Posted by: Staff | 01.14.2010

Blame It on the Pop

SARA RADIN ’12

What is there to say about DJ Earworm’s mash-up of the Billboard’s top 25 songs of 2009? Perhaps nothing, once you hear it. Some people are left speechless while others immediately break out and dance to all the familiar songs. This is undoubtedly the best United State of Pop (the name of his annual tradition) mash-up. What is so appealing about the mash-up is that it breaks down the songs and splits up the music and vocals. While certain music overlaps, like sounds from Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got A Feeling” and Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” the vocals link up to form new lyrics: “No need to worry (20**) just get back up when you’re (15) tumbling (24) down (20), down (14), down (24)”.

DJ Earworm arranges the music using Ableton Live which is a software specifically for live performances or arranging songs. To get the vocals, he either downloads the a capella version of each song or, if there is not a capella version, uses another software called Adobe Audition which extracts the vocals by eliminating each instrument. For the video (see link below) he uses Final Cut Pro. Upon releasing the song, DJ Earworm says, “…So many of the pop songs this year seem to tell the same story: Yeah, we’ve been through a lot, but right now we’re gonna celebrate with music and dance, and it’s gonna be ok. With that spirit in mind, I invite you to…BLAME IT ON THE POP.”

**Here are all the songs:

1. The Black Eyed Peas – BOOM BOOM POW

2. Lady Gaga – POKER FACE

3. Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis – JUST DANCE

4. The Black Eyed Peas – I GOTTA FEELING

5. Taylor Swift – LOVE STORY

6. Flo Rida – RIGHT ROUND

7. Jason Mraz – I’M YOURS

8. Beyonce – SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)

9. Kanye West – HEARTLESS

10. The All-American Rejects – GIVES YOU HELL

11. Taylor Swift – YOU BELONG WITH ME

12. T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake – DEAD AND GONE

13. The Fray – YOU FOUND ME

14. Kings Of Leon – USE SOMEBODY

15. Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – KNOCK YOU DOWN

16. Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain – BLAME IT

17. Pitbull – I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO)

18. T.I. Featuring Rihanna – LIVE YOUR LIFE

19. Soulja Boy Tell ’em Featuring Sammie – KISS ME THRU THE PHONE

20. Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne – DOWN

21. Miley Cyrus – THE CLIMB

22. Drake – BEST I EVER HAD

23. Kelly Clarkson – MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU

24. Beyonce – HALO

25. Katy Perry – HOT N COLD

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