LISTEN UP: Taylor Momsen And The Pretty Reckless Cover Rihanna And The XX

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Yesterday, when we posted a Star Spotting photo of The Pretty Reckless frontwoman and “Gossip Girl” star Taylor Momsen leaving BBC’s Radio 1, we kinda wondered what she got up to inside the studio.

Radio 1 often has artists drop by to perform informal, off-the-cuff cover versions of songs, and the results can often be stellar. Just see Gaslight Anthem‘s cover of Kelly Clarkson‘s “I Do Not Hook Up,” for evidence.

Well it turns out off-the-cuff, informal covering of songs is exactly what Taylor Momsen was getting up to, as Taylor and her Pretty Reckless band ate Ben Phillips covered The XX‘s “Islands” and interpolated that sultry cut with Rihanna‘s chorus from Eminem‘s “Love The Way You Lie.”

Dizzying, right? Real talk: TayMo actually nails it, finding the stranded, heartbroken throughline between the two songs. It’s kind of surprising that Momsen included Rihanna’s hook into her performance, considering she recently told SPIN Magazine, “People think pop is rock, and the lines are getting blurred. Now Rihanna’s wearing f—ing leather jackets, and it’s really annoying.”

I guess Taylor got over it! Teenagers! So temperamental! Check out the song below.

+ Listen to The Pretty Reckless’ cover of The XX’s “Islands” and Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie.”