Mix and Mash-Up

Cutting and pasting together pop hits has never been easier--or more fun

What do you get when you layer the soulful vocals of Destiny's Child over the grunge riffs of Nirvana? Or blend the energetic hip-hop of Salt-N-Pepa's Push It with the garage-rock ferocity of the Stooges' No Fun? The answer in both cases is a gold-plated, bona fide hit record.

Forget American Idol. Mash-ups, as these musical shotgun marriages are known, are the real road to success for today's harmonically challenged pop wannabes. The expertise required would make Beethoven blush. If you have ever listened to a mash-up and thought, I could do that, you're absolutely right. The necessary equipment: a PC,...

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