2016 At the Oscars, Lady Gaga is introduced by Vice President Joe Biden and performs "Til It Happens To You" joined by a group of sexual assault survivors. A few minutes later, it loses the Best Song award to Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall."More
2009 Flo Rida's "Right Round" hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first of six weeks. An unknown singer named Kesha Sebert provides the hook. She soon becomes a star under the moniker Ke$ha, with the $ in her name included for ironic purposes as she claims money isn't very important to her (which explains why she isn't too upset about getting paid very little for her contribution to this song).
1998 Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," from the movie Titanic, goes to #1 in the US. The film has been #1 at the box office since December 21, 1997, and the soundtrack has been #1 since January 24, 1998.More
1984 Michael Jackson is the big winner at the Grammy Awards, winning eight trophies, including Album of the Year for Thriller and Record of the Year for "Beat It." He makes the ceremony despite being injured the previous day when his hair caught fire shooting a Pepsi commercial.More
1970 The title track of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water album hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it remains for six weeks, longer than any other song in 1970.
1968 Frankie Lymon dies of a heroin overdose at age 25.
2019 The composer André Previn dies at 89.
2012 The Malaysian Government cancels a concert by Erykah Badu scheduled for the following day due to her tattoos, including one with the word "Allah" in Arabic.
2008 Mike Smith (lead vocalist, keyboardist for The Dave Clark Five) dies of pneumonia at age 64.
2006 Bruce Springsteen releases Hammersmith Odeon London 1975.
2006 Ne-Yo's first album, In My Own Words, debuts at #1 in America.
2004 Gigli sweeps the 24th Golden Raspberry Awards with nine nominations and six wins, including Worst Actress for star Jennifer Lopez and Worst Actor for Ben Affleck (whose award also includes his roles in Daredevil and Paycheck). Despite having a highly publicized off-screen romance, the pair also lands Worst Screen Couple.
1996 Alison Krauss and Shenandoah's "Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart" wins the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals. The single, a #7 hit, was Krauss's first Top 10 entry on the country chart.
1996 22-year-old Alanis Morissette becomes the youngest artist to win the Grammy for Album of the Year when Jagged Little Pill takes the prize. She holds the record until 2010, when 20-year-old Taylor Swift nabs the title with Fearless.
1991 "Curtis Mayfield Day" is declared in Los Angeles.
1989 The sitcom Coach debuts on ABC, starring Craig T. Nelson as a college football coach and Shelley Fabares as his longtime girlfriend. Fabares became famous in the '50s and '60s, starring in The Donna Reed Show - on which she debuted the hit "Johnny Angel" - and appearing in three films with Elvis Presley.
1985 Uriah Heep lead singer David Byron dies at his Berkshire home from liver disease and seizures caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. He is just 38 years old.
Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump makes a blog post titled "We Liked You Better Fat: Confessions of a Pariah" where he writes about hitting a low point with a failed solo album and taunts from audience members. The post prompts FOB bass player Pete Wentz to contact Stump, and they get the band back together, staging a triumphant comeback with their 2013 album Save Rock and Roll and the hit "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)."
The 1500-word confession is a dark testimony about the attempted murder of a music career at the hands of so-called fans. Stump thought he had already hit rock bottom a few years earlier during Fall Out Boy's grueling promotional tour for Folie à Deux, where audiences booed the new material and ripped into the band that was already coming apart at the seams from overexposure and infighting. Their personal demons welcomed them home and forced the beleaguered group into a hiatus. While Wentz retreated to therapy and drummer Andy Hurley struggled with depression, Stump threw himself into music. Soul Punk was an entirely solo effort, with Stump writing, producing, and playing all the instruments on the album. He also took control of his personal life: He lost over 60 pounds through diet and exercise and proposed to his longtime girlfriend. Things were looking up… until they came back down. On tour, fans ripped the newly slender singer with insults like "We liked you better fat." They didn't appreciate the new music or the large backing band that he nearly emptied his savings account to pay for. He was a has-been at 27, he lamented. After Wentz read the letter, he called up his old friend with a solution: "I know what you need – you need your band." But not the emo punks of 2003. They would be a new incarnation, writing new music for a new decade. The result is the pop-leaning album Save Rock and Roll. Called a "rather stunning renaissance" by Rolling Stone, it debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The lead single, "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)," hits #13 on the Hot 100 and is certified 3x Platinum by the end of the year. Maybe they didn't like Stump better fat after all. (photo, Matt Ellis, facebook.com/patrickstump)
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