27 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2013 Fleetwood Mac cancels the remaining dates of their world tour after co-founder John McVie is diagnosed with cancer.

2012 Barbra Streisand's album Release Me hits #7 in the US, making her the first artist to have multiple albums in the Top 10 during every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s (her 2011 album What Matters Most made #4). Streisand is the female artist with the most Top 10 charting albums in history.

2011 MTV reboots Beavis and Butt-Head, which went off the air in 1997, for another season.

2007 Led by the "Werewolves Of London"/"Sweet Home Alabama" mashup "All Summer Long," Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus hits #1 in America, giving him his first chart-topping album.

2006 Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth premieres her film Perfect Partner at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

2005 New York rappers Jay-Z and Nas end their longtime feud and promote peace on stage during New York radio station Power 105.1's Power House concert at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena.

2005 The family band Cherryholmes gets the entertainer of the year award at the 16th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, becoming the first act nominated for emerging artist and entertainer in the same year.

2002 Tom Dowd, who as an engineer and producer worked on classic albums for Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ray Charles, dies of emphysema at age 77.

1999 Frank De Vol - known for his '40s arrangements, namely "Nature Boy," and compositions of TV themes for The Brady Bunch and My Three Sons - dies of congestive heart failure in Lafayette, California, at age 88.

1999 Master P's hoop dream comes to an end. The high-profile rapper, whose real name is Percy Miller, is waived by the NBA's Toronto Raptors, failing to make the pro league for the second straight season. The year before, the Charlotte Hornets waived Miller just before the regular season began.

1999 KoRn debut their new song "Falling Away From Me" on the season premiere of South Park, "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery." The animated version of the band appears in the episode.

1998 Lauryn Hill releases her first single as a solo artist, "Doo Wop (That Thing)."

1998 The first Now That's What I Call Music! compilation CD is released in America, with 17 hits from the likes of Hanson ("MMMBop"), Spice Girls ("Say You'll Be There") and Cherry Poppin' Daddies ("Zoot Suit Riot"). Many more follow, typically three per year. The first 29 all go Platinum.

1995 Copycat debuts in US movie theaters. Harry Connick, Jr. plays a murderer who terrorizes Sigourney Weaver and mentors a budding serial killer in the psychological thriller. It's quite a departure for the smooth singer of love songs.

1992 Bo Diddley sues the estate of his former manager, the now-deceased Martin Otelsberg, for $75,000 in misappropriated funds.

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Twitter Axes Vine


Twitter discontinues Vine, the short-form video hosting service that launched the music careers of Shawn Mendes and "Lost Boy" singer Ruth B.

For the time being, Vine users can still use the mobile app and website to view and download content, but they are no longer able to upload videos. Twitter acquired the Florida-based company for around $30 million in 2012, and the service quickly became a popular platform for sharing six-second loops of creative genius from video editors, comedians, journalists, or average folks goofing off. Vine stars gained huge followings and major career boosts: Magician Zach King garnered over 1.4 billion views with his tricks, while aspiring actor Logan Paul became a phenomenon for his zany antics. In the musical realm, Daft Punk promoted the 2013 album Random Access Memories by revealing its track list on a Vine video. That same year, a group of women twerked out to The Finatticz' little-known single "Don't Drop That Thun Thun," and the ensuing Vine propelled the tune to #35 on the Hot 100 and #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Shawn Mendes rose up the ranks six seconds at a time with popular cover tunes, and in 2015, Canadian singer Ruth B. uploaded a snippet of an unfinished ballad and the overwhelming response encouraged her to finish what became her first hit: "Lost Boy." Competition arises in the form of Instagram and Snapchat, similar services that offer precious more seconds that tempt users away from Vine. While Twitter is also struggling to remain profitable, with plans to lay off 9 percent of its employees, Vine is cut away like a dead weight.



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