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The multi-recognized cover band is skyrocketing itself to fame, one song at a time.

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Throughout your many visits to the Internet, you may or may not have heard of the name Postmodern Jukebox time and again. Whether it was in that video your friend shared one Thursday, or at a concert that group of people in the city were going to one night. It comes to your attention that maybe that name means a lot to A LOT of people. Well it does, and here's why:

Let's first start with setting the mood, jazzy style.

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To those of you who recognize them pipes, yes the dame singing is none other than Haley Reinhart, the voice behind the viral Extra Gum commercial. You know, the one that made you ugly cry for all eternity.

So what IS Postmodern Jukebox?

PMJ for short, it's a collaboration of various artists that originated in YouTube who cover popular songs for your hearing pleasure. What sets them apart are their song's unique arrangement and style. Inspired from different 1900's jazz decades, their covers provide a fresh new sound that both past and current generations can enjoy. This article explores the old, the pretty, and the awesome of PMJ's foot-tappin', head-swinging history.

The Man Behind The Piano

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Scott Bradlee, composer from Long Island, New York has been uploading YouTube videos since way back in 2009. He debuted his channel with a piano interpretation of A Night In Tulsa posted on April 17th of that year. It was with this clip that he first showed the internet what he could do, and from then on the connection between him and his viewers created a small but ever-growing fan base.

The Experiment That Exploded

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It was in November 24th of 2011 that Scott uploaded the currently 1.5 million times viewed Motown Tribute To Nickelback, that featured him and a number of his friends covering NB's famous "How You Remind Me" using an assortment of instruments, all from the comfort of his living room. Its distinctive sound led viewers to play it repeatedly, and it was this special idea of taking a tune you know and building it anew that worked so well for many future covers to come.

The Robin's Voice

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Almost a year after Scott's second Motown Tribute (this time to Avril Lavigne's Sk8tr Boy, with over 1.1 million views to date) fellow New Yorker Robyn Adele Anderson stepped into the living room stage. Delivering a very different yet irresistibly catchy adaptation of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop", Robyn's debut to Scott's channel (then named ScottBradleeLovesYa) was what some would call the humble birth of Postmodern Jukebox.

Seriously though, it's quite catchy!

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Fun Fact: Robyn Anderson has done more PMJ songs than any other featuring artist, and her cover for Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop" is the channel's mostly viewed video (14.6 million and counting). Talk about queen, huh?

The Vintage Victory

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Amidst the raging YouTube comments requesting to be able to take the popular covers everywhere, it was in January 31st of 2014 that Postmodern Jukebox released their first album "Twist is the New Twerk". Fast forward 9 albums and 113 songs later Scott Bradlee is still seeing success, from sold out shows on PMJ's constant tours to reaching (and staying at) the top of the iTunes jazz charts.

The Power of Today's Media

Postmodern Jukebox prides itself on the recognition they receive all around. From artists like Zooey Deschanel and Beyoncé herself, to having their songs played and re-done on national television, and every blog praising them in between; all of the links, shares, likes, retweets and thumbs up have contributed in helping Scott's beloved band into becoming almost a household name (or at least that's where they are headed for).

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Just look at actor Kevin Spacey, giving them a visit on tour!

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Or this throwback with none other than Hugh Jackman!

Still not convinced they're something special? Check THIS out.

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If you're interested in the voice behind this track, its talented Von Smith from Kansas City, who opened for Lady Gaga's tour in Australia back in 2012.

The Historical Future: What awaits PMJ in 2016?

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More tours! New voices, and lots of more songs each with their accompanying YouTube video. There's so many reasons why you can appreciate a band like Postmodern Jukebox in what would become their third year since Thrift Shop happened. Working with over 30 collaborating artists so far, you're bound to have a favorite. Based in Los Angeles, California, the ever-busy Scott Bradlee orchestrates his covers to sound fresher every week, and never disappoints.

Thank you for being the coolest cat around! 🎩

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