What a youthful, viral week for songs from Minnesota-born music icons.
First up, the sisterly pop-rock hitmakers known as Haim. They performed a bouncey, riffy version of Prince's 1984 banger "I Would Die 4 U" at their tour kickoff Tuesday in Santa Ana, California.
Haim's summer tour skips Minnesota, prompting the obvious question: Why did God strand us on this frozen flyover stretch of prairie hell?! Anyway, fun cover!
Next we have embattled pop force Kesha, who was set to perform Bob Dylan's 1964 treasure "It Ain't Me Babe" at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. But Kemosabe Records, which is run by her alleged rapist/former producer Dr. Luke, pulled the plug on her appearance.
So, Kesh joined Ben Folds on Wednesday in Los Angeles and belted out the warm, gorgeous cover with orchestral assists from yMusic. As of Thursday, it seems Kemosabe is now OK'ing Kesha's BMA appearance, so who knows?
This much we know: Kesha rules. She's gonna hit up Nashville's Dylan Fest, an all-star tribute to Mr. Zimmerman, May 23-24. She's due at Mystic Lake Casino on June 16.