Pop Culture (song)

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"Pop Culture"
Song by Madeon
Released 11 July 2011 (2011-07-11)
Recorded 11 July 2011 (2011-07-11)
Length 3:24
Songwriter(s) Various
Producer(s) Hugo Pierre Leclercq

"Pop Culture" is a mash-up song created by Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known by his stage name, Madeon. The song was created on-the-fly by Leclercq, when he was seventeen years old, using samples from 39 popular songs, mixed using software FL Studio controlled with a Novation Launchpad. Leclercq recorded a video of him creating the mix which he uploaded to YouTube on 11 July 2011. The video went viral within a few days, and since has seen more than 42 million views[1]. The video drew attention to Leclercq and would lead to him being signed by Columbia Records and launching his music career.


A Novation Launchpad, which Leclercq used to perform "Pop Culture"

Prior to releasing "Pop Culture", Leclercq (at the time, using only his Madeon stage name) was a rising star in the EDM genre, having won a remix competition for the song "The Island" by Pendulum in late 2010.[2] He subsequently developed remixes for songs by Alphabeat, deadmau5, and Yelle, with the last two praising Leclercq's remixes.[3][4]

Leclercq described the concept for "Pop Culture" on wanting to show the process that electronic mix artists use during live performances. Leclercq stated, "When you go see an electro band, we do not really know what they do on stage."[3] Leclercq created "Pop Culture" through taking short samples from 39 different songs, which included:[5]

The song was put into dance form by comedian Nathan Barnatt and uploaded to YouTube in August.[6] Due to the attention he received from "Pop Culture" and subsequent singles, Leclercq was approached by various record labels to sign up as an artist.[7]


  1. ^ Madeon (2011-07-11), Madeon - Pop Culture (live mashup), retrieved 2018-01-30 
  2. ^ "'The Island' Remix Competition Winners!". Pendulum.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Doyez, Francois-Luc (14 November 2011). "Madeon, electro kid". Libération. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Dorof, Jakob (19 July 2011). "Madeon Gets Hands-On With 39 Pop Songs". The Village Voice. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Bailey (12 July 2011). ""Pop Culture" mega-mash-up: 39 songs in three minutes". CBS News. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Goodman, William (31 August 2011). "Epic Madeon song mix "Pop Culture" gets a dance". CBS NEWS. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Corner, Lewis (5 February 2015). "Madeon interview: "I don't see myself as a DJ - I never really was"". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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