2004 With Confessions, Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week.
2002 At the 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards, Mariah Carey takes home her first Razzie as Worst Actress for her starring role in Glitter. The film earns a total of six nominations, including one for Mariah's cleavage as Worst Couple.
2002 At the 75th Academy Awards, Eminem becomes the first rapper to take home an Oscar when "Lose Yourself," from his semi-biographical film 8 Mile, wins Best Original Song. Eminem doesn't bother to attend the ceremony, thinking he has no chance of winning, so his friend and producer Luis Resto accepts the honor in his absence.
1985 John Fogerty's comeback album Centerfield hits #1 in America. He had plenty of time to work up material: Fogerty took 10 years off because of a dispute with his former record label.
1974 Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. Later that year, a version by Tavares hits #50, and in 1976, the original goes to #7 when it is re-released. The duo were each dealing with girl problems when they wrote the song together.
1959 Bobby Darin's first full-length album, That's All, is released. Among the tracks is "Mack The Knife," a song about a cold-blooded murderer popularized in the play The Threepenny Opera. Considered just an album cut at first, in August the song is released as a single, and it transforms Darin's career, going to #1 for nine weeks and making him one of the most popular entertainers in America.
2008 The Jonas Brothers sing the national anthem at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.
2000 60-year-old Tina Turner launches her Twenty Four Seven tour at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It takes in $80 million, making it the top-grossing tour of 2000.
1993 Depeche Mode release Songs of Faith and Devotion in America, where it goes to #1 despite charting no singles higher than "I Feel You," which tops out at #37.
1992 Billy Ray Cyrus releases "Achy Breaky Heart." It becomes his signature song and starts a line-dancing craze throughout the US.
1988 Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after having been barred from entering the country due to prior drug convictions.
1987 Whitesnake releases "Is This Love" in the UK.
1983 ZZ Top release their album Eliminator, which features Billy Gibbons' custom hot rod on the cover. Thanks to videos for "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" featuring the car and various babes, they become unlikely MTV stars, earning a new generation of fans.More
1980 Reggae musician Jacob Miller (of Inner Circle) dies in a car accident in Jamaica at age 27.
1980 U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
1978 A&M Records sign a new, young band called The Police.
1969 Countering the counter-culture, about 30,000 people attend the "Rally For Decency" in Miami after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in the city. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant.
1968 Blur frontman Damon Albarn is born in England.
1965 Marti Pellow (lead singer of Wet Wet Wet) is born Mark McLachlan in Clydebank, Scotland.
The romantic comedy Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, debuts in US theaters. Named for Roy Orbison's classic tune, it also boasts an impressive soundtrack, including the #1 hit "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette.
Directed by Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman stars newcomer Julia Roberts as a "hooker with a heart of gold" who falls for wealthy businessman Richard Gere. The movie is a surprise smash, raking in over $463 million (far surpassing its $14 million budget) and becoming one of the most iconic films of the '90s. The soundtrack, including the title track by Orbison, is also a big success with three hit singles. "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West and "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette both land in the Top 10 of the Hot 100, with the latter reaching #1, and "Show Me Your Soul" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers takes the #10 slot on the Modern Rock chart. Songs from Peter Cetera ("No Explanation"), Natalie Cole ("Wild Women Do") and David Bowie ("Fame '90") round out the album. In May 1991, the soundtrack goes triple platinum, with more than 3 million copies sold.
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