In a move that sounds a little less forced than her recent Robert Palmer cover — let’s be honest; the world did not need four new versions of “Simply Irresistible” — Janelle Monae has tackled the David Bowie classic “Heroes” for a new Pepsi campaign. Available to stream below alongside Bowie’s original version, it’s about as saccharine as a can of cola, but that’s kinda the point.
“The way the world is today,” Monae told Rolling Stone, “you can never write enough inspiring or motivating songs or songs that embolden the people and make us feel fearless. Those lyrics spoke to me as someone who is for the people. I try to inspire and lead by example and be the change that I want to see. So this song is a poster child for just that.”