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Take Cover: Linkin Park’s ‘Burn It Down’

Rolling Stone’s Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today’s hot songs

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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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AJS and Rip Beat

YouTube Channel: AjsZen

Apparently AJS and his buddy Rip Beat really dig Linkin Park, because all five of the videos they've uploaded are split-screen covers of that band's tunes. They're all pretty awful karaoke-style renditions, but at least in this one they are amusingly committed to the performance.

Presentation: C

Performance: D

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Dylan Dunlap

YouTube Channel: MrDylanDunlapMusic

Sixteen year-old pianist Dylan Dunlap's rendition is somehow gloomy and jaunty at the same time, highlighting the strength of the melody while making it feel inordinately cheesier than it ought to. He's got a Broadway-friendly voice, and you could see him doing this version on American Idol and J.Lo loving it.

Presentation: B-

Performance: C+

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