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Remember When Shakira Covered "Islands" by The xx?

What is life?

by Issy Beech
30 May 2016, 4:45am

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Ever since a 15-year-old kid from Iowa joined the the 2016 presidential race under the name 'Deez Nuts,' it isn't hard to see why the people of Earth have kind of learned to accept any old batshit crazy thing that happens around here. From Shia LaBeouf watching every single one of his films in succession in a cinema full of strangers and streaming it live online, to Victoria Beckham's secret hip hop album that was leaked last week, to Ted Cruz being the Zodiac Killer.

And maybe we've become numb to the absurdity. Maybe we've been stunned to the point of being stupefied. Maybe this is why nobody seemed to blink an eye when Colombian superstar Shakira covered indie band The xx's "Islands" on her ninth studio album Sale El Sol in 2010.

Sure, it's not 15-year-old-kid-running-for-president-under-the-name-Deez-Nuts weird, but it's still fucking weird. Weird enough that I want at least one article out there on the internet about it. So here it is. Listen to Shakira's practically-karaoke version of "Islands," originally by The xx, below.

And now watch her perform it at Glastonbury, where we learn that The xx are actually one of Shakira's favourite bands.

And now watch her cover ACDC's "Back In Black" in some kind of weird burlesque-type situation. You do not know Shakira like you think you did.

You've also gotta watch her perform "Dude Looks Like A Lady" by Aerosmith at the VH1 awards.

And and now watch her strangely moving rendition of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters." Because what the hell is life? Idk.

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