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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen

Speed: 122 bpm

The DJ's Take: Carly Rae Jepsen has a unique window of opportunity - she's a one hit wonder, but her one hit was so big that three years later, any new single she puts out will generate buzz. And this is the sound her demographic will like: 80s teen synth pop with a hook young high school females can empathize with and sing along to. Worth a download? I'd hold off for now to see if the initial hype lasts, although record pool dj's should take a flyer with an eye toward prom season.

If you're dialing down toward the 115 bpm range, consider mixing or mashing up with tracks like Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars and Motown Philly - Boyz II Men. Up toward 120 to 125 bpm, consider mixing or mashing up with tracks like Let Me Love You - NeYo and California Gurls - Katy Perry.

Download the song:

Amazon: I Really Like You

Where Are Ü Now - Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber

Speed: 70 bpm, 140 bpm

The DJ's Take: This is probably something you save for an EDM festival, rave, or mixtape. Personally, I think the sound is kind of interesting - has a jungle-ly tribal feel to it. But spin this in a Top 40 environment, and you're probably begging for blank stares. If you're looking for key-compatible mix/mashup ideas, consider going with tracks like Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj, Lips Are Movin - Meghan TrainorX - Chris BrownCan't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan LewisDay N Nite - Kid Cudi and Big Pimpin - Jay-Z (Feel This Moment - Pitbull could work too).

Download the song:

Amazon: Where Are Ü Now (feat. Justin Bieber)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The BMC Top 10 for February 2015

1. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding

2. Blank Space - Taylor Swift

3. Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd

4. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

5. Animals - Maroon 5

6. Only - Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

7. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

8. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

9. Sugar - Maroon 5

10. Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz

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(Photo via Morguefile)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Post To Be - Omarion ft. Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko

Speed: 97.5 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not really a fan - this one sounds a little juvenile; reminds me a lot of Body Language. But it's a DJ Mustard track making a strong move up the charts, so may be a worth a spot in your new music playlist. If you're gonna mix or mash up with something key-compatible, I'd consider F**kin' Problems. Lose Yourself To Dance could work too. Probably won't blow your crowd away, but should have a shelf-life of at least a few weeks.

Download the song:

Amazon: Post To Be (feat. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko) [Explicit]

10 Bands - Drake

Speed: 87 bpm

The DJ's Take: If there's one rapper from the modern generation whose music we may be calling classic one day, it's Drake. Great single to spin in an NYC hiphop club or bar - head-noddable beat that's hard yet sharp and refined, and flowing vocals with sing-alongable, catchy hooks that don't sound like amateur nursery rhymes.

Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like Irresistible - Fall Out Boy, The Man - Aloe Blacc, Live Your Life - T.I. ft. Rihanna, Paper Planes - MIA, Royals - Lorde. If you want to speed up a couple bpm's, consider blending with songs like Adorn - Miguel, Diamonds - Rihanna, and Jealous - Nick Jonas.

Download the song:

Amazon: 10 Bands [Explicit]

Monday, February 23, 2015

I Want You To Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez

Speed: 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: Seems like EDM isn't the flavor of the month anymore in pop music, but that doesn't mean we can't use a good fist-pumping single every once in awhile. Assuming this gets the radio play you figure it would, your crowd should recognize the names and the style. If you're operating at 130 bpm and the people like the vibe, this is worth a spin.

Stay key-compatible and consider mixing with tracks like Light Years Away (feat. DBX) - TiestoThe Days - AviciiPrayer In C - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin SchulzLay Me Down - AviciiAdore You - Miley Cyrus (Cedric Gervais Remix)Ten Feet Tall - AfrojackTake Me - TiestoWe Run The Night - Havana Brown ft. PitbullMarry The Night - Lady GagaClub Can't Handle Me - Flo RidaDanza Kuduro - Don OmarShut It Down - Pitbull ft. AkonF*ck You - Ceelo GreenPush It - Salt N PepaU Can't Touch This - MC Hammer, and Right Round - Flo Rida.

Download the song:

Amazon: I Want You To Know [feat. Selena Gomez]

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Talking Body - Tove Lo

Speed: 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: Kind of a fun, whimsical pop song that should appeal to females and fashion show music coordinators. Currently making a move in the lower part of the Billboard Hot 100, and I'll be surprised if it doesn't jump at least a little more. For a key-compatible mix/mashup, try blending with tracks like Come Get It Bae - Pharrell, She Came To Give It To You - Usher, Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke, Take Your Time (Do It Right) by The S.O.S. Band, and Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen.

Download the song:

Amazon: Talking Body [Explicit]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chains - Nick Jonas

Speed: 76 bpm

The DJ's Take: Reminds me of Kanye West's Power with the handclaps, background battle cries, and hard-driving vibe. Could easily be re-packaged as a hot hiphop track. Other key-compatible mix/mashup candidates include Trophies - Young Money, Mirrors - Justin Timberlake, Give Me A Try - Sizzla, Bottoms Up - Trey Songz, BedRock - Young Money, Got Your Back - T.I. ft. Keri Hilson, All The Above - Maino, Boyfriend #2 - Pleasure P, Crank That - Soulja Boy, Say My Name, and Man Down - Rihanna. In any case, this is making a move up the charts, and with good reason - well-produced, and well-worth a spot in your playlist.

Download the song:

Amazon: Chains - Nick Jonas

Go Hard or Go Home - Wiz Khalifa & Iggy Azalea

Speed: 84 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is it any surprise this is on the Furious 7 soundtrack? I feel like the song title is something I'd yell out as I throw up gang signs after landing a lame trick in my 42 view YouTube x-treme skateboarding video. At the very least, this is loud, energetic filler that's worth a download for your new music folder. Stay key-compatible by double-timing into tracks like Shake It Off - Taylor Swift and Hey Ya! by Outkast.

Download the song:

Amazon: Go Hard or Go Home

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Somebody - Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih

Speed: 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: I feel like this track has 'minor hit' written all over it. Seems to come on a lot on the local hipPop radio station, but doesn't do much for me, although jacking the chorus from one of the most female-friendly dance tracks in history doesn't hurt. If you're playing bouncy 100 bpm pop, this should keep things moving in the club. Could make a cool little key-compatible mix/mashup with Whistle - Flo Rida.

Download the song:

Amazon: Somebody [feat. Jeremih]