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Acoustic Throwback: The Surprisingly Beautiful Covers Of 90s RnB Songs

Cover songs can sometimes sound surprisingly better than the original — or at any rate, become significantly more popular. Take Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah", Jimi Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower" for example — but there are dozens of other such intelligent covers that have made it to the shelves of musical classics. Over the past few years, the rise of online platforms such as YouTube and the increasing accessibility to recording devices has led to cover songs becoming somewhat of a musical genre in its own right.

BBC Radio 1's Live expand=1] Lounge, for instance, records well-known artists covering the songs of other artists of a completely different genre. The Arctic expand=1] Monkeys covered Girls Aloud, Queens expand=1] Of The Stone Age took on Robin Thicke. Choosing a song and transforming it to make it sound at the same time completely different, yet recognizable, is a good reminder that hits are just a succession of chords and lyrics, and that anyone can have a expand=1] go at making LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" slightly more listenable.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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