Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ Compilation Gets U.S. Release With Covers by Tame Impala, Flume & More

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Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ Compilation Gets U.S. Release With Covers by Tame Impala, Flume & More

The Aussies are coming with a new twist to your favorite songs.

The Triple J radio network’s popular Like A Version compilation series, which features high-profile acts performing songs by other famous artists who’ve inspired them, will get a U.S. release for the first time.

Like A Version will launch Sept. 29 in North America via Metropolitan Groove Merchants, through the company’s creative relationship with Australia’s ABC Music. The initial release is a 21-song “best of” set featuring covers cut by Tame Impala (reworking Kylie Minogue), Flume (Ghost Town DJs), Chvrches (Arctic Monkeys), Mark Ronson (Queens of the Stone Age) and Mumford & Sons (White Lies). And there’s more in the pipeline.

“With this release and the next one, we’ll start to create some good awareness about Triple J and ‘Like A Version’ and hopefully we’ll get some attention on the Australian artists,” Metropolitan Groove Merchants (MGM) founder Michael Chase tells Billboard. “We want to get it to roll out with Australia every year.”

“Like A Version” is something of an institution Down Under. What started in 2005 as a simple covers segment on Triple J now sits in the national youth network’s most popular timeslot, during its Friday morning Breakfast shift.

A who’s who of local and international acts have recorded their own “versions” while visiting these shores, from alt-J to Lorde, The Kooks, The Wombats, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Halsey and others. Videos from the ABC studio sessions sometimes detonate on YouTube (Childish Gambino’s 2015 cover of Tamia’s “So Into You’ for Like A Version” is closing in on 10 million views), while the spinoff albums are regular chart-toppers in Australia. The most recent, 12th volume in the series bowed at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart last October. It was the fourth consecutive Like A Version album to do so.

The performers and songwriters and their respective professional teams have been encouraged to support the North American release on their social accounts and conversations with digital service providers in the region have been positive, says Chase from the indie music company’s Nashville offices.

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