21 September

Pick a Day

21 SEPTEMBER

In Music History

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2001 The film Glitter, starring Mariah Carey as a singer looking to make it big, is released in theaters. Carey earns a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress; her appearances in Precious (2009) and The Butler (2013) get much better receptions.

2000 Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks re-form as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act's manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.

2000 Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's annual music video competition. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based group collects prizes for Best Rock Video and Best Video for its "Load Me Up" single.

1999 While being searched at London's Heathrow Airport, Diana Ross allegedly assaults the security guard in question and is detained for five hours.

1999 An HBO live music show called Reverb makes its debut with performances from Alanis Morissette and Everlast.

1999 Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails earns the first #1 in its career, as The Fragile debuts at the top of The Billboard 200, easily outpacing all other competitors in a market crowded with new releases.

1998 The Fireman, Paul McCartney's trance music duo with producer Martin Glover, release their second album, Rushes. Says Glover: "Linda [Paul's wife] was very ill, and by the time we'd finished it she was dying, and for me it became very much a requiem for her."

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R.E.M. Disbands

2011

R.E.M. announce that they're calling it quits after more than 30 years. In a post on their website, the band members write, "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."


Don't expect to see this one filed under Battling Bandmembers. According to R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, the group amicably discussed the possibility of splitting up while on their successful 2008 tour. "During that we were kind of going, well, where could we go from here?" he told Quietus. "We could tell we were on an upswing. It was important to us that we didn't whimper out with our tails between our legs. We wanted to feel we were at the peak of our powers, and the tour felt like that." Knowing how hard their fans work to get to their concerts, R.E.M. also didn't want to become one of those tired rock bands who go through the motions to eke out a few extra bucks from their supporters. Hailed as one of the first alt-rock bands, R.E.M. built a following in their native Athens, Georgia, with their unique blend of murmured vocals, jangling guitars and enigmatic lyrics. By 1987, the rest of the world took notice when the band's fifth album, Document – an anti-conservative treatise featuring the hit "The One I Love" - made them a household name. Joined by alternative music pioneers like Nirvana, Pavement, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, their seminal hits gave voice to disgruntled Gen-Xers as "Losing My Religion," "Shiny Happy People" and "Everybody Hurts" climbed the charts, giving the genre a foothold on the pop-dominated Hot 100. The band hinted at their impending breakup with their 2011 album, Collapse Into Now. Out of 15 albums, it's the only one to feature the band on the cover – and Stipe is waving goodbye. The guys are relieved to hang up their mics after three long decades, but the moment is bittersweet. "It's hard to walk away from what we've done since we were teenagers," says Stipe. "But I'm so proud, too. We're all so proud of what we did."

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