2003 Love Actually opens in the theaters. Among its musical moments: Hugh Grant dancing to the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" and Emma Thompson having a breakdown to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now."More
1995 Gangsta rap rules with Tha Dogg Pound at #1 on the US Albums chart with Dogg Food. Snoop Dogg is not part of this group; Tha Dogg Pound are Death Row labelmates Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. Other Gangstas in the Top 10 are Cypress Hill with Cypress Hill III at #3 and Eight Ball and MG at #8 with On Top of the World.
1991 Michael Jackson's "Black Or White" music video, directed by John Landis, debuts simultaneously on MTV, BET and Fox - a strategic move that marks his ascension to the pop throne. The 11-minute clip, however, lands Jackson in hot water with viewers who complain about his excessive crotch-grabbing and gratuitous displays of violence.More
1983 Michael Jackson's 14-minute film Thriller debuts at the Metro Crest Theater in Los Angeles. Directed by John Landis, the short film will become the most popular video in MTV history when the network begins airing it in December. Many of Jackson's famous friends show up at the premiere, including Diana Ross, Eddie Murphy and Warren Beatty. The film gets a standing ovation and the crowd demands an encore, which is granted.
1960 Ray Charles' version of "Georgia On My Mind," written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, hits #1 in America.
2012 Brian Eno is awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) distinction, established by the British Royal Society for Arts, for "his ground-breaking use of sound in technology and media and long term sustainable thinking." Eno is the only recipient awarded for sound design.
2004 Michel Colombier - composer, conductor, arranger, and songwriter - dies in Santa Monica, California, at age 65.
2000 The Offspring celebrate the release of their album Conspiracy of One by giving $1 million to 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock, who by downloading their single "Original Prankster" was entered to win. Hitchcock beats out three other finalists in an Offspring trivia contest broadcast on MTV to take the prize. She wins by identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.
1999 EMI Music Distribution begins offering retailers a $3 rebate on each unit sold of the latest Garth Brooks album In... The Life Of Chris Gaines, in order to boost sales. In exchange for the rebate, retailers are asked to lower the price of the Capitol album - which lists for $17.98 on CD - as low as possible.
1997 Five weeks before the movie Titanic is released, Celine Dion issues her album Let's Talk About Love, featuring the theme song, "My Heart Will Go On." As the movie commandeers the popular culture, Dion's album rides in its wake, going on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.More
1997 Though it's not a sell-out, The Bee Gees' show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas still manages to gross a stunning $1,681,100. Tickets ranging in price from $50-$300 give the Arena its highest gross of the year.
1986 Bette Midler's first and only child is born, a daughter named Sophie von Haselberg. Midler's husband is artist Martin von Haselberg.
1984 Keith Hudson, known as "The Dark Prince of Reggae," dies of lung cancer at age 38 in New York.
1979 Hot on the heels of his wildly successful Rust Never Sleeps album, Neil Young releases Live Rust, an album of live performances from the Rust Never Sleeps tour.
1979 Tobin Esperance (bassist for Papa Roach) is born in Vacaville, California.
With lead vocals by Jamie Walters, "How Do You Talk To An Angel," the theme song to Aaron Spelling's new drama The Heights, hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
Aaron Spelling spun an Irish story into an American tale when he borrowed the premise of The Commitments, a 1991 movie about aspiring musicians who form a soul band in Dublin, for The Heights, a TV show about a struggling rock band trying to bust out of suburbia. Jamie Walters plays Alex O'Brien, a shy lyricist who auditions his way into the band with "How Do You Talk To An Angel," the show's theme song. The ballad marks the "End of the Road" for Boyz II Men, who are on their 13th consecutive week at #1 with the most successful single of their career. It's also the first song from a TV series to top the Billboard Hot 100 since the Miami Vice theme earned the spot in 1985. The show, however, doesn't reach the same heights as its theme song. It's cancelled less than a week after "Angel" makes its descent. Walters makes good on his record deal with Atlantic Records, releasing a platinum-selling debut album in 1994, and lands yet another acting gig that lets him show off his vocals when he's cast as aspiring singer Ray Pruit on Spelling's hit teen drama Beverly Hills 90210.
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