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If you are in the process of working off that holiday turkey, the list of most popular workout songs for December has just been released.  According to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog, the Top Ten songs are listed below, so get out your gear!

The Top 10 Workout Songs For December

Given that they’ve both passed on now, it’s been a surprise to see both The King and his son-in-law (The King Of Pop) drop club hits this month. Elvis turns up in a remixed version of “Suspicious Minds.”  It’s the latest in a series of re-worked Elvis tracks that began appearing after Junkie XL had a crossover hit with “A Little Less Conversation” from Ocean’s Eleven.  And, Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” also gets the remix treatment—though the changes are subtle—as part of the new MJ-themed Cirque du Soleil production Immortal.

Other highlights from the top 10 include Katy Perry’s latest single, two tracks featuring Lil Jon, and a curious collaboration between Will.I.Am, J-Lo, and Mick Jagger.

Here’s the full list:

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (Benny Benassi Remix) – 131 BPM

Katy Perry – The One That Got Away – 135 BPM

Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds (Can’t Walk Out Remix) – 121 BPM

Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Immortal Version) – 123 BPM

LMFAO & Lil Jon – Shots (Dummejungs Remix) – 128 BPM

Rihanna & Jay-Z – Talk That Talk – 84 BPM

Will.I.Am, Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez – T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) – 106 BPM

Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat (Maan Studio Remix) – 126 BPM

Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki & Lil Jon – Turbulence – 129 BPM

Dev – In The Dark (DJ Kue Remix) – 126 BPM
To find more workout songs–and hear next month’s contenders—folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Britta's Picks/New on the scene


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AMERICAN IDOL contestant Lauren Alaina will not forget this Thanksgiving Day for a very long time.  During the opening of the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game, she forgot part of the lyrics to the National Anthem.

To her defense, who really cares?  She just joins the long list of stars who have also forgotten the words.  And I have to admit, it loses me at “Oh say can you see”.  How many can actually sing the entire song without forgetting any of the words?  Can you?   Check out the lyrics after you try singing it right now.

Lauren, no worries…your fans will still love you no matter what!  Don’t let those critics get to you, they probably can’t get through it without messing up either.  And to keep this in perspective you are only 17-years-old, others have had decades to learn it!

Keep your sunshine smile and move on.  It’s not the first time nor the last, that someone will slip singing the lyrics to our treasured National Anthem.

I know this may anger some die-hard American’s, but life is too short to worry about a song.  Knowing the lyrics does not make you love your country anymore than the next guy.

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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in Britta's Picks/New on the scene


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It probably will surprise you that I really enjoy my new game Call of Duty MW3 (Modern Warfare).  Although I’m certainly not in the demographics for the game, I truly do believe the top-selling game of all time, is worth every penny and the hype.  Yes…I’m a “gamer”.

My only complaint is that I got through the missions in just two days, playing at mid-level.  I wanted more because it is awesome and the new weapons rock!  But no worries, I will go back and play in the advanced level.  There are a few tricks that may get you stumped, but when using your common sense, it is simple to figure out what to do.

However, if you are considering buying this game as a stocking stuffer for your young teen, you may want to think twice.  It is brutal, raw, bloody and really made for 18 and older.  If young minds are corrupted by this violence, they could lash out in the wrong way.  Sorry teens, but it really is a game for adults only.

In testing the online multi-player feature, I was surprised to find a limited amount of players on-line last night.  Maybe I was in the wrong game because the last version, Call of Duty Black Ops, had a lot of people available to share shots with at all hours of the night.

If you are a fan of Call of Duty, this is a game you will want to buy!


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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Britta's Picks/New on the scene


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Work-out enthusiasts will be happy to know there is a website offering a list of the top 10 monthly workout songs.  Each month posts the most popular songs, voted on by subscribers, and provides links where to buy them on Itunes or Amazon.

It is a great idea and if this does not get you to workout—not sure what will.  Well, coming from someone who can’t even touch her toes, this means a lot!


This month’s top 10 is rounded out by a new track from LMFAO, a Britney remix, and a song by Young The Giant–brought most folks’ attention by the band’s surprise inclusion on this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at–the web’s most popular
workout music blog.
Rihanna & Calvin Harris – We Found Love – 128 BPM

Dev- In The Dark – 125 BPM

Afrojack & Eva Simons – Take Over Control – 128 BPM

LMFAO- Sexy And I Know It – 129 BPM

Chris Brown & Benny Benassi – Beautiful People – 129 BPM
Shortee & Faust – Friday Night Special – 133 BPM

Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne – Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix) – 130 BPM

Britney Spears – I Wanna Go (Oliver Remix) – 129 BPM

Young The Giant – My Body – 130 BPM

David Guetta & Usher – Without You – 128 BPM

To find more workout songs-and hear next month’s contenders—folks can check out
the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era-to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.


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Empire Avenue is becoming a huge hit and is taking off with big companies. The fairly new website is a stock market simulation social network game, which allows users to buy and sell shares of people and websites.  Although it launched in February 2010 by invitation-only in a beta format, it was released to the public in July 2010.

Right now registration and game play is free, but with it’s recent rise in membership, that is likely to change. Social networks supported by Empire Avenue include Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn and the player’s own blog and RSS feeds, but more are signing up daily.

In summary the way it works is players have their own portfolio in a virtual economy.  Pricing of a player’s share depends on the ticker’s stock buying and selling, along with social networking activity.  It is kind of like the stock market, where the players then can have multiple investors, which will garner them a higher share price.  They can also invest in other players. Players win Achievements, by advertising and adding services such as Twitter, and they gain dividends from the other shares in players they invest in.

Similar to other social media games, Empire Avenue uses virtual currency called Eaves as a means of purchasing shares in other players. The founder and CEO of Empire Avenue, Duleepa “Dups” Wijayawardhana, said eventually they will introduce features that will allow players to exchange Eaves for real-world rewards.

It sounds a bit like on-line gambling if you ask me, some may get addicted so hopefully they will keep the currency virtual, and make money on advertising.  Pretty cool concept, I hope someone invests in me!

Looking to use non-virtual money, it may be time to invest in a home.


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Design Window Solutions

Design Window Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2006 by professional interior designers who believe that window treatments and audio-visual integration are critical elements of both residential and commercial interior design projects.

When using them myself, I learned that they have the best customer service, paired with high quality window treatments.  Finding a great company with both, is sometimes a challenge when selecting vendors for your home. It also helps that they have more than twenty years of interior design experience, and have consulted homeowners, architects, and designers extensively on balancing design and function in their respective environments.

Their projects have varied from single-shade home solutions to major renovations and construction projects at many of the finest addresses in Chicago, including Trump Tower, Museum Park, and private homes across the Gold Coast and surrounding areas. To top it off, their mastery of convenient scheduling, product knowledge, and seamless delivery underscores their success.

If you are in search of exceptional window treatments including; a variety of shades, blinds, shutters, draperies, eco-friendly or motorized, DESIGN WINDOW SOLUTIONS is my top pick in Chicago! 

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TheYamGama took a popular Eminem song “Not Alone” and remixed it with Obama and supporter’s as a backdrop.  It is well done and may become a viral hit. Take a listen and weigh in.  Great mix!

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