"We wanted to remain current as well as bring back some classic songs that might not have been heard in a while," explains Julianne Jordan, one of the soundtrack producers and one of the film's executive music producers. "It's a pretty eclectic mix, with several different genres and time periods represented. The mash-ups take the movie to another level."
"We only used songs that creatively work a cappella," says soundtrack producer and the film's other executive music producer Julia Michels. "There were no instruments involved at all."
The album's exclusive mash-ups include the film's The Barden Bellas combining Ace of Base's "The Sign" and La Roux's "Bulletproof," as well as Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)" and Nelly's "Just a Dream." The movie's Treblemakers perform a medley of Cee Lo Green's "Bright Lights Bigger City" and B.o.B's "Magic" along with a medley that combines Ace of Base's "The Sign" and Bangles' "Eternal Flame." The finale features a gala mash-up of Jessie J's "Price Tag," Simple Minds' "Don t You Forget About Me," Pitbull's "Give Me Everything," Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)," Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" and Gloria Estefan's "Turn the Beat Around."
The film's original medleys include "Ladies of the 80s" (Toni Basil's "Mickey," Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot") and "Songs About Sex" (Rihanna's "S&M," Salt N' Pepa's "Let s Talk About Sex," Boyz II Men's "I ll Make Love to You," Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time" and Blackstreet's "No Diggity"). Roc Nation singer/songwriter/co-star Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne) and co-star Skylar Astin join together for a newly arranged soundtrack version of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," while star Anna Kendrick does a solo turn on the Internet viral sensation "Cups," originally performed by J. E. Mountaineers and Lulu and the Lampshades. There are also covers by the Treblemakers of Rihanna's "Don t Stop the Music" and The Dazz Band's "Let It Whip," while promising new artist My Name Is Kay is a featured performer on a cover of Flo Rida's "Right Round."