10 amazing Live Lounge debuts from 2017
Chances are you've had their Live Lounge sessions on repeat ever since they first graced your airwaves (guilty), so you'd be surprised to learn that a lot of your favourite stars set foot in Radio 1's Live Lounge for the first time this year; some as first-time solo stars, sans bandmates (we're looking at you, Harry, Niall and Camila), and others as straight-up newbies.
But, despite being beginners, these artists absolutely aced it.
Kesha - Silence (Marshmello & Khalid cover)
JAY-Z - Numb/Encore
*HUGE DEAL KLAXON!* JAY-Z + the Live Lounge = gold. Our 99 problems all but disappeared when Hov took to the mic. We recommend you give it a try...
Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello - Say You Won't Let Go
Rag'n'Bone Man - Freedom (Beyoncé cover)
We loved Rag'n'Bone Man's first ever Live Lounge performance so much, we invited him back for Live Lounge Month. True story.
Declan McKenna - Malibu (Miley Cyrus cover)
Alma, Raye - Phases
Ever wondered what it feels like to make your Live Lounge debut? Alma is on hand to offer up her first-hand experience:
"This is just scary; it's scary but you need to nail it. When you have a 45 minute gig you can do whatever, if you screw up a song or a word it's fine but here it's not." (Don't worry, guys: she totally nailed it. See for yourself!)
Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
We've dreamed of the day The Killers took control of the studio, imagining the feels that would run through us as Brandon belted out that infamous line: "COMING OUT OF MY CAGE AND I'VE BEEN DOING JUST FINE!"
You know what? It didn't disappoint. Life made.
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Niall Horan - Issues (Julia Michaels cover)
Before Harry, there was Niall. Making his Live Lounge premiere three months earlier than his former bandmate, Niall Horan used the opportunity to show us something we weren't expecting: an oh so sweet rendition of Julia Michael's Issues. One word: dreamy.
Thanks so much for swinging by, guys. Come back soon, yeah?