Hear Florence + The Machine's somber cover of 'Where Are Ü Now'
Florence + The Machine’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful hit No. 1 in the U.S. earlier this year in part due to the tenderly personal lyrics of frontwoman Florence Welch. But while Welch has turned her own triumphs and hardships into her bread and butter, her voice can still add weight to any ode to broken hearts—something she made good on Tuesday when she stopped by BBC Radio 1 to cover “Where Are Ü Now,” the Justin Bieber-featuring Top 10 hit from Skrillex and Diplo collaboration Jack Ü.
Florence + The Machine also performed new album cuts including “What Kind of Man” and “Ship to Wreck,” but “Where Are Ü Now”—reimagined by Welch as a somber, funereal affair—is the session’s takeaway. “This could’ve been a breakup record,” Welch told Billboard earlier this year. “But it was much more about trying to understand myself.” Then perhaps covering Jack Ü helped her to better understand Justin Bieber?
Check out Florence + The Machine’s full BBC 1 performance below or skip to around the 23-minute mark to hear the band’s “Where Are Ü Now” cover.