Episode 14 of Glee's season 3 gave us a mid-winter hiatus cliffhanger with what looks like a devastating car accident. Earlier in the show the attempted suicide by Dave Karofsky while Blaine performs "Cough Syrup" was one of the most dramatic moments of the season.
In one of the most dramatic montages of season 3, Glee combines the attempted suicide of gay football player Dave Karofsky with Blaine singing the song "Cough Syrup." The song was recorded by alternative rock band Young the Giant. The band's lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia has explained that "Cough Syrup" is a "kind of cry for help." The song was a top 3 alternative hit and a top 10 hit on the rock songs chart as well for the band.
"Stand" is the first song sung by the Dalton Academy Warblers as the battle for the Regionals crown. Lenny Kravitz released the original version of "Stand" in June 2011 as the lead single from his album Black and White America. The inspiration for writing the song was a friend of Lenny Kravitz who was paralyzed from the waist down but then recovered. "Stand" was a top 30 hit on the adult pop chart.
The second song sung by the Dalton Academy Warblers at Regionals was "Glad You Came," the first US hit single by British boy band The Wanted. "Glad You Came" hit #1 on the UK pop singles chart in the summer of 2011. It is climbing both pop and dance charts in the US.
For their first Regionals piece, New Directions mashed up Nicki Minaj's single "Fly" with R. Kelly's classic "I Believe I Can Fly." The pair make a genuinely moving and inspirational combination. Nicki Minaj had a top 20 pop hit with "Fly" in 2011, and R. Kelly went all the way to #2 with "I Believe I Can Fly."
New Directions delivered an all-female version of Kelly Clarkson's recent #1 smash hit "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" as part of Regionals. The rousing anthem became Kelly Clarkson's third #1 pop hit single just weeks ago. It is the title cut from the album Stronger.
The final song performed by New Directions at Regionals was "Here's To Us" by the rock band Halestorm. "Here's To Us" was included on the group's EP Hello, It's Mz Hyde, released in January this year. The song is expected to be included on Halestorm's upcoming second album The Strange Case Of... which is expected in stores April 10, 2012.