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    A global music showcase presented by Chevy Spark TM,
    the car that's been built and loved around the world

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    There's an urban jungle to conquer and no ordinary ride will do. You need a car with passport stamps. A color-rocking, tech-savvy, fun jockey with worldly experience, wanderlust and a fully loaded arsenal of music from around the globe to attest to its travels.

    At last, the mini car that's built and loved around the world is finally coming to the U.S. with the Cover the World Global Music Challenge, letting you get a taste of some of the hottest, breaking artists that the world has to offer.

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    Choose a song, upload your own, then watch & win

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    You picked the song, now cover it for a chance to win

    You picked the song, 4 artists covered it.
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    You picked the song, 4 artists covered it.
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    Our four artists are standing by to find out which iconic song you want them to sing. The song with the most votes will be
    covered by all the artists. Meet the artists and cast your vote below by hearting your favorite.

    You answered the call to cover an iconic song. Now watch the top fan videos that your peers made popular with their votes. Once our panel
    of judges place their votes, one lucky fan will take home a Spark and be showcased on MTV Iggy.

    Your chance to cover the most popular song. You can play it yourself or use our pre-recorded backing track. Get creative and send us
    your best cover, which will be voted on by your peers and a panel of judges. One lucky winner will take home a Spark and be showcased on MTV Iggy.

    You picked the song, now each of the four artists has given it their own spin. Check out each unique cover below, including the
    most popular fan videos and share them with your friends.

    You picked the song, now each of the four artists will give it their own spin. Check out each unique cover and pick your favorite
    for a chance to win a custom-wrapped Chevy Spark, plus a trip to see that artist play live! Sweepstakes ends 11/25.

    You can also see all the great cover songs created by you — in the bid to win a custom-wrapper Chevy Spark. The top ten were voted
    by the world, then judged by an MTV panel of experts to decide our winner.

    Submit Your cover!

    Record
    Before you record your cover song video, check out the Cover Song Toolkit (right), which contains all the materials you need to get started.
    Upload
    Click SUBMIT (right) to upload your version of the fan-selected song for your chance to win a Chevy Spark. Accepted file formats include .mov or mp4, and must be under 1GB in size.
    Share
    Once your video goes live, share it with your friends and encourage them to vote for your cover!

    Fan-selected song to cover:

    True Colors

    Cyndi Lauper

    True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
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    These artists will all perform the cover song too — coming Oct 22
    Watch each artist cover "True Colors" and check out exclusive behind the scenes

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    Watch the winning fan's cover

    American Authors

    Zac from American Authors
    Brooklyn, NY

    This awesome "True Colors" fan cover video by Zac Barnett of Brooklyn band American Authors is the winner of a 2013 Chevy Spark and a coveted spot on MTVIggy.com. Like the performance, Spark stands out with unique colors such as Jalapeño, Salsa Red, Lemonade and more. We congratulate Zac on nabbing this dynamic mini car and stealing the show.

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    All Time Low

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    The members of All Time Low have always been very open about their formative musical influences: New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Third Eye Blind and, of course, Blink-182. They've also been open about how their icons have inspired their previous albums—from the Saves The Day-esque pop-punk jams populating 2007's So Wrong, It's Right to the upbeat rockers on 2009's Nothing Personal and the eclectic, ecstatic pop of 2011's Dirty Work. But when it came time to make their fifth album, Don't Panic, the band decided to look inward for inspiration.

    "With this record, a big part of the process was finding what made our band special on each of our past records," says singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth. "This time around, rather than taking influence from anything we were listening to at the time—or anything we want to touch on generationally—the goal was to make an album that we felt reflected the best aspects of our previous releases."

    Indeed, Don't Panic—which marks All Time Low's return to Hopeless Records after a stint on a major label—brims with the type of energetic, hook-filled songs the band's fans have always gravitated toward. Mixed by Neal Avron, the album encompasses anthemic pop-rock ("The Irony Of Choking On A Lifesaver"), ferocious punk-pop ("So Long Soldier," a song with guest vocals from Bayside's Anthony Raneri) '90s-influenced alt-rock ("To Live And Let Go") and gritty emo-pop ("Somewhere In Neverland").

