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Tuesday Music Truth

1.The Vamps cover The Biebs….

On a recent visit to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, The Vamps stopped by to perform a rendition of Justin Bieber’s smash-hit apology tune, “Sorry.” The English Breakfast tea sipping band came full swing with their rock band arrangement and a slew of back-up female vocalists who made up for one groovy spot-on addition.

2.The Killers unleash their annual Christmas video….

In honor of World AIDS Day, The Killers have released their 10th annual Christmas single to benefit (RED), the organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to advance the global fight against AIDS. Every year since 2006, the Las Vegas rock band has put out a new song whose entire proceeds go to (RED)’s cause.

This year’s jingle called “Dirt Sledding,” finishes what the band is calling their “Santa Trilogy.” The just released video features musician Ryan Pardey reprising his role as Santa and Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfus performing a spoken word cameo.

You just have to watch right here

Tonight, The Killers will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their Christmas single from last year, “Joel the Lump of Coal,” and in case you missed you it deck the halls and watch the official music video below. 

3.Apple might be saying “Bye, Felicia” to headphone jacks next year…

In order for Apple to complete their quest to make iPhones even thinner, it may come at the expense of those headphones that always get wrapped around your life. 

The latest report in the Apple rumor tea is that the company may chop the 3.5mm headphone jack from next year’s iPhone 7, a move that would require adapters to usher in a market for Lightning-only accessories.

According to Japanese blog MacOtakara, Apple is looking into the idea because it wants a slimmer, sexier iPhone — by one millimeter, possibly — and perfecting this would potentially leave virtually no room for the standard jack. Replacing the 3.5mm would be EarPods with Apple’s Lightning connector, which would transmit audio digitally as opposed to the old 2015 way. 

However, the downside to this impending rumor is that a move to Lightning products would instantly make the iPhone incompatible with the vast majority of wired headphones on the market, which would mean for the company to include an adapter or EarPods with your next upgrade.

Being that Apple is no holds barred when it comes to progressively moving forward, this rumor could certainly be deemed more truth than anything. 

4.Carrie Underwood drops her “Heartbeat” video….

At last month’s CMA’s, Carrie Underwood made audiences check their lives with her robust performance of “Heartbeat,” a sensual track off of her red-hot Storyteller set. Now, the country diva is aiming to do it again with th release of the song’s video, which made its broadcast premiere on TODAY, um, today.

Revel in Ms. Carrie’s latest right here

5.Spotify has 2015 all wrapped up….

Earlier this morning, Spotify unveiled its annual Year in Music results, and believe it or not, Adele’s “Hello” wasn’t the most streamed song of the year.

Spotify said that Major Lazer’s “Lean On” (ft. MØ and DJ Snake) was not only the most streamed song of 2015, but with over 540 million listens, it’s now the most streamed song of all time. The year’s most streamed album was The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness, with 60 million listeners, with Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late closing in on second.

Speaking of Mr. Drake, the “Hotline Bling” crooner also became the world’s most streamed artist with over 1.8 billion streams and 46 million listeners.

The Biebs also set a record for the most streams in a single day, with 36 million on Nov. 13, the day his fourth album Purpose was released.

The year’s most streamed female artist was Rihanna, with over 1 billion streams and 57 million listeners. (Even without the release of her much hyped Anti set. Go figure)

Overall, Spotify said 75 million listeners streamed over 20 billion hours of music this year. A large portion of activity came from their new Discover Weekly playlists, which reached 1.7 billion streams since launching over the summer.

For the complete list, get your Spotify on right here.

 

 

 

 

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Monday Music Truth

1.Erykah Badu threw major shade towards Iggy Azalea at last night’s Soul Train Music Awards…

During her now infamous hosting duties at last night’s action-packed 2015 Soul Train Awards, “Tyrone” diva Erykah Badu earned shocked reactions from the audience and blew up Twitter when she slammed Iggy Azalea during her opening monologue.

The “On & On” songstress played out the bit in which she supposedly took a phone call from the “Fancy” rapper. 

“Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey! No, no, no, no, no, no, no! You can come,” she shouted into her “phone.” “Because what you’re doing is definitely not rap.”

Ouch!? Watch the diss heard around the music world below. 

2.Twenty years ago this week, Mariah Carey and Boyz 11 Men began their “One Sweet Day” chart reign…

Pass the Kleenex because twenty years ago this week, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men began the longest reign in the 57-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 as “One Sweet Day” spends its first of 16 (!) weeks owning the top spot. The tender ballad about meeting long-lost loved ones in heaven was Mariah’s second single from her chart bulldozing Daydream set, and it would also become her second consecutive number one from the record, as well as her ninth overall at the time. 

Written by Walter Afanasieff and Carey after her longtime producer and collaborator David Cole passed away (also of C&C Music Factory fame), “One Sweet Day” at first wasn’t written with Boyz II Men in mind: “I wrote the initial idea for ‘One Sweet Day’ with Walter, and I had the chorus…and I stopped and said, ‘I really wanna do this with Boyz II Men,’ because…obviously I’m a big fan of theirs and I just thought that the work was crying out for them, the vocals that they do, so I put it away and said, ‘Who knows if this could ever happen, but I just don’t wanna finish this song because I want it to be our song if we ever do it together. [The] whole idea of when you lose people that are close to you, it changes your life and changes your perspective. When they came into the studio, I played them the idea for the song and when [it] was finished, they looked at each other, a bit stunned, and told me that Nathan “Nat” Morris had written a song for his road manager who had passed away. It had basically the same lyrics and fitted over the same chord changes. It was really, really weird, we finished the song right then and there. We were all kinda flipped about it ourselves. Fate had a lot to do with that. I know some people won’t believe it, but we wouldn’t make up such a crazy story.”

