DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop 2012' Has Arrived

Mashup master concocts dark, fiery retrospective track

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DJ Earworm's annual "United State of Pop" has arrived, and this year's iteration, "Shine Brighter," includes huge hits including Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Ke$ha's "Die Young," fun.'s "We Are Young" and 20 other top tracks from 2012.

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Although EDM continues to build its massive pop presence, DJ Earworm told Chicago Magazine that this edition is a little light on "dance floor feeling," but focused on "melody and hooks and making sure the structure is a nice pop song," and thematic elements like darkness and fire. "You see themes that are fading. The apocalypse theme is still around, but it's fading," he said. "Ke$ha's talking about dying young – well, that theme's been around for a long time. 'We're going to live tonight like it's the last night,' 'this is all there is' – for a few years that's been going on. I see that fading a little bit."

DJ Earworm will release his official video for "United State of Pop" 2012 on December 25th.