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In popular music, a cover version or cover song, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer. Originally, Billboard and other magazines that track the popularity of musical artists and hit tunes measured the sales success of the published tune, not just recordings of it. Later, they tracked the airplay that songs achieved, some cover versions being more successful recording(s) than the original song(s). Cover versions of well-known, well-liked tunes are often recorded by new artists to achieve initial success when their unfamiliar original material would be less likely to be successful. Before the onset of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, songs were published and several records of a song might be brought out by singers of the day, each giving it their individual treatment. On occasion a cover becomes more popular and well known than the original, such as Santana’s version in 1970 of Peter Green’s and Fleetwood Mac’s 1968 song “Black Magic Woman” or Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The Hendrix version, released six months after Dylan’s original, became a Top 10 single in the UK in 1968 (US number 20) and was ranked 48th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Blinkist Review: The Bottom Line

Blinkist is the perfect app if you want to learn faster without taking hours out of your day to read books.

It does a good job summarizing the main points and lessons from various books and making them easily consumable via a 15-minute audiobook.

In short, Blinkist is worth your time and money because it optimizes the learning process. Instead of taking a few weeks to finish a book, you’ll be able to understand its key principles within minutes.

Pros

  • The book summaries are complete and well-rounded
  • You can use the audiobooks to learn if you’re pressed for time
  • The interface is simple and easy to navigate
  • Highlighting helps digest information and remember key ideas
  • The audiobook listening experience is comparable to Audible

Cons

  • You miss the stories and humor of a book when reading the summary
  • It’s easy to interpret lessons and facts the wrong way due to the lack of context
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