8 September

Pick a Day

8 SEPTEMBER

In Music History

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2020 McDonald's introduces the Travis Scott Meal: a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Sprite, and fries with BBQ sauce. It's the first McOffering named after a celebrity since 1992, when the McJordan appeared on the menu.

2017 Forty-one years after it was recorded, Neil Young's Hitchhiker is finally released. It features the first recorded versions of "Pocahontas" and "Powderfinger."

2017 Troy Gentry of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry dies in a helicopter crash en route to a gig in Medford, New Jersey. He was 50.

2016 Prince Buster, a Jamaican native who popularized ska music in England, dies at age 78.

2010 Rich Cronin (of LFO) dies of a stroke while battling leukemia in Boston, Massuchusetts, at age 36.

2007 Lynyrd Skynyrd are inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

2002 Gordon Lightfoot undergoes an emergency stomach operation in a suburban Toronto hospital.

2001 Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" remix tops the Hot 100 for the first of five non-consecutive weeks. The pop singer gets some urban street cred with the help of guest rapper Ja Rule.

2001 Kylie Minogue releases the single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," with a "la la la" chorus that does indeed burrow into the brain. A global smash, it's her first big hit in America since "The Loco-Motion" in 1988.

1997 Cornershop release When I Was Born for the 7th Time, their third studio album. It contains the hit song "Brimful of Asha."

1994 At the MTV Video Music Awards, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (MCA), in character as "Nathanial Hornblower," rushes the stage when R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" beats "Sabotage" for Best Direction. It's the first such intrusion at the VMAs.More

1994 Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil accept the Best Metal/Hard Rock Video Award at the MTV Video Music Awards for Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" clip, beating out Aerosmith ("Cryin'"), Anthrax ("Black Lodge"), and Rollins Band ("Liar").

1992 Tom Waits' album Bone Machine drops a sonic avalanche of apocalyptic percussion sounds, snarls, and deathly wails - and fans love him for it.More

1989 Rapper Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five dies at age 28 from a crack cocaine addiction.

1988 Bad Religion return with their third album, Suffer - their first full-length in five years and one of their best selling albums of all time. Suffer sees the return of the classic How Could Hell Be Any Worse? lineup, now a five-piece featuring Greg Graffin (vocals), Brett Gurewitz (guitar), Greg Hetson (guitar), Jay Bentley (bass) and Pete Finestone (drums).

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Newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley Bring PDA To VMAs

1994

Nearly four months after tying the knot in a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley make their first public appearance as a married couple at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Jackson infamously plants a sloppy smooch on his bride.

The King of Pop marries the King of Rock and Roll's daughter? It should be a match made in music heaven, but it's quickly apparent that something isn't right as Jackson launches an ongoing campaign to prove to the skeptical media that the marriage is real. Growing up in the limelight as the daughter of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie is hoping to deflect attention to her superstar husband, but come VMAs night, she's in for a shock. Just before heading onstage to open the show, Jackson tells her he's going to make a grand gesture in front of the crowd, but won't tell her when and how. Lisa Marie looks awkward in anticipation of the moment, and the stilted kiss marks the beginning of the end of their short-lived marriage. In perhaps a cosmic nod to Lisa Marie's suffering, R.E.M. is the big winner of the night with "Everybody Hurts," followed by Aerosmith for "Cryin'." It's the first of many PR moments Lisa Marie is tricked into for the sake of Jackson's image, which needs polishing after a molestation scandal from the previous summer drags his name through the mud. After being told at the last minute she is going to appear topless in Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" video, Lisa Marie suspects she is just a promotional tool for her husband's latest album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. She recalls to GQ: "I was going along with the machine, not knowing that I was part of the machine." She files for divorce in 1996, citing irreconcilable differences.

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