It’s one we will certainly never forget. 

3.Justin Bieber hung out with some college kids over the weekend…

Before the Biebs made a surprise appearance at a Chainsmokers show in Los Angeles this past Friday night, he apparently stopped by a local college bar and generously bought a round of shots for a group of students. 

According to E! News and numerous videos on Twitter, the “Sorry” singer visited the 901 Bar and Grill in L.A., which is primarily located near the University of Southern California campus.

“Everyone got shots in their hand and they were all about to do a toast,” a source spilled to E! News. “One of them got up on a stool and we were like, ‘Wow, that’s Justin Bieber.'”

Check out the fan-made video below in which Mr. Bieber toasts to his Purpose album, of course. 

4.PSY is making an attempt to come out of the “Gangnam Style” shadows….

After becoming an international sensation more than three years ago with the smash hit “Gangnam Style,” get ready because South Korean rapper PSY is back and ready to serve us with a new album. 

Chiljip PSY-Da — which means This Is PSY’s seventh (?) album —comes about a year and a half after the release of his single “Gentleman.” The set is also his first album since 2012, when “Gangnam Style” swept the world and weddings (you know you did it at least once) all over globe with those addictive dance moves that indeed made PSY a global superstar.

Featured on the album PSY 6, the now legendary line dance has recorded 2.46 billion views on YouTube, becoming the most viewed YouTube video ever.

While there’s no word on an official release date, Billboard is reporting that PSY’s new album will include a buffet of songs capped with various genres, including dance music, hip-hop and punk. 

Will 2016 be the year of PSY? Only music time will truly tell…but meanwhile….

5.Britney Spears dancing to Adele is everything you’ve been missing in your Monday life…

In case you missed this one, Britney Spears spent part of her Thanksgiving weekend practicing her once again on point dance moves -to Adele’s soul shattering hit “Hello.”

The upcoming birthday diva (Wednesday!) tweeted a slowed down, black-and-white video of herself delightfully twirling to Adele’s chart dominating single. 

“I could dance to this song a million times…love you @Adele!” the “Toxic” singer tweeted out. 

Ms. Britney will start up her Las Vegas residency show at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 26, which is just five days before the two-year anniversary of her ultra successful Piece of Me show. 

Watch Britney twirl for her Adele life below. 

 

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Hump Day Music Truth

1.This performance of Adele performing “Million Years Ago” on Today…..

…..is everything you’re thinking as you’re reading that first sentence. 

Go right here to watch, but first watch Adele take on “Hello” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots using only classroom instruments….priceless. 

2.Brace yourself….a Jonas brothers reunion might happen in the near future….

Yes, that’s right, but according to Joe Jonas, ‘Time itself” will keep it from happening anytime soon. 

In a recent music tea with Pride Source magazine, one-third of the brothers Jonas spilled, “It’s easy to say we’re done but we both look at each other and go, ‘We obviously get along.’ And who knows – years from now we could be like, ‘All right, let’s make a record.’ It could easily happen.”

These days, Nick Jonas has had us in “Chains” swooning over his music and acting career, and Joe has been on a concert road trek in support of his DNCE music project, which as sold out all across the country. And Kevin is, well, what is Kevin jonas doing these days? 

Watch Joe get his “Cake by the Ocean” on with his DNCE mates below. 

3.It’s time for your first peek at Carly Rae Jepsen’s as Frenchie in Fox’s Grease:Live…

Fox is getting a pre-holiday jump on promoting its upcoming Grease: Live.

During the airing of last night’s Scream Queens, Fox got a pre-holiday jump on promoting their upcoming Grease: Live by releasing the first promo for the live spectacle. 

Starring Broadway alum Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, Julianne Hough set as Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens as bad girl Rizzo, and Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchie, Grease Live is all set to air on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 7-10 p.m.

Ms. Jessie J will open the event, which will also feature a new version of Barry Gibb’s classic  “Grease (Is the Word)” that was featured in the opening title sequence of the box office busting 1978 film starring John Travolta and Ms. “Physical” herself, Olivia Newton-John.

All meaning…this should be really something. 

Watch the first Grease:Live promo featuring Ms. Jepsen below. 

4.Courtney Love doesn’t mind Justin Bieber’s Nirvana T-shirts….

It was just a few days ago when Justin Bieber managed to anger a whole lot of rock fans when he wore a re-cut Nirvana t-shirt from Fear of God (which costs a cool $1,500) on the American Music Awards red carpet.

Now, the Biebs stylist, Karla Welch, has addressed those shade throwing he critics in a stylish spill with Esquire. “Of course he’s a fan of Nirvana,” she told the magazine. “I think it’s so funny that all these people are up in arms. I’m sure Kurt Cobain would be like — I mean I can’t speak for him, obviously — but I don’t think he was so snotty or that he would diss anyone who appreciated his music. I think he understood that is like the antithesis of music appreciation. It’s so funny.”

But despite what those critics say, there’s one person who’s definitely got Bieber’s back-Cobain’s widow, Ms. Courtney Love. The former Hole diva simply sent Bieber her love in a very classy way. Hey, if Ms. Love’s got your back, then it must be all good. 

5.Charli XCX really wants to make sure girls rule the world in her new documentary…

While touring in support of her Sucker set, Charli XCX interviewed fellow artists at festival stops along to the way to, according to the “Boom Clap” songstress, “find out what feminism really means and to see if girls are finally ruling the world.” The results of those spillages resulted in a short documentary called, The F Word and Me, with the f-word in this case standing for feminism.

Watch below and see Ms. XCX spill with singers Ryn Weaver, Jack Antonoff, Marina Diamandis and many more. “Female musicians are still in the minority. I think it’s important to stand up and be counted, and there are plenty of other women here who feel the same way,” the singer says. 

Work it like Missy, boo.