11 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2018 The Music Modernization Act is passed into law, clarifying how artists, songwriters and producers are compensated for music played on streaming services, online radio, and satellite radio. It also grants royalties for songs written before 1972.

2016 Rod Stewart is knighted at Buckingham Palace, becoming Sir Roderick David Stewart.

2013 Lady Gaga makes her movie debut playing shape-shifting assassin La Camaleon in the Robert Rodriguez action-crime flick Machete Kills.

2011 George "Mojo" Buford (harmonica player for Muddy Waters's band) dies after a long illness in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 81.

2006 Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band The Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation.

1999 Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's second wife, files for divorce and grants Jackson full custody of their two children, Prince and Paris.

1999 The City of Miami, under threat of legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union and Havana Caliente Records, allows Cuban dance band Los Van Van to perform at the James L. Knight Center.

1998 The first Smoke Out Festival sparks up in San Bernardino, California. Organized by Cypress Hill, about 40,000 fans converge in the celebration of music and marijuana. The festival returns every year through 2003, then returns in 2009.

1997 On the UK albums chart, it's battling Britpop as The Verve's Urban Hymns knocks Oasis' Be Here Now out of #1.

1997 Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb'Mo', Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

1992 Rapper and reality star Cardi B is born Belcalis Almanzar in Edgewater, New Jersey.

1992 Amy Grant and her songwriter husband Gary Chapman have their third child: Sarah Cannon.

1988 Sarah McLachlan releases her debut album, Touch, through Nettwerk Records. The album would be re-mixed and re-released the following year.

1976 Donna Summer's Four Seasons Of Love concept album is released.

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Kanye Goes To The White House


Kanye West, an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, visits the White House, where he delivers a rambling, 10-minute monologue as the President looks on.

Wearing a hat with Trump's campaign slogan (Make America Great Again) West covers a range of topics, including his plan to replace Air Force One with his new concept: the iPlane. It's part self-exaltation and part confessional: West says he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and could develop dementia, "where I wouldn't even remember my sons name." West's fans tend to loathe Donald Trump, but that seems to energize the rapper. "People expect that if you're black you have to be Democrat," he explains. "I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat they say – you know first of all, it's a limit to amount of jobs, so the fathers lose the job and they say, 'We'll give you more money for having more kids in your home.'" He also talks about feeling alienated by Hillary Clinton's slogan. "The campaign 'I'm With Her' just didn't make me feel as a guy that didn't get to see my dad all the time, like a guy that could play catch with his son," he says. "It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman." Trump, uncharacteristically silent though the diatribe, ends the meeting by telling West, "That was pretty impressive." After a hug, West adds, "Trump is on his hero's journey right now."



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