Leona Lewis to cover Nine Inch Nails track ‘Hurt’
2006’s X- Factor winner Leona Lewis is set to cover the Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 track ‘Hurt’ on her forthcoming EP; the track first appearred upon NIN’s album ”ËThe Downward Spiral’
Lewis will feature the song on ‘Hurt: The EP’ (Sony Music) which is set for release on the 9th December 2011.
Perhaps a surprising choice of cover version for Simon Cowells pop starlet; The true meaning of “Hurt” is disputed; it has been suggested that the song acts like a suicide letter with notes on depression, another suggestion being that it describes a suicidal person finding a reason to live. Trent Reznor himself has never fully clarified the meaning of the track, though the album explored themes including the differences between society and self-harm. NIN released a (rarely seen) video for the track which included visuals, such as war atrocities, a nuclear bomb test, survivors of the Battle of Stalingrad, a snake staring at the camera, and a time-lapse film of a fox decomposing in reverse, which were projected to add visual symbolism (depicting various images of death, destruction and loss) to the song’s subject matter.
I guess the Leona Lewis promo won’t!!
Lewis’ EP will also contain covers of ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls and ‘Colorblind’ by Counting Crows.
Originally set for release in November, Lewis’ third album ‘Glassheart’, will now be released on March 26, 2012
Am I just being cynical? Did Lewis herself actually select the song, or was it the choice of a faceless stylist carefully selected, based on the fact that Reznor has recently completed the soundtrack to the hugely successful film ”ËThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and is due to receive both international publicity and critical plaudits – not like Simon Cowell to steal anothers limelight is it?