The band mashed up songs by both artists in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge
The band appeared on the show and mashed together ‘Common People’ and ‘Earth Song’, backed by a choir. Click below to listen to their double cover. The band will be performing at the Brit Awards ceremony on February 19 at London’s O2 Arena. They performed songs by Jackson and Pulp in the Live Lounge as a nod to the moment Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker invaded the stage at the Brit Awards during Michael Jackson’s performance of ‘Earth Song’ in 1996.
Bastille are nominated for British Group, British Breakthrough, British Single for ‘Pompeii’ and MasterCard British Album of the Year for ‘Bad Blood’ at this year’s awards.
At the end of 2013, Bastille‘s Dan Smith said he would have finished the band’s second album by now if it wasn’t for their hectic touring schedule. Their debut ‘Bad Blood’ was released in March 2013, and went straight to Number One. Its since been certified platinum, meaning at least 300,000 sales in the UK, while also having a hit with single ‘Pompeii’ in the US.
Speaking about the second album, he said: “There will be some songs that’ll be quite guitar heavy and dark, and at the moment I’ve been listening to a hell of a lot of R&B, so there might be some songs leaning that way. But it’s one of those things where what I think sounds like a dark rock song or an R&B track might to someone else just sound like a Bastille song.”