This Day in Music History — November 9

1956 : Buddy Holly begins his first solo tour, opening for country singers George Jones and Hank Locklin.

1966 : According to the “Paul Is Dead” rumors, this was the day Paul McCartney “blew his mind out in a car,” meeting his doom and being replaced with a lookalike.

1967 : The first issue of the rock periodical Rolling Stone hits the shelves in San Francisco, CA, with a cover featuring John Lennon, in a still from his upcoming movie How I Won The War, and a free roach clip with every issue.

1998 : Rick James suffers a stroke after a blood vessel ruptures in his neck while he is head banging during a performance in Denver, Colorado. A spokesman later comments, “The doctor called it a result of rock’n’roll neck, the repeated rhythmic whiplash motion of the head and neck.”

1999 : The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John’s 1997 “Candle In The Wind” is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles’s Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

 

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Jason Aldean Named Top Digital Male Country Artist (Ever) By RIAA

Jason Aldean

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized Jason Aldean as the Top Male Country Artist in history  To date, Aldean has tallied over 21.5 million cumulative RIAA Digital Single Certifications counting song downloads and on-demand streams.

The RIAA realease a statement:

“On behalf of myself and my RIAA colleagues, we are delighted to recognize Jason Aldean for this prestigious honor,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman. “We congratulate Broken Bow Records and Jason on this singular achievement and look forward to many more years of great country music to come.”

“This is such a huge honor, and one that everyone on my team earned together,” said Aldean. “I love country music, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else…there was never a Plan B for me. I can’t thank the RIAA or country music fans enough for helping us get to this level…it’s unbelievable!”

Congrats Jason! Last week, Aldean scored his first No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with new single “Burnin’ It Down.”