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BTS With The First #1 Foreign Song In The US, Axl Rose’s “Death” & More This Week In Music History

Axl Rose’s not-so-real “death,” BTS and their “Life Goes On” as the first foreign song at #1 in the US & more this week in music history here at Music Daily.

December 4: Axl Rose is Dead?

On this day in 2014, the day after MSNBC falsely reported the death of Axl Rose, the very much alive Guns N’ Roses frontman went on his Twitter account, sharing: 

“If I’m dead do I still have to pay taxes?”

December 5: BTS Hit #1 in America with a Song in a Foreign Language Other Than Spanish or English

Three years ago, BTS hit #1 in America with “Life Goes On.” The song is mainly performed in Korean, making it the first American #1 song since “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco with lyrics predominantly in a language other than Spanish or English. Another record for BTS!

December 6: Mötley Crüe Announces Their Farewell Tour—the First of Many

In 2004, Mötley Crüe announced their “reunion/farewell tour,” performing with drummer Tommy Lee after a five-year absence. 

Was it actually their “farewell” tour? Definitely not. The band would eventually tour every year until 2015, when they finally called it quits.

December 7: the First Hard Rock Act to Play Behind the Iron Curtain in Moscow

In 1987, American rock band Uriah Heep became the first hard rock act to play behind the Iron Curtain in Moscow, Russia. At the Olympic Stadium, the group did ten shows.

December 8: Two Indelible Deaths Take Place

Two indelible deaths happened on this day in music history.

1980: John Lennon is shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City.

2019: 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD, famous for his hit “Lucid Dreams,” dies after suffering a seizure onboard a private jet.

December 9: SZA Releases SOS

'SOS,' the long-awaited sophomore album from SZA arrives in the eleventh hour of 2022 and is already breaking records.
The album artwork for SZA’s ‘SOS.’ Photo Credit: Daniel Sannwald

Last year today, SZA made music history with the release of her second album, SOS. The album debuted at #1 in America. SOS discusses her navigating a toxic relationship. The biggest hit of the album is her song “Kill Bill.”

December 10: Led Zeppelin’s One-Off Show

O2 Arena, London, 2007. Led Zeppelin played a one-off show, making it the biggest reunion in rock history. On the drums was John Bonham’s son, Jason, who immediately proved to have inherited the breathtaking talent of his father. 

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