28 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 Katy Perry releases her sixth album, Smile. It's bundled with the video game Katy's Quest, which she is seen playing in the video for the title track.

2016 At the MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé wins Video of the Year for "Formation." In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, she brings four mothers of shooting victims with her onto the red carpet. By the end of the evening, Bey (along with her production designer, choreographer, director, cinematographer and editor) has eight trophies.More

2009 Three days before the release of their second studio album, The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale lead singer Charlie Fink's brother Doug announces that he will leave the band to pursue a career in medicine. In a 2011 interview, Charlie says that Doug is still the one he consults first on matters concerning the band. "He can always see where I'm going, even when something is embryonic and sounds like madness."

2009 Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein dies of what is ruled as an accidental overdose at age 36 in his New York City apartment. This comes nearly a year after AM and his friend Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of four others.

2005 To promote their new line of fall denim, the Gap recruits seven artists to cover their favorite songs on a commercial that airs during the MTV Video Music Awards. Joining Alanis Morissette, who sings Seal's "Crazy" in the clip, are Keith Urban, Joss Stone, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child), Jason Mraz, John Legend, and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd.More

2005 For the second time in two years, Art Garfunkel is arrested for marijuana possession.

2004 Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations."

2004 A woman claims to be badly injured by Rick Springfield's butt when he ventures into the audience as part of his show in Syracuse, New York. Her lawsuit is the butt of many jokes but is a real pain in the ass for the singer. The case isn't decided until 2015, when a jury rules in Springfield's favor.

2001 Weezer releases "Island in the Sun," the second single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).

2001 With nu-metal still alive and well, Puddle Of Mudd release their debut album, Come Clean. It sells over 3 million copies thanks to the hits "Blurry," "Control," and "She Hates Me."

2001 Mary J. Blige releases her fifth studio album, No More Drama.

1998 The Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall In Love opens in theaters. Named after Lymon's famous song, the film stars Larenz Tate, Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox.

1998 The movie Studio 54, about the legendary New York Disco, opens starring Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers as the club's owners.

1997 In Leeds on the U2 Popmart tour, Bono responds to George Harrison's comment, "Bono and his band are so egocentric," by holding up a middle finger and saying, "This one's for you George!"

1996 Isaac Hayes officially protests the use of Sam and Dave's classic "Soul Man" (which he wrote) by the Bob Dole US Presidential campaign (which had renamed it "I'm A Dole Man").

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Oasis Call It Quits


After the latest in a series of incidents between feuding brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, Oasis finally split, with Noel walking out for good. "It is with some sadness and great relief... I quit Oasis tonight," he says. "People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."

The end comes backstage before their appearance at the Rock-en-Seine festival outside of Paris. According to Noel, Liam threw a plum across the room, then came unhinged and began wildly swinging his guitar. The show is hastily cancelled along with all future performances. It's been a long time coming for the notoriously fractious band: Noel walked out on their first US tour after Liam hit him with a tambourine, and in 2000 declared he would no longer tour internationally after a drunken row in Barcelona. Each time he has eventually returned, but this split will be the last. Their last two albums, Don't Believe the Truth (2005) and Dig Out Your Soul (2008), earned Oasis renewed critical acclaim, but there is just too much bad blood between these brothers and the band has lost much of the camaraderie that was at the foundation of its popularity. Other than the Gallagher brothers, every original member of the band has been replaced, and they now exclusively use session musicians in lieu of a permanent drummer. You can also blame it on changing times: At their zenith, as the vanguard of the "Cool Britannia" movement, Oasis were feted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair following the left-wing Labour Party's landslide victory. Following the 2008 financial crash, the political mood has drifted rightwards and the band seem increasingly out of kilter both at home and abroad. Main songwriter Noel goes on to start a solo career under the name Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and the rest of the band, led by singer Liam, continue under the name Beady Eye until 2014. Neither act goes on to reach anything like the success of Oasis.



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