made her an overnight sensation. In less than 24 hours, her performance shot through the iTunes chart eventually beating out Korean discovery Psi’s Gangnam Style on the #1 rank.

Whether Pope wins the top honors on The Voice or not, Over You has already cemented this talented lady’s future in the music business. The country song has announced to the world, that pop rock Pope is one versatile performer who’s ready to conquer the music industry.

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Christina Aguilera feat. Blake Shelton – Just a Fool

Christina Aguilera takes advantage of the show The Voice’s connection with her new single Just a Fool. The second track from her seventh album Lotus, shows Aguilera dabbing into country pop and singing a duet with her co-judge, country crooner Blake Shelton. The song which was initially scheduled to be performed on the hit reality show The Voice featuring the two judges in December. However this performance was pushed earlier and debuted on the show last November 20, 2012.

Just a Fool was written by the trio Steve Hobson, Claude Kelly and Wayne Hector. The melody is clearly country and Xtina’s duet with Blake Shelton is like a match made in country pop heaven. The emotional track showcased Aguilera’s powerful and forceful voice perfectly complementing Shelton’s cool and effortless singing. Each of them acknowledging each other’s part in the melody and effectively showing restraint in trying to outshine the other.

Now, due to its successful TV debut, Just a Fool not just popped into the Hot 100 list, it has skyrocketed to the iTunes Top 20 songs in less than 48 hours. If this keeps up, Lotus’ second single may very well reach the top before Christmas. Looks like Xtina may have actually been good enough to land in Santa’s nice list this year.