Must Hear: Banks Covers Aaliyah’s ‘Are You That Somebody?’

Published: Thursday 20th Mar 2014 by David

Meet BANKS…the freshest face in R&B!

Hailing from the city of angels and boasting a sound that has the likes of Ellie Goulding billing her one of 2014’s more promising breakout acts, last year saw her join The Weeknd on his headlining Fall 2013 stage tour, in support of her September 10th release ‘London‘.

This week, the ‘Brain‘ belle took to BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to deliver a performance set to see her win over R&B lovers far and wide, taking on Aaliyah‘s 1998 classic ‘Are You That Somebody.’

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  1. Rosie March 20, 2014

    OMG, one of the best new acts of 2013. I need her full length.

    • supernatural March 20, 2014

      Lana still number 1 singless?

      • Rosie March 20, 2014

        Is Warrior gold yet?

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  2. PureColombiana March 20, 2014

    Arrrggggggghhhhh Banks is on Grape Juice. Hell f***** yeah!!!!

  3. TeenageDreamer March 20, 2014

    Ok who the f*** is she and why did she slay my life.

  4. Lana Del Slay March 20, 2014

    I spat out my cereal when I saw her on her, you fools better give her the Rita treatment!

  5. KeriMeHome March 20, 2014

    She nailed it.

  6. BeyBeyKing March 20, 2014

    Wait a f****** moment?! I know Miss Thing didn’t just make me wanna download this s***! I know she did not! Omfg Rosie tell me more about her.

  7. Queen Janine (Ms.Butcher If You’re Nasty) March 20, 2014

    Not f***** Banks on f***** TGJ! What kind of epicness?

  8. AubreyOSlay March 20, 2014


  9. Blackout2.0 March 20, 2014

    I’m not even dealing right now.

  10. BrunoMartian March 20, 2014

    Somebody hold me.

  11. CiciFinnaBeABride March 20, 2014

    Not Queen Banks on That Grape Juice though. Who put y’all onto her?

  12. RitasLipstick March 20, 2014

    My heart! My f****** heart!

  13. BarbzRUs March 20, 2014


  14. CandyWarhol March 20, 2014

    What is happening? First Beyonce’s surprise album and now TGJ starts covering Banks! My p**** was not ready! It was the f*** not! Oh s***, what’s air though. Like what the f*** is oxygen?

  15. ItsCheryl2bh March 20, 2014

    At this point is obvs to see who they’re backing this year.


    Jason Derulo

    I can’t see them adding anyone else to their list 2bh.

    • BanjeeRiri March 20, 2014

      It always changes by the middle of the year, their biased asses will go into overdrive on somebody else if Rita flops. Two years ago it was Willow and then they stopped covering her as soon as Rita came along so the same will happen here.

      • HistoRih March 20, 2014

        You’re deluded as all f*** if you think they’ll stop with Rita, they basically broke her over here so I don’t see why they would randomly stop forcing her down our throats.

      • TeenageDreamer March 20, 2014

        You forgot about Onika.

    • NowUCiMe March 20, 2014

      David was asking about Anonymous J on twitter last week so you should probably add to her that list.

  16. TurntUp4Cici March 20, 2014

    @NowUCiMe Kiiii, he asked about Mila and didn’t give her her own thread?

    • NowUCiMe March 20, 2014

      Uh huh, I thought they would start covering her after but there was nothing. She must suck.

  17. Molly March 20, 2014


    • FutureCIARA March 21, 2014


      Yes sis, But no shade.. Its pretty cute!

  18. Check Your Lipstick Before You Come & Talk To Me March 20, 2014

    Banks is everything. I have been waiting for TGJ to cover this girl for the longest time. She absolutely killed it, and “This is What it Feels Like” is one of the best songs of last year. Banks will take over, and rightfully so.

  19. VisionofMimi March 20, 2014

    Your list is wrong. TGJ loves Gaga and Lana too so it’s going to be Gaga, Lana, Rita, Elijah, Gimmicknika, Brandy, Trey, August, Jason, Ariana and if she’s lucky Jojo.

    • Molly March 20, 2014

      who cares???

      • CiciFinnaBeABride March 20, 2014

        Molly sis please, you know how much Ci loves them that’s why she gave them all those interviews last year.

