Poor 50 Cent … Kanye’s on everybody’s minds and iPods these days: And when we say everybody, we also mean emo whipping boy Jared Leto. Recently, 30 Seconds To Mars got all Pink Floyd-y on Jo Whiley for a breathy, alt-snore take on “Stronger.” Maybe it’s not all that silly in theory, but you only need to get to Leto singing “you could be my black Kate Moss tonight” before eyes start rolling into your head. Take a listen at MySpace and make sure to have your hankies ready for the finale.

RELATED: Kanye took on The Office’s Rainn Wilson in a name-that-lyric showdown at the Emmys last night. Vid of the 50 Cent/MTV in-joking bit after the jump, best line coming from moderator Wayne Brady, after West ended “Stronger” with “That’s how long I’ve been on YOU”: “The last line of the song, sadly, is ’that’s how long I’ve been on YA’ … You picked a bad time to speak properly.”

Comments (111)
  1. Dustin  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2007 0

    I’m embarrassed for them…

    • TAMMY LYNN  |   Posted on May 4th, 2009 0

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  2. Greg  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2007 0

    fitty cent wins!

  3. Nice Perez Hilton paint job on that photo.

  4. mrs  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2007 0

    They can never top Between Names’s cover of “I Wanna Be Sedated”.

  5. Michael G. Scott  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2007 0

    No emmy for top chef! Lame! NIce video, it’s nice seeing my two heroes Rainn “Dwight Shrute” Wilson and Kanye “LV Don” West standing on stage together. *Wipes tear.*

  6. Christopher  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2007 0

    I think credit’s due to both Kanye and Leto for the “black Kate Moss” lyric inadvertantly lending itself to becoming a faux-goth/emo lyric. You just KNOW that that’s the singular reason that led Leto to cover this song. Perhaps some King Diamond-style make-up would’ve made it easier to swallow?

  7. barry  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2007 0

    Did he say ‘go apey’?
    Like the guy from O Brother Where Art Thou?

  8. Did he say ‘go apey’?
    Like the guy from O Brother Where Art Thou?

    Posted by: barry at September 17, 2007 6:54 PM

    i suspect that since it was a live radio broadcast, sum censorship of the lyrics was taken on by the band…to me, instead of saying “go apeshit”, he says “go apeish”

    and on another personal note, 30′s cover ROCKS, and i can accept that it wont b everyones cup of tea.

  9. Chlo  |   Posted on Sep 18th, 2007 0

    This is the worst Live Lounge I have ever heard. It was REALLY terrible…but the sad thing is that it seemed to go down really well. Maybe I’m too old for Radio 1 now but I just don’t get why people like these losers. They are dull, uninspired and should be filed in the bin alongside Dogstarr.

  10. OK, here’s my opinion, for what it’s worth…

    This song, performed by Jared & Co, is so much more, dare I say it – emotional, compelling, and (forgive me for being a girl…) sexy!

    Jareds voice fits it so well, and it’s a great showcase for his vocals.

    I never gave Kanye’s version any time, but this 30STM version is now a firm favourite.

  11. I think it comes across as a brilliant cover. What’s the point in making a cover if you make it sound exactly like the original? That said, I do prefer the 30 Seconds To Mars cover over the original. Kanye West was never really my cup of tea, to be honest I don’t care for the original at all, but, BUT, I would never sink to the level of trashing Kanye anyway. The one who wrote this must really have a problem with Jared Leto, why? Jealosy? Or simply being reluctant to accept that things can be done in more than one way?

    Stronger in the 30STM version has been playing non-stop on my ipod, my car stereo and my laptop since I first heard it. Jareds Letos voice and the whole arrangement of the cover makes it an amazing experience for me, at least.

  12. ninastya  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    This cover made my day. Actually, last 4 days. I love it sooo much, can’t stop listening..

  13. Morgan  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    30 Seconds To Mars did a amazing job with this song. I would have never heard of it if not for them, and I definitely prefer it over the original version.

  14. Jasmin  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    30 Seconds To Mars did a great job, with this song. This version is much better then the original!!!

  15. imman  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    this is a great cover!! guys are the best!
    this is much better than original version in my opinion..I can’t stop listening …
    this song normally sucks but 30 STM have done a brilliant job!

  16. Steve  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    The original isnt realy the kind of music I am into, but I do think it is a very good song, I can understand why it has become popular. However this version by 30 Seconds to Mars I think is fantastic, I understand most people who like and listen to the original most likely wont like it as it is a completly different genre of music, but I think they did a very good job, realy made it there own, instead of just copying the original.

  17. jessi  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    that cover was brilliant! you should listen better to it!

