The Top Mashups of 2013 (via Soundcloud)

2013 has been a fantastic year for the mashup world. Not only have we seen and heard truly amazing mashups from very talented individuals, but the publicity for mashups on the whole has been unprecedented. We saw some interesting controversy over a PomDeter mashup of Carly Rae Jepsen and  Nine Inch Nails from the main media. We heard a fantastically haunting mashup by DJ Rozroz of the Game of Thrones opening theme mashed to James Brown “It’s a mans world”, a very fitting theme for both tracks.

On the legal front, copyright is getting a good re-examination across the world in an effort to keep up with these rapidly changing times and technology. Canada has made some significant changes in this regard by legally allowing bedroom producers and DJs to make and freely distribute their mashups with out the fear of legal threats.

On the product and service front, we continue to see a lot of great ideas coming into shape via the cloud. SoundCloud might have been the biggest winner in community and music distribution, but they are also pretty tough on take down requests from the legal departments of labels. Official.fm seems to be having a mass exodus for mashup producers when at one point everyone was flocking to it. Hearthis.at is now picking up a lot of these DJ’s and while it has its bugs and quirks it seems to be a relatively good service.

Two new services that are big news for the mashup scene, Legitmix and Indiloop. Both Canadian, both simple and elegant to use. Legitmix focuses on helping DJ’s generate a revenue stream for their mashups by selling the the mashup track as well as the original tracks used in their mixes and mashups, as well as a distribution hub. Indiloop is busily signing up labels to get access to stems for you mash together online and then distribute. If you haven’t tried these yet I highly recommend you do.

So in no particular order, here are some great mashups that have been featured on MashupCiti in 2013, that are on soundcloud and easily assembled into a playlist. There have been many other mashups this year from other services, but this was just quick and easy.

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