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One of the things I look most forward to at this time of year is DJ Earworm’s annual music video, mashing up the calendar year’s 25 biggest Billboard hits. With the decline of EDM on the Hot 100 chart, Earworm (real name: Jordan Roseman) tells Billboard he went with a more mellower approach.

“The thing that has been most notable in the past two or three years is the decline of EDM,” says Earworm of the 25 songs he selected for this year’s song. “The ‘United State of Pop’ became this dance track from ’09 to ’12, and then starting last year, there just wasn’t enough in that genre to fully support it, so I went down-tempo. And this year, ‘Timber,’ which was popular in January, is the only popular dance track I’m dealing with. It’s definitely down-tempo, so you have to decide, how is this going to go? How am I going to maintain the energy levels while being true to the sound of the year?”

It truly is remarkable how he weaves ballads like Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and John Legend’s “All Of Me” with hip-hop anthems like Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” and Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” along with dance tracks DJ Snake’s “Turn Down For What” and Pitbull’s “Timber.” Check out the DJ/Producer’s latest masterpiece below, along with a list of which tracks made the cut.

watch the video mashup after the jump

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Both “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” are pure pop perfection. I hate that both tracks have won me over in a big way, especially the latter. I’ve fallen equally in love with two different covers that take the radio hits and transform them into songs you could walk down the aisle to.

Brooklyn Duo give “Blank Space” a classical makeover using just a piano and cello. Meanwhile, Chargaux take to their violins for “Shake It Out.” Check out both instruments only covers below. They’re fantastic.

listen to both after the jump

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The last time Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) and Adrian Anchondo got together they parodied “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. They’re back at it again but this time taking aim at Taylor Swift’s massive hit “Shake It Off.”

Franzese even convinces his Looking co-star, Russell Tovey, to appear for a brief cameo in the spoof amusingly titled “Shake and Bake.” Mmmm, who else is craving a little chicken ;) Check out the entertaining clip below.

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The 2014 American Music Awards were handed out Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with Pitbull presiding over the ceremonies once again. Heading into the evening, Iggy Azalea led the pack with six AMA nominations. One Direction, however, ended up being the night’s big winner, taking home three awards- Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories.

Unlike the VMAs though, Azalea didn’t go home empty-handed this time. The Aussie femcee won two categories. Taylor Swift also got in on the action by earning the event’s most prestigious honor. The legendary Diana Ross presented the “Blank Space” singer with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!

Katy Perry and Sam Smith took home honors for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist respectively. Check out all the winners below.

In between all the acceptance speeches, there was a whopping 18 performances crammed into the three-hour telecast. There was something for everyone with artists ranging from teen dreams 5 Seconds of Summer to R&B veteran Mary J. Blige. My favorites of the night were Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and Jessie J reuniting with Nicki Minaj and Grande.

On the flip side, I took bathroom breaks during Selena Gomez, Magic! and Fergie‘s set. Was it me, or did the Duchess move awkwardly slow and look a tad stiff? No disrespect but she looked like Iggy’s grandmother on stage. Check out the performances below.

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Is Taylor Swift clairvoyant or something? During last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show performance, the 24-year-old singer joined Fall Out Boy wearing a Union Jack-inspired outfit. Did she already know that the annual event would be holding the 2014 extravaganza in London? Based on the fact she’s once again booked for the show, conspiracy theorists would tend to think so.

At this point, Swift might as well become an honorary VS Angel given her back-to-back performances and close friendships with supermodels Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge. Find out who else is on tap to hit the stage at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show below.

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If Hollywood ever decides to film a prequel to Gone Girl, producers should consider Taylor Swift as a viable choice to play a young Rosamund Pike. The 24-year-old singer delivers bat sh*t crazy equally as convincing as the film’s psychotic female lead.

Since it’s release this week, several enterprising individuals have re-edited the Joseph Khan directed video into a horror film. While Swift’s clip is meant to poke fun at the public’s perception of her as a crazy lovesick woman, in these reimaginings, she’s an actual psychopath. Watch out Freddy Krueger, you’ve got some competition.

With the video’s exquisite production and cinematography, “Blank Space” could easily pass as an upcoming blockbuster. Check out a couple of my favorites below.

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In honor of his new film The Imitation Game, MTV challenged Benedict Cumberbatch to imitate as many celebrities as he could within a 60-second time frame. How many did he whip up? The answer is eleven. But how many of them were decent? I’d say about 7-8. His Taylor Swift needs some work, but his Alan Rickman is bang on. It’s absolutely perfect.

The 38-year-old actor tries his best copying the voices and mannerisms of the likes of John Malkovich, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Dark Knight Rises villain Bane, Matthew McConaughey and the aforementioned Swift and Rickman. Check out the video below and share your thoughts on his attempts.

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We all go a little mad sometimes and in this case, Taylor Swift goes a lot mad. Think an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson in The Shining. The 24-year-old singer gets a little obsessed and unhinged over her love interest, played by male supermodel Sean O’Pry. The music video for “Blank Space” lampoons the public’s perception about Swift’s dating life. Good on her for spoofing herself.

Like most of her high-profile romances, this one starts off idyllic with everything coming up roses. Before you know it, she’s gets jealous crazy and knifes a painting and smashes his car with a golf club among things. As the lyrics state, “Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” No truer words have been said.

Check out the wildly entertaining clip directed by Joseph Khan below. I have to say, I quite like it. Seeing Taylor going all nuclear is actually fun to watch. Now, we know how John Mayer, Harry Styles, Joe Jonas etc all feel ;)

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