This Day in Music History — November 28

1964 : Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.

1968 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at the Marylebone Magistrates’ Court, London, to answer charges of cannabis resin posession. Lennon pleads guilty and is fined 150 pounds and 20 guineas.

1974 : John Lennon joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden, reciprocating for Elton’s appearance on Whatever Gets You Thru The Night. They sing that one as well as The Beatles’ I Saw Her Standing There. It would be Lennon’s last concert appearance.

2001 : Aretha Franklin sues the tabloid Star magazine for $50 million over a December, 2000 article titled “Aretha Franklin Drinking Herself into Grave.”

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This Day in Music History — November 1

1965 : The Rolling Stones’ concert in Rochester, NY, ends abruptly when 3,000 rabid fans storm the stage after just seven minutes. After three more attempts to resume the show, it’s canceled by police, with only six songs having been played.

1975 : Due to lead singer Karen Carpenter’s struggle with anorexia, The Carpenters are forced to cancel their upcoming European tour.

1985 : The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to some demands made by another initialed organization, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). As a result, any album deemed to contain offensive lyrics must be issued with a warning label, or the lyrics must be printed on the sleeve. Most record companies go with the labels, which don’t seem to hurt sales.

1999 : Celine Dion is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame during the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Gold Ribbon Awards gala in Montreal. Dion joins Bryan Adams and Anne Murray for the accolade.

2000 : Ben Folds Five announces they’re breakup. Folds continues as a solo artist.

2002 : T.I. is arrested and convicted in Georgia for carrying a 10mm pistol. This is is second arrrest for gun possession charges in one year.

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.”