In 2016, the British band Portishead covered ABBA’s 1975 hit song “SOS” for the movie High Rise. Since then,` the song wasn’t available on any streaming platforms (except for a YouTube video), according to BrooklynVegan. The band has now teamed up with the streaming website SoundCloud and released the cover on their website. The website has a “Fan-powered” royalties concept that pays the artist royalties directly, rather than a shared pool system a la Spotify. Because of this concept, the band will get all the proceeds of the song. Portishead and SoundCloud decided all the proceeds of the “SOS” stream will go to the British mental health charity MIND.
ABBA originally released the single in 1975 and it was their second hit after their debut single “Waterloo.” The song is part of the band’s self-titled album ABBA.
In 2020, Portishead was covered quite a little bit too. First, Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of “It’s A Fire” and then goth band Evanescence covered “Glory Box” during a live stream event.