On This Day..
1968 The Beatles (known as The White Album), was released in the US. Notable for the eclectic nature of its songs, the album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and was listed at No.10 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. The album features: ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Blackbird’ ‘Back In The USSR’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. The album spent 101 weeks on the US chart peaking at No.1.
1976 The Band made their final performance; ‘The Last Waltz’ held on American Thanksgiving Day, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The show also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and others. The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978.
RIP The rest of your productive day..
1992 The Bodyguard, opened nation-wide featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The film which was Houston’s acting debut was written by Lawrence Kasdan in the 1970s, originally as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. It became the second-highest-grossing film worldwide in 1992 with the soundtrack becoming the best-selling soundtrack of all time, selling more than 42 million copies worldwide.
2005 Madonna achieved her sixth number one on the US album charts with ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’ her third consecutive US album chart topper. The album went to No.1 in 40 countries setting a new record. The Beatles previously held this record when The Beatles 1 went to No.1 in 36 countries in 2000.
Brand New Music
By Jonathan Knox and Craig Clemens
Prince | 4Ever
And you thought Tupac’s posthumous releases were numerous. This is the first of many from the Purple one following his death earlier this year. His first compilation since 2006’s 17-track Ultimate Prince, 4Ever focuses on music mainly from pre-1993 due to licensing restrictions. However, it also includes a previously unreleased B-Side “Moonbeam Levels” is Prince fans first glimpse into the staggering vault of Prince back catalog material.
The Weeknd | Starboy
Back in 2011, the Weeknd broke out with his still-excellent, House of Balloons mixtape. It was a startlingly assured debut, though at that time, it seemed like Abel Tesfaye couldn’t have keep himself further away from any sort of spotlight or attention. Now 5 years later, things have changed. The Weeknd is an international star. Along with 2 more mixtapes, he has now recorded 3 “proper” albums. His latest release, the much-hyped Starboy, is his best work since his debut mixtape, though is unabashedly his most commercial release. Guests include Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Ray, Future, and as we all know, Daft Punk. All bring their own flavor to their songs, but know that if you’re at all hoping for a return to HOB days, that time has passed. Instead we have a slew of 21st Century pop-romance, radio-ready songs, and for who’s listening, that might just be enough.