#TBT Number 1s on This Day — October 30

1951– Tony Bennett – Cold Cold Heart

1967– Lulu – To Sir with Love

1971– Rod Stewart – Maggie May

1982– Men at Work – Who Can It Be Now

1987– Michael Jackson – Bad

1990– Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby

1996– Los Del Rio – Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)

2003– Beyonce feat. Sean Paul – Baby Boy

2010– Far East Movement feat. The Cataracs and Dev – Like a G6

2012– Maroon 5 – One More Night

The best mass musician sing-a-longs EVER

from Hello Giggles

by Sophia Elias

Before Tuesday night, mass musician sing-a-longs were few and far between. Thankfully, BBC Music pulled out all the stops with their star-studded cover of the Beach Boys 1996 hit, “God Only Knows”. In light of the BBC Music launch, the network got everyone (and by everyone, I mean 29 world class musicians) to participate in the promo. With the likes of Elton John, Florence Welch, Pharrell, Lorde, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl and Sam Smith, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Much like its all-star predecessors, “God Only Knows” will contribute to a good cause. The song is set to be released as a single in order to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal. I have to say, I haven’t been one to seek out celebrity sing-a-longs, but there is something powerful about world class artists collaborating on a single project. I think we ought take a trip down memory lane and give a nod to all those great musical collabs from the past. There are more than you probably know:

1. We Are The World (1985)

“We Are The World” is the mother of all mass musician sing-a-longs. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, “We Are The World” was released in an effort to raise awareness and bring relief to the famine in Africa between 1983-1985. The song raised over $10 million in record sales from the United States alone. The song included performances from over 44 world class musicians—including Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Ray Charles—who operated under the name of USA for Africa. Fun fact: When the musicians entered the studio, they were met with a sign that read: “Check your egos at the door.” Continue reading

This Day in Music History — October 7

1951 : John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Indiana.

1967 : After a London hotel accuses The Mamas & The Papas’ Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance.

1986 : Michael and Janet Jackson become the first siblings with #1 solo singles on the Hot 100 when Janet’s “When I Think of You” tops the chart.

1996 : The “Rock the Vote” campaign to get young people registered in the United States gets some NFL involvement, with quarterbacks Jeff Blake, Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young recording public service announcements.

1999 : Garth Brooks releases an album as “Chris Gaines,” a character he created that was intended for a movie. The ruse turns off many fans, and the album is Brooks’ first since 1995 that fails to debut at #1, charting behind Creed’s Human Clay.

2000 : Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.

This Day in Music History — October 6

1927 : The Jazz Singer , a musical starring Al Jolson and the first talking picture, is released.

1990 : Soundgarden, Iggy Pop, Ice T, The Cramps, Joan Baez and Public Enemy are among the artists to perform at Shoreline Amphitheatre in California, as part of A Gathering of Tribes, which is organised by The Cult’s Ian Astbury. This festival is the reported inspiration behind Lollapalooza, which launches a year later, in 1991.

1991 : Michael Jackson gives Elizabeth Taylor away to Larry Fortensky during her eighth wedding, held at Jackson’s 2,700-acre Neverland estate near Los Angeles.

2002 : Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones donates 100,000 pounds to the school he once attended in Dartford, England, for musical instruments and a band director. The resultant musical center is named after the singer.

This Day in Music History — October 1

1962 : Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show makes its debut. The theme song was written by Paul Anka, but Carson wrote the drum part at the beginning so he could get some royalties from the song.

1966 : Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut when he jumps onstage to jam with Cream at London Polytechnic.

1991 : The world’s most valuable golf glove – the original, crystal-studded one Michael Jackson wore – is stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. Police recovered the glove two days later. MC Hammer set up a phone line and offered a $50,000 reward for the glove’s return.

1995 : Farm Aid 8 takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & the Blowfish and The Dave Matthews Band raising over $1 million to support American farmers.

This Day in Music History — September 11

1967 : Frank Sinatra, who is playing at The Sands casino in Las Vegas, gets in a fight when he is denied credit as part of a policy put in by the new owners. He breaks two teeth in the altercation and soon takes his talents (and money) to Caesar’s Palace.

1971 : The Jackson 5 cartoon series, called The Jackson 5ive, debuts on ABC. Each episode shows various adventures with animated versions of the group, along with Michael’s pet mice Ray and Charles, and his snake Rosie. The cartoon runs from 1971-1973.

1977 : David Bowie appears on Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas special. Bowie refuses to sing “Little Drummer Boy” with Crosby, so his part is rewritten as “Peace On Earth.” Crosby dies a month later, and the duet becomes a Christmas classic, growing even more popular when MTV starts playing the clip a few years later.

2001 : Most radio stations simulcast news after the terrorist attacks take place. As stations gradually return to music, they try to be sensitive about what songs they play, but Clear Channel Communications goes overboard with a list of 165 songs they ask their stations to avoid, including “Smooth Criminal” and “What A Wonderful World.”

Demi Lovato Covers Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’

Demi Lovato was in Baltimore, Maryland for a stop on her Demi Lovato: The World Tour when she dropped an unexpected cover of Michael Jackson‘s classic single “Thriller” on Saturday.

The “Neon Lights” singer immediately dropped her rework of MJ’s iconic “Thriller” dance moves, which was choreographed with a a ripping claw movement, a pelvic thrust, and a seductive body roll.  Watch Below