Tuesday Music Truth

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. 



Friday Music Video Reel/Stone Temple Pilots Edition

It’s a sad day in the music world today as it was announced early this morning that former Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland passed away at the age of 48 from apparent cardiac arrest. 

“Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts,” a post on Weiland’s Facebook page reads. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”

A California native, Weiland cooked up the band Stone Temple Pilots with brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo. Forming the now legendary group right around the rise of grunge in the early ’90s, STP (those T-shirts!)  achieved major commercial success with the release of their 1993 debut, Core. They achieved greater success the following year with the release of their sophomore set Purple, which included radio hits “Big Empty,” “Vasoline” and the group’s biggest mainstream hit “Interstate Love Song.” 

Featuring Weiland’s distinctive lower register singing style (a trademark growl that no one has dared replicate) STP went on to sell 13.5 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, but like so many other rock bands before them, infighting eventually drove the members apart. STP took the first of several hiatuses just a few years after reaching their apex of their popularity, during which Weiland participated in several side projects.

While their sound and member line up changed quite frequently over the years, Weiland kept the band’s name and would rotate several revolving musicians, most recently cherry picking Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington to handle frontman duties for the past few years before making his official exit last month. 

As mentioned above, Weiland always kept busy with his creative side projects, and his biggest side music accomplishment came when he joined former Guns N’ Roses members Slash (guitars), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) for Velvet Revolver, a rock supergroup, if you will, that most certainly had plenty of rhythm. Selling nearly two million records during their time in the spotlight, the band released their debut set, Contraband in June 2004, which was followed in June 2007 with follow-up, Libertad, which was the last to feature Weiland on vocals. 

Tributes to the gone-too-soon singer  have been pouring in from all over the music globe, including former MTV VJ and 120 Minutes host Matt Pinfield wrote on Facebook “I am speechless … and sad at the loss of my friend, and although many of you are probably not surprised, it doesn’t make it any easier. Addiction sucks. I will miss you Scott.”

While Mr. Weiland may unfortunately be no longer with us, him and his STP band mates certainly left us a timeless catalog of music and accompanying videos that will leave their mark on younger generations for years to come. 

Grunge on, Mr. Weiland. 

“Sex Type Thing” 



“Big Empty” 


“Interstate Love Song” 

“Big Bang Baby”

“Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” 

“Fall to Pieces” (Velvet Revolver) 


Hump Day Music Truth

1.Adele owes Lorne Michaels her NBC life…

A chart destroying 3.38 million albums aren’t sold in a week without shrewd promotion, but Ms. Adele managed to own this feat with relatively few U.S. media commitments, each of them on NBC. Long time NBC player and Saturday Night Live guru Lorne Michaels played a big part in Adele making all of the proper rounds, which included visits to TODAY and The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. 

“Adele credits her first appearance on SNL as helping launch her in the States,” claims one insider. “Her relationship with Lorne ended up being really important to NBC being the place for her to launch this record.”

Back when she was a “bubbling under” music artist, Adele made her official SNL debut in October 2008 debut (which coincided with Sarah Palin’s infamous appearance alongside impersonator Tina Fey), a whopping 17 million tuned in to the episode, and Adele’s first LP, 19 — released in January of that year — immediately shot to No. 1 on the iTunes chart. 

So basically, Adele repaid the favor by giving SNL its highest ratings (Donald Trump excluded) in nearly a year — and then some.

Adele will conclude her NBC tour on Dec. 14 with the primetime special Adele Live in New York City, which was taped at Radio City Music Hall a few weeks ago.

Let’s hope she’ll be back. 

2.PSY’s “Daddy” video is just as crazy as “Gangnam Style”…

Just watch. 

3.Your Top 10 music artists of Instagram in 2015 are…..

There’s no denying that Instagram was on fire this year. Music truth be told, Taylor Swift nearly quadrupled her account’s following in 2015, gaining more than 39 million followers to make her the social network’s most popular account with 53.3 million followers as of this morning. All meaning, Instagram isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. 

Of course, Swift isn’t the only performer to garner a massive Instagram followings, as Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez all made huge gains in the Insta-year.  Get your hashtag on right here for 2015’s top 10 most-followed music artists on Instagram…and no, you’re not on the list. 

4.Happy Birthday, Britney Spears! 

Today, our beloved pop princess Britney Spears is celebrating her 34th birthday, so Philly Mixtape rounded up some of our most popular posts from the year on our beloved Godney, including when we celebrated 15 years of her sophomore set, Oops…I Did It Again, hit the dance floor with some of her underrated grooves, and of course, 5 reasons why we’re ready for Britney, bitch.

Be Britney’s birthday slave below…you know you want to. 

VMA Performance of the Day/Britney Spears/”Satisfaction”/”Oops..I Did It Again”

Mixtape Music Vault/Britney Spears’ ‘Oops…I Did It Again” Turns 15

5 Reasons Why We’re Ready for Britney, Bitch

15 Britney Spears Tracks You Probably Haven’t Listened to Recently

5.DJ Earworm just served up his “United State of Pop’ 2015 Mix….

Since 2007, the masterful DJ Earworm (real name Jordan Roseman) has taken the biggest tracks of the year and combined them into one incredible dance floor ready mash-up romp called “The United State of Pop.” But this year, the famed DJ truly challenged himself by taking on 50 of the tunes that defined 2015 instead of his usual 25…and it’s everything you’re hoping it would be. 

The result is the cleverly titled  “50 Shades of Pop,” a five-minute fire that mashes up everything from The Weekend, Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber and Adele.

Put those headphones on below and prepare to be dazzled once again by DJ Earworm.