14 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2019 Matt Healy of The 1975, an advocate for LGBQ rights, ventures into the crowd and kisses a male fan on the lips during a concert in Dubai, where homosexuality is illegal. "We're all human, right?," he says upon returning to the stage.

2017 Taylor Swift wins her lawsuit against David Mueller, a DJ at KYGO in Denver who was fired after Swift accused him of groping her at a photo session before her concert there in 2013. When Mueller sued Swift in 2015, she countersued for sexual assault. Swift, who in her hour of testimony said Mueller was "grabbing my ass against my will, underneath my skirt, and refusing to let go," is awarded $1 at her request. "My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard," she says.

2017 Pantone announces a new color: a purple hue in honor of Prince named after his famous symbol (Love Symbol #2).

2016 Nearing the end of a summer concert season where fans have been tailgating with improvised toilets, police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, warn they will not be tolerated at the upcoming Jimmy Buffett concert.More

2016 Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the band from 1991-1994, falls from a ladder at his Illinois studio and dies from resulting neck injuries at age 49.

2014 Police raid Cliff Richard's Berkshire, England estate, looking for evidence of an alleged sexual assault from 1985. He's in Portugal, but the BBC is tipped off and has reporters waiting and helicopter overhead. Richard is later exonerated and sues the BBC for invasion of privacy.

2013 Allen Lanier (keyboardist/rhythm guitarist for Blue Öyster Cult) dies of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C.O.P.D) in Manhattan, New York, at age 67.

2012 John Geils, former guitarist for the semi-retired J. Geils Band, files suit against the other band members to stop them from touring under his name... since he's left the band. The irony stings like bleach in a wound! Despite this move, the remaining members of the band say they'll tour anyway.

2010 Richie Hayward (drummer for Little Feat) dies of lung disease, while also struggling with liver cancer, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, at age 64.

2007 Country singer Luke Bryan releases his debut album, I'll Stay Me.

2007 Amy Winehouse checks into rehab for the first time, entering the Causeway Retreat in Osea Island, England with her husband, Blake Fielder. They both start using again as soon as they get out.

2007 The High School Musical 2 soundtrack is released, going straight to #1 US its first week, when it sells about 615,000 copies. It closes out 2007 as the second-best seller of the year, moving nearly 3 million copies. Only Josh Groban's Christmas album Noël sells more.

2001 Michelle Branch, 18, releases her breakthrough album The Spirit Room, with the hits "Everywhere" and "All You Wanted."

2000 Rage Against The Machine play a free protest concert in Los Angeles across the street from the Staples Center, where the Democratic National Convention is being held. After the show, police fire rubber bullets and use pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

2000 Nineteen-year-old Craig David releases his first album, Born To Do It, which debuts at #1 on the UK Albums chart and becomes the fastest-selling debut album by a British male solo act.

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Obama Issues First Presidential Playlist


The first presidential playlists are released. Barack Obama's selections include tracks by Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and John Legend.

The White House joins Spotify and Obama makes two playlists, one for day and another for night. It's the first time a sitting president has made an official playlist. His selections: President Obama's Summer Playlist: Day "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" – The Temptations "Live It Up" – Isley Brothers "Memories Live" – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek "Tombstone Blues" – Bob Dylan "So Much Trouble in the World" – Bob Marley "Paradise" – Coldplay "Tengo Un Trato (Remix)" – Mala Rodriguez "Wang Dang Doodle" – Howlin Wolf "Another Star" – Stevie Wonder "Hot Fun in the Summertime" – Sly & the Family Stone "Boozophilia" – Low Cut Connie "Wherever Is Your Heart" – Brandi Carlile "Good Day" – Nappy Roots "Green Light" – John Legend "Gimme Shelter" – Rolling Stones "Rock Steady" – Aretha Franklin "Down Down the Deep River" – Okkervil River "Pusher Love Girl" – Justin Timberlake "Shake It Out" – Florence + The Machine "La Salsa La Traigo Yo" – Sonora Carruseles President Obama's Summer Playlist: Night "My Favorite Things" – John Coltrane "Superpower" (feat. Frank Ocean) – Beyoncé "Moondance" – Van Morrison "Is Your Love Big Enough?" – Lianne La Havas "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?" – Al Green "Red & White & Blue & Gold" – Aoife O'Donovan "Nothing Even Matters" – Lauryn Hill "The Best Is Yet To Come" – Frank Sinatra "You Don't Know Me" – Ray Charles "I Found My Everything" – Mary J Blige "Help Me" – Joni Mitchell "I've Got Dreams to Remember" – Otis Redding "Suzanne" – Leonard Cohen "Feeling Good" – Nina Simone "Stubborn Love" – The Lumineers "Until" – Cassandra Wilson "UMI Says" – Mos Def "The Very Thought of You" – Billie Holiday "Flamenco Sketches" – Miles Davis "Woo" – Erykah Badu The #POTUSplaylist returns the next summer with new picks for Obama's last year in office.



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