By John Young
Updated May 13, 2010 at 11:42 PM EDT

The Top 40 music landscape generally disinterests me, but I do love it when young musicians on YouTube take a popular song and, in the broken-record words of the Idol judges, “make it their own.” Enter Paul Dateh, a 27-year-old violinist from Los Angeles (and USC alumnus, Fight On!) who made this slick mash-up video featuring current hits by Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Rihanna, and Usher. Mighty impressive, and long live the strings!