Usher may have the more impressive long-term career, but The Chainsmokers are having more chart success right now. Usher went into the live lounge for BBC Radio 1 and covered the DJ duo's recent hit "Don't Let Me Down," which currently sits at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This version is quite different from the upbeat electronic version put together by The Chainsmokers with Daya on vocals. Usher predictably adds a different feels to the vocals with much more soul than what the trap-electro radio hit has in it. A full band and a group of backup singers join him on set.
The song starts like the original with the very recognizable guitar melody and then Usher comes in to sing the first verse. He adds his own touch to it and things start out fine until he hits the hook where he seems to forget some of the words or sloppily lets one of the backup singers do a lot of the singing without much coordination. It could be lack of rehearsal time or unfamiliarity with the song, but either way it isn't the best part of the cover.
The verses Usher nails, but the hooks are where he struggles. The very electronic sounding parts of the hook are left aside in favor of horns and drums. It is very different, but that does not mean better or worse. The end the band kicks in and plays a jazzy solo as Usher and the back up singers have fun with it.
Watch the cover below.