Pitch Perfect Platinum For Cup Game 'When I'm Gone' Rendition

08/05/2013
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(Radio.com) The Cup Game is easy enough. You need a plastic cup, rhythm and a little bit of patience to play. After learning the order in which you drum on the cup, move it and toss it over your forearm before resuming the procedure again, you increase your pace, going faster and faster until the plastic object goes flying.

Pitch Perfect, a musical comedy by Universal Pictures released in September 2012, follows the Barden Bellas, an all-girl a cappella group, as the team competes against a fellow group from Barden University to win the Nationals competition.

Along the way, the group gets help from an unlikely source Beca Mitchell, played by Anna Kendrick, an aspiring DJ with a penchant for creating mash-ups of popular songs who decides to join the club.

Mitchell's audition for the Bellas is a rendition of the song "When I'm Gone," performed to the rhythm of the Cup Game. It not only gains Mitchell admission into the club; it also became the film's rallying cry, spawning a number of YouTube covers and how-tos.

Then, radio noticed. Today, the song has been transformed into a bona fide single, having added an extra 50 seconds to its original length, coming in at just over two minutes.

On last week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Cups" reaches its highest peak yet, jumping one spot to No. 8 after finding a home on both pop and adult contemporary radio.

Performed by Kendrick herself, the single version has also earned a Platinum rating from the RIAA, having sold over 1 million downloads. The story goes even deeper than that.

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