    In that sense, Don't Panic recalls the fast-and-loose vibe of the band's breakthrough album, So Wrong, It's Right—a record the group made when they were just barely out of high school. But All Time Low, which formed in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, nearly a decade ago, have grown up considerably since that release. Their last two albums debuted in the Billboard Top 10, while videos for the songs "Weightless" and "I Feel Like Dancin'" received love from MTV. Additionally, All Time Low grew into a fierce live act: Besides tours with Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, Third Eye Blind, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte—as well as multiple stints on Warped Tour's main stage and appearances at major festivals such as Reading, Leeds and Summer Sonic—they've even had the chance to play shows alongside idols Blink-182, Green Day and Foo Fighters.

    After Gaskarth first brought Don't Panic's musical ideas to the table in fall 2011, the rest of All Time Low—lead guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson—immediately knew there was something special about this new music. "I've never really heard a song that Alex has written or we've written and not been completely stoked on it," says Dawson. "But for some reason, these just felt more us. There was less need to force anything, less need to prove anything, less need to chase anything. It was All Time Low writing All Time Low songs."

    Driven by these positive vibes, All Time Low chose to record the entire album in Los Angeles with producer Mike Green, who also produced multiple songs on Dirty Work. The partnership resulted in the most complex All Time Low record, one with compelling sonic twists and turns. Take the fist-pumping lead single "For Baltimore," an intricate combination of several distinct styles—spinning-top electric riffs, hard-charging chorus breakdowns and a tasteful, acoustic-driven bridge—which succeeds despite being wildly diverse. Or "Backseat Serenade," which boasts hollering guest vocals from Cassadee Pope and a swooning string section on the bridge. And then there's the marching, melodic "Outlines," a tune co-written by Patrick Stump which boasts bright, stacked harmonies from former Acceptance vocalist Jason Vena.

    But while All Time Low enjoyed recording Don't Panic, the lyrics they came up with weren't exactly universally upbeat. As Dawson bluntly puts it, "being let down, basically, was the general concept" of the record. While romantic dissatisfaction comprises some of this disappointment—getting into ill-fated relationships against your better judgment or missing a long-distance love—other songs address much darker topics: needing to reclaim identity, or being unpleasantly taken by surprise by an ally which turns out to be an enemy. Even "Outlines," which Gaskarth asserts is "a song about legacy and leaving your mark on the world" is bittersweet.

    In true All Time Low fashion, they found the silver lining in this disappointment. "A big part of the way this band has always written is to find the good in things," Gaskarth says. "I don't think we've ever been one of those bands that dwells on the dark times. It's really more about pushing through it. That's always been something unique about this band. It doesn't dwell on hardship—it takes hardship and offers a solution."

    And now and always, what keep All Time Low moving forward are their dedicated fans, the ones who have championed the group through thick and thin. All four members of the band are deeply grateful for this support—and plan to return the favor. "We're going to keep releasing music our fans love, and we're going to keep touring," Barakat says. "We've always been the same four dudes who've been releasing music non-stop. This is our music. We're here to stay."

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    Photo courtesy of Megan Thompson
    Photo courtesy of Megan Thompson
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    Gyptian

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    Just when you thought you've heard it all, along comes an artist with the power and vitality to steer reggae in a new direction. At age twenty-six, Gyptian sounds like no one else and, unlike 99% of his peers; he's oblivious to the constant parade of one hit wonders. His new hit "Hold You" is opening the eyes of present and new fans alike. The rediscovery of his great talent is refreshing to Reggae music as a whole. Since the release of his albums My Name is Gyptian and I Can Feel Your Pain, his presence and voice has not faltered. His soothing vocals has carried his bold views from the island of Jamaica to the world. Gyptian finds inspiration from his surroundings and in the venerable spirits of original truth-tellers like Peter Tosh. Bringing authentic lyrics in conjunction with a voice that demands to be heard; Gyptian returns with his third installment to his already remarkable music career.

    "We like the real facts of things, not going around the corner and wait - just light music, you know," Gyptian says. Raised as Windel Beneto Edwards in the countryside of St. Andrew above Kingston, JA, by a Christian "muma" and Rasta "pupa," Gyptian describes his temperament as "everything in balance…humble and calm as the wind...although at times, the wind turn hurricane and haffi blow off house top," he says. Unimpressed by the born-again Rasta craze that dominates Jamaica's music fraternity, Gyptian notes that "Rasta is not something you feel or think you are; it's just a natural mystic. A lot of people come in the music and turn Rasta, but Gyptian is not about that. I really sing 'pon the higher soul - real, authentic music, and it's just life and music."

