February 09, 2023

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This Week In Music History: January 16-19

January 16, 2005 – Green Day And Their Killers

On January, 26 of 2005 Green Day and The Killers would make music history. Two of the most iconic albums in the history of alternative rock were at the top of every chat. They would own the primate as the most sold albums. The Killer’s debut album Hot Fuss, including singles “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside,” reached the top of multiple charts. This would also include the UK chart. However, taking the No.1 position means that someone has to leave it. In this case, it was another – now – classic of rock music, Green Day’s American Idiot. A clash of the titans for the supremacy that saw the newbies hold their ground for three weeks, deposing the great Green Days.

In fact, the Killers would start a two week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their debut album Hot Fuss. The Las Vegas band also entered the UK singles chart at No.3 with “Somebody Told Me.” Green Day were at No.1 on the US album chart with American Idiot.

January 17, 1987- Kate Bush Goes Down In Music History

Next, in 1987, Kate Bush made music history beginning a two-week run atop the UK album chart with The Whole Story. Showcasing such hits as “Running Up That Hill” and “Wuthering Heights,” the compilation became the British artist’s best-selling album.

January 18, 1989- Stevie Wonder

Then, in 1989, 38-year-old Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person in music history to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

January 19, 1971

Tracks from The Beatles The White Album (including ‘Helter Skelter), were played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial. The jury would listen to hear if any songs had influence in Charles Manson and his followers committing murder. Actress Sharon Tate- wife of film director Roman Polanski- was eight and a half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home. As well as four others, by followers of Charles Manson.
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