21 September

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2017 To thwart low payouts on YouTube, Post Malone releases a version of his latest single, "Rockstar," that is just the chorus looped five times. Comments are disabled, and users are offered a link to hear the full version on more profitable platforms.More

2016 The day before dropping his single "Starboy," The Weeknd releases a photo showing his new haircut.More

2016 The songwriter John D. Loudermilk, who wrote the #1 hit "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)," dies at age 82.

2013 Douglas Grassel (rhythm guitarist for Ohio Express) dies from fibrosis of the lungs at age 64.

2012 No Doubt release the album Push and Shove, their first release in 11 years. Lead singer Gwen Stefani explains that they "made the record of their lives," so why rush it?

2011 John Du Cann (of Atomic Rooster) dies of a heart attack at age 65.

2009 Sam Carr, blues drummer of the Jelly Roll Kings, dies of congestive heart failure at age 83.

2004 Chris Tomlin releases his breakthrough album, Arriving. It will go on to peak at #3 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart.

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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Radiohead's "Karma Police" Video Debuts On MTV


Radiohead's video for "Karma Police" debuts on the MTV show 120 Minutes.

Moody English music won't make regular rotation on MTV, but 120 Minutes is a safe space for more eclectic offerings, making it a great home for the "Karma Police" clip. Those minutes are quite valuable, as they're the only place left-of-center music videos can find a wide audience in America. Inspired by the opening credits of the David Lynch movie Lost Highway, the video shows a big piece of Detroit iron - a 1976 Chrysler New Yorker - chasing a man down a deserted road. Karma strikes when the man lights a match and sets fire to a trail of gasoline that leads to the car, immolating it. The video is directed by Jonathan Glazer, who first pitched it to Marilyn Manson. Viewers find it captivating and take to AOL message boards to discuss, earning even more cachet for the band, already a darling of critics thanks to their ambitious songs that reject musical conventions.



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