Take Cover: Katy Perry's 'Wide Awake'Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today's hot songs
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DJ Monopoli and Sabrini Abu-Obeid
YouTube Channel: TeraBrite
DJ Monopoli and Sabrini Abu-Obeid from Melbourne, Fla. have built a considerable YouTube following by applying their Paramore vibes – heavy music with female vocals – to "Wide Awake" with only marginal success. Their brash, intense rendition of the song has considerably more energy than other YouTube versions of Perry's tune, and they have clearly figured out a workable formula for their covers, in general. But amping up the guitar and vocals makes the rest of the track sound chintzy, and the correction on Obeid's vocals helps during the verses, but she just can't seem to nail "falling from cloud nine" during the chorus. They also need to chill with the extreme close-ups, especially Monopoli, who tends to make goofy faces straight to camera.