14 May

Pick a Day

14 MAY

In Music History

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2020 Keith Urban becomes the first major artist to play a drive-in concert in America during the coronavirus pandemic, performing to an audience of health care workers at the Stardust Drive-In in Watertown, Tennessee.More

2017 Johnny Mathis confirms he is gay during an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning, saying, "I come from San Francisco. It's not unusual to be gay in San Francisco. I've had some girlfriends, some boyfriends, just like most people. But I never got married, for instance. I knew that I was gay." He had been reluctant to discuss the issue ever since a 1982 Us Magazine article addressing his homosexuality resulted in numerous death threats toward the singer.

2014 Cubie Burke (singer and dancer of the Chicago soul group The Five Stairsteps) dies of complications from a brain injury at age 49.

2006 Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls has a daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell. The father is her boyfriend Sacha Gervasi.

2006 Ashton "Family Man" Barrett, former bassist with Bob Marley's Wailers, loses a lawsuit alleging that Island Records and Marley's estate have failed to pay him millions in royalties.

2005 Bluegrass musician Jimmy Martin dies of bladder cancer at age 77 in Nashville, Tennessee.

2005 Bruce Springsteen lands his fifth US #1 album as Devils & Dust claims the top spot.

2004 Chris Martin of Coldplay and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, have a daughter they name Apple.

2002 Rush release Vapor Trails, their 17th studio album and first since the deaths of Neil Peart's daughter and wife five years prior.

2001 After a six-season run, the last episode of Brandy's TV series Moesha airs. This final episode is a cliffhanger, with Moesha learning she is pregnant and her brother getting kidnapped.

1998 George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom.

1993 The US tabloid Weekly World News claims that Elvis Presley has only recently died.

1991 Primus' major label debut (and eventual commercial breakthrough), Sailing the Seas of Cheese, is released. The album spawns the alt-rock classics "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "Tommy the Cat," and "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers."

1991 Six months after releasing "Unbelievable" in their native UK, EMF release the single in the Unites States, where it goes to #1.

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Chainsmokers Take Selfies On American Idol


On American Idol, The Chainsmokers perform their hit "#Selfie" in a bit where they take selfies with the judges. After the performance, EDM notables trash them.

It's the first national TV appearance for The Chainsmokers, who oblige by acting goofy and encouraging the crowd to take selfies (#IdolSelfie). Even by Idol standards, the "performance" is ludicrous and blatantly promotional. There are turntables set up, but they don't use them - instead they take selfies with Jennifer Lopez and a clearly uncomfortable Harry Connick Jr.. The exposure is huge, but it comes at a cost, as the EDM community loathes everything about the show. Deadmau5, a favorite of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of Chainsmokers, blasts them on Twitter: The only thing @TheChainsmokers and pop EDM have in common is probably cancer. Knife Party adds: Ladies n gentlemen, this is what happens if you don't say "no" to your management The duo immediately regret the decision ("That was the worst career move," Taggart says), but it doesn't slow them down. Despite the backlash, they become a top production act just two years later, with breakthrough hits "Don't Let Me Down" and "Closer." They're so big, they don't even have to play "#Selfie" anymore at their shows, leaving it in the archives as a goofy tune that jump-started their career. As for Deadmau5, Taggart says in Rolling Stone, "I fell out of love with his music. Now his brand is less about his music and more about his personality, which is being a dick."



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