Jordan Roseman, better known as DJ Earworm, released this year’s mashup entitled “Living The Fantasy” from his United State of Pop annual series. He received worldwide acclaim for his compilation of 2009’s pop hits, and ‘Blame It On The Pop’ has garnered 44 million views as of this week. The mashup contains the top 25 singles of the year according to Billboard’s projected statistics, and this year’s mix prominently features newcomer Lorde’s “Royals”, wild child Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, and Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” among others.
Sass-mouth from New Zealand Lorde wouldn’t be too happy to have her breakout single “Royals” juxtaposed next to Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” in the verse, as the new artist has publicly denounced many of her fellow pop artists, Miley included, as being ‘poor role models’ and ‘f***ing mental’. Another target of Lorde’s criticisms, country-sweetheart-turned-crazy-ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, features on the mix with her single “I Knew You Were Trouble”, which barely made it into the Top 25 given its October 2012 release date.
Earworm deserves praise for not excessively featuring the most overplayed tracks of early 2013 such as Robin Thicke’s morally-conspicuous hit “Blurred Lines” and “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore (and friends). While these tracks truly defined the year as the biggest tracks of 2013, their omission would grant them smooth passage into the world of passé hits without becoming annoyingly grating. *cough* Gangnam Style *cough*
“Stay”, the second single from Barbadian badass Rihanna’s seventh studio album, proved truly iconic as a marked anomaly in the singer’s style. Its clean production and vulnerable mood made it a powerful track in 2013, earning its place in the top 25.
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z made their way into the top 25 effortlessly with two hits, the suave R&B comeback track “Suit & Tie” and the lead single off Jay Z’s twelfth studio album “Holy Grail”, although the vocals of both were only featured sparsely.
Above all, this year’s USPOP mashup reflected the massive year we’ve had in pop music, which was as strong as it was unexpected. The excruciating delays we’ve had to endure for album releases from pop’s biggest acts, such as Gaga’s “ARTPOP” and Beyoncé’s still-unreleased fifth compilation (*muffled whine*), have spawned a slew of new artists eager to enter into the industry. The mashup also revealed how the mainstream public is becoming more attuned and accepting of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genres, with newbies Avicii, Daft Punk, and Swedish House Mafia joining seasoned artists such as Britney Spears and will.i.am.
2013 is indeed an amazing year in music.
Listen to United State Of Pop 2013 “Living The Fantasy”:
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