Mixtape Music Vault/Headlines Edition

When it comes to the Philly Mixtape Music Vault, the possibilities are absolutely endless-and that’s the best part of it all. Last week, we got lost in some killer Billboard #1 singles along with the stories behind them, and this week, we’re going to dive a bit deeper and take a look at some headlines that rocked our music worlds 15, 25…45 years ago. Read on to find out which diva received her well deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990, and also which diva released an album that would take her to “Marmalade” pastures. There’s also one a one-time rock force acting like spoiled brats…and just what was Tupac Shakur up to in prison? It’s all here in your headlines edition of ‘Mixtape Music Vault.’ Also, be sure to stay locked into the vault all summer long where we’ve got some delicious music treasures ready to surface, which kicks off next week in a most ‘Oops’ kind of way….

25 years ago this week, Ms. Janet Jackson received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…

As all late-’80s/’90s kids know, Ms. Janet was at the top of her game in 1990, fresh off of her mega-successful “Rhythm Nation” tour, with a matching blockbuster album that delivered all…those…hits like, “Escapade,” “Miss You Much,” “Black Cat” and “Alright.” When Janet accepted her coveted Hollywoood star, she came armed and ready, dressed in her signature “Rhythm Nation” army get up, complete with trademark black cap and that big ol’ hoop with the key laced in it. While Janet’s preceding album, ‘Control,’ (finally) put the diva on the music map, it was “Rhythm” that not only cemented Janet’s lengthy stay in the spotlight, but it was this album and moment that catapulted her to the ranks of the iconic diva she is today. Imagine a world without Janet’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ album? We shudder to think….

20 years ago this week, Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris…..while in prison….

Oh, Mr. Pac. If you’ll remember, Mr. Shakur was riding high in 1995, raking in dough from the success of trademark single, ‘Dear Mama,’ and chart busting album, “Me Against the World.” Only thing was….Tupac reaped all of this success while serving time in prison for sexual assault and attempted murder. Always one to party it up, Mr. Shakur decided to marry his boo, Keisha Morris, while serving his infamous prison sentence. Needless to say, the marriage of Pac and Keisha was short-lived, but there will be certainly be no other music artist in our lifetime who ties the knot and tops the charts while serving time behind bars. “Dear Mama” for life….

15 years ago this week, Mya released her second album, ‘Fear of Flying’….

Long before she was a “Forgot About Friday” temptress, Ms. Mya Harrison ruled the charts, with hits “It’s All About Me,” “Movin’ On” and “Ghetto Superstar” all taking us upstairs to the music bedroom back in the day. When she released her second set, ‘Fear of Flying,’ 15 years ago this week, the pressure was on for girlfriend not to fall into a dreaded sophomore album slump like so many others before her. Did she do it? At first, not exactly as lead single, “Best of Me,” failed to gain steam, which kickstarted the album to low first week sales. But, then, out of the music heavens, a little song came along called, “Case of the Ex,” which would not only land Mya her biggest solo hit, but would lead her to collaborate with the gals on the chart destroying rewire of Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade.” You may have forgotten about this album, but if it wasn’t for ‘Flying,’ “Lady” just might have never happened….

10 years ago, Linkin Park threw all kinds of shade at Warner Bros Music….in a press release…..

10 years ago this week, rock act Linkin park made all kinds of headlines when they threw major shade at their at-the-time label, Warner Bros, in the form of a thrashing press release. At the time, Linkin Park put the brakes on plans to start work on their next album, releasing a statement concerned that WMG would be unable to live up to its  “fiduciary responsibility” to market and promote the band. The statement went on to say,  “The new owners of the Warner Music Group will be reaping a windfall of $1.4 billion from their $2.6 billion purchase a mere 18 months ago if their planned IPO moves forward. Linkin Park, their biggest act, will get nothing,” the statement reads, “Of the planned $750 million raised by an IPO, only about $7 million will be put toward the company’s own operations, with no money going to WMG artists.” During this time, Linkin Park’s camp was said to be seeking a new contract worth $60 million; where WMG offered a five-album deal at $3 million per album, sources said.  It’s no secret that 10 years ago, Linkin Park was one of the biggest new successes in rock in recent years, having sold over 35 million records worldwide since the 5 years they hit the scene. What it all comes down to is this….see you soon on “Forgot About Friday” soon, boys! 

45(!) years ago today, the Allman Brothers manager was arrested for murder…

In your “WTF?” music headlines moment, it was this day in 1970 that Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over….a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. And guess what? Lyndon was acquitted…

In more “WTF?” music news….7 years ago today, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon did THIS……

Did you really think the contract, err, marriage would last?



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