DJ Earworm

Jordan Roseman (aka DJ Earworm) is a San Francisco/London-based mashup artist who has achieved recognition for his technically sophisticated, songwriting oriented music and video mashups.[1][2] His annual “United State of Pop” mashups, short mixes featuring the top 25 songs of the year according to Billboard magazine, have reached the Top 100 for national radio play.[3]



Roseman was born into a big family of musicians and raised in eastern Iowa and Evanston, Illinois.[2][4] In his early life, he played piano and produced original electronic music on a computer, later majoring in music theory and computer science at the University of Illinois. He began making mashups recreationally in 2003 using ACID. After encouragement from DJ Adrian at Club Bootie, Roseman created the moniker DJ Earworm ("earworm" referencing a song that repeats uncontrollably in one's mind) and began releasing mashups via a website.[5]

DJ Earworm has a unique mashup style that consists of a compositional, songwriting approach. He gradually layers samples on top of one another, matching keys and subtly altering melodies. His mashups often convey an entirely new meaning than the original material, such as a political message in “No More Gas”. He has been contrasted with mashup artist Girl Talk, who has a more DJ-oriented style.[6]

He is the author of Audio Mashup Construction Kit (Wiley, 2006), a how-to manual for creating mashups.[7]

At the 2008 IDEA conference, he revealed that he has made mashups using Ableton Live₨, and now DJs live with the same software.[8]

"United State of Pop" series


Earworm's 2007 mashup, "United State of Pop” consisted of the top 25 songs of 2007 according to Billboard.[9] The song crossed beyond the online download market, reaching the Top 100 for national radio play in February 2008. Earworm is the first mashup artist to have a bootleg mashup enter Billboard’s charts.[10] As of August 12, 2011, the song has surpassed 4.5 million views on YouTube, and it has peaked at number 71 on the CHR/Top 40 Mediabase radio chart.[citation needed]

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On December 25, 2008 he released another mashup called "United State of Pop 2008 (Viva la Pop)", prominently featuring Coldplay's song "Viva la Vida" as the backing track, and an intro by Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine beat. The official YouTube video of the song had 200,000 views within the first two weeks of release. The mashup peaked at number 58 on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart, and entered the Pop 100 chart.[11] As of September 6, 2011, the video has received over 9.3 million views on YouTube, and it has peaked at number 81 on the CHR/Top 40 Mediabase radio chart.[citation needed]

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On December 27, 2009 he released a third year-end mashup, "United State of Pop 2009 (Blame it on the Pop)". [12] The music video has reached over 38.8 million views as of September 6, 2011.

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On December 28, 2010 he released the fourth year-end mashup, "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop) includes the top 25 singles of 2010. The music video has reached over 12.9 million views as of September 6, 2011.

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The fifth year-end mashup is set to be released in December 2011.

Official Mashups

While most mashup artists must rely on bootleg samples and public releases to make mashups, Earworm has been contacted by prominent musicians to make mashups from their source material. DJ Earworm was given multitracks by Annie Lennox to create a unique mashup piece called "Backwards/Forwards," which contains nine of her songs.

On September 12, 2009, Earworm released an official Sean Kingston mashup called "A Beautiful Mashup."

Like OMG, Baby

"Like OMG, Baby", released in the summer of 2010, was shown as part of a concert at Wembley Stadium in London for Capital FM's Summertime Ball, where all fifteen of the featured artists performed. The mashup is Earworm's fourth song to chart on the CHR/Top 40 Mediabase radio chart, where it peaked at number 83. As of August 8, 2011, the video has received 10.2 million views and counting on YouTube, making it by far his most popular non-United State of Pop mashup and surpassing the 2008 year-end video. In 2011 the song was honored with two Sony Radio Academy Awards.[13] Here is the list of songs used:

  1. Alexandra Burke - All Night Long
  2. Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love
  3. Chipmunk feat. Esmee Denters - Until You Were Gone
  4. Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
  5. Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed
  6. Jason Derulo - In My Head
  7. JLS - One Shot
  8. Justin Bieber - Baby
  9. Ke$ha - Tik Tok
  10. Pixie Lott - Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)
  11. Rihanna - Rude Boy
  12. Scouting For Girls - This Ain't a Love Song
  13. Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
  14. Usher feat. Will.I.Am - OMG
  15. The Wanted - All Time Low