      • K.Rebelle March 20, 2014

        Molly are you sure you’re a part of the Squad? Grape Juice be the main ones going hard for Princess.

  20. 1D>>>>YourLife March 20, 2014

    Why are you acting like it matters who TGJ does or doesn’t cover? No shade, but I don’t get it.

    • BeachHouseBritney March 20, 2014

      It’s because they’re the biggest black music blog that has all the stans in one place so if your fave is trying to get some support from black people it’s good to have them here.

      • Kesha’sanimal March 20, 2014

        Stop kissing ass damn

    • KatyKadet March 20, 2014

      They have the best comment section so labels use them to introduce their newbies to the existing stans.

    • WhenItComesToBey March 20, 2014

      They’re really biased but they know how to break small or international acts who nobody really cares about. They’re impact is weak when it comes to established singers but they’re really good at making new or local acts look really big ie JLS, Rita, Sevyn etc.

      They basically are the reason anybody knows who Rita or Alexandra is over here.

  21. Kesha’sanimal March 20, 2014

    Her voice is ugly #flop

    • Rosie March 20, 2014

      Death at this coming from a Kesha stan.

      • supernatural March 20, 2014

        Death at Lana getting outshined by Lorde

      • Rosie March 20, 2014

        Borde is a nobody outside of North America and Australia, so you’re wrong

  22. Kesha’sanimal March 20, 2014

    Queen Aaliyah is rolling in her grave!!!

  23. Touché March 20, 2014

    Meh. Her voice is too whiny for this song.

    • Molly March 20, 2014

      so i guess it was a fail didn’t bother to watch.

  24. Mariahsmine March 20, 2014

    She did this song no justice sounding like a llama

  25. CrazyKe$ha March 20, 2014

    @1DYourLife They can be super messy and tacky at times but they never lie when they report news so some of the stans want their faves to be covered here because they get millions of hits a month. If King Zayn went solo and wanted to be RandB singer it would help if they gave him ‘The Rita Treatment’ and that’s when they give you five or six threads a day and talk about you all day on facebook to give you promo.

    Right now they’re doing it for this singer called Keyshia Cole but they did it for Miguel and another singer called Elijah and sometimes do it for Ciara when she has music out.

    • RitasLipstick March 20, 2014

      Why do you call it The Rita Treatment when they did it for Miguel first?

      • BarbBey March 20, 2014

        Kinda unfair to call it the Rita treatment when they go in for Beyonce more, don’t you think.

  26. Touché March 20, 2014

    I did, her voice irritates me to be honest. The song suits people with smooth tones not whiny tones.

  27. 1D>>>>YourLife March 20, 2014

    Makes sense I guess.

    • AubRih Slayham March 20, 2014

      They’re the only web page that can get 400 comments on threads about irrelevant people like Kelly. One time they did a threads on Diamonds and it got 2,000 comments even though they don’t like her.

      • Rosie March 20, 2014

        LMAO I remember that Diamonds post. I was only lurking though because someone on Twitter was talking about it. I didn’t start commenting until a year ago.
        Although most of the comments here are the same 20 or so people fighting with some no-avatar trolls spread in the mix.

  28. Touché March 20, 2014

    That was for Molly. I clicked the wrong reply button lol.

  29. JanetXone March 20, 2014

    @1D>>YourLife They get the most comments and interviews out of all the R&B/Hip-Hop music blogs, that’s all it is really.

  30. Brian310 March 20, 2014

    If you don’t compare this to Aaliyahs version you will see she did a commendable job.

  31. iamanthony March 20, 2014

    cute cover. Totally forgot about this song. Aaliyah’s songs are so forgettable

  32. TamartianNavi March 20, 2014

    Crazy Kesha was right to call it TRT because they broke Rita here, they DIDN’T break Beyonce so why would it be called TBT.

    • HistoRih March 20, 2014

      Not you acting like Tamar would be where she is today with The Skorpion Show and TGJ.

  33. Auntie_Jackie March 20, 2014

    She sounds great, but I HATE this cover. Aaliyah is nearly un-coverable because her voice is so smooth that it just grates on my to hear anyone with a dissimilar tone sing her songs.

  34. supernatural March 20, 2014

    Im so sick of these Lana stans acting like Lana is a threat that b**** is so f****** basic she’ll have no longevity her next album will flop worse then basic instinct same goes for Mariah. Kesha just scored her 4 th number 1 hit this year shes above Lana know that.

    • Rosie March 20, 2014

      LMAO f** bye. Why isn’t Warrior gold yet? Why did BTD’s rerelease outsell it on its first week? Has it even sold 1 million worldwide? Can it even outsell Paradise?
      It’s 2014, no one cares about Kesha anymore. Your fave remains a local, bulimic, fridge shaped, Dr. Luke s****, Pitbull feature artist.

  35. supernatural March 20, 2014

    That was for this stupid b**** Rosie.

  36. tasha32 March 20, 2014

    Omfg I CANNOT with this effortlessly slayed version! I have NEVER heard of her and am now checking for her. My goodness SO unique. YASSSSSS. the laugh at the end PRICELESS she KNOW she just killed it…

    • CandyWarhol March 20, 2014

      @1D>>>YourLife This is a prime example of why people want their favs to be covered here babe.

      • 1D>>>>YourLife March 20, 2014

        Omfg, ok I now I get it.

  37. WitchesBrew March 20, 2014

    I get what you lot are saying and that but I think it’s a p*** take that TGJ get the amount of views that they get and don’t support any British artists aside from Rita when they’re British themselves.

    • MrsMerrygold March 20, 2014

      Erm, they did the same thing for JLS, Alexandra, Leona and Mike Hough so what do you mean?

      • WitchesBrew March 20, 2014

        All I’m saying is that when Katy B needed promo they aired her and bent over backwards to make Rita happen in America even though Katy is better than her.

  38. LegendOra March 20, 2014

    Katy is local so why would they help her?

    • KissMeOnceBeforeUGo March 20, 2014

      But sis, nobody knew who your fav was in my country until TGJ got behind her.

      • ItsCheryl2bh March 20, 2014


  39. MrsMerrygold March 20, 2014

    I don’t really care about anybody else IIBH. As long as Sam and David promote Aston and Mike I’m happy, eff the rest.

  40. ShitGotReal March 20, 2014

    This girl will slay the market if promoted correctly

  41. LA LA March 20, 2014


    I still embrace new female artists and all but no one can ever replace what that young woman did to me. Her signature look, moves and vocals gave me LIFE!

    R.I.P to my #1 favorite female artist of all time AALIYAH!

  42. Stephy Tha Lambily March 20, 2014

    This was very good. Her vocals are scratchy & pitchy but it sounds good.

    Scratchy & Pitchy vocals are the new style of singing these days…

  43. Brian310 March 20, 2014

    She truly was one in a million.

  44. TallB March 20, 2014

    i really like banks, she’s like the female “the weeknd” but i’m not a fan of her cover i prefer rnb vibes for “are you that somebody”

  45. lovebird March 20, 2014

    Meh, too Lorde/singer-songwriter for me.

    I think I’ll pass.

  46. Navy Commander March 20, 2014

    Don’t care for the cover but she has a nice voice

  47. MC!!! March 20, 2014

    shows that aaliyah was in a league of her own no one can emulate her!!!

  48. XX March 20, 2014

    About time. I love her. If you like her you guys should check out her twin vanessa elisha

  49. eric March 20, 2014

    I guess I’m in the minority, so I’ll keep my opinion to myself.

  50. Mark111 March 20, 2014

    Nothing that you can’t find on youtube imo. It was good, but nothing that’ll make be download it or check into her.

    I don’t know what y’all hearing, but these’s nothing R&B about this chic other than the song she’s covering.

    Sadly, Aaliyah didn’t do many LIVE performaces of this major hit. But I recall it being the jam of the summer of 98.

  51. FutureCIARA March 21, 2014

    Mixed reviews I see!

    It was ok/cute, I don’t know her and have never heard of he until now,

    Im just glad there are people keeping Aaliyah alive through music!!!

    She was Thee IT girl!!!

  52. Monica Fan March 21, 2014

    This was cute.

  53. FutureCIARA March 21, 2014

    Its nothing I would rush to purchase…..

    The first 20 comments were just pretty much doing the most fagging out over this!

  54. IStanForYourFav March 21, 2014

    Cute. She can have it. But it really was the fact that I loved the song so much when the Aaliyah sung it.

  55. RNB March 26, 2014

    Love the song, but not the other two! Hit and Miss. She almost had me sold!

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