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Everything about this is all just a bit random. As if the idea of superimposing his face on famous works of art wasn’t odd enough, releasing a music video for a track that’s three years old is beyond baffling. Oh that will.i.am! Always keeping us on our toes.

Smile Mona Lisa” featuring Nicole Scherzinger is off the 41-year-old rapper’s 2013 album, #willpower. For the accompanying visual, director Michael Jurkovac brings iconic paintings to life. “Mona Lisa” and “Girl With a Pearl Earring” are just a couple from The Louvre to get the treatment. You’ll never picture the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece the same way again. Check out the clip below.

Will.I.Am ft Nicole Scherzinger ‘Smile Mona Lisa’

Shazam Reveals Most Tagged Songs & TV Shows Of 2013

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I don’t know about you, but I feel Shazam is probably one of the best apps ever created. There is nothing more frustrating than hearing a song but not being able to remember the title or artist. Even worse, if you hear it on your favorite TV show and rack your brain trying to figure it out, but still come up empty-handed. Honestly, Shazam has saved me numerous headaches. I also love using it as a makeshift to-download list for songs I need to purchase. The service has been partially credited for Icona Pop’s success. Their hit “I Love It” went on to be Shazamed more than two millions times in the US after appearing on Girls.

In the past several years, Shazam’s activity has increased at an astronomical rate. In 2011, Adele was tops with 4 million Shazams. In 2012, five artists achieved more than five million tags. This year, 43 artists have achieved more than five million Shazams. The popular music tagging service revealed their annual list of most popular tags. Check out the lists below and see if your tagging contributed to the totals.

check out the top 10 after the jump

VEVO Reveals The 10 Most Played Music Videos In 2013

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Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.

VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.

The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.

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DJ Earworm Mashes Up Summer 2013’s Biggest Hits

In: Donovan, Music

What’s your song of the summer so far? Is it Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky?” How about “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke? Perhaps it’s Pitbull and Christina Aguilera’s catchy dance anthem “Feel This Moment?” DJ Earworm definitely considers them as viable contenders for the 2013 summer crown. The musical genius has once again worked his magic and delivered another wicked mashup. Praise the dance gods he doesn’t just do a year-end one.

Along with the aforementioned tracks, DJ Earworm includes hit tracks from Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Zedd, will.i.am and Justin Bieber to name a few. Props to my buddy Trevor Guthrie for getting a nod for his collaboration with Armin van Buuren in the mashup.

As much as I love DJ Earworm’s latest masterpiece, I feel he unfairly snubbed Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It,” Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” and Miley Cyrus’ oddly addicting “We Can’t Stop.” I’ve definitely have all those songs on heavy rotation. Check out Earworm’s new mash below.

watch the video mashup after the jump

Ke$ha Gets Crazy With Will.I.Am For New Video

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Ke$ha acting all crazy isn’t anything new. After all, she’s the same woman who drank her own pee, hoping that would translate to ratings for her MTV reality show. Compared to that behavior, she’s relatively sane in her brand spanking new music video directed by Darren Craig. She sure does love Craig. He also filmed the 26-year-old singer’s “Die Young” and “C’mon” clips. “Crazy Kids” is the third single from her 2012 album Warrior.

The four-minute visual kicks off with Ke$ha wearing a powder blue hoodie accessorized with chunky gold jewelry and oversized eyeglasses. Once she takes off her hoodie, she reveals purple and blue cornrows. She later ditches her tripped-out chulo look for more of a glamorous outfit and hairstyle to hang out with shirtless middle-aged bikers.

Making an appearance in the video as an astronaut is will.i.am. It’s only fitting the Black Eyed Peas member pops up in sort of holographic form given that Justin Bieber also did the same in his “#thatPower” clip. Check out Ke$ha’s “Crazy Kids” music video below.

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Forget Jem & The Holograms, it’s all about will.i.am and the Bieber hologram. I know our site has our fair share of will.i.am and Justin Bieber haters, so be forewarned. The Black Eyed Peas member is surrounded by multiple look-alikes, while the Biebs pop up as a ghostly hologram. I’m sure it’s every hater’s worst nightmare.

I’m not the biggest fan of either artist but I appreciate a high-concept well-executed clip. I can give props when warranted. I even half-debated writing this yesterday, but after watching it a few times, I decided to write a post about it.

Ben Mor directs the clip which is set in a futuristic Asian world. It’s all very I, Robot meets Star Wars. will.i.am sports his unflattering harem drop pants while meticulously executing robotic choreography. Meanwhile, Justin takes a page from Tupac’s Coachella appearance last year and only appears in holographic form. Check out the clip below.

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Will.I.Am Assists Ke$ha With ‘Crazy Kids’

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It’s all about collaborations recently. Snoop Lion roped in Miley Cyrus for “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks.” Then Cyrus sang on will.i.am’sFall Down.” Now will.i.am is helping out Ke$ha with her third single from Warrior. Can we expect a Ke$ha and Snoop Lion collabo soon?

As with many artists who made splashy debuts, Ke$ha is suffering the dreaded sophomore slump. Her first album, Animal, sold about 1.4 million units domestically. So far, Warrior has only moved just a bit over 200,000. The lead single, “Die Young” did relatively well but then was pulled from radio stations after the Newtown shootings. The follow up single “C’Mon” only peaked at No. 27 which isn’t bad for most, but all of the 26-year-old singer’s singles have charted in Billboard’s Hot 100 Top 10. I’m sure her record label had a hand in bringing will.i.am on the reworked track. But does he elevate the single or bring it down? Check it out below. “Crazy Kids” will hit U.S. radio on April 29.

listen to the track after the jump

Listen To The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler

In: Donovan, Movies, Music

The first released trailer of The Great Gatsby was captivating, but the most recent one featuring some of the music from the soundtrack just put it over the edge. It’s remarkable how music can elevate emotion.

If hearing short snippets, of what is bound to be a phenomenal soundtrack, had you begging for more, you’re in luck. The official soundtrack sampler has been unveiled, featuring 30-second snippets from each of the songs on the LP, with one notable exception- the Beyonce & Andre 3000 cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.” Speaking of which, I’m sure if Winehouse were still alive today she would be included in this talented bunch.

Jay-Z who was commissioned to curate the soundtrack did a fantastic job of lining up artists who evoke the roaring 20s while keeping it contemporary. A few of the standouts on the soundtrack include Florence and the Machine, Sia, Coco O. and Lana Del Rey’s contribution. Normally, the latter gives me gas, but I think she’s absolutely divine on her track and will fit perfectly in the film. Also worth mentioning is my girl Emeli Sande. She does a swing version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” So glad that the Scottish songbird is finally getting some love in North America. Listen to her cover along with the rest below.

listen to the sampler after the jump

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