  18. Jared did to this song that no other could do. He brought passion to it. Jareds voice is nothing short of amazing and theres no denying that when it comes to passion he holds a candle to everyone else. I don’t like the original version it’s not my type of music but I have not said anything bad about it. So what! You didn’t like Jareds version, we LOVE it and WE are the ones that matter to the band not the NON-BELIEVERS. So leave him alone and accept the brilliance that 30 Seconds to Mars version of Stronger is.

  19. My Captain! [Echelon]  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    i really like this version..jared and the boys did a fine job! you guys are being really mean..it was an amazing cover..that wasnt even kanyes song anyway! it was originaly by Daft Punk…he just added extra to it.. well anyway..i think it was remade well..

  20. Fuck the non-believers!!
    30 Seconds to Mars ROCKS!!!

  21. I think that 30 Seconds to Mars version is much better than the original ! I love it <3 it’s awesome :D !!

  22. I think that 30 Seconds to Mars version is much better than the original ! I love it :) it’s awesome :D !!

  23. I am a huge fan of Jared and 30 seconds to mars ..
    calling them “emo” just shows your own ignorance .
    Maybe you should listen to it again..
    Listen to the passion ..listen to the remarkable voice.Jared and the boys did this song like no one else could do it.It is creative..and done very well.
    Understandable it is a different genre of music than the song was done in before,and those that like that version,understandably may think it is a little too different for their tastes.
    Well..I have a challenge for you..
    Try to step OUT of the box.
    Open your mind.
    Listen to the performance for what it was.
    which was amazing.
    At the VERY least well done.

    Thank you for your time.

  24. The Goose  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    …”and make sure to have your hankies ready for the finale.”

    Why? Because Kanye West can’t hit the note that Jared did at the end of the cover version?

    Come oooooooon! Why be nasty about all of this? The 30STM cover is an awesome version because it is a DIFFERENT version. I agree with another poster who commented on the fact that cover songs should sound different from the original versions. It makes them more original to the cover artist and still pays homage to the original artist at the same time.

    30STM did a cover of Bjork’s “The Hunter” and although it’s more of a similar version than the difference between the “Stronger” cover, it is still original to 30STM and is quite brilliant.

    How many cover songs have been done by artists in the past where people have thought that the cover song was the band’s OWN original song???? It’s a promotional tool for the original artists, if you ask me. Most original versions of cover songs have fallen by the wayside, only to be brought back to life by a whole new era and a whole new spectrum of potential fans.

    I’m sure Kanye is kickin’ it with a smile right about now. His song was covered brilliantly!!

    The Goose

  25. Lol, I hate Kanye West and 30STM rock!

    The covers have to change and fit everyones taste!

    I hate Kanye West but I love the 30STM version! It’s awesome!!!!

  26. Diana  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    you all fucking suck
    that was a good cover and it doesn’t matter about the words

    he was trying to keep it the way it started

  27. amanda  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    30 seconds to mars is amazing & so was their cover for stronger.

    you must be a communist if you prefer the version done by a man who thinks the president doesn’t care about black ppl.

  28. me again  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    perez hilton much?
    yea that was LAME

  29. aly  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    I have heard Jared Leto sing it and I think it is better than Kanye’ version. But I also like 30 seconds to Mars. It all depends on what kind of music u like. It is totally 2 different kind of styles. So lay off of Jared Leto haters.

  30. Piewacket  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    Com’n it’s a brilliant cover.They put MUSIC to it ,the Kanye West version makes u want to go bye byes.30 Seconds to Mars ROCK!Pie.U.K. Echelon

  31. elodie  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    OMG OMG OMG I really love this song ! It’s an amazing song, i love this guys and the jared’s voice.

    Prohevito in altum

  32. elodie  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    OMG OMG OMG I really loive this song. It’s an amazing cover, much better than the firts version. I love this guys and i’m fond of Jared’s voice.

  33. Luscinia  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    I just love the version of 30STM!!! It has so much emotion and Kanye West’s version is nothing more than the lame HipHop-shit you can here everywhere (unfortunately)! 30STM made something completely new and something so beautiful out of it! By the way, the original song is from Daft Punk…

  34. I think that this cover is great and that Jared has an amazing voice. I love the song “Stronger” I think that 30 Seconds to Mars took a song that had little emotion and turned it into a song full of feeling. They did such a wonderful job, they are awesome!

  35. smad  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    wtf it’s an amazin cover!!in rock version and jared gives emotions…!they’re just two different things,it came another songs,as beautiful as the other one…!!

  36. aLiS  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    This cover is amazing!!30 seconds to mars did a great job!!!I am a big fan of this band and i think they are great artists!jared’s voice is awesome…and the guys gave a great performance on radio 1 and at Brixton that night!
    This song has nothing to do with the original…They created a new and amazing “Stronger”!!

