Obsession of the Week | United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)

It’s that time again…. time for a new mashup from DJ Earworm! Last year I posted about the United State of Pop 2011 which was good, but this year’s is even better! You can check out the download on SoundCloud here.

As much as I do truly love the audio versions of all of DJ Earworm’s mashups, the most impressive thing he does is creating the videos to go along with the mixes. To time the videos of each song so accurately is truly a work of art. To check out his video for the United State of Pop 2012, click on the picture below or here. (you may notice that I’ve taken a screen shot of my favorite band in the video: Fun)

Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 6.51.03 PMI love these mashups because they’re always so upbeat and just make you want to dance. It certainly helps that I absolutely love all the songs that he included this year. I mean I blogged about three of them in the last few months alone!

Alex Clare

Lumineers

Adele

And in case you wanted to know, here is the full list of songs included:

Gotye and Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Fun. – Some Nights
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Fun. and Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa – Payphone
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Rihanna – Diamonds
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Ke$Ha – Die Young
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Nicki Minaj – Starships
The Wanted – Glad You Came
Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
Lumineers – Ho Hey
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Flo Rida and Sia – Wild Ones
Phillip Phillips – Home
Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Alex Clare – Too Close
PSY – Gangnam Style
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Flo Rida – Whistle

Fun Finds | Running Playlist

While perusing the interweb I came across a fellow WordPress blog: Whale You Be My Friend.

Kayla, the author of this blog, has some great insight into all things design, including things like fashion and home decor.  Her entries are all really great, but one particular posting caught my eye: 100 Awesome Running Songs.

p.s. I love that Kayla used Nina Dobrev for her image — I can’t wait for The Vampire Diaries to come back on!

I am always a sucker for good music — even more so when it is put into a really well thought out playlist, but I have also recently decided I’d like to start running again.

Having played sports growing up I was always required to run (eventually enjoying it), but since those days came to a close and  my life is no longer consumed by college it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I found this really awesome chart on Pinterest that seemed like a great way to get back into running.

chart from healthy living

Let’s hope I can actually stick to this game plan! Motivational comments are always welcome :)

Anywhoo…

The running playlist has a fantastic mix of artists, tempos, etc.  Kanye, Britney, Rihanna, P!nk and so many others… it really makes for a fun list of songs, and 100 different songs on shuffle allows for endless combinations and rhythms while working out.

I don’t know Kayla, but from her choice of music (evident in the running mix) and her choice of TV shows (seen in this post) I think she and I would be great friends — tv and music are hugely representative of who people are.

Obsession of the Week | Ho Hey

2012 is a great year for Internet-related commericals apparently.  First we had the IE9 commercial with Alex Clare’s Too Close (which I already blogged about) and now we have a Bing commercial with an awesome song by The Lumineers.

 

Ho Hey” is definitely a feel good kind of song.  The lyrics for this song almost act as background to the melody, so I’ve yet to really listen to them — I have absolutely no idea what this song is about — time for a little Googling later this afternoon.

The marketing team at Bing did a great job timing the song within the commercial, not to mention including all those wonderful pictures of Hawaii. I mean who doesn’t like Hawaii?! :)

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In other news… I’m in the midst of packing like a wild-woman. This was how I caught up on some TV shows this morning over coffee.

Hulu. On top of a box.

Yep, that’s my life.

Fun Finds | Il Volo

Well hello there blog world! guess what?!

I am officially a college graduate! YAY!!! (still trying to figure out what to do with my life. and my blog. decisions. decisions…)

Anywhoo, that is probably really uninteresting to most of the world so instead here’s a fun find: Il Volo an Italian singing group.

Piero (19), Gianluca (17), & Ignazio (18)

 

Tonight, while being forced to watch PBS with my parents (ah the beauty of moving “home”) Il Volo came on to promote their new album and tour.  Thank goodness I didn’t walk away because the beautiful songs that came from these TEENAGERS voices were phenomenal.

If you haven’t heard of Il Volo, I highly suggestion giving your ears a vacation and sinking into the waves of sound.  Both their renditions of “O Sole Mio” and “Smile” are awe inspiring.

Of course, I love that two of these cuties hail from the land of my heritage (Sicily) — Gianluca is from central Italy, but honestly their voices can take you far far away.  Whether they are singing in their native tongue or any of the other romance languages they know, the words captivate anyone in ear shot.

The bio of this trio is short on their website, so if you’d like to know more, check it out here.  However basically know this: they are three adorable Italians who sing beautifully, and were lucky enough to win an Italian signing competition, and they are now touring the world breaking hearts wherever they go.

P.S. I’m totally in love with Piero ♥

Obsession of the Week | Too Close

Hi all,

Here is this week’s obsession: Alex Clare’s song, “Too Close.”

As always, there is a story about how I find my obsessions of the week, and this one will definitely go down in the dork history books.  A few days ago I was watching tv and saw an Internet Explorer commercial that had this really awesome background music that made me (a safari & firefox user) miss I.E.

Here’s the commercial:

Click the photo to go to the video

So of course, I run up to the tv — iPhone in hand — and shazam the song.  It turned out to be Alex Clare’s “Too Close.” I’ve never heard of Alex Clare or the song, but I always appreciate a new song added to my iTunes library.

If you want to listen to the song / watch the official video click the picture below! :)

Enjoy!

Obsession of the Week | Lana Del Rey

Slightly moody, slightly pop-y, Lana Del Rey’s songs are definitely a new breed of music.  Her songs have captured the ears of millions, including myself, which is why she is my Obsession of the Week choice.

 

Although her first album came out in 2010, she has recently gained quite a bit of exposure and popularity. Her songs, for me at least, are great background music while doing other things, like homework, editing pictures, reading, etc..

I just downloaded one of her more popular songs called Video Games. The video for the song is very interesting as it is a compilation of clips that Lana herself put together.  As much as I like Video Games, I still prefer the original song I heard called Off to the Races.

Although Off to the Races is not a positive, inspirational song (like many of the Adele songs I love), it is a great song to belt out in the car or getting ready in the morning–the two spots I tend to listen to the most music!

I personally don’t foresee Lana’s music becoming influential in our generation like some of the more mainstream artists today, but she is definitely a talented artist, who (if she plays her cards right) might be able to become a truly successful musician and songstress.

Let me know what you think of Lana’s music in the comments section! :)

Top 5 of 2011

2011 has been a great year for meganeilers.wordpress.com and it is all because of you!

yes, YOU.

the mass amount of visitors who check my blog out each day are the real reason I love blogging. so while reviewing my awesome report from wordpress about just how successful the site was this year, I decided I’d show all of you which posts were the most visited.  clearly, my obsession of the week posts were popular!

In case you haven’t read these posts yet, I provided links to the top 5 posts of 2011 :)

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