    Gyptian's been rocking the mic since he was a school boy, mashing it up in the church choir on Sunday mornings and, by night, wowing the massive at his father Basil Edward's sound system dances in Kingston's working class Barbican district. But it wasn't until 2004, when his family moved to the teeming pool of musical talent that is Portmore, a town located just outside the capital city, that Gyptian's career got legs.There he met Ravin Wong, "the one who start the whole thing," says Gyptian. Wong was known for helping budding artists, like I Wayne, "build their musical standard and get them right," as Wong describes it. "I got a lot of artists started but I never had the financial backing. I have a little studio in the corner where they hang out and cook and sleep – just like a family unit.

    Lying between baritone and tenor vocals, Gyptian can't be pigeonholed into one sound. In 2006 his debut album My Name Is Gyptian was released. It introduced his bold new voice that swept airwaves around the world; his incendiary hit "Serious Times" was declared Jamaica's Most Important Song of 2005 beating out Junior Gong Marley's Top Ten Billboard hit "Welcome to Jamrock". He achieved crossover fame with the smooth and upbeat track "Beautiful Lady," gaining airplay on popular radio stations like Hot 97 in New York. Gyptian was nominated as Best New Reggae Artist and named the Most Promising Entertainer at the 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards held at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater. At home, Gyptian was cited as the Best New Artist of 2005 by the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

    Gyptian surpasses the standards established on his remarkable debut with his inspiring sophomore effort "I Can Feel Your Pain." From the unforgettably beautiful title track which he wrote as a balm to broken hearted ladies everywhere to his passionate heartfelt hit "Love Against The Wall." "I Can Feel Your Pain" offered sophisticated and genuine lyrics from Gyptian. "With music you can't just stick to one sound, you have to pick and choose to satisfy the largest fan base," he says. "Some people love the cultural side of Gyptian but for the girls it's all about lovers rock because everybody needs love and everyone needs to share love."

    Gyptian sounds his own potent chord, from his album "My Name is Gyptian to "I Can Feel Your Pain." His new album that's on the horizon, promises to bring the hit making, thought provoking music that we all have come to know and appreciate. "I'm trying to make songs that people can understand and tell them what they can do to help themselves – how they can get whatever they need," Gyptian says. "I want to influence the people. One man can't carry the world, and I'm not saying I'm a saint or anything. I'm just trying."Gyptian puts his heart and soul in every song he produces. His goal is to provide feel good music to the masses in the hope that he can revitalize the spirit of the people and Reggae music.

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    Wonder Girls

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    Hailing from South Korea, the Wonder Girls (Yenny, Yubin, Sun, Sohee, Lim) are quickly becoming stars in the Western World.

    As the first Korean act to have a song enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Wonder Girls have already opened for two of today's hottest musical acts: opening more than 50 North American shows for the Jonas Brothers and supporting Justin Bieber.

    The Wonder Girls' "Nobody" entered Billboard's Hot 100 in October 2009: the song became an international phenomenon and the accompanying dance was done all over the world, as is evident by countless YouTube videos. Since then, the Wonder Girls have appeared on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and have graced the pages of Interview, Paper, Teen Vogue and the New York Times.

    2010 saw the Wonder Girls take on their first North American tour, which hit 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada. On February 2nd, 2012, the group premiered their feature film "The Wonder Girls" on TeenNick.

    The film, which chronicles the K-pop act's adventures as they prepare for their U.S. debut, also includes appearances by Nick Cannon, also the film's Executive Producer, and singer Angie Stone. Most recently, the group was nominated in the "Favorite Asian Act" category at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards.

    In July of 2012, the Wonder Girls released the highly anticipated single "Like Money" featuring Akon, and their debut English language album is due out in late 2012.

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    Angus Stone

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    "I feel like it would be my most personal work to date," he ventures on the topic of Broken Brights, the forthcoming solo release from Angus Stone. "I think I'm constantly introverting to that place, to that pocket I've always wanted to live inside amongst the songs & the tales that I've written. This album holds an essence that I've been searching for, for a long time." That search has taken him to the far-sailed corners of the globe. He's recorded in a rustic dwelling nestled in the Swiss Alps, beneath Australia's bright-lit cherry blue skies along the coastline, to a ramshackle log cabin with a view over the lush Indian countryside.

    On one hand, you'll find Angus Stone off in his own world, dreaming away, and on the other, he's energetic, charismatic and quite frank. He's had to be to keep up with the pace of his career — Stone's quickly becoming one of contemporary music's most acclaimed, yet inherently enigmatic, young artists.

    For the past seven years, Angus has been travelling the world as one half of brother-sister duo Angus & Julia Stone, during which time he's played to spellbound audiences in sold-out shows at iconic venues like London's Royal Festival Hall and Paris's Le Trianon. Together, the artists have sold close to a million records worldwide since the release of their debut EP, Chocolates and Cigarettes (2005). Now, Angus Stone is setting out on his own.

    "I'm excited to let go of it all," he says of Broken Brights, the first solo album he's released under his own name. "For the people that have listened to Julia and I play for so long, I'm looking forward to handing it over to them so that they can create their own worlds & experiences with the writings. To play live as my own in front of those people, it's going to be a different trail of gravel & gold, but none the less very exciting."

    Broken Brights marks a departure for Angus Stone, and not just from recording with his long-term musical co-conspirator, Julia. The album is proof that he can deftly shift between genres without compromising his signature sound. While title track, "Broken Brights," is a return-to-form for Angus — it's a nostalgic, dreamy tribute to our youth — "Bird On the Buffalo" is a livelier composition, incorporating distorted guitar riffs, which also make an appearance in the notably rockier "It Was Blue." That string-laden track in particular is proof that his compositional skills transcend the preconceptions you might have about his musical style.

    In fact, in order to challenge himself both as a recording artist and a live performer, Angus has drawn on a variety of unexpected sources whilst creating this album. He's incorporated a plethora of new instruments, sounds and vocal styles (which range from gently strummed acoustic guitars to screaming electric guitars, from softly spoken lyrics to words howling inside the microphone) from genres as diverse as country, alt-rock and folk music.

    "Wooden Chair" for example, is a toe-tapping love tune replete with good old-fashioned handclapping and whistling, whilst "Monsters" is a surprising, upbeat tune where speedily plucked banjo strings are accompanied by all-most royal somber trumpet solo, mirroring the feelings of hope and hopelessness experienced during our darkest moments. The deeper you delve into the album, the more you come to expect the unexpected from Angus.

    Despite the marked transition that's taken place during the cathartic recording of Angus' genre-spanning record, he explains, "the way I approached writing this record is the way I've always tried to write music: the moment a song chooses you, it will arrive and unfold in its own time… it should always be naked & willing."

    "To sit back and let the conversation of the energy unfold into a creation, it's important for me to know when the time is right. Or just to not know… or think I know… because truly we'll never know. The idea gathers and gathers, until it reaches the bottleneck. Letting go is the most beautiful thing of it all."

    Fittingly, there's a story behind each and every track on the album. "Bird On the Buffalo" was written on the road in Europe, whilst Stone was shacked up in a hotel room and musing on the nature of symbiotic relationships between the bird & the buffalo. "Wooden Chair" on the other hand, was inspired by the melody from the Angus & Julia track of the same name, which Angus felt needed to be revisited and brought to life in a new way. And perhaps that's a strong metaphor for what he's done in this album: he's drawn upon the ideas and experiences that make Angus & Julia's music so endearing, whilst offering a fresh perspective on the world that they've created. His poignant lyrical musings on life, love and loss are both familiar and fresh, which will no doubt excite old fans and invite new ones into the fold.

    In short, what Angus Stone has captured in the recording process is this: memories and imaginings from his pilgrimage around the planet. What he says about going solo could easily sum up the experience of listening to Broken Brights - "It's a whole different trip."

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    Spark

    From Asia to Africa, South America to Europe, Spark has been bobbing and weaving through streets around the world for some time now. This fuel efficient, feature-packed mini car brings the party wherever it goes with 8 distinct colors and a knack for easily sliding into tight parking spots that other cars don't dare dream of.

    By introducing a new blend of style and street smarts to those who aren't afraid to seize the urban jungle, drivers are having a blast getting out there to explore what the world has to offer while doing it with a flair all their own. With its 7" diagonal touch screen to it's 10 standard airbags, the Spark has you covered.

    After being built and loved around the world, Spark is teaming up with MTV Iggy to bring the party stateside by introducing you to some of the hottest new artists from around the globe through the Cover the World music showcase.