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A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version. It may incorporate elements of dance music. It is often used to create an upbeat version of a song for playing by disc jockeys in nightclubs.

In addition to dance remixes, many R&B;, pop, and rap artists use remixes and alternate versions of songs with "featured" guest stars, in order to give them new life, or to make them a hit if they're failing.

January 5, 2002: The first remix album to debut at the #1 spot on Billboard's Top 200, J To Tha L-O! by Jennifer Lopez.

In recent years the concept of the remix has been applied analogously to other media and products. In 2000, the British Channel 4 television program Jaaaaam was produced as a remix of the sketches from the comedy show Jam. In 2003 the Coca-Cola Corporation released a new version of their soft drink Sprite with tropical flavours under the name Sprite Remix.

Table of contents
1 Influencial Remix Producers (Remixers)
2 Examples of Popular Hip-Hop Remixes
3 Examples of Popular Dance Remixes
4 Remix companies
5 Megamixes
6 External links

Influencial Remix Producers (Remixers)

Examples of Popular Hip-Hop Remixes

Beyonce's "Naughty Girl" is the newest on the list. As it's currently receiving heavy radio play, urban stations favor the remix while pop and dance stations favor the original, Lil' Flip-less version. The rest of the songs received more radio play in their remixed form than in the original. The most obvious example of this is in "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny"; both songs only managed very minor success, and only on mainstream radio stations, in their original forms. Once the remixes were released, the songs both fared extremely well not only on mainstrem radio but also on rhythmic and urban stations. Each song became a multiple-week number one at radio, based almost entirely on the strength of its remix. The videos for the original versions of "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny" each briefly registered on MTV and VH1 in America. But the remix videos brought them into heavy rotation on MTV, as well as major play on MTV2, BET, and MTV Jams.

There is no music video for the original versions of "Fiesta", "Not Tonight", "One More Chance", or "Pass The Courvoissier". On the other hand, no video exists for the remix versions of "Baby I Luv U" or "Naughty Girl". No video exists for "Butterflies" at all. However, all other listed songs have videos for both their original and remix versions.

Examples of Popular Dance Remixes

Most of the above hip-hop and dance remixes received far more radio airplay than their original versions did. All of the rap remixes have music videos, nearly all of which outperformed the original videos (if they existed at all) on MTV, MTV2, and BET. Several of the dance remixes that had videos also performed as well if not better than their original versions, especially on MTV2, which has had dance-themed programs and video blocks. The video remix for "Missing" was the one most often seen, even on MTV and VH1, since it was the version most often heard on the radio. The remixes of "Hero" and "Waiting For Tonight" got substantial play on MTV2's dance-themed programs, whereas their original videos did not receive much play from the channel. Even regular MTV gave both remix videos about equal attention as their originals, which were more successful at radio. VH1 stuck with the original, pop versions of both. The "Southside" and "What It Feels Like For A Girl" videos were released only as dance remixes. On the other hand, "Stranger In My House" and "Don't For Me Argentina" exist as videos only in their slower, original forms, even despite the fact that both songs' techno remixes far outperformed their originals on American radio. "I Never Knew" and "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven" do not have music videos in any version.

Most of the above hip-hop remixes arose either from the need for a poppy R&B singer to add more of an urban edge to a possibly slower R&B song, or from the need for a rapper to gain more pop appeal by getting an R&B singer to sing some lines here and there. When a song by a solo does not take off, the hip-hop crowd understands that the majority of successful hip-hop songs include a combination of rapping and singing, usually being done by at least two different artists. So, when a song by a solo artist, whether a popular rapper or singer, fails to catch, the remix is usually relied on to give the song a second chance.

In the case of the above dance remixes, many are slow ballads and R&B songs that were remixed by techno producers and DJ's in order to give the song appeal to the club scene and torhythmic radio. Up-tempo, dance-oriented songs tend to perform better than slow songs on mainstream American radio as well.

So, whether a slower R&B song is remixed as a dance song or a hip-hop song (or, as in the case of Mariah Carey's "I Still Believe", both), it usually increases the song's chances for success on not just one but usually on multiple radio formats and with multiple audiences.

Remix companies

Several companies hire DJs to remix songs, which are then sold on compilation albums or released as singles.


A megamix is a remix containing multiple songs in rapid succession. Ultimix is the most well-known for these, producing at least one or two every
year based on popular songs of the year. Each "flashback medley" is about 15 minutes long, usually with at least that many songs if not more. The "artist megamix" is also popular, with some of the more popular ones (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys) having more than one, usually from different remix companies. Hip-hop mixes are released under the Funkymix name.

External links

See also: Cover