Ellie Goulding covers the Weeknd

16:13 May/13/2019


"I didn't necessarily think about the context... I just really love the way [The Weeknd] sings in this song," said Goulding. "It's very meaningful and very heartfelt."


 

Three years after Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd scored smash hits from the Fifty Shades soundtrack ("Love Me Like You Do" and "Earned It," respectively), the former artist has paid tribute to the latter with a cover that's appropriately all hot and bothered.

While visiting BBC Radio 1's famed Live Lounge on Wednesday (November 28), Goulding delivered a faithful performance of The Weeknd's most recent single, "Call Out My Name." Like Abel's original version, the cover packs a ton of emotion and intensity into just four minutes — so much so, that when Goulding was done, she admitted, "I'm hot, I'm hot... in temperature!"

And for an extra dose of satisfaction, Goulding even snuck in a bit of Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" in the song's final moments. "It's quite sexy, I think," she admitted — and we'd have to agree.




Goulding's unique vocals put an angelic twist on the cover's explosive chorus, backed by two vocalists adding ambient harmonies. This isn't the first time the songstress covered a song by The Weekend. She also tackled his 2012 Trilogy standout, "High For This."

Ellie Goulding attends the CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition judging day at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt on July 3, 2018 in Paris.


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Watch her rendition of "Call Out My Name" below.

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