Free At Night

On December 10, 2010, Earworm released a Nelly Furtado mashup titled "Free At Night", composed of 13 songs from Furtado's recent greatest hits album, The Best of Nelly Furtado. The music video has over 541,000 views as of August 8, 2011. Here is the list of songs used:

  1. I'm Like a Bird
  2. Turn Off the Light
  3. Powerless (Say What You Want)
  4. Try
  5. Força
  6. Promiscuous
  7. Maneater
  8. Say It Right
  9. All Good Things (Come To An End)
  10. Girlfriend in This City
  11. Night Is Young
  12. Stars
  13. Manos al Aire

The Only Time is Tonight

To promote YouTube's Android app, Earworm released a mashup called "The Only Time is Tonight". The mashup heavily used Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" instrumental and vocals. It was released on May 31, 2011 on YouTube's official account.[14] On August 22, 2011, the video reached over 1.5 million views. Recently the official video for "The Only Time is Tonight" has been made unavailable for viewing on YouTube and DJ Earworm's website, although the audio for the mashup is available for download on [15] and unofficial copies of the original video are still posted on YouTube. [16] Here is the list of songs used:

  1. Avril Lavigne - What the Hell
  2. Black Eyed Peas - The Time (Dirty Bit)
  3. Chris Brown - Yeah 3x
  4. Enrique Iglesias - Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
  5. Kesha - We R Who We R
  6. Rihanna - Only Girl (In the World)
  7. Willow Smith - Whip My Hair

Party on the Floor

Following up the previous year's "Like OMG, Baby", Earworm released another UK-oriented summertime mashup on June 12, 2011. It is entitled, "Party On The Floor". As of August 23, 2011, the music video has reached over 3 million views. This mash up was used at the start of the Capital FM summertime ball 2011 at Wembley Stadium. Here are the songs used:

  1. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - On the Floor
  2. Jessie J - Do It Like A Dude
  3. Jessie J feat. B.o.B.- Price Tag
  4. LMFAO feat. Lauren Barrett & GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem
  5. Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath
  6. Example - Changed the Way You Kiss Me
  7. Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me
  8. Ne-Yo - Beautiful Monster
  9. The Wanted - Glad You Came
  10. Far East Movement feat. The Cataracs & Dev - Like A G6
  11. JLS feat. Tinie Tempah - Eyes Wide Shut
  12. JLS - Love You More
  13. Katy B - Katy on a Mission
  14. Katy B feat. Ms. Dynamite - Lights On
  15. Cee-Lo Green - Forget You
  16. Cee-Lo Green feat. Wiz Khalifa - Bright Lights, Bigger City
  17. Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull - I Like It
  18. Wretch 32 - Traktor
  19. Mann - Buzzin'


  1. ^ Linda Haywood. DJ Earworm “Working Feverishly” to Complete United State of Pop 2010 The Global Herald.
  2. ^ a b Jason Lipshutz. DJ Earworm: Pop Music Had 'More Energy' in 2010 Billboard.
  3. ^ 'United State of Pop' is in the top 100 in the Mediabase radio play charts.Mediabase. Accessed 18 February 2008.
  4. ^ Roseman, Jordan (2006), Audio Mashup Construction Kit: ExtremeTech, Wiley, p. 9, ISBN 0471771953 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Hardesty L. Bootleg Battle Lines. Technology Review. He also mashed up some of Optimum's Triple Play commercials.
  7. ^ Ressel, David. Mixing musical tracks goes mainstream. Columbia News Service. 16 Jan. 2007.
  8. ^ Video from IDEA '08: DJ Earworm
  9. ^ Party, Ben. Mashup Roundup: DJ Earworm Combines 25 Biggest Songs of the Year. Mother Jones. 3 Jan. 2008.
  10. ^ 'United State of Pop' is in the top 100 in the Mediabase radio play charts. Mediabase. Accessed 18 February 2008.
  11. ^ Trust, G.'Best of 2009: Part 1. Billboard.
  12. ^ Greenblatt, Leah. The ultimate 2009 mash-up: This year's biggest pop hits in under five minutes. Entertainment Weekly. 28 Dec. 2009.
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