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by Erin Whitney
April 15, 2013 11:26 AM
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Watch: Anna Kendrick, Pop Star? Watch Her Sing and Be Charming in 'Cups' Music Video from 'Pitch Perfect'

"Cups" music video UME Direct

From movie to radio single to music video, Anna Kendrick's "Cups," her a cappella hit from last year's "Pitch Perfect," has become a cultural entity of its own. In the film, Kendrick's Beca sings the song "When I'm Gone," a cover of Lulu and the Lampshades' "You're Gonna Miss Me," along with the band's now-famous cup-slap technique.

In the video Kendrick doesn't play Beca from "Pitch Perfect"'s Beca, but is a young girl stuck working in a small town diner dreaming of escaping. While looking up at travel posters, Kendrick rolls out dough and cuts out circles with, of course, a cup -- cute and clever, but a bit saccharine. But no, the cups don't stop there! The original a cappella track, now accompanied by a Mumford and Sons-esque guitar, plays as a flour-covered Kendrick sings and walks around the restaurant while every customer does the little cup jig.

The video is cute and fun as the entire restaurant flips and slaps their cups in sync, but not quite so-cheesy-it's-good, unless perhaps you're a 14 year-old-girl or a diehard "Pitch Perfect" fan. Yet with the popularity of the film and song, this video may just mark the beginning of a music career for Ms. Kendrick. After all her voice isn't bad, but let's hope the cup thing dies out.

Check out the music video below.


  • j | April 26, 2013 8:35 AMReply

    I agree with Shelly, it was the main thing I picked up from this article. Um, Anna was the third-youngest Tony nominee at the age of 12, I wouldn't describe her voice as being just "not bad."

  • Person | April 18, 2013 8:38 PMReply

    help me, she is going too fast!!! i wana learn it!!!

  • David | April 15, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    Anna Kendrick makes anything good. Extremely talented young lady.

  • shelly | April 15, 2013 11:48 AMReply

    Her voice isn't bad??? She was nominated for a Tony. Have you ever seen Camp??? The lack of research and genuine information on this site is sometimes infuriating.