25 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2018 During her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift headlines a concert at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, where Tim McGraw and Faith Hill join her onstage for a performance of her seminal country hit "Tim McGraw."

2018 Neil Young and Daryl Hannah get married in a secret ceremony in Atascadero, California. It's Young's third marriage, her first.

2016 Kanye West begins his Saint Pablo Tour with a concert in Indianapolis. During the show, West performs on a floating stage that hovers about 15 feet over the audience.More

2009 Chris Brown is sentenced to five years probation and six months hard labor for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009 the night of the Grammy awards. Brown is also ordered to stay away from her for the next five years and undergo a full year of domestic violence counseling.

2008 The Verve release Forth, their first album since Urban Hymns in 1997. It proves to be their last.

2007 The Veronicas' fashion line for Target is released in Australia. "It's a bit punk princess, mixed with rock 'n' roll,'' says Lisa Origliasso.

2007 While singing his 1968 hit "Fire" on stage in Lewes, England, Arthur Brown catches on fire after wearing his customary tinfoil hat with a small fire burning in the center.

2006 Longtime Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton misses his first gig in 24 years after being diagnosed with throat cancer.

2000 Composer Jack Nitzsche dies after a cardiac arrest in Hollywood, California, at age 63. Aside from playing keyboard for The Rolling Stones in the '60s, he co-wrote the 1983 hit "Up Where We Belong" from the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentlemen.

1995 Dutch rock 'n roller Arnie Treffers (of Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers) dies of lung cancer in Westeremden, Groningen, Netherlands, at age 48. Had an international hit in 1977 with "Do You Remember."

1994 Jimmy Buffett swims to safety after crashing his seaplane while trying to take off in Nantucket.

1994 Billy Joel is officially divorced from the model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years.

1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg drives his Jeep Cherokee to Woodbine Park in Los Angeles, where his passenger, McKinley Lee, shoots and kills a rival gang member. Both are tried for murder but found not guilty in 1996.More

1992 Mary J. Blige releases "Real Love," her first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100.

1989 Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley declares today "Pops Staples Day" in honor of the native musician and leader of The Staple Singers.

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Aaliyah Dies In Plane Crash


After shooting the music video for "Rock The Boat" in The Bahamas, 22-year-old Aaliyah dies in a plane crash along with eight others when the overloaded aircraft goes down shortly after takeoff.

Aaliyah's self-titled album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart two months earlier but sales are beginning to wane, making her record labels, Blackground and Virgin Records, anxious for a high-charting single to boost profits. With veteran hip-hop director Hype Williams at the helm, Aaliyah and her entourage head to the Bahamas to shoot a video for "Rock the Boat," a contemporary R&B groove about sexual satisfaction that is sure to rock the charts. Williams, who was keeping busy with a string of clips for the likes of TLC, R. Kelly, and Ginuwine, recalls the laidback beach sessions with fondness for the star: "Some stars have a unique way of capturing their audience without saying a word. That comes from charisma, it comes from charm. A lot of it comes from someplace else. I can't really define it, but I'm always able to recognize it. She had that 'magic,' for lack of a better word." Despite the fun in the sun, Aaliyah is ready to go home early, a day before her flight is scheduled. The aircraft is smaller than the one she and her crew arrived in, but seems to accommodate the seven passengers, including her make-up artist and record execs, and all of their equipment. Shortly after takeoff, however, the overloaded plane crashes and explodes on the runway. An ensuing FAA investigation also finds that pilot Luis Morales III was unlicensed and under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The coroner's report attributes Aaliyah's death to "severe burns and a blow to the head." Aaliyah was being hyped as a rising star in hip-hop-oriented R&B and pop on the strength of her R. Kelly-produced debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, and her sophomore release, One In A Million, the latter pairing her with producers Missy Elliott and Timbaland. The record labels get their wish in the most tragic of ways, as the singer's untimely death does wonders for her album sales. Aaliyah propels to #1, the first time an artist posthumously topped the chart since John Lennon did in 1980 with Double Fantasy. "Rock The Boat" lands at #14 on the pop chart (#2 R&B) and is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.



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