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Get to Know: VSQ’s Modern Rock Hits of 2010

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We know you know and love Vitamin String Quartet’s gorgeous orchestrations of assorted rock and pop classics, but how much do you about the five mega-hits covered for their 2010 hits tribute? If the answer is ‘next to nothing,’ fret not, we’re here to help. Dog Days Are Over: This infectious jam by Florence and the Machine was originally released in 2008 and inspired by an art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. This installation stated, “The Dog Days Are Over,” and hung over London’s Waterloo Bridge. It was here where singer Florence Welch saw it when she rode her bike over. You can guess the rest. F**k You: This retribution ballad from the solo album of Gnarls Barkley’s frontman Cee Lo Green reached number one on the charts in The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Israel. It reached the top ten in countries including Australia, Hungary, Spain and Sweden. The video features the Motown-infused song being Animal: This frenetically paced rock pop hit by Utah based Neon Trees reached #13 on the U.S. charts. Of the lyrics, vocalist Tyler Glenn explains, ““In general, when humans are in love we're like animals.” Little Lion Man: This wistful, string-based song by English folk rockers Mumford & Sons is nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Rock Song” category. Singer Marcus Mumford has said that the song is so personal to him that explaining the lyrics is “awkward” for him. Radioactive: Mumford & Sons face off against the Kings of Leon for the Grammy’s “Best Rock Song” award. The Kings’ nominated “Radioactive” was the first single from their fifth LP Come Around Sundown. Available now on iTunes and Amazon

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VSQ Tribute to Modern Rock Hits 2010

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Description: The VSQ Tribute: Modern Rock Hits 2010 highlights some of the year’s biggest tunes with lush and vibrant string arrangements. Hear the lilting pop melodies of Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” the infectious attitude of Cee-Lo Green’s “F**k You,” the electricity of King of Leon’s “Radioactive” and more as violin, viola and cello burst with beauty as much as they do with innovation. Tracklist: 1. Dog Days are Over (originally performed by Florence and The Machine) 3:07 2. F**k You (originally performed by Cee Lo) 3:01 3. Animal (originally performed by Neon Trees) 2:49 4. Little Lion Man (originally performed by Mumford and Sons) 3:07 5.Radioactive (originally performed by Kings of Leon) 3:06 Available Now at: iTunes and Amazon

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