24 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 Billie Eilish pulls off Where Do We Go? The Livestream, the first large-scale virtual concert with extended reality (XR) effects, which immerse and interact with the performers (Eilish, her brother Finneas, and drummer Andrew Marshall), and shift scenes from song to song. Tickets cost $30.

2017 Marilyn Manson boots longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez from his band in response to allegations from Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Adams that he raped and abused her.

2017 Fats Domino passes away at age 89 in his home in Harvey, Louisiana.

2016 Bobby Vee dies at age 73 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. In 1961, he had a #1 hit with "Take Good Care Of My Baby."

2016 Photographer, artist, and lyricist Jeremy Ayers passes away after having a seizure and falling into a short coma. He had been a pivotal part of the Athens, Georgia, art scene and penned the lyrics for "52 Girls" by the B-52s, and "Windout" and "Old Man Kensey" by R.E.M.

2013 Tina Turner, who has obtained citizenship in Switzerland, where she has lived since 1995, relinquishes her United States citizenship.

2012 R&B singer Bobby Brown is arrested in Los Angeles, California, for a DUI ticket - after a similar incident in March of the same year in which he'd pleaded no contest and agreed to attend rehab. This time he is released on bail.

2008 In Chicago, Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother are shot and killed in their home by her sister's estranged husband, William Balfour. The body of her 7-year-old nephew is found three days later.

2008 Pianist/keyboardist Merl Saunders dies of infections caused by a stroke in San Francisco, California, at age 74.

2007 Backstreet Boys release Unbreakable, their first album without Kevin Richardson.More

2006 Taylor Swift releases her self-titled debut album, a collection of country-pop tunes the singer wrote during her freshman year of high school. Led by the Top 20 single "Tim McGraw," it peaks at #5 on the Albums chart and becomes the longest-charting album of the 2000s in the US, logging 157 weeks by 2009.

2006 To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard reissues Hysteria as a two-CD package. Beyond a remastered edition of the original album, the new edition includes a bonus disc with a host of non-album tracks first issued during the period.

2001 Kim Gardner (bass guitarist for Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 53.

2000 Lenny Kravitz releases his Greatest Hits album. Peaking at #2, the release marks his highest entry on the US albums chart. It also features the track "Again," which earns him his third consecutive Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

2000 Past Country Music Association entertainer of the year and ex-Hee Haw host Roy Clark joins the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

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Boyz II Men Tie Elvis For Longest-Running #1


"End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men ties Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" as the longest-running #1 single when it reaches its 11th week at the top. It spends two more weeks at #1, but loses the record three months later when Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" stays for 14 weeks.

The accomplishment has more to do with methodology than popularity; in late 1991, Billboard implemented technology (BDS and Soundscan) that automatically tracked sales and airplay, making their charts much more accurate. This also made them much more stagnant: In 1991, there were 27 #1 hits. In 1992 there are 12. Before the switch, Billboard relied on a reporting system where record stores would disclose sales figures and radio stations would report plays. These numbers were routinely fudged, as many parties benefited from a constant churn at the top of the chart (stations like being able to play the "New #1," and record stores like to sell it). Boyz II Men rack up gaudy numbers in this era: "I'll Make Love To You" spends 14 weeks at the top in 1993; their duet with Mariah Carey, "One Sweet Day," stays for 16 weeks in 1995 into 1996.



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