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. 



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. 





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.