  37. Anna  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    Well, I like this song.. Listen to it every day.
    Fuck the lyrics, I’m german anyways XD
    Like the end very much… Jareds voice is just amazing *-*

  38. Sydney  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    I agree with everyone who says that the 30 Seconds to Mars version is better. I am a HUGE fan of Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars… I am the biggest fan you will probably ever meet. I can’t get enough of them. And when I heard this, I didn’t realize it was Kanye West until I read about it somewhere on Myspace, and I was shocked because the Kanye West version stinks. I don’t like hiphop and rap, etc. so I was incredibly happy that 30stm did a cover of this because it makes ‘Stronger’ into an amazing song. And you also have to understand that 30 Seconds to Mars sings a completely different genre of music than Kanye, so the song is going to be different. I think it puts an interesting twist on it, and I am proud of my band. XDDD

    30 Seconds to Mars kicked Kanye’s ass, admit it.
    They always do such amazing covers of songs, and their performances are ALWAYS the best. They’ve got good things in the future for them.

  39. aLiS  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    This cover is amazing!!30 seconds to mars did a great job!!!I am a big fan of this band and i think they are great artists!jared’s voice is awesome…and the guys gave a great performance on radio 1 and at Brixton that night!
    This song has nothing to do with the original…They created a new and amazing “Stronger”!!

  40. Tammy [Echelon]  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    First of all, if you are gonna draw on pictures, then make sure you KNOW how to draw because that looks like something my 5 year old brother can do. How dare you say that 30 Seconds To Mars cover was boring and “to have your hankies ready for the finale.” Why? Did you cry when you heard it? Or did you cry because you wish you had one fourth of the talent that Jared Leto has. Listen, I think enough people have spoken that think you are full of shit. Go find another job and leave Jared and the band alone. One more thing: Major props to Jared and the rest of the guys for doing such an AMAZING job of covering the song!!! I like it better than Kanye’s version. Great Job Echelon!
    -Provehito In Altum

  41. Katie  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    i don’t think that it should matter what is said…and i also don’t think it’s fair for some people to say “oh, it’s jared leto and 30 seconds to mars…this is gonna suck”. that’s not fair. both versions have good qualities and you would know that if you had listened to both of them and noted that there were differences and that’s what makes each of them good in their own way…there’s no need to dis 30 seconds to mars or jared leto because they have rightfully earned their status and if they feel like covering a song, god damn it, they will…power to the echelon!

  42. Teperinka  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    of course I think that it’s excellent..I love 30stm and I am very happy that they make the song sounds really origin, nothing like the Kanye West’s version…love it 30 SECOND ARE THE BEST :)

  43. ceri harris  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    I thought this was a wicked cover really well done and shows justice to Jared voice…. and to the one 2 below jared sang sedated on a tv show he used to be on many years back and was very good for teh few seonds of him singin it.
    But n e way you’ll either love it or hate it and even some of the Mars fans dont like it (SHOCKIN) but i do love it and its a great twist on Kaynes Wests original which i also like. WELL DONE 30STMS

  44. Nicky  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    Yhis cover was so well done, it made me shiver, I love 30STM and they did a brilliant cover of let’s face it a not so hot song (Sorry Kanye)

  45. Bob Paulson  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    30STM’s version of the song is way better than Kanye’s.

    Long live 30STM and THEMARSARMY!
    :p

  46. Erika  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    I think 30 Seconds To Mars did a great job covering “Stronger”. Jared has a great voice and it shows through this cover song. Everyone has their own opinion on these type of things; you will either hate it or love it. I LOVE IT!! I like how they made their own version of it. Another wonderful moment for 30 Seconds to Mars. If you were a true music fan of 30 Seconds To Mars you would know that they are not “Emo”. Great job 30STM.

  47. valeto  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    im a huge fan of 30 seconds to mars and i thought they did an incredible job. jared’s voice and the music it was just all perfect. dont get me wrong kanye’s is the original and is extremly good as well. 30 just did their take on it and it turned out to b amazing.

  48. mirna  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    I LOVE THE WAY JARED SINGS STRONGER IT MUCH BETTER HE SINGS WITH PASSION AND THAT WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS BAND 30STM THEY ARE A KICK ASS BAND SO GIVE IT UP FOR THEM THEY DESERVE IT I LIKE SOME OF KANYE WEST SONGS HEY HE FROM SHY TOWN LIKE ME

  49. Iris_echelon  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    I love both versions. They are both amazing in their own way. But I must say that 30 Seconds to Mars made a version that gave me the shivers and blew me away. And the Kanye version was just “good”.

  50. MARS  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2007 0

    LOVE IT..:o

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