Thanks to ‘Black Widow’, Nirvana’s cover skyrockets the charts
With a little help from Kurt Cobain and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Malia J has one of the hottest songs in the country.
The singer’s haunting cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” features in the opening credits of “Black Widow,” the Marvel film on its way to being the highest-grossing film of the summer.
Malia J’s version of the 1990s anthem is now a success in itself, reaching the top five on the iTunes Top Songs chart. It also tops the iTunes US Alternative Songs chart.
“I never imagined this and I just want to THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart! ” Malia J wrote on Instagram Monday. “Kurt Cobain wrote such an amazing song which was a source of strength and inspiration for me in some of my most difficult times, because I felt like Kurt understood exactly what it feels like when I creates. “
She also posted a video talking to her mom on the phone when they found out how her song had reached new heights.
“I don’t think I could have ever imagined that kind of momentum! she said in a separate post. “I lose myself in gratitude. I never expected THAT.
Malia J is no stranger to seeing her covers very present in pop culture. His version of “Shout” from Tears for Fears was in season 1 of “Riverdale” and his cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” was in the “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 2 trailer.
Other covers Malia J has performed include versions of “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama.
“I’ve always written my own music, but when I started to cover the music of other artists in a completely different light, people really connected to it,” she said in her Spotify bio. . “Now I’ve come full circle, creating my own music with the same dark, dramatic production style. “
Fans of “Black Widow” took to Twitter to express their appreciation for the cover of Malia J featured in the film’s dramatic opening.
“The opening credits of ‘Black Widow’ with Malia J’s version of ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ is the most emotional that a Marvel project has done to me in a long time. a Twitter user said. “It’s just different, honestly.”
“This Nirvana remake of” Smells Like Teen Spirit “is an absolute fire,” another person wrote on Twitter. “Malia J killed him. It worked with the opening images. I can’t stop listening to it.
And maybe Malia J is making some new Nirvana fans. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was No. 40 on Tuesday on the iTunes Alternatives Songs chart.
Another song featured in the Scarlett Johansson-directed film, Don McLean’s “American Pie” was in the top 100 of the main iTunes song chart.