On this edition of “Today in Music History:”
The Music Industry loses Kurt Cobain
The unwilling leader of the grunge movement of the 90s took his life on April 5, 1994 in his Seattle, Washington home. Unable to deal with the immense fame and attention he was receiving from the world, along with other personal demons, Cobain left the world with a suicide note citing his unhappiness with music and everything else, but ended it with a proclamation of love for his daughter. As the frontman of Nirvana, he has penned masterpieces that have been the anthems of angst, alienation and anger. Their second album “Nevermind” has been considered one of the greatest albums of all time, and put alternative rock on the mainstream.
“We Are the World” is broadcasted by Radio Stations around the World
On this day in 1985, Harry Belafonte gathered the biggest names in the music industry of that time to take part in a single that would be used to help Africa and raise funds for their famine epidemic. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, while Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian were in charge of production. It was the lead single of the album of the same name by the American group USA for Africa, which was a musical philanthropic effort. Over the years, the single has raised over 60 million dollars for the cause, topped the charts in the States and United Kingdom, and became the best-selling records of the 1980s while also winning four Grammy awards. Some of the mega star names that contributed to the effort were Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Cyndi Lauper, just to name a few. After the devastating earthquake that occurred in Haiti in 2010, the song was recreated with stars of the music industry of today such as Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Nick Jonas. The Canadian music industry also participated in the relief effort by recreating their own “We are the World” by having some of Canada’s music elite cover K’naan’s smash hit “Waving Flag.”
Pharrell Williams: One of the greatest Music producers/Artists of all time is born
One half of the music production duo “The Neptunes” alongside Chad Hugo, Pharrell has penned some of the biggest hits over the years, and is a winner of ten Grammy awards. What has been your favorite song on the radio over the years? Chances are Pharrell is the mastermind behind it: songs such as “Hot in Here”, “Hollaback Girl” and “Blurred Lines.” He has worked with the biggest names of the music world today, from Beyonce to Fall Out Boy, Pharrell has done it all. However, as influential as he is behind the scenes of the music world, Pharrell’s ventures as an artist are just as successful. He’s the frontman of the band NERD, where they have released four albums. He’s had immense success as a solo artist by releasing top charting songs that have absolutely dominated the radio waves such as “Drop it like its Hot” and “Happy”. If he already that much of a juggernaut in the entertainment world, he also owns “Billionaire Boys Club”- a stylish, urban themed fashion line that doesn’t come cheap.
Throwback Thursdays! “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana
Mazullo, Mark. “The Man Whom the World Sold: Kurt Cobain, Rock’s Progressive Aesthetic, and the Challenges of Authenticity”. The Musical Quarterly 84.4 (2000): 713–749. Web…