You've likely heard Justin Bieber's "Sorry" hundreds of times, but you haven't heard the Purpose cut quite like this. Known originally for its infusion of tropical house flavor and Bieber's light, vulnerable singing, on Thursday (Feb. 11), the No. 1 single got a total makeover courtesy of The 1975 in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.
Though The 1975 are known for injecting plenty of synth and pop into their brand of rock 'n' roll, the "Love Me" band took "Sorry" and flipped it on its head. Instead of the repeated refrains of "I'm sorry" in the chorus, The 1975 replaced the lyrics with a smooth saxophone, making the song more like an R&B tune than anything either The 1975 or Bieber have released.
And that feeling is no coincidence. In a post-performance interview, The 1975 frontman Matty Healy cited D'Angelo as a major influence for the new cover.
The 1975's new album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It is due for release on Feb. 26. The band has been on the rounds lately, appearing as the musical guest on the Feb. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live. I Like It When You Sleep... is being led by singles "Love Me," "The Sound" and "UGH!"
The 1975 are set to follow up the release of their sophomore effort with a 20-date North American tour, which will kick off on April 18 in Los Angeles.