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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Michael Stanton

YouTube Channel: StantonMusicOnline

Stanton's music channel, with more than five million views for fifty videos, is a mix of his originals and covers of songs by The Wanted, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz and Justin Bieber. His jazzy voice is palatable enough, but on this recording, he undermines the strength of the melody by flattening it with too much production and too breathy a delivery. There's also just something douchey about this character, with his tendency to keep his hood up or make hammy facial expressions in his other clips. His concept video for "Wide Awake" – faux tossing and turning, sped up, cell phone on the pillow – doesn't help matters.

Presentation: B

Performance: B

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