23 May

Pick a Day

23 MAY

In Music History

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2021 Drake wins Artist of the Decade at the Billboard Music Awards.

2015 Australia makes its inaugural entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, which is held in Vienna, Austria. The country is represented by singer and songwriter Guy Sebastian. Their invitation to compete follows a successful guest appearance from Jessica Mauboy in 2014. Sebastian finishes fifth, with the win going to Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw.

2014 Malik Bendjelloul, who directed the Sixto Rodriguez documentary Searching For Sugar Man, commits suicide at age 36.

2012 Billboard reports that the albums of Donna Summer increase in sales by a factor of over 3000% in the week following her death on May 17 after a battle with cancer.

2008 Veteran rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters receives a full pardon from New York's Governor David Paterson for the attempted murders of two men in 1991, ending a long legal saga.

2008 Shirley Bassey suffers from abdominal pains in Monaco, necessitating emergency surgery and forcing her to cancel her upcoming appearance at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert.

2006 Jordin Sparks wins Season 6 of American Idol.

2006 Clifford Antone, a blues club owner and independent record label founder who mentored the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr., dies at age 56 of a possible heart attack.

2000 Billy Corgan announces that The Smashing Pumpkins will break up at the end of the year, saying they are tired of "fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world."

1996 The video for Metallica's "Until It Sleeps" debuts, showing the band with short hair for the first time.More

1994 Jimmy Fernandez (bassist for The God Machine) dies suddenly of a brain tumor at age 28.

1992 Totally Krossed Out by the teenage rap duo Kriss Kross hits #1 in the US. Produced by Jermaine Dupri, the title is a reference to how they wear their clothes: backwards in a look they call "krossed out."

1987 The Doobie Brothers reunite with original members, including singer/guitarist Tom Johnston, for a Vietnam Veterans benefit at the Hollywood Bowl. The show leads to a series of reunion concerts over the next month, and a full-on reunion tour in 1989.

1985 Hall & Oates perform with Temptations Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin at the re-opened Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The concert is later released as Live At The Apollo.

1985 It's Aretha Franklin Appreciation Day in Michigan, as Governor James Blanchard declares the singer "One of Michigan's natural resources."

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Weezer Sends Up YouTube On "Pork And Beans"

2008

Weezer's video for "Pork and Beans," featuring a number of YouTube stars, makes its debut.

The clip is an homage to viral videos that have appeared on YouTube, featuring appearances by "Chocolate Rain" singer Tay Zonday, the "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" banana, and Caitlin Upton, who answered a question during a beauty pageant about why Americans were geographically illiterate by explaining that they don't have maps. These little internet sensations are later known as "memes." The Weezer video is a snapshot of the early YouTube era when there was less corporate manipulation.

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