Bob Dylan Tribute Album To Feature Sting, Adele, Ke$ha

Sting, Patti Smith and Ke$ha are teaming up to cover songs by folk legend Bob Dylan for a new charity compilation.

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Sting, Patti Smith and Ke$ha are teaming up to cover songs by folk legend Bob Dylan for a new charity compilation.

Popular music giant Bob Dylan is the focus for a new charity album to benefit Amnesty International.

U.K. newspaper the Daily Express, reports that Adele, Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Patti Smith and Ke$ha are featured on "Chimes Of Freedom: Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International".

Ke$ha, it turns out, is a massive Dylan fan. She told Rolling Stone magazine:

"When you think of me, you wouldn't think of Bob Dylan. My music is more about going crazy than politics. But he's a huge influence he writes his own music and means what he says. I write my own music and I f--king mean every word I sing. [In the song] you can hear the snot running down my face."

Thanks for the report to Andrew Vaughan, Gibson.com

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    HolyDiver1118
    I'd like to say thank you to all you guys who have put incredibly funny comments about Kesha and how bad she is, it made my day.
    rokr258
    Minkaro wrote: Pretty much every one of these covers will improve on the vocals, at least.
    You don't "improve" on Bob Dylan's vocals. He sang the way he sang because that's the way he felt he could express himself the best. Sure, Adele and the others are relatively good technical singers (no Ke$ha, auto-tune does not make you actually better), but that doesn't make Bob Dylan's stuff any worse.
    JammyDodgers?
    Don't like Bob Dylan, tbh. Best thing he ever did was have a song covered by Hendrix. I'm looking forward to this, should be pretty cool. Ke$ha could be interesting. Not good necessarily, but interesting.
    IggyMorrison
    Am I the only one who finds it strange that the cover of the charity album features a photo of Cate Blanchett portraying Dylan rather than an actual photo of the man himself?
    thextremist
    OK. i understand why people dont like Ke$ha doing this. because i agree with them. and i understand people who think we should let her try or whatever. but realistically, if we are just looking at who she is as a person/icon and who/what she represents, could you honestly feel that she should be doing this? How can u not feel that this is a huge slap in the f***ing face to the type of music B. Dylan wrote and what that represent, along with him and what he represented?...just a thought
    Armagedn
    martijnsurf wrote: do not cover dylan
    Really? Dylan is like, the most coverable artist ever.
    BenjaminFields
    grohl1987 wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote: BenjaminFields wrote: "I write my own music and I f--king mean every word I sing." I'm talking pedicure on our toes, toes Trying on all our clothes, clothes Boys blowing up our phones, phones Drop-topping, playing our favorite CDs Pulling up to the parties Trying to get a little bit tipsy Don't stop, make it pop DJ, blow my speakers up Tonight, I'mma fight 'Til we see the sunlight Tick tock on the clock But the party don't stop, no *Sometimes I think that the editors of Ultimate-Guitar put up these articles just to get a rise out of us in the comments. I really do think that is their intention. You've got to admit it. Those lyrics are pretty philosophical. Deep, thought-provoking stuff, right there. Thought-provoking it may not be, but are you questioning thats he wrote it herself? Because that's all she's saying. That she writes her own lyrics. Which she does. Sorry, I forgot on U-G that you have to be Lord Byron reincarnated to write lyrics and you have to be able to shred 1,000,000 notes per second to call yourself a fan of rock music.
    It's Kesha's insistence that any of her art could ever be compared to Bob Dylan. That is sacrilegious, yo. I feel a man who mentions Lord Byron would have an appreciation for the English language and all its creative permutations. After all, Dylan's name is derived from Dylan Thomas, a famous welsh poet. But I understand what you are saying and will say that Kesha is not rock in any way. She is purely sugar pop with excruciatingly bad lyrics to match. And I can't play a million notes a second. I wish I could, though.
    crystalmonday80
    Having Kesha on a bob dylan album is a slap in the face. Isnt she two busy getting painting her face with watercolors?
    V1 Enigma
    So what, is Kesha gonna make a poptastic version of Knockin On Heaven's Door? =\
    brandon54
    Jtrocks1356 wrote: The intolerance of other genre's on here is disgusting. Be open minded, she CAN sing. Just because the stuff that's on the radio is radio-fied (by her PRODUCER, she doesn't produce these things herself) doesn't mean there aren't recordings of her singing without it. For example,
    is her singing over an acoustic guitar, that's it. It's a bit different but its there, so shut up and lets wait and see what she can do.
    i agree but i feel like the coverage and the "big deal" that its becoming makes it seem fake. it shouldve ended like a couple months ago
    Jimmyboba
    Sting? Meh. Dave Matthews Band? Banging. Adele INTERESTING. Ke$ha. no. never. ever.
    Pan-Tallica
    OldCouch wrote: Wake up in the morning feeling like B Dylly ...
    This went relatively unnoticed but LOOOLLL Checked.
    Pacarazzi
    Before I read a single comment I prepared to read the name "Ke$ha" multiple times. It's funny how little relevant comments there usually are and what an overwhelming storm of hatred and smack talk always ensues. Each artist is unique. It is all up to individual perception. If some people like Ke$ha, there's a reason for it. A lot of people on here are technical guitarists or metalheads or for some other reason, hate pop. But the fact of the matter is, when it comes to getting parties going, or getting girls to dance, that's the music that does it best. So if you're really that adamant about only supporting artists which get you into pits of smelly, hairy, fat dudes thrusting their bodies into each other, and against girls getting slutty and crazy and actually having a good time, well then just stay online and keep spouting off worthless hate mail. Those of us those have a good time may be out, God forbid, actually getting laid.
    ehopes
    JammyDodgers? wrote: Don't like Bob Dylan, tbh. Best thing he ever did was have a song covered by Hendrix.
    I used to think that too until I heard the song It`s Alright Ma (I`m only bleeding). Give it a listen and read the lyrics, it will blow your mind into the wind.
    billthugs
    Pacarazzi wrote: Before I read a single comment I prepared to read the name "Ke$ha" multiple times. It's funny how little relevant comments there usually are and what an overwhelming storm of hatred and smack talk always ensues. Each artist is unique. It is all up to individual perception. If some people like Ke$ha, there's a reason for it. A lot of people on here are technical guitarists or metalheads or for some other reason, hate pop. But the fact of the matter is, when it comes to getting parties going, or getting girls to dance, that's the music that does it best. So if you're really that adamant about only supporting artists which get you into pits of smelly, hairy, fat dudes thrusting their bodies into each other, and against girls getting slutty and crazy and actually having a good time, well then just stay online and keep spouting off worthless hate mail. Those of us those have a good time may be out, God forbid, actually getting laid.
    I second this 100% I'm in college and the only kind of metal any of the girls I party with have ever requested is a vehicle to take them to the bar so they can dance to kesha and whoever else is popular these days.
    underwater_lad
    jetfuel495 wrote: Yes, because no pop artist in the history of the entire world has ever written their own material.
    Try not to jump to any conclusions. Kesha actually contributed to every track on her debut album, however, in saying "I write my own songs," she implies that she was alone in doing so. Bob Dylan did not have a team of writers helping him write his songs.
    maroon5mustdie
    martijnsurf wrote: do not cover dylan
    The White Stripes did "One More Coffee For the Road" a thousand times better than Dylan did. While I'm unimpressed with the bands behind this tribute, more people need to cover Dylan songs. He's more a songwriter than a performer. Anyone who's seen him live can tell you that.
    EthelTheFrog
    Pacarazzi wrote: Before I read a single comment I prepared to read the name "Ke$ha" multiple times. It's funny how little relevant comments there usually are and what an overwhelming storm of hatred and smack talk always ensues. Each artist is unique. It is all up to individual perception. If some people like Ke$ha, there's a reason for it. A lot of people on here are technical guitarists or metalheads or for some other reason, hate pop. But the fact of the matter is, when it comes to getting parties going, or getting girls to dance, that's the music that does it best. So if you're really that adamant about only supporting artists which get you into pits of smelly, hairy, fat dudes thrusting their bodies into each other, and against girls getting slutty and crazy and actually having a good time, well then just stay online and keep spouting off worthless hate mail. Those of us those have a good time may be out, God forbid, actually getting laid.
    Metal has its fair share of sluts. In fact, sluts are what make up a large chunk of the female fanbase. (Though, many people view it as a problem, I don't.) And some of us simply aren't so .. easy, or desperate to go out with any easily-amused bitch with horrible taste, some of us actually like to have a girl that's worth something. Besides, chicks into more extreme music are probably better in bed anyway. Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if Ke$ha's older fanbase is just as good.
    keith_stone
    Why isn't Ray Lamontagne, Robert Francis, or some others on the list? My first choice would've been Ray for a Dylan Tribute Album.
    jm911
    can't really bash Kesha about the autotune since it's a vocal effect that's appropriate for her genre of music. It's just that we don't like her genre. lol but seriously, it's like saying metalheads suck because they use distortion to sound heavy XD
    DaniArrow
    I like Ke$ha. Alice Cooper likes her. She's gotta be a cool cat. Also, I'm a huge Dylan fan and I can't wait to hear Adele, Dave Matthews and others sing his songs! :
    boratian
    Hey, at least Adele has legitimate talent, that should make up for the abysmality that is Ke$ha
    Terbasmin
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: God damnit. Ke$ha? Bob Dylan? Folk music gets passed around amongst people. The only relation she has with that is if you take "folk music" out of that sentence and replace it with "Ke$ha". Also she means every word she says? "We are who we are" is one of her lines I believe. If that's so, why is she trying so hard to be like everyone else, and why does she cover up her singing with auto tune if she a) doesn't care what people think of her voice, and b) is her own person and does what she wants and not what everyone else does/wants? Ke$ha is a virus.
    Theoretically (and I can't state here how much I dislike Ke$ha) she doesn't care what people think of her auto-tuning her voice. I don't mind these new fangled breed of "musicians" doing covers, so long as the end result is half decent. Worst comes to worst, I can skip Ke$ha's track and listen to Dave Matthews.
    svelle
    jm911 wrote: can't really bash Kesha about the autotune since it's a vocal effect that's appropriate for her genre of music. It's just that we don't like her genre. lol but seriously, it's like saying metalheads suck because they use distortion to sound heavy XD
    exactly my thoughts.
    WholeLottaIzzy
    "In the song, you can hear the snot running down my face". Well, Ke$ha's never been one for class...
    amurrica
    Sting? okay not my favorite but I guess it makes sense. Adele? Not my favorite but that makes more sense. Kesha? not my...Wait Wtf?
    Pagan_Poetry
    God damnit. Ke$ha? Bob Dylan? Folk music gets passed around amongst people. The only relation she has with that is if you take "folk music" out of that sentence and replace it with "Ke$ha". Also she means every word she says? "We are who we are" is one of her lines I believe. If that's so, why is she trying so hard to be like everyone else, and why does she cover up her singing with auto tune if she a) doesn't care what people think of her voice, and b) is her own person and does what she wants and not what everyone else does/wants? Ke$ha is a virus.
    Amuro Jay
    inb4 shitstorm regarding kesha. take it easy, guys.
    underwater_lad wrote: "I write my own music" Lolwut.
    Yes, because no pop artist in the history of the entire world has ever written their own material.
    link55588
    i would personally like to see Jerry Cantrell cover one, to the people that are mentioned, really?
    iplayat11
    jetfuel495 wrote: Yes, because no pop artist in the history of the entire world has ever written their own material.
    Sometimes sarcasm is hard to pick up when reading text, but yours came across loud and clear. Well done sir!
    macgregger
    jetfuel495 wrote: inb4 shitstorm regarding kesha.
    if the moderators didn't want a shitstorm regarding kesha, then maybe UG shouldn't have posted something regarding kesha...
    godisasniper
    Oh god. I'm going to get this just because it is either going to be surprisingly acceptable, or a complete trainwreck - and most likely, the latter. Well, at least it'll be amusing...kind of.
    BenjaminFields
    "I write my own music and I f--king mean every word I sing." I'm talking pedicure on our toes, toes Trying on all our clothes, clothes Boys blowing up our phones, phones Drop-topping, playing our favorite CDs Pulling up to the parties Trying to get a little bit tipsy Don't stop, make it pop DJ, blow my speakers up Tonight, I'mma fight 'Til we see the sunlight Tick tock on the clock But the party don't stop, no *Sometimes I think that the editors of Ultimate-Guitar put up these articles just to get a rise out of us in the comments. I really do think that is their intention.