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Notorious mash-up specialist DJ Earworm dropped a 2013 mix for his “United States of Pop” series last week, titled “Living The Fantasy.”
Jordan Roseman, also known as DJ Earworm, first began his “United States of Pop” series in 2007, where he mixed together the top 25 songs from the Billboard 100 charts to create one seamless mash-up.
DJ Earworm has gained notoriety for the lyrical and rhythmical sensibility in his mixes Since 2007 and has been adding to the “United States of Pop” series every year.
During an interview with Billboard magazine, DJ Earworm said, “every song that hits it big, I’m thinking, ‘What does this mean? What does this represent, in terms of its lyrical themes and musically?’”
He said that this year’s “United States of Pop” has a darker theme, due to the incorporation of a larger number of ballads.
“The ballads seem to be a lot more present than they have been in many years,” he said, “And the dance music is having less strong of a pull. And even the dance music that is there is more gentle, like “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” according to Billboard magazine.
This year’s mash-up included ballads such as Miley Cryus’ “Wrecking Ball,” One Republic’s “Counting Stars,” and Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man.”
Outside the ballads were this years’ other top pop hits, which all carry a similar dark theme such as Lorde’s “Royals,” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child.”
DJ Earworm said he sketched out this year’s mash-up in his head a month prior to releasing it. Having already produced his 2013 summer mash-up, “SummerMash ’13,” Earworm had to balance the pop songs relevant in that mash-up to the darker ballads that were released later this year.