The 2013 'United State of Pop' is a wrecking ball of everything hot

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No one captures the pulse of pop music quite like the mashup artist DJ Earworm. 

No one captures the pulse of pop music quite like the mashup artist DJ Earworm

Earworm, based in San Francisco, has made a name for himself on the Internet since first concocting his “United State of Pop” series in 2007. Yesterday, he returned—for the sixth consecutive year—with a five-and-a-half-minute assembly of pop hits that conglomerates into a sound that Earworm, real name Jordan Roseman, hopes can articulate the spirit of modern pop music. 

This year, the spirit is dominated by MacklemoreMiley CyrusKaty Perry, and Rihanna.

The mashup, which includes tracks from Avicii (“Wake Me Up”), Bruno Mars (“When I Was Your Man”), Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”), Jay Z (“Holy Grail”), Lorde (“Royals”), and 20 more artists, has already racked up 250,000 views in one day on YouTube, evidence not only of Earworm’s ability to cull the right tracks, but his uncanny knack for assembling the songs into a composition that’s both witty and entertaining to listen to.

“I’m trying to make pop songs, not mixes,” Earworm told the Daily Dot last December. “It’s a different angle than a lot of people take, and when you’re trying to get all these songs in, it’s really easy to just make a mix instead of a pop song.”

Photo via DJ Earworm/YouTube

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