1.Is there music shade between Sia and Katy Perry?
Although “Chandelier” songstress Sia may have written for all the divas including Rihanna, Beyoncé and Adele, there’s one A-list diva whom the camera-shy Aussie songwriting pariah hasn’t had the easiest working relationship with: Ms. Katy Perry.
During a spill to Rolling Stone about her forthcoming studio album This is Acting -which will showcase songs she originally wrote for other artists – Sia revealed that she originally quit a writing session with Perry because their working styles were polar opposites, with Sia describing the “Dark Horse” singer being too “dominant” during writing and recording sessions.
Sia spilled, “That’s what was interesting about writing with Katy Perry because, again, it’s her voice at the end of the day. She’s also quite dominant, and she’s extremely analytical. I actually quit within the first hour of our first session. I was like, ‘Can we both agree this doesn’t work? Like our whole songwriting dynamic?’ And she was like, ‘I love it. It’s like a puzzle to me. It’s like a crossword.’ And I was like, ‘But this is boring for me. The analysis is totally boring for me. It feels like the enemy of creativity.’
However, despite not having chemistry in the beginning, the two divas did manage to sweat it out and come up with “Double Rainbow,” which was featured on Perry’s 2013 Prism set. Only time will tell if the two gals will work together again in the future, but in the meantime, Sia’s This Is Acting will take the music stage on Jan 27th.
2.Years & Years take on “Toxic” will give your Tuesday new life…
During the Jingle Bell Ball at London’s O2 arena this past Saturday night, groovy trio Years & Years decided to tackle Britney Spears’ “Toxic” in front of thousands of screaming fans. The result? You just have to watch.
3.Billboard counts down John Lennon’s biggest Billboard hits…
Thirty five years ago today, the entire world was stunned to hear the news that legendary Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his apartment building in New York City. Just 40 years old at the time, news of his unfortunate death gripped the nation, with many marking it the end of an era.
A masterful songwriter who helped define rock and roll, Lennon quickly modified the powerful creative velocity of his Beatles days into a flourishing solo career that produced several timeless and iconic Billboard Hot 100 smashes, including 1970’s “Instant Karma,” 1971’s powerful “Imagine” all the way to 1984’s “Nobody Told Me,” which became a posthumous hit for the fallen singer.
Take a listen right here to John Lennon’s 10 biggest Billboard hits and pay homage to the gone-too-soon musical hero who created one of the most astute legacies in music history that still holds its merit and will continue to do so for all of music eternity.
4.Scott Weiland’s ex tells fans not to “glorify” the tragedy of his death….
“December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others,” Scott Weiland’s ex-wife recently wrote in an essay in Rolling Stone.
Forsberg also describes the tale of the former Stone Temple Pilots singer’s troubled life and of the damaged family members he left behind, all while telling readers and fans that his death is “not a rock ‘n’ roll story to celebrate.”
She also explains that, spending so many years “immersed in Scott’s multiple illnesses led to my own depression.” At one point, she notes, “I was misdiagnosed as bipolar. I feared the same would happen to the children.” Scott and Mary’s children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13 also helped write the essay.
The message concludes (you can read it in its entirety right here) with a warning to others suffering from addiction to choose a different path. “Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it – use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.”
Weiland, who fronted STP and Velvet Revolver, died last Friday in his tour bus at the age of 48. He long suffered from substance abuse issues. He will be missed by many.
5.What was your favorite late night music moment of the year?
Christina Aguilera taking on Britney, Ariana Grande taking on Britney and Celine, really, so many impressions of diva doing divas, and we’ve got all day to sort them out. Other than those now infamous late night music moments, it was certainly a great year for late-night TV, with the introduction of Stephen Colbert’s new show as well as the continued craziness of whatever viral treats Jimmy Fallon happens to serve up over at his Tonight Show stomping grounds.
Billboard rounded up 10 of their favorite late-night music sketch moments of the year, so take a break from your day and revel in them all once again…you’ll